1. GDP grew 8.4% in Q2, but recovery appears patchy 2. Farm fires added 14.6% to city’s PM2.5 in Nov. 3. Small grant but a big opportunity for local bodies; The earmarked health allocation recommended by the 15th Finance Commission can fulfil a mandate on primary care 4. Afghanistan, the rise of a narco-terrorist state 5. India’s informal economy has not shrunk; An SBI Research study’s claim that there is greater formalisation of the economy is unfounded
1. GST collections surge in November 2. Butterfly species record increase; 156 species recorded in Peechi-Vazhany wildlife division in a four-day exercise 3. AIADMK MPs stall debate on Dam Safety Bill in Rajya Sabha; They say it will affect T.N.’s ownership rights over dams, including Mullaperiyar 4. Point of disorder: Disruption of proceedings, suspension of MPs undermine parliamentary democracy equally 5. Road to recovery: Policy makers must boost demand-supportive measures to ensure recovery sustains
1) Doctor, South African national India’s first cases of Omicron 2) A white touch to a refreshed green revolution; The Amul model, of a socio-economic enterprise, has immense potential to aid India’s crop-growing farmers 3) Births and rights: Laws on reproductive rights must recognise differences in orientation, relationship choices
1. Govt. to wait for expert view on booster dose, jabs for children 2. Govt. seeks ₹62,000 cr. to clear Air India’s debt; Fund will go into company holding carrier’s liabilities 3. Implement panel’s anti-pollution steps: SC to Centre, Delhi Govt. 4. ‘Eastern Fleet to have Carrier Battle Group’; Once trials are over, INS Vikrant will be based in Visakhapatnam, says Vice Admiral Dasgupta 5. Longest migration route of lesser florican from Rajasthan tracked
1. Army operation in Nagaland goes awry, 15 civilians deadSix killed in mistaken fire; nine more and a soldier dead in retaliatory violence
1. India, Russia renew military pact; The two sides also conclude 28 agreements 2. Govt. expresses regret over : Nagaland killings. SIT probe will be finished in a month, Shah tells Parliament 3. Highly invasive snail spotted in Kerala: Physella acuta is host to worms that can cause food-borne diseases, rashes 4. End the impunity: The botched Army operation in Nagaland is yet another reason why AFSPA should go 5. A docket full of unresolved constitutional cases: These involve crucial questions about state power, accountability and impunity, and cannot be left hanging by the courts
1) Nagaland seeks AFSPA repeal, scraps ongoing Hornbill Festival; Shutdown observed in Mon district; two injured in Army firing still critical 2) After SC rap, efforts stepped up to control air pollution in Delhi 3) ‘Hydrogen sulphide suppresses HIV’; Finding could lead to more comprehensive antiretroviral therapy against disease 4) A robust friendship: India and Russia have to navigate a complex geopolitical landscape while deepening ties 5) A monumental mistake fomented by impunity. The anguish over the Nagaland killings is inadequate, especially as there is no gesture to recommend the end of AFSPA
1) Rawat, 12 others killed in T.N. chopper crash 2) Farmers likely to call off year-long agitation today 3) Nod for Ken-Betwa link project: Water-starved districts of U.P., M.P. to benefit from scheme: Govt. 4) Diplomatic games: The U.S. and China have added a clash over values to ties already under strain over trade 5) Russia, a legacy relationship with limitations: The India-Russia relationship stands deeply strained by larger geopolitical realities, but there is scope for improved ties
1) India pays homage to first CDS, wife and 11 other crash victims. IAF has ordered a tri-service inquiry into the accident, Rajnath tells Parliament. 2) Farmers declare victory, to start vacating protest sites 3) Bird flu triggers alert in Alappuzha: 8,000 to 10,000 ducks were culled by rapid response teams after the outbreak was confirmed. 4) Campaign launched to save Chamundi Hills; ‘New projects are eroding green cover’. 5) Singareni coal production hit as workers go on 3-day strike. Unions protest Centre’s move to auction four coal blocks.
1) SC now open to easing of Delhi pollution curbs; With air quality improving, Commission asked to decide on relaxations for industries in a week 2) SC to hear Mullaperiyar case on Dec. 15: Case adjourned as Tamil Nadu seeks time to respond to new issues raised by Kerala Government 3) Green shoots: The Government should build political consensus on plans for reform in farm sector 4) Goods and Services Tax as an unfinished agenda; Seen purely from a revenue point of view and as a fiscal policy tool, India’s GST is still on a rocky road
1) RBI and PM signal reforms in troubled urban co-op banks; Governor Shaktikanta Das warns depositors against chasing higher returns 2) PM to open Kashi Vishwanath Corridor today; ₹800-crore project connects the ancient temple to the banks of the Ganges 3) Freedom and powerElected leaders must keep their promises of freedom and equality for their people 4)Endless ordeal: Assange should not be tried for exposing abuse of power, and must walk free 5) The evolution and framing of the Constitution: It does not impose, with reason, the same burden of accountability on the Judiciary as the Executive and the Legislature
1. Inflation spikes to 4.91% in November. Vegetable prices jump 7.45%. 2. SC puts off Krishna water dispute hearing till 2022; It has been scheduled for January 10. 3. Fathoming the new world disorder: It is pegged to the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, a development with a far-reaching impact on global politics. 4. A global gateway to creating links, not dependencies; With its new Global Gateway strategy, the European Union is showing how it can aid investors, partners and people. 5. Home truths on climate change: There is a gap between what the goverment says on the international stage and what it does at home.
1) Wholesale price inflation spikes to a record as food, fuel surge; Primary food inflation hits a 13-month high 2) SC approves widening of three Char Dham highways; They will facilitate quick movement of troops: Govt. 3) Pain from prices: More fuel tax cuts are needed to prevent inflation from hurting the recovery 4) The NMP is hardly the panacea for growth in India; As the Government has also shown, there are out-of-the-box policy initiatives to revamp public sector businesses
1) Cabinet approves ₹76,000 crore push for semiconductor makers. It will extend fiscal support of up to 50% of project cost to set up fabrication units. 2) Be dispassionate on Mullaperiyar: SC, ‘Court should not be compelled into the day-to-day management of the dam’ 3) Mixed signals: Pandemic imperatives require diversification of supplies but protectionism is no answer 4) Securing the young: India must accelerate efforts to increase vaccine supply for boosters and for children 5) A false conflation between duties and rights: Allowing the language of fundamental duties to subsume political debates would hit the moral principles of the republic
1) 1971 war altered ideological map: Kovind; At 50th year commemoration of Liberation War, President lauds the vision of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman 2) Data protection Bill has provisions for ‘right to be forgotten’, Centre tells HC. Petition seeks removal of articles relating to a criminal case. 3) Wrong forum: The attempt to securitise the climate change agenda could have unintended consequences 4) Reflections on flying blind into the storm: The lack of public data on the pandemic will hit the integration of a fast shifting scientific frontier with clinical practice
1) CCI freezes Amazon-Future deal, slaps ₹200 crore fine on U.S. firm 2) For an honest broker: Any offer from Russia to play the facilitator in talks with China must be scrutinised closely 3) When the chips are down: The Semiconductor Mission can power the development of the chip and display industry 4) The challenge of achieving 9.5% growth rate: The key lies in the government’s ongoing emphasis on infrastructure spending as reflected in its capital expenditure
1) Sri Lanka arrests 55 Indian fishermen 2) One more lynched in Punjab over ‘sacrilege’ 3) Six nations call for ‘immediate’ aid for Afghans 4) Thar desert expanding : fast with land degradation, finds study‘Sandstorms may travel to NCR in coming years’ 5) bird migration to Karnataka: With continuous inflow into lakes, there is no stagnant pool which is source of food for wading birds
1) Lok Sabha passes Bill to link electoral rolls with Aadhaar; Govt. says process will ‘purify’ voter lists; Opposition slams it for ‘tearing hurry’ 2) Six additional seats for Jammu, one for Kashmir proposed; Delimitation panel meets BJP, NC MPs 3) SEBI halts futures trading in key crops 4) A strategic bulwark: India must redouble efforts towards Central Asia to counter the ‘Great Game’ rivalries 5) Amid vaccine booster talk, context matters a lot: While discussions are essential, India should decide its COVID-19 booster dose policy based on local evidence and data
1) House panel to review: Bill on raising marriage age of women We are 75 years late in providing equal rights to women, says Irani 2) Sri Lanka detains 13 more Indian fishermen; Stalin seeks intervention by Centre to put an end to the ‘intimidatory tactics’ 3) RS passes electoral reforms Bill amid Opposition protest 4) ‘Anti-national not defined in statutes’It was removed from Constitution: MHA
1.UNSC adopts resolution to ease Afghan assistance. 2. India gives 1 mn doses to Myanmar. 3. Indian Army inducts indigenously built AERVs; It was designed by DRDO and manufactured by BEL. 4. Troubled waters: More efforts should be made to wean away fishermen from trawlers. 5. As a regional leader, not a victim of circumstance; India must respond to neighbourhood challenges by making it clear that it is an arbiter of its destiny and the region’s.
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1. Executive shows a trend to disrespect court orders: CJI; Statements against Collegium system ‘propagate a myth’. 2. Nagaland: panel to look into AFSPA withdrawal; It will be led by Home Ministry official, include top officers of Assam Rifles, CRPF. 3. More, and for more: Boosters for the aged and vaccines for children can help India combat the virus.
1. 15-17 age group to get Covaxin from Jan. 3; Third dose for seniors only 39 weeks after second. 2. Missionaries of Charity denied FCRA nod; Some adverse inputs were noticed: Ministry. 3. A progressive step: Formation of a panel to look into withdrawal of AFSPA from Nagaland is a welcome move. 4. Why the Aadhaar-voter ID link must be stopped: Aadhaar use to construct elector databases has resulted in exclusion and will help in profiling the voter. 5. The gaps in the plan to tackle plastic waste: The draft regulations on extended producer responsibility are retrogressive in their approach.
1. Two more vaccines and a drug join India’s fight against COVID; Corbevax, Covovax shots and Molnupiravir get emergency use authorisation. 2. SEBI tightens rules on use of IPO proceeds. 3. ‘Audit irregularities’ led to FCRA denial, says official; Missionaries of Charity has not requested a review. 4. 100% take first dose of vaccine in Telangana; 2.77 crore target population given the jab; second dose coverage stands at 66%. 5. Falling short: Perpetrators of violence in the name of religion must be brought to justice.
1. Centre may extend Dec. 31 deadline for FCRA renewal Registration of thousands of NGOs, associations stuck. 2. Maximising the boost: India must test the feasibility of mixing vaccines to help enable informed choice. 3. The efficiency myth of Aadhaar linking: The Government has made several dubious claims to push the Aadhaar project. 4. BKU against opening of dairy sector: Farmers’ union opposes potential deal with Australia. 5. Atal innovation ranks puts IITs, IISc on top Seven IITs, IISc, figure among top 10.
1. AFSPA extended in Nagaland. 2. Landmark court rulings during the pandemic; As the year comes to a close, we recall some significant judgments of the Delhi High Court that made headlines and impacted our daily lives. 3. Killing the licence: The Government must give a more transparent account of its actions against NGOs.
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