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Must Read News Articles I 4th December 2019

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National Shame: On Gender Sensitisation

Gender Sensitisation and wider societal changes are needed to end sex crimes

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Opposition demands debate on electoral reforms

16 Opposition parties have signed a motion demanding a debate on electoral reforms for free and fair elections.

One state push for Israel and palestine?

Any future solution must be one that rectifies past evils and offers democracy to all Palestinians

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GST revenue not enough for states’ compensation: Centre

The Centre has written to all the States voicing concern that due to the lower Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections, the compensation cess might not be enough to pay for losses arising out of the tax system

US threaten 100% tariffs on certain French Goods

The USA has announced that it could levies duty upto 100% on $2.4 billion in French imports into the country. The announcement comes after the office of USTR probe into France’s Digital Service Tax concluded that a French tax measure is discriminatory towards specific US technology companies

DRDO to develop naval jet fighter

The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has offered to develop a new twin-engine deck-based fighter aircraft for the Navy based on the experience of the naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and it should be ready by 2026

Structural policies needed for 7 – plus% growth

The slowdown is an outcome of supply side constraints, says the economist Rathin Roy.

Surge in imports from Singapore under lens

An unusual 118 per cent spurt in India’s merchandise imports from Singapore to a record $16.3 billion in 2018-19 has alarmed customs officials and puzzled the Commerce Ministry, which has asked for a closer scrutiny of the inflows, a senior government official told FE.

This level of annual spike in imports from Singapore has been unheard of despite the existence of the FTA for around 14 years now.

2019 could be second warmest year on record: WMO

THE YEAR 2019 is likely to end as the second or third warmest ever, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said Tuesday in the latest of a series of warnings in recent months about a rapidly worsening climate scenario.

“Global mean temperature for January to October 2019 was 1.1 degree Celsius (error margin of 0.1 degree) above pre-industrial levels. 2019 is likely to be the second or third warmest year on record. The past five years are now almost certain to be the five warmest years on record, and the past decade 2010-2019, to be the warmest decade. Since the 1980s, each successive decade has been warmer than any preceding decade since 1850,” the WMO said in a provisional statement on the State of Global Climate in 2019.

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