Written-off in the hinterland: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The impact of education on rural life has remained consistent since colonial days.
The missing learning curve: (Indian Express, Editorial)
We need to build institutional memory, improve decision-making. Let’s start with data.
What lynchings say about the Indian state: (Live Mint, Editorial)
Failing to respond to mob violence in line with constitutional principles further erodes the state’s capacity to keep society’s worst impulses in check.
International groupings and agreements
On eve of PM’s visit, Palestine hopes to keep India ties firm:
India’s relations with Israel should not come at the “expense of ties” with Palestine, but the Palestinian Authority (PA) understands the need for India to de-hyphenate ties with both.
India and neighbors
Step back: (The Hindu, Editorial)
The boundary stand-off with China at the Doka La tri-junction with Bhutan is by all accounts unprecedented; it demands calmer counsel on all sides.
China backs claim on territory with map:
China has released a map to back its claim that Indian troops “transgressed” into the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector, which it claims as part of its territory.
Effects of developed and developing countries policies
Climate-proofed and inclusive: (The Hindu, Editorial)
How will future climate change affect the poor and how does one address both poverty and climate change? This is a conundrum faced by policymakers in India and other developing countries.
Indian Economy. Planning, Growth and Employment
Furore over ‘de-registering with a stroke of a pen’:
Companies always given opportunity to respond before action is taken, say lawyers, accountants; link to demonetisation also unclear.
GST positive for India’s credit profile:
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime will be positive for India’s credit profile as it will contribute to productivity gains and higher GDP growth as well as support higher government revenue generation through improved tax compliance.
Steel sector bullish on GST, exporters worry:
With India moving towards its biggest tax reform, here’s how various sectors in India have reacted to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and how it will impact business.
Integration of oil & gas majors is best avoided:
In 2005, the Krishnamurthy committee debunked the idea as it would reduce competition and manpower in the oil and gas sector.
In a new regime: (Indian Express, Editorial)
Implementing GST will require the coming together of all stakeholders. Sections of Opposition must not repeat midnight churlishness.
Pollution and conservation
Aerosols ‘shrinking’ India’s monsoon:
While greenhouse gases, or GHGs, are causing concern about the long-term fate of the Indian monsoon, researchers now think aerosols from vehicular exhaust, half-burnt crop residue, dust and chemical effluents may be weakening the life-giving rainy season even more than GHGs.
Prelims Related News
By Jupiter! NASA’s new revelation:
As the Juno spacecraft orbits Jupiter, the Gemini telescope is providing high-resolution images to help guide its exploration of the giant planet.
Sharpest laser can help test Einstein’s theory:
Scientists have developed the world’s sharpest laser with record-breaking precision that can help make optical atomic clocks more precise as well as test Einstein’s theory of relativity.