Must Read News Articles – December 3rd, 2018

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U.S., China decide to hold off fresh tariffs for 90 days

China and the United States agreed to halt additional tariffs in a deal that keeps their trade war from escalating as the two sides try again to bridge their differences with fresh talks aimed at reaching an agreement within 90 days.

Right to know: Now just drop into a govt. office to access information

Citizens seeking data from the government under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, can now simply land up at the concerned office on Monday afternoons and study the relevant files, as per a fresh decree from the Devendra Fadnavis administration.

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Slowdown signals

Growth estimates for the second quarter show the challenge of shoring up rural demand

Job creation at the farmer’s doorstep

The conversation on raising farmer income needs to embrace non-farm diversification

Sharing outbreak data

Publishing epidemic data on open access platforms can help countries tackle outbreaks better

No local currency trade with India: China

China has not accepted India’s proposal to carry out bilateral trade in local currencies, which was aimed at bridging the ballooning trade deficit with the neighbour, an official said.

WhatsApp seeks RBI nod to expand its payment services

The development comes at a time when competitors such as Google have forged ahead with their payments offerings.

Stamp duty on merger, an illegal circular

A merger or amalgamation between two companies had to be earlier sanctioned by a high court under the Companies Act, 1956, and is now to be approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under the Companies Act, 2013.

PT Facts

New CEC Arora seeks support for ‘fair’ polls

Sunil Arora, 62, a retired 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, took over as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Sunday.

Polls come and go, but Sahariyas’ plight still poor

Rajasthan’s tribal community in Shahbad region facing poverty, unemployment and malnutrition

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