‘Enough political will to seal RCEP talks’: (The Hindu)
India is ‘fully committed’ to taking forward the negotiations for a mega Free Trade Agreement (FTA) called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), to ensure that it is a ‘balanced’ pact that benefits all the 16 Asia-Pacific nations including itself that are participating in the talks. Development of social sector Private healthcare with public money: (Live Mint, Editorial)
It is imperative to ensure that the association with the private sector, as far as healthcare is concerned, is rooted in principles of justice rather than financial expedience.
Taxing times for the States: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The withering of the States’ fiscal independence under GST strikes at the core of federalism.
Ambiguity on GST irks solar players: (The Hindu)
‘Suppliers yet to pass on input tax credits; higher costs will be passed on to end users’.
Getting it wrong on GST: (Indian Express, Editorial)
GST: Five per cent rate for aids for the disabled is more beneficial than exemption.
Science and Tech
SC for more data on GM mustard: (The Hindu)
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to stop itself from embarking on any project on, or commercial release of, genetically modified (GM) mustard.