Demonetisation can have ripple effects on GDP growth and job creation: Dr Manmohan Singh
A day after demonetisation of large currency notes completes a month and a few days after he first called it “organised loot, legalised plunder,” in the Rajya Sabha, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has again torn into the government’s exercise.
I-T department freezes Jan Dhan account milkman’s wife with Rs 40 lakh
Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted Jan Dhan account holders not to refund the money of the corrupt who had deposited their ‘black money’ into the bank accounts of the poor, the Income Tax Department here froze the account of one such beneficiary Sitara Devi of Ara in Bihar’s Bhojpur district.
Pak’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa carries a high profile
Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, a career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, was chosen as Pakistan's next Chief of Army Staff and Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) on Saturday. Gen Bajwa was promoted to the rank of four-star general.
A case of lost opportunities at Heart of Asia
Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, attended by 14 participating and over two dozen supporting countries was jointly inaugurated on December 4 by Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and India’s PM Narendra Modi. It brought diplomatic theatre to Punjab and transitory focus on the holiest shrine of the Sikhs. It also stirred, to borrow from Marcel Proust, remembrance of things past. 
SC came down heavily on the Punjab government permitting liquor shops near highways
Concerned over 1.5 lakh fatalities every year in road mishaps, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said it may direct closure of liquor vends on national and state highways across the nation, besides removal of the signages indicating their location. The apex court, while reserving verdict on a batch of pleas seeking a direction to amend excise laws to ensure that no liquor is sold alongside highways, came down heavily on the Punjab government for seeking relaxation and permitting liquor shops near highways if they are "elevated" ones and the vend are under or near it.
HEART OF ASIA: Islamabad and Delhi must opt for a process that addresses each others’ concerns
 Pakistan’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s pleas for a “holistic approach” couldn’t stand the joint targeted offensive by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Modi against what they both dubbed as “sponsor of terrorism”. Blame game, rather than constructive engagement, was the hallmark of the Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan in Lahore’s once twin-city of Amritsar. 
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SC Verdict on National Anthem Mandates Hindutva Nationalism
Usual interpretation of the Indian Apex Court verdict on ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the National Anthem on 30 November, 2016 as curbing of individual’s freedom could hardly fathom the real intention behind the judicial overreach which is meant to serve a larger purpose. The verdict is in tune with overall political-moral ethos of the time.
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Mukarba Chowk-Panipat stretch of the National Highway-1 would be made 12-laned
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, has said that the Mukarba Chowk-Panipat stretch of the National Highway-1 would be made 12-laned and 27 railways overbridges and underbridges would be constructed on this stretch. A sports university would be set up at Rai in Sonepat district and the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway would be completed within the next 400 days.  
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Two soldiers killed in unprovoked firing from Pakistan army
wo Army jawans were killed and three others — two soldiers and a woman — were injured as Pakistani army opened fire in a bid to facilitate two infiltration bids along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna ghati and Poonch secctors of Poonch district on Sunday. The Indian Army said that while the infiltration bids were foiled, it has also inflicted heavy damage to several Pakistani posts across the Line of Control in Poonch sector.
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HEART OF ASIA: Islamabad and Delhi must opt for a process that addresses each others’ concerns
 Pakistan’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s pleas for a “holistic approach” couldn’t stand the joint targeted offensive by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Modi against what they both dubbed as “sponsor of terrorism”. Blame game, rather than constructive engagement, was the hallmark of the Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan in Lahore’s once twin-city of Amritsar. 
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