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Daily News Analysis 30-04-2016

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India, PNG sign MoUs on IT, health (Page 16)

a)     I.R

a)     A joint statement issued by India and Papua New Guinea at the end of a two-day visit by President Pranab Mukherjee said the Pacific island country agreed that oil and gas exploration and development could be a new avenue of cooperation between the two countries, keeping in view Indias desire to achieve energy security.

2.

Revive back channel talks, say ex-envoys (Page 15)

a)     I.R

a)     A group of former Indian and Pakistani diplomats said that India and Pakistan should revive back channels talks with special envoys that were held between 2000 to 2009. The back channel talks that both sides referred to was held between India and Pak during the Vajpayee era when NSA Brajesh Mishra and Pakistani envoy Tariq Aziz met to discuss options to solve the Kashmir issue.

3.

Visa denial to Chinese puts MEA in red corner (Page 15)

a)     I.R

a)     Even as Indias Ministry of External Affairs denied visas to two prospective participants in an anti-Beijing conference in Dharmasala, legal experts have questioned the idea that Interpol Red Notices serve as undeniable warrants of arrests in countries that cooperate with the international criminal police organisation.

4.

ITBPs north-east HQ to be moved near China border (Page 15)

a)     I.R

a)  The govt has decided to shift the frontier headquarters of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police from Meghalaya to Arunachal Pradesh, closer to the Line of Actual Control. It is to be seen how China will react to the decision to shift the office to Arunachal Pradesh.

5.

$1.5 billion IMF breather for Sri Lanka (Page 16)

a)     International

a)     In the midst of a crisis over deterioration of the balance of payments position, Sri Lanka has got the much-needed reprieve with the International Monetary Fund agreeing to provide $ 1.5 billion through a three-year-long Extended Fund Facility.

6.

Fed affords RBI wiggle room (Page 12)

a)     International

b)     Economy

a)    US Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged for a third straight meeting, citing a moderation in economic growth in the worlds largest economy. The Federal Open Market Committee will next meet on June 14, and with the decision it has provided policymakers at the RBI with just a little more elbow room when they decide on monetary action at their June 7 sitting.

7.

Liberate the legislator (Page 12)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     The Constitution (Fifty-second Amendment) Act 1985 added the Tenth Schedule to the Indian Constitution to curb the growing tendency of political defections by parliamentarians and legislators from one party to another after elections.

8.

Gujarat, T.N. see fastest growth (Page 14)

a)     National

b)     Economy

a)     According to the govt data, Gujarat saw the fastest growth in its direct tax collections, growing 185 percent in FY2014-15 to Rs. 12,577 crore compared to its level in FY2008-09. Tamil Nadu saw the next-fastest growth in the period, with its direct tax collections growing 116 percent to Rs. 20,651 crore in FY2014-15. Maharashtra (112 percent) and West Bengal (105 percent) were other states seeing rapid growth in their direct tax collections.

9.

Skin cells transformed to suit heart and brain (Page 22)

a)     S&T

a)     In a major breakthrough, a team of researchers has transformed skin cells into heart cells and brain cells using a combination of chemicals. The team used chemical cocktails to gradually coax skin cells to change into organ-specific stem cell-like cells and, ultimately, into heart or brain cells.

10.

Galaxy cluster data to decode dark energy (Page 22)

a)     S&T

b)     Geography

a)     Using data of galaxy clusters from NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory and other optical telescopes, astronomers have developed a powerful new method for investigating dark energy.

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