Must Read News Articles – February 8th, 2019

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The road to peace runs through Tehran

Iran is not a newcomer to regional diplomacy in Afghanistan. First and foremost, India should try to dissuade the U.S. from dealing with Iran, Russia and China as enemies.

Irking the Dragon

By walking out of the INF treaty, the U.S. may have dragged China and Russia into a new arms race

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Growth prop: On RBI repo rate cut

RBI’s monetary policy committee unanimously opt to revert to a ‘neutral’ posture, but the rate-setting panel unexpectedly decided, by a 4-2 majority, to cut the benchmark repo rate by 25 basis points, to 6.25%.

Only 50% of PAN linked to Aadhaar

According to Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, inserted in 2017, not only is PAN mandatory for filing income tax returns but it is also mandatory for applying for a PAN card, which means that going ahead, all new PAN cards issued will automatically be linked to Aadhaar.

NGOs call for funds to eliminate TB

Non-governmental organisations (NGO) working to eliminate tuberculosis have urged the government to ensure that the National Strategic Plan for 2017-2025 is fully funded and effectively implemented to eliminate tuberculosis.

Governing India’s many spaces

These are the indices of the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ (EDB), ‘Human Development’ (HDI) and ‘Environmental Performance’ (EPI). They are self-explanatory, and their importance unlikely to be contested, even though they may not exhaust all concerns.

Will the ₹6,000 farmer payout help?

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme, announced in the Interim Budget, is the biggest scheme launched by the Government of India till date for providing structured support to small and marginal farmers.

Taxpayers, MPs, MLAs can’t avail farm income support

Income Tax assessees and sitting or former Members of Parliament or State legislatures are among those who have been excluded from the scope of the Centre’s scheme of income support for farmers, which was announced in the Union budget last week.

‘No proposal to modify February 12 circular’

Decision to remove 3 banks from PCA after considering capital infusion by Centre, says RBI Governor


Rail tunnel for Vizhinjam port connectivity

A 10.7-km railway line, including a 9.02-km tunnel, has been proposed to connect the upcoming Vizhinjam International Multipurpose Deepwater Seaport to the railway network.

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