Childhood foregone (The Hindu Opinion) It is a shame that the goal to eradicate child labour by 2025 seems elusive A looming threat (The Hindu Opinion) All children diagnosed with TB must get paediatric fixed-dose combination drugs
International relations: A good augury (Indian Express Opinion) Large turnout marks Nepal’s first phase of elections. It could bring an end to coalitions of convenience, instability Indian Constitution and Polity: Sink your differences (The Hindu Editorial) A touch of pragmatism is what the judiciary and the executive need at this juncture N.K. Singh is 15th finance panel chief(The Hindu) The Centre on Monday announced that the Fifteenth Finance Commission would be headed by former Secretary to the government of India N.K. Singh. Cant force govt. to frame a law:SC (The Hindu) The Supreme Court on Monday said it respected the government’s “political compulsions” and would not compel it to ratify the UN Convention against Torture, or command it to frame a standalone anti-torture legislation. Naga talks still on, panel told (The Hindu) No deadline can be set for conclusion of peace deal, says interlocutor Views sought on data protection law (The Hindu) The government on Monday released a white paper looking into the scope of a data protection law, and opened up for public discussion till December 31, issues pertaining to its ambit, what constitutes personal data, what is sensitive data, and the international applicability of such a law. What’s involved in courting the OBCs, one quota at a time (Indian Express) Giving the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) Constitutional status and new powers involves far more detail than meets the eye First among equals (Indian Express) The pillars of democracy were not designed as silos. Besides, the judiciary enjoys special status among them A Nation’s Conscience (Indian Express Opinion) It’s the Constitution that has checked Hindutva forces to a great extent
Economy: PF in equities: How investors can now track their money (Indian Express) The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) decides ways to account for and disburse investments in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) India eases bilateral transfer pricing norms (The Hindu) In a move that could further improve India’s ease of doing business rankings, the Income Tax Department on Monday issued a clarification saying that it would allow mutual agreement procedures (MAPs) and advance pricing agreements (APAs) with all countries, abandoning a stance that disallowed such agreements with major trade partners like France, Germany, Italy, Singapore and South Korea. Environment: Govt.working on new gas ‘standards’ (The Hindu) The government is looking to prepare a unified testing methodology to ensure that all agencies that map air pollution use accurate instruments. Cleaning up oil spills (The Hindu) A chemical compound (Meisenheimer complex) synthesised through a simple, single-step process of mixing two chemicals at room temperature has been found to be highly effective in removing fluoride and metal ions such as lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, and iron from drinking water.