Must Read News Articles – December 17th, 2018


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The spectre of deportation

The outcome of the NRC exercise has implications for India’s ties with Bangladesh

JPC cannot review SC order

Defence transactions go to the CAG for an audit review. CAG recommendations go to Parliament and are referred to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) whose reports are then placed before Parliament.

Widening gulf

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s decision to stay away from the December 9 Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh is the latest reminder of the growing disunity among the Gulf countries

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NE varsity researchers patent process to treat industrial waste

Three researchers from the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) based in Meghalaya capital Shillong have patented a fast, energy-efficient and low-cost process for treatment and bio-detoxification of industrial effluents contaminated with harmful azo-dye.

ISRO GSAT-7A to add muscle to Air Force

Military communication satellite GSAT-7A, due to be launched on December 19 evening from Sriharikota, is expected to add a new space-based dimension to the way Indian Air Force interlinks, operates and communicates with its aircraft.

Direct benefit transfer scheme for TB makes slow progress

The direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme for nutritional support to Tuberculosis (TB) patients — Nikshay Poshan Yojana (NPY) — rolled out from April this year has recorded slow progress in the last eight months. Of the 18 lakh registered TB patients across the country, only 4.69 lakh, barely 26% of the beneficiary pool, have received cash transfer so far.

India recorded 95 Tiger death in 2018

According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) records till December 15, 2018, there were 95 cases of tiger deaths in the country. Of this, 41 cases of tiger deaths outside tiger reserves have been reported.

The numbers Game

India’s national income statistics are under a cloud. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has released official revisions of the GDP estimates for the years 2004-05 to 2013-14 in the Manmohan Singh-led government’s tenure. The revisions make the Narendra Modi government’s performance on the economic front appear better than that of its predecessor.

‘Back series data based on global practice’

One of the criticisms of NITI Aayog’s involvement is that it put in doubt the method chosen for calculation of the back series

Navy to helm center on maritime security

The IFC-IOR is established with the vision of strengthening maritime security in the region and beyond, by building a common coherent maritime situation picture and acting as a maritime information hub for the region,

Climate talk deliver ‘Rule book’

The Paris Agreement calls for setting up a mechanism to guard against practices such as double counting emissions savings, which could undermine such a market. Delegates eventually agreed on Saturday to kick the issue down the road until next year.

Will GST help in the doubling of farmer income ?

India’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector has grown consistently over the past three years, reaching over $25 billion in retail sales. We believe that the implementation of GST and the opening of foreign direct investment (FDI), especially in the food processing, has enabled the growth of the industry and raised market potential to grow over 12-13% percent in 2018

Bank credit: is it growing, and where’s it going?

RBI data shows that Indian banks’ non-food credit growth, which had slumped to 7-8% in the three years to October 2017, got back to double-digit growth in the last one year (October 2017 to October 2018) at 13%.

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