Geophysical phenomena Mapping the not-so-normal monsoon: (The Hindu) States where rainfall has been deficient make a difference to crop prospects.
Constitutional and quasi-judicial Bodies Simultaneous polls feasible: EC: (The Hindu) ‘Apart from amendments to Constitution, all parties should come on board’. Government Policies Why flagship BPL health insurance scheme is in rather poor health: (Indian Express, Explained)
Eight years after it was launched, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana remains hamstrung by inflexible procedures and an inadequate coverage ceiling, finds new evaluation of its impact.India and neighbors China swears by 1890 treaty with Britain: (The Hindu) Urges India to abide by the provisions of the agreement. International groupings and agreements Navigating a changing world: (The Hindu, Editorial) A close relationship between the India and the EU will benefit both.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment It’s time for bold economic thinking: (The Hindu) The chief of the government would do well to take a leaf out of Narasimha Rao’s book and show statesmanship. Why do we need external benchmarks while pricing loans?: (The Hindu) An internal Study Group constituted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recommended that banks should set interest rates based on an external benchmark and not as per internal benchmarks as is the practice now. Course correction: (The Hindu, Editorial) The GST Council does well to simplify the tax regime; it must sustain this conciliatory stance. Resources aplenty, no jobs: (The Hindu, Editorial) Redefining economic models to get them in sync with the technology-accelerated age is the need of the hour. A better GST: (Indian Express, Editorial)
Government does well to acknowledge that firms, especially smaller ones, are facing a genuine compliance burden.Moving towards better corporate governance: (Live Mint, Editorial) The Uday Kotak-led Sebi panel’s recommendations on corporate governance will enhance transparency and effectiveness in the way boards of listed companies function. India’s great leap into services: (Live Mint, Editorial) The digital revolution means it is possible for the services sector to deliver rapid growth and jobs more sustainably than the manufacturing sector
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16 balsam species found in 5 years in Arunachal: (The Hindu) Discovery crucial as these varieties are facing a threat to their habitat from fast-changing landscape of the region. New vaccine on way could be a gamechanger for flu - here’s how: (Indian Express. Explained)
By employing a new way to attack the virus, new vaccine could deliver more effective, longer-lasting results.