Executive and the Judiciary Speed up trial of politicians, says SC: (The Hindu) Asks Centre to frame scheme by Dec. 13 to set up special criminal courts. India and neighbors India, Bhutan security indivisible: President: (The Hindu) Kovind conveys India’s deep appreciation of the personal involvement of the King in addressing the Doklam standoff Nirmala flags Indian Ocean issues: (The Hindu) Says extra-regional nations building naval outposts in the region raises tension.
Pollution and conservation Mass bathing in Ganga aggravates anti-microbial resistance woes: (The Hindu) Reason behind a broad spectrum of antibiotics becoming ineffective, finds govt.-commissioned study. UN says carbon emissions gap could affect climate target: (The Hindu) Paris Agreement pledges leave deficit that could raise temperature by 3°C. Science and Tech The war on TB: (The Hindu, Editorial) India registers a few successes but the surveillance systems remain inadequate. Economy India mulls national e-commerce policy: (The Hindu) Says premature to talk with WTO now on global e-com rules as benefit unclear. The stimulus and after: (The Hindu, Editorial) The recapitalisation of public banks is a welcome move but will be a lost effort without accompanying reforms. Moving up: (The Hindu, Editorial) India moves up the doing business index, but the challenges remain formidable. Where credit is due: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Despite problems with the methodology of the rankings, India’s 30-spot jump in World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators is remarkable.

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