Social Issues India disputes ILO’s modern slavery report: (The Hindu) It contains no India-specific findings. The instrumental harms of inequality: (Live Mint, Editorial) From monopolistic market structures to poor public health outcomes, inequality can cause harm in a number of domains of everyday living. Geographical features Central control out, subjective aspects in: why new wetlands Rules are different: (Indian Express, Explained)

The Wetlands Rules 2017, notified last week, dilute the 2010 version, say environmentalists.

Effects of developed and developing countries policies Dhaka defends China’s OBOR project: (The Hindu) Economic benefits outweigh sovereignty at times. International groupings and agreements Beyond business as usual: (The Hindu, Editorial) It is time for India and the EU to join hands in defence of the liberal order. Partners, naturally: (Indian Express, Editorial)

India and the EU share core values, commercial interests and a desire to tackle climate change.

Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment Norms to curb fund diversion mooted: (The Hindu) SEBI panel proposes that audit committees must monitor flows to unlisted units.

Does India need a bullet train?: (The Hindu, Editorial)

This is a wasteful project which only serves to deliver an illusory feel-good perception among the wealthy.

Is India missing out on global trade recovery?: (Live Mint, Editorial) While the rest of Asia has witnessed an impressive rise in merchandise exports, Indian exports have remained weak. Denial is no option: (Indian Express, Editorial)

Government must acknowledge the economic slowdown and act urgently to reverse it.

Face the decline: (Indian Express, Editorial)

To suggest that demonetisation improved rural wages on the basis of rise in income of some workers is misleading. It halted the recovery of the rural economy, which had begun after the 2016 monsoon.

Security forces Tri-service integration or consolidation?: (The Hindu, Editorial) Recent comments from the armed forces raise disturbing questions.
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