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Daily News Analysis 26-04-2016







Foreign Secretaries of India, Pak to meet today (Pages 1 and 14)

a)     I.R

a)     Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry will meet Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar for bilateral talks with their delegations on the sidelines of Afghan donor Heart of Asia conference to be held on April 26.


NIA rules out inside help in Pathankot attack (Page 14)

a)     I.R

a)   After months of investigation, the NIA has concluded that there was no inside help to the terrorists who struck at the Pathankot airbase in the early hours of January 2.


Aseemanands evidence holds the key (Page 14)

a)     I.R

a)  The turning point in the Malegaon blasts case came in 2010. Swami Aseemanand (an accused in the Samjhauta Express, Ajmer Sharif and Mecca Masjid blasts case) confessed before a magistrate that the 2006 Malegaon blasts were the handiwork of a fringe Hindutva group.


Hillary will elevate ties with India (Page 16)

a)     I.R

a)     If elected President of the US, Hillary Clinton will take relations with India to a new level and better economic and strategic ties with New Delhi will anchor the US in the region.


Kabuls season of uncertainty (Page 12)

a)     International

a)     Afghan President Ghanis efforts at securing Pakistans cooperation to kick-start peace talks with the Taliban have been failure. His national unity government is looking increasingly fragile.


Pak should launch military operations against Taliban: Ghani (Page 16)

a)     International

a)     Afghan President Ashraf Ghani implored Pakistan to battle the Taliban instead of trying to bring them to peace talks, in a new hard-line stance after a brazen insurgent attack.


Colombo justifies move on trade pacts (Page 16)

a)     International

a)      Alluding to opposition in certain quarters to the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement with India, the Sri Lankan government on April 25 strongly justified its move to ink bilateral and regional trade agreements.


Iran threatens legal action against US (Page 16)

a)     International

a)     Iran threatened to take legal action in the International Court of Justice against the United States if $2 billion in frozen funds are diverted to compensate victims of attacks.  


A desperate situation (Page 12)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     The pendency of cases in Indias overburdened and understaffed judiciary is well documented. The emotional appeal made by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur in the presence of PM Modi has added a sense of poignancy and urgency to the issue.


Aadhaar Bill passage comes under apex court scanner (Page 9)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     The passage of the Aadhaar Bill by the Lok Sabha as a Money Bill, ignoring amendments recommended by the Upper House of Parliament, came under the Supreme Court scanner with Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh calling it a constitutional fraud.


FDI inflows hit record $51 bn in April-February last fiscal (Page 17)

a)     Economy

a)     According to Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary, India received $51 billion in FDI, the highest-ever FDI inflow in a fiscal, during April-February FY16.


Amazon surprises with new reef system (Page 22)

a)     Geography

a)    Scientists have discovered a new reef system at the mouth of the Amazon River, the largest river by discharge of water in the world. The Amazon plume (an area where freshwater from the river mixes with the salty Atlantic Ocean) affects a broad area of the tropical North Atlantic Ocean in terms of salinity, pH, light penetration and sedimentation, conditions that usually correlate to a major gap in Western Atlantic reefs.


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