International groupings and agreements Warm in Washington: (The Hindu, Editorial) While the two leaders were able to establish a common understanding of global issues, the joint statement indicates that many bilateral issues are yet to be resolved. Big gains, but joint statement gets a delicate balancing: (The Hindu) Modi-Trump meeting exceeds expectations, and the language on Pakistan is the most direct yet, asking the nation to ensure that its territory is not used for terrorism. India and neighbors China protests against ‘incursion’: (The Hindu) China confirmed that it had suspended the entry of Indian pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and lodged a formal protest with New Delhi, following an alleged cross-border incursion by Indian troops. ‘Beijing trying to assert itself’: (The Hindu) The recent stand-off of the Indian Army with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at Doko La on China-Sikkim-Bhutan tri-junction is being seen as an attempt by China to “assert” itself in areas which were not prone to transgressions or disputes. China sends out a strong signal: (The Hindu) A day after China accused the Indian Army of violating the border, the military authorities were tight-lipped over the claims. Development of social sector No interim orders on Aadhaar: SC: (The Hindu) The Supreme Court refused to pass an interim order against the Centre’s notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes, with the government assuring it that no one would be deprived of welfare for want of this identification.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
‘GST may make several household items cheaper’: (The Hindu)The Goods and Services Tax will make several household commodities like soap cheaper, as well as keep small businesses with a turnover of less than Rs. 75 lakh out of the purview of the full-fledged indirect tax regime.
Important lessons for the Smart Cities Mission: (Live Mint, Editorial)
The government would do well to learn from the importance the UN’s new urban agenda gives to local governance.Pieces of a complex solution: (The Hindu, Editorial) The success of the bankruptcy law will depend on the jurisprudence that develops under the IBC. Issues related to subsidies ‘Centre can check States’ loan waivers’: (The Hindu) The government’s mandate and responsibility to control the States’ fiscal deficit means that it has the power to control their finances even at a time of large-scale loan waivers by a number of states. Cropping pattern, Agriculture, e-technology The difficulty of being a farmer: (Live Mint, Editorial)
The Indian farmer faces pressure from both the demand and the supply sides. Technology can help solve some of his problems.
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