Newspaper GIST


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GDP growth boards slow train at 5.7% to be sentenced

Officials blame it on sharp decline in industrial activity
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39 successes later, PSLV launch fails

Replacement satellite IRNSS-IH in limbo
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Mysore Maharaja’s gift is Ooty’s ‘mini-Lalbagh’ now

It will have topiary and Italian gardens, hillocks, a ‘Nilgiri sheep forest’ and six lakes
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HC rejects plea to restart tonga race in Nagaur

Court says event involves cruelty towards horses
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Making the great escape, at 12

Durga fled child beggary in Uttara Kannada and has written her own story
Page no. 7

‘Medical boards proposed to hear abortion pleas’

The centre on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it has written to States and Union Territories about the Court’s suggestion to appoint permanent medical boards to provide women, especially rape survivors, urgent access to medical care and consider to request for their abortions.
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Parents are behind child marriages, says SC

Page no. 7

Nationwide programmes to test all TB patients

Molecular diagnostic test will check for drug resistance
Page no. 8

Editorial: Ray of hope

With the bandh suspended in the Darjeeling hills, Kolkata must reciprocate suitably
Page no. 8

Understanding the Chinese mind by M.K. Narayanan

Any believe that China has been deterred by India’s firm repose at Doklam could be misplaced
Page no. 8

The brave new world of lynch mobs by Gautam Bhatia

This is what happens when majoritarianism and vigilantism are not roundly condemned
Page no. 9

Left, Right, Centre by various authors

Is it time to review Section 377?
Page no. 10

No immediate end to ‘sahayak’ system

Over 30,000 soldiers employed as orderlies despite multiple recommendations to end the practice
Page no. 10

Hizb bans mobile phones for its cadre

Counter-insurgency teams had used cellphones as a tool to track militants
Page no. 10

Sailing on a festive wave

Vallasadya and Vallamkali, held as part of Onam celebration in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta, is a heady melange
Page no. 13

Centre pushes for RBI to increase dividend

Had budgeted for Rs. 58,000 cr. But received only Rs. 30, 659 cr.
Page no. 13

Core sector output growth quickens to 2.4% in July

Low base in sectors including steel, electricity spur uptick


Page no. 8

Editorial: Shifting goal posts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced demonetisation on 8 November, 2016 with ceasing the currency note of Rs. 1000 and Rs.500. He argued that demonetisation is necessary for the ending of corruption and black money. He also said that the scrapped currency notes will be deployed for larger purposes, for example, social welfare schemes and infrastructure projects etc. This would be effected with the Reserve Bank of India, which bears the liability to honour the value of the country’s currency, paying as dividend to the government the majority, if not all, of its extinguished liabilities. However, the RBI’s annual report, released on August 30, 2017, reveals that the gains from the demonetization is piffling, though as much as 98.96% of the demonetized currency had returned to the RBI up to June 30. Undoubtedly, demonetization has some benefits i.e., fostering greater compliance with the tax laws and reducing the economy’s reliance on cash through increased adoption of digital payments. However, this could be achieved through other and less self-destructive ways. Demonetisation robed the country’s economic thrust, which is far devastating than the small benefits it has produced.

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