Summary

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Demonetisation

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Wednesday disclosed that almost 99% of rs 500 and Rs 100 currency notes which were withdrawn from circulation on November 8, 2016 has returned to the central bank, confirming what the government's critics has been pointing out about the weak economic rationale for demonetisation.
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Mumbai rains

14 killed, search for a missing doctor
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Govt clears first phase of Army reforms: redeploying staff, new combat units

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) Wedneesday approved implementation of the first phase of recommendations of the Shekatkar Committee which pertains to the Armmy. These reforms involve redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,999 posts of officrs, soldiers and civilians in the Army.
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Police Chief asks SHOs to fill appraisal form every 2 months

In a bid to change the image of the Delhi Police, station house officers (SHOs) across the city have been asked to fill performance appraisal forms every two months, starting immediately.
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Hope India learns lessons from Doklam now, says China

Chinese Foreign Miniter Wang Yi said on Wednesday that he hoped India had learnt 'lessons' to prevent Dokla like incidents in the future.
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Swachh Bharat, Beti Bachao, noteban to be in NCERT books

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and Digital India campaigns as well as demonetisation- all associated with the current BJP- led government- are set to be included in NCERT textbooks for the next academic session.
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Lessons Mumbai didn’t learn

July 2005 deluge followed by mcuh planning, Tuesday shows city still cannot deal with heavy rain
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Marital rape a crime in many countries, an exception in many more

Grounds for immunity for husbands laid in 1736, Poland fiirst to make it a criminal offence in 1932
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Giving Bhutan its Due

In Doklam stand-off, it once again came to the rescue of India's inerests, which costs to itself
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Stand against Reform

The Government needs to rethink its position on the criminalisation of marital rape
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Religion at State Expense

SC verdict in the Gujarat shrines compensation case raises important questions
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A tragic trilogy

There has been a terrible failure of leadershipin haryana at all levels- political, bureaucratic and police
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Piercing the Panchkula haze

In the popuular narrative, the Haryana police takes the brunt of the blame for the mob violence after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction. Reality is a little more complicated
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Trump: Talking not the answer with N Korea, Mattis disagress

US President Donald trump on Wednesday said 'talking is not the answer' to the tense standoff with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, but his defence chief asserted that the US still has diplomatic options.
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Cash in Rs 2,000 now exceeds Rs 1000 value in FY16

Even as the government stated that one of the reasons for demonetisation of high value currency was that it will hurt black money hoarders who stash cash mostly in high denomination currency notes like Rs 1000, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Annual report released on Wednesday reveals that thd value of Rs 2000 notes, as of March 2017 stood higher than the value of Rs 1000 notes as of March 2016
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Value of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 fakes: Rs 41 cr

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday said detection of counterfeir notes in 2016-17 was 20.4% higher than the previous year.
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Figure may hit 100% if 'pipelinne' collections taken into action: officials

On a day when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the data for collected demonetised currency, top RBI officials told The Indian Express that the figure could creep closer to 100% mark if, what theydescribe as 'pipeline' collections of banned Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes are also accounted for.
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18L spotted whose cash dealings not in line with tax profiles

Even as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) received Rs 15.28 lakh crore worth of the scrapped notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 after demonetisation, the income tax department has identified Rs 18 lakhs persons whose cash transactions are not in line with their tax profile.
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At Rs 7,965 crore, 133% jump in cost of printing currency notes

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) spent a whopping Rs 7,965 crore to print new currency notes from July 2016 to June 2017, a jump of 133% against Rs 3,421 crore in the same period of the previous year, in the wake of demonetisation of rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

Editorial

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When it Pours

When it comes to predicting monsoons, the India Meteorological Department failed miserably. Earlier in April, the Department gave its first long range forecast prediction stating thhis time to be a 'normal' monsoon. However the Department again reiterated its forecast in early June. This year, the monsoon is all about inordinate amounts of rainfall across the country. It is because of that the country saw Assam, Bihar and Gujarat submerged in record makig floodwater levels. Just two weeks back, BEngaluru received the heaviest downpour in about 120 years. The recent city to get hit by the floods is Mumbai which was lashed by 315 mm of rainfall- the worst deluge since 2015 catatrophic floods. Such a situation only raises questions about our understandig of monsoon and about the ways which we understand or percieve floods. This year the rainy season witnessed different weather patterns with continuous days of intense downpour with spells of dry weather in between. These drastic changes in the rainfall and weather also highlight climate change conditions. Climate scientists have regularly been issuing warnings about extreme rainfall like this from a long time. A Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2013 warned that Mumbai is more vulnerable to rains and situations like 2005 floods. It also pointed out that the indiscriminate destruction of the wetlands which soak up the excess rainfall have led to the catastrophic flood situations in the city. This is the same situation in other cities which have witnessed floods- be it Bengaluru, Guwahati or others. The flood control programmes should include a drive for restoration of wetlands in these cities and also a proper flood governance plan. All the government needs is clear planning and implementation of them in the cities- with restoring wetlands and creating strong embankments being the topmost priority.

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