Must Read News Articles – December 15th, 2018

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Ground Zero | Being Bru in Mizoram

The conflict between Mizos and Brus began brewing five years before Advani’s remarks. The immediate trigger was the demand of the Bru National Union, a political organisation formed in 1994, for an autonomous district council for the community.

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HC quashes center’s ban on oxytocin

The Delhi High Court on Friday quashed the Centre’s decision to ban the manufacture and sale of Oxytocin, a drug which induces labour and controls bleeding during child birth, by private firms

Negative signals – Falling food prices

Food prices fell by a huge 6.96 percentage points compared to a year ago and, at minus 2.61%, are now in deflationary territory for the second successive month.  Ahead of the general election next year, State governments across the country are likely to resort to short-term relief measures such as farm loan waivers to temporarily relieve farmers of their deep distress.

Farming in a warming world

India, with its diverse agro-climatic settings, is one of the most vulnerable countries. Its  agriculture ecosystem, distinguished by high monsoon dependence, and with 85% small and marginal landholdings, is highly sensitive to weather abnormalities.

The plastic question is hard to crack

Plastic is clearly an environmental crisis, with an estimated eight million animal-killing tonnes entering the oceans each year. Less prominent in the plastic narrative are emerging questions over microscopic plastic pollution in food, air, soil, and water, and the safety of chemical additives in plastic food packaging — areas where scientists are racing to learn the implications for human health.

RBI board disscuss governance

The board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which met here on Friday, agreed to examine the issue of governance further.

India Post Launches e-com portal

India Post launched its own e-commerce website to help sellers, particularly rural artisans and SHGs sell their products across the country. The products will be shipped through Speed Post. India Post is open for registration of all vendors for e-commerce business. It will pick up products from vendor and deliver to doorstep of customers

Shun Loan Wavers

State governments should resist giving farm loan waivers since they will create fiscal stress and not reach the farmers that need them, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Friday.

Its difficult to do business here

With $7 billion invested in India, Henry R. Kravis, 74, co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), a global investment firm of which he is also the co-chairman and co-CEO, is betting big on India for further investments despite the difficulties in doing business in the country. 

 

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