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Odd even rule back in Delhi from Monday

The odd even vehicle rationing scheme will be enforced in the capital for a five day period, beginning Monday, as part of a graded response plan to tackle pollution in Delhi, the government announced on Thursday.

GST Council to tighten norms for Composition Scheme

The twenty-third meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in Guwahati on Friday is set to tighten the noose on players who, authorities believe, have started splitting their business operations into smaller entities to avoid higher tax liabilities.

India, China border talks next month

India and China will hold the 20th round of border talks at December-end, the first since the 73 day stand-off at Doklam. 'Starting next month, the bilateral exchanges will begin. The first one is of our Foreign Minister Wang Yi who wil attend the India-China-Russia Foreign Ministers' meeting here.'

Princely tip: mentoring is key for budding entrepreneurs

Citing from his experience of running the Prince of Wales Youth Business Trust for over four decades, Prince Charles said on Thursday that lending money to budding young entrepreneurs was good, but they also needed mentoring in their initial years to build durable businesses.

Trump, Xi vow to tackle global issues

The United States on Thursday highlighted its special ties with China in managing global tensions in North Korea, instability in Afghanistan and tackling the scourge of international terrorism.

Constitution Bench to hear plea on bid to sway SC judge

A Constitution Bench of the 'first five judges of the Supreme Court in the order of seniority' will hear on November 13 a petition seeking an independent investigation by a special team, supervised by a former Chief Justice of India (CJI), into a corruption case involving a former Orissa High Court judge.

Odd even rule back in Delhi from Monday

The odd even vehicle rationing scheme will be enforced in the capital for a five day period, beginning Monday, as part of a graded response plan to tackle pollution in Delhi, the government announced on Thursday.

GST Council to tighten norms for Composition Scheme

The twenty-third meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in Guwahati on Friday is set to tighten the noose on players who, authorities believe, have started splitting their business operations into smaller entities to avoid higher tax liabilities.

India, China border talks next month

India and China will hold the 20th round of border talks at December-end, the first since the 73 day stand-off at Doklam. 'Starting next month, the bilateral exchanges will begin. The first one is of our Foreign Minister Wang Yi who wil attend the India-China-Russia Foreign Ministers' meeting here.'

Princely tip: mentoring is key for budding entrepreneurs

Citing from his experience of running the Prince of Wales Youth Business Trust for over four decades, Prince Charles said on Thursday that lending money to budding young entrepreneurs was good, but they also needed mentoring in their initial years to build durable businesses.

Trump, Xi vow to tackle global issues

The United States on Thursday highlighted its special ties with China in managing global tensions in North Korea, instability in Afghanistan and tackling the scourge of international terrorism.

Constitution Bench to hear plea on bid to sway SC judge

A Constitution Bench of the 'first five judges of the Supreme Court in the order of seniority' will hear on November 13 a petition seeking an independent investigation by a special team, supervised by a former Chief Justice of India (CJI), into a corruption case involving a former Orissa High Court judge.

Editorial

Under Pressure

The dampening quality of police investigation in India is the focus again. The recent twist in the probe of the Ryan school murder of a seven­year-old boy in September exposes how very unreliable the police can be in case of investigating grave crimes in the middle of a public outcry and hovering media scrutiny. The CBI claimed that it wasn’t a conductor but a 16­year­old student who murdered the student Pradyuman Thakur at the Ryan International School. Going by the reports, if it is found out true, then the police have a hefty task of explaining why it made the sensational claim that the conducted was the accused and he even “confessed” to it. According to the police, the motive was that the victim child had resisted his attempt for a sexual assault. The CBI stated in its report that a Class XI student killed the junior schoolmate for getting the examinations postponed and also a parent­teacher meeting. The CBI found closed-circuit television footage as a crucial evidence piece against the senior student- who is now currently under arrest. In a hustle eagerness for bringing in results and to demonstrate their efficiency, the Gurugram police announced the bus conductor name and arrest on the murder. Additional reports that the accused bus driver was under pressure in identifying the knife to be part of the bus toolkit added to the suspicion that the Gurugram police were trying to definitely frame the conductor. Cases like these will definitely have media glare and camera hovering over them. However, the police mustn’t succumb to the temptation to wrap up a probe under public pressure. Thorough studies on different police reforms have highlighted the urgent need for making the investigation process more scientific and rooted in the forensic analysis, but the custodial torture as well as extracted confessions continue to be duly reported. The onus is currently on the CBI for effectively avoiding such pitfalls and also highlight that the initial narrative was false and the subsequent account is closer to the reality.

For a Wider Cover

India in the year 2015 made a Bonn Challenge commitment to effectively place into restoration 13 million hectares of a degraded part of the land by 2020 and an additional more 8 million hectares by 2030. The India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) also pledged to effectively sequester 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of Co2 equivalent by 2030 through boosted tree cover. The initial government estimates suggest that for achieving this goal, India needs to extend tree cover around 28­34 million hectares outside the already existing forest cover. As States across India work to achieve the said commitments, it seems that there is an over­reliance on tree plantations. Improving ecology and large-scale plantations are neither the perception of Bonn Challenge nor of the NDCs. The Bonn Challenge, like for instance, lays due emphasis on landscape approaches — an effective model that is aimed at improving the natural ecology of a landscape to conserve biodiversity. The NDC lay due to emphasis not only on the carbon sequestration process but also climate change through a strengthened row of benefits to the local communities who depend on forests and agriculture for their sustenance. This also highlights the heightened spirit of India’s policy framework on forest cover which lays focus on a landscape approach to manage good forest and tree cover. In this context, large­scale plantation drives really don't achieve the goal effectively. To implement a landscape approach, one must protect healthy forest cover and areas from deforestation, degradation and also fragmentation. India has more models that are effectively suited for different regions and farm households to draw upon, and as such it shouldn’t rely only on plantation drives alone for securing the environmental and developmental outcomes.

Under Pressure

The dampening quality of police investigation in India is the focus again. The recent twist in the probe of the Ryan school murder of a seven­year-old boy in September exposes how very unreliable the police can be in case of investigating grave crimes in the middle of a public outcry and hovering media scrutiny. The CBI claimed that it wasn’t a conductor but a 16­year­old student who murdered the student Pradyuman Thakur at the Ryan International School. Going by the reports, if it is found out true, then the police have a hefty task of explaining why it made the sensational claim that the conducted was the accused and he even “confessed” to it. According to the police, the motive was that the victim child had resisted his attempt for a sexual assault. The CBI stated in its report that a Class XI student killed the junior schoolmate for getting the examinations postponed and also a parent­teacher meeting. The CBI found closed-circuit television footage as a crucial evidence piece against the senior student- who is now currently under arrest. In a hustle eagerness for bringing in results and to demonstrate their efficiency, the Gurugram police announced the bus conductor name and arrest on the murder. Additional reports that the accused bus driver was under pressure in identifying the knife to be part of the bus toolkit added to the suspicion that the Gurugram police were trying to definitely frame the conductor. Cases like these will definitely have media glare and camera hovering over them. However, the police mustn’t succumb to the temptation to wrap up a probe under public pressure. Thorough studies on different police reforms have highlighted the urgent need for making the investigation process more scientific and rooted in the forensic analysis, but the custodial torture as well as extracted confessions continue to be duly reported. The onus is currently on the CBI for effectively avoiding such pitfalls and also highlight that the initial narrative was false and the subsequent account is closer to the reality.

For a Wider Cover

India in the year 2015 made a Bonn Challenge commitment to effectively place into restoration 13 million hectares of a degraded part of the land by 2020 and an additional more 8 million hectares by 2030. The India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) also pledged to effectively sequester 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of Co2 equivalent by 2030 through boosted tree cover. The initial government estimates suggest that for achieving this goal, India needs to extend tree cover around 28­34 million hectares outside the already existing forest cover. As States across India work to achieve the said commitments, it seems that there is an over­reliance on tree plantations. Improving ecology and large-scale plantations are neither the perception of Bonn Challenge nor of the NDCs. The Bonn Challenge, like for instance, lays due emphasis on landscape approaches — an effective model that is aimed at improving the natural ecology of a landscape to conserve biodiversity. The NDC lay due to emphasis not only on the carbon sequestration process but also climate change through a strengthened row of benefits to the local communities who depend on forests and agriculture for their sustenance. This also highlights the heightened spirit of India’s policy framework on forest cover which lays focus on a landscape approach to manage good forest and tree cover. In this context, large­scale plantation drives really don't achieve the goal effectively. To implement a landscape approach, one must protect healthy forest cover and areas from deforestation, degradation and also fragmentation. India has more models that are effectively suited for different regions and farm households to draw upon, and as such it shouldn’t rely only on plantation drives alone for securing the environmental and developmental outcomes.

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