Editorials

CRYPTO REGULATION IN G-20 MEETING

A coordinated approach to regulating crypto assets, managing debt vulnerabilities and reorienting global financial institutions have been identified as critical focus areas of the Finance Track agenda for India’s G-20 Presidency, which will kick off with the first meeting of G-20 finance and central bank deputies in Bengaluru on Tuesday. …

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EPFO PENSION SCHEME

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the Employees’ Pension (Amendment) Scheme, 2014 of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organistion as “legal and valid” while reading down certain provisions. Most important, the court used its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to allow eligible employees who had not opted for …

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INDIA’S ACTION FRAMEWORK AT COP27

India will insist on “action” and a clear pathway that developed countries must follow to deliver long-promised finance to developing countries for adapting to climate change threats, ahead of the 27th edition of the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) in Sharm-El-Shaikh, Egypt that begins on November 7. “This ought …

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IMPLEMENTATION OF EWS QUOTA

The original intent of the reservation policy in newly independent India was to level the playing field for the most marginalised sections, those stigmatised and discriminated against on account of their birth into specific caste and tribal groups. While these groups were also economically deprived, that was not the main …

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE ISSUE

Russia’s allegation that Ukraine was planning to launch a so-called dirty bomb shows how dramatically the Ukraine conflict has escalated. Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks with many of his global counterparts, including Rajnath Singh, accusing Ukraine of potential “nuclear terrorism”. A dirty bomb is not a nuclear bomb …

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ISRAEL, LEBANON SIGN MARITIME BORDER DEAL

Israel and Lebanon on Thursday separately signed a U.S.-brokered maritime border deal which paves the way for lucrative offshore gas extraction by the neighbours that remain technically at war. The agreement is set to go into effect after two exchanges of letters — one between Lebanon and the U.S., the …

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MULLAPERIYAR -COMMITTEE FOR PREPARING AN EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN (EAP)

The Kerala government has constituted a technical committee for preparing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the downstream part of the Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki district. Headed by the Chief Engineer (Inter-State Waters), Irrigation department, the six-member technical committee is expected to draft and submit the EAP within three months. …

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BIMSTEC

Recently, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) grouping’s fifth summit took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Host for the Fifth Summit). Key Highlights of the Summit The signing of the BIMSTEC Charter was the main outcome of this summit. Under this Charter, the members were expected to meet once every two …

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OPERATION GANGA

The Government of India has launched a ‘multi-pronged’ initiative named ‘Operation Ganga’. A dedicated Twitter handle ‘OpGanga Helpline’ to assist Indian evacuation from Ukraine has also been announced. The tensions between Russia and Ukraine are currently heightened, with war erupting in Ukraine after the Russian military launched a series of attacks recently. Operation Ganga It is an evacuation mission …

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LASSA FEVER

Recently, three persons diagnosed with Lassa fever in the UK died. The cases have been linked to travel to west African countries. The Lassa fever-causing virus is found in West Africa and was first discovered in 1969 in Lassa, Nigeria. The fever is spread by rats and is primarily found in countries in West Africa …

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