On maternity benefits (The Hindu) It is time for the government to shoulder the financial responsibility GS-2 International relations: ASEAN summit: Modi hard-sells India as an attractive investment destination (The Hindu) “The task of transforming India is proceeding on an unprecedented scale,” says the Prime Minister World Diabetes Day 2017: How to decrease the risk in women and to-be-moms (Indian Express) Eastern promise (The Hindu) The forgotten people(The Opinion) India and Sri Lanka should take up repatriation of Tamil refugees at the earliest Record diplomatic bodies UIN : Centre The government has clarified that sales or supply to foreign diplomatic missions or UN organisations will not have any additional effect on the supplier’s tax liability and so such supplies must be recorded along with the Unique Identification Number (UIN) of the recipient. India, Philippiness ink deals on defence, agri Four agreements were signed between the two countries, which covered areas of defence, agriculture, small and medium enterprises and tie-up between think-tanks. Indian Constitution and Polity: Supreme court, diminished(Indian Express Opinion) JPC on land Bill to seek eight extension (The Hindu) The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Land Acquisition Bill, 2015, will seek the eighth extension in the upcoming Parliament session. Liquar sale ban exemption applies nationwide:SC (The Hindu) The Supreme Court on Monday found itself surprised by a doubt raised by the Madras High Court about the December 2016 ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres along national and State highways.
Economy Food prices spur CPI inflation to 3.58% (The Hindu) Acceleration in Oct. retail price gains also driven by fuel and light segment as crude oil climbs globally Loan waiver is not the solution (The Hindu Opinion) Since Independence, one of the primary objectives of India’s agricultural policy has been to improve farmers’ access to institutional credit and reduce their dependence on informal credit India seeks big PSU dividends to plug gap (The Hindu) India is demanding millions of dollars in dividends from 12 reluctant state firms to make up for an expected tax revenue shortfall this year, as a slump in economic growth risks New Delhi missing its fiscal deficit target. Environment: Breakthrough eludes climate talks, scientists concerned over US role ( Indian Express) Developing country negotiators lamented the fact that the United States, which has decided to pull out the Paris Agreement, was continuing to block any meaningful breakthrough on these issues and that other developed countries were not helping matters either.