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Daily News Analysis 04-05-2016







India rejects findings of US religious panel (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     India reacted strongly to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom saying that it does not have proper understanding of India, its Constitution and its society. The reaction came after the Commission in its annual report for 2015-16 said that India is on a negative trajectory in terms of religious freedom.


Law Ministry objects to Rafale deal (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     The government said the Law Ministry raised some objections on the direct purchase of 36 Rafale fighters from France, even as the Defence Standing Committee said it was distressed by the delay in concluding the deal.


Pay if you want F-16s, US tells Pak (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     In a diplomatic coup for India that sets the stage for PM Modis visit to the US capital in June, the Obama administration on May 3rd announced that the US would not be financing the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. The original plan was to sell eight F-16s to Pakistan and finance most of the $ 699 million deal through FMF.


Iraqs growing political paralysis (Page 10)

a)     International

a)     The unprecedented mass protest inside the highly fortified Green Zone in Baghdad is a harsh reminder of the deepening political crisis that has virtually paralysed the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.


SC favours trust vote in Uttarakhand (Page 1)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     The Supreme Court affirmed that a floor test is the ultimate test to decide who is in power, and asked the Centre to consider having a trust vote in the Uttarakhand Assembly to determine whether the Harish Rawat-led Congress government has a majority.


No OBC status to Patidars, says Anandiben Patel (Pages 1 and 12)

a)     National

b)     Social issue

a)     Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel has ruled out Other Backward Class status to the Patidar community and said the 10 percent Economically Backward Community quota within the general category is her final offer.


A job for every Indian (Page 10)

a)     National

b)     Economy

a)     The Labour Bureau has compiled statistics for job creation in labour-intensive sectors in the country each quarter since the 2008 global financial crisis. The latest figures show that 1.35 lakh jobs were created in 2015, the lowest figure by far of any year since then - lower than the 4.9 lakh new jobs in 2014 and 12.5 lakh in 2009.


The indirect benefits transfer (Page 10)

a)     National

b)     Economy

a)     Indias record in collecting taxes has been pathetic, and it is getting worse. The declining rates of direct taxation are an indication of the political choices of the government.


Facilitating trade in Indian ports (Page 11)

a)     National

b)     Economy

a)    Recognising the important role port-led development can play in India, the Central government has undertaken several initiatives such as development of new ports, modernisation and mechanisation of the existing ones, and reduction of logistics costs through implementation of increased waterways transport. These are also in line with the vision of initiatives such as Make in India.


Trade facilitation panel soon (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)     The government has started the process to set up a National Committee on Trade Facilitation in the country to coordinate and implement the WTOs Trade Facilitation Agreement aimed at easing customs norms to expedite global trade flows. The panel is in line with the governments Ease of Doing Business initiatives.


Growing back our broadleaf forests (Page 11)

a)     National

b)     Environment

a)     Forest fires highlight a larger cycle of threats in the western Himalaya. Increasing the area under broadleaf forests throughout is the only way forward.


Boiling water caused streaks on Mars (Page 22)

a)     S&T

b)     Geography

a)     Scientists said the results of Earth-bound lab experiments appear to back up the theory that dark lines on Martian slopes are created by water. A team from France, Britain and the US constructed models and simulated Mars conditions to follow up on a 2015 study which proffered the strongest evidence yet for liquid water (a prerequisite for life) on the Red Planet.


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