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India Today March 5, 2018

India Today is the leading news magazine and most widely read publication in India. The magazine’s leadership is unquestioned, so much so that India Today is what Indian journalism is judged by, for its integrity and ability to bring unbiased and incisive perspective to arguably the most dynamic, yet perplexing, region in the world. Breaking news and shaping opinion, it is now a household name and the flagship brand of India’s leading multidimensional media group. Additionally, the weekly brings with it a range supplements like Women, Home, Aspire, Spice and Simply which focus on style, health, education, fashion, etc. and Indian cities.

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When the NDA was elected in May 2014, the big question was about just when the big bang reforms would come. Then prime minister Narendra Modi dropped the demonetisation bomb on November 8, 2016. The benefits of that are still to materialise and are even debatable. Wouldn’t it have been much better if he had denationalised public sector banks which Indira Gandhi had nationalised in 1969 as an image-building ploy? Since then, every government has used public sector banks as a milch cow for its populist schemes even though the declared aim of nationalisation was to redistribute credit away from large industrial houses to what came to be known as the priority sectors. It achieved mixed results, as seen from the recent spate of farm loan waivers. Almost half…

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a river runs through it

WATER WAR In this 2016 photograph, pro-Karnataka activists are burning an effigy of then TN CM Jayalalithaa (AFP) The Supreme Court’s February 16 verdict on the sharing of Cauvery water has set a number of far-reaching precedents, which will have implications in dealing with water disputes across the country. Tinkering with the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) award, referring to the National Water Policy and international principles, introducing groundwater in water accounting and suggesting that tribunals need not confine the scope of their orders to the river basins are some key facets of the verdict, all of which reminds one of the proverbial Pandora’s box.The judgment is possibly the first-ever instance of the apex court not only admitting a Special Leave Petition (SLP) against a tribunal award, but also…

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small arms, big delays

FIRE AT WILL An Indian soldier on the LoC in Rajouri sector, Jammu (YASIR IQBAL) India recently initiated one of the world’s largest acquisitions of small weaponry. On February 13, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman cleared contracts for purchasing assault rifles, sniper rifles and light machine guns worth over Rs 15,000 crore—or over $2.5 billion—to equip the world’s third-largest armed forces.The ministry plans to buy 740,000 assault rifles for the three armed forces at Rs 12,280 crore, 5,719 sniper rifles worth Rs 982 crore and light machine guns worth Rs 1,819 crore under the fast track procedure. These decisions signal the defence ministry’s intent to prioritise equipping foot soldiers engaged in daily operations along the Line of Control and in counter-terrorist operations in…

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the lives of indian millennials

A series of recent surveys offer a complex, occasionally contradictory, picture of the spending habits of Indian millennials, young people between 18 and 35, whose lifestyle choices are increasingly dominating the Indian market. Millennials make up a higher proportion of India’s working age population than most countries. Also, their attitudes are largely optimistic, marked in the metros by greater affluence and a willingness to spend rather than save their money. 34% OF INDIANS, ACCORDING TO A NEW DELOITTE SURVEY, ARE MILLENNIALS BETWEEN 18 AND 35 YEARS OLD, COMPARED WITH 31% IN CHINA, 26% IN THE US AND 14% IN THE UK 11% OF MILLENNIALS STAY IN THEIR FIRST JOB FOR MORE THAN 3 YEARS, SAYS A 2017 SURVEY BY JOBS WEBSITE MONSTER; 29% LEAVE IN LESS THAN…

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seize the padman moment

(Illustration by TANMOY CHAKRABORTY) PadMan is doing a good thing, pushing us to talk about the most natural part of women’s lives—menstruation. But, really, shouldn’t the fact of a movie on the theme goad us to consider our place in the menstruation matrix? If you’re part of the just under 50 per cent Indian women who, says the National Family Health Survey 2015-16, use hygienic menstrual products (another, now-contested statistic claims 12 per cent), the point is, how do you dispose of them?I’ve been witness to the anger of hundreds of waste workers—pickers, doorstep collectors, dumpsite scavengers, men and women—who come in contact with sanitary waste. Their anger comes from the perceived assault on their dignity. “Aren’t they educated? They live in such big houses, drive such big cars. Can’t…

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‘development can coexist with concern for the environment’

(RAJWANT RAWAT) United Nations Environment Programme executive director Erik Solheim has worked extensively on climate change and climate finance. As Norway’s minister of environment and international development earlier (2007-2012), he was also responsible for important legislation to carry forward the green dialogue. He talks to Prachi Bhuchar about the role of UNEP in India and how the country can tackle some of its glaring environment-related issues. Excerpts: Q: What are the key issues you are focusing on in India?India is hosting the World Environment Day on June 5, so this is a precursor to that. I’d like to focus on plastic pollution which is a huge problem everywhere, including in the Pacific and the Arctic. This vast amount…