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Daily News Analysis 03-05-2016







Farm sector stalling FTA talks with NZ (Page 14)

a)     I.R

a)     Seeking to dispel the impression that India was lukewarm about ongoing negotiations with New Zealand on a Free Trade Agreement, President Pranab Mukherjee said the government was not maintaining silence on the issue, but was carefully considering the issues involved.


Peace meet attendees say India bowing to bullying by China (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     Participants at a prominent anti-Beijing conference expressed dismay at Indias decision to cancel or deny visas to members of Chinas Uyghur minority community and noted that India seems to be trying to accommodate the bullying behaviour of China.


US asked to raise religious rights issue with India (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has said that India is on a negative trajectory in terms of religious freedom and recommended to the US government that its bilateral contacts with New Delhi, including the framework of future Strategic Dialogues, must integrate this concern.


A long and hot summer ahead (Page 10)

a)     International

a)     India has already made substantial concessions to enable a consensus for the Paris pact. Now it must ensure that its vital interests are safeguarded, and that the principle of equity is reflected in the climate change architecture.


Beijing unveils doctrine to counter US pivot (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Chinas formal invite to neighbours to pursue a regional security doctrine that is led by Beijing (and not by the US) came during last weeks foreign ministerial Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in the Chinese capital.


Kerry aims at extending Syria truce to Aleppo (Page 14)

a)     International

a)    Washington and Moscow said they were working hard to extend a truce in Syria to Aleppo. US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Geneva for meetings with other dignitaries to try to revive the two-month-old US and Russia-sponsored cessation of hostilities.


Non-trade issues at WTO, lack of legal experts worry India (Page 15)

a)     International

b)     Economy

a)     Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia said that developing nations (including India) are facing a double disadvantage at the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. He said these nations are challenged not only by the lack of a sufficient pool of trade law experts to represent them effectively at the DSB but also by certain efforts to bring within the bodys ambit non-trade issues such as labour and environment.


Everybody loves a good quota (Page 11)

a)     National

b)     Social issue

a)     Unless there is a procedure for notification of groups moving out of the reserved category, demands for reservation by groups like the Jats, Gujjars and Patidars will continue.


Arms and the middleman (Page 11)

a)     National

a)     India keeps learning the wrong lessons from defence scams. It must first stop being the worlds largest importer of arms and take a strategic turn towards indigenous procurement.


Supreme Court questions bar on women at Sabarimala temple (Page 8)

a)     National

b)     Social issue

a)     The Supreme Court questioned the Sabarimala temples centuries-old practice of barring the entry of women between the age group of 10 and 50 years, saying it would test whether faith and belief can differentiate among persons of the same denominations.


Rs. 3000 cr. for projects to clean up the Ganga (Page 8)

a)     National

b)     Environment

a)     Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections slated for early next year and a day after PM Modi visited his Lok Sabha constituency (Varanasi), the Expenditure Finance Committee on May 2nd approved projects worth nearly Rs. 3000 crore for the governments flagship programme, Namami Gange.


Core sector output accelerated to 16-month high of 6.4 percent (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)     Indias infrastructure sectors clocked their highest growth in 16 months in March 2016, with the index for core industries climbing 6.4 percent, buoyed by a sharp uptick in the output of cement, electricity, fertilisers and refinery products. The advance in the index in March followed a growth of 5.7 percent in February, leading economists to cautiously consider it a sign of likely recovery in the economy.


3 potentially habitable planets discovered (Page 20)

a)     Geography

a)     An international team of scientists said that they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system. They reported that the three orbit a dwarf star a mere 39 light-years away, and are likely comparable in size and temperature to Earth and Venus.


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