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Daily News Analysis 09-05-2016







Modis Africa outreach to begin from Mozambique (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     After completing visits to the energy rich Gulf region, PM Modi is likely to begin a new round of energy diplomacy and diaspora-outreach in Africa, with visits to Mozambique and South Africa this summer. His visit to Mozambique is significant as the country is home to a bulk of Indias Africa-bound investment. Energy dialogue between two sides has been steadily growing since the India Africa Forum Summit.


Dhaka asks Islamabad to stop interference in internal affairs (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Dhaka has urged Islamabad not to interfere in internal affairs of Bangladesh after Pakistan expressed concerns over rejection of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizamiss review plea against death sentence. Pakistan has been critical of Bangladeshs war crimes trials that began in 2010, ending impunity enjoyed by those who had committed crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of 1971.


Silk Road revival plans place culture at the centre (Page 14)

a)     International

a)   China is digging deep into its cultural roots to anchor a seamless revival of the ancient Silk Road, in tune with a growing domestic focus on tapping the achievements of its past. The Mogao caves (whose intricately painted walls and statues depict the life and thought of Buddha, and much more) are an icon of the vigorous cultural cross-currents that energised ties between India and China, through a branch of the ancient Silk Road.


Fresh turmoil in Kathmandu (Page 10)

a)     International

a)     The K.P. Oli-led government has managed to stave off yet another crisis after Maoist leader Prachanda flip-flopped on the issue of withdrawal of support. In an atmosphere of political uncertainty and a dysfunctional government, Nepals reconstruction efforts have suffered.


Afghan Taliban being steered by the Haqqanis? (Page 14)

a)     International

a)    The closer integration of the feared Haqqani militant network into the leadership of the Taliban is changing the flow of the Afghan insurgency this year. Now, the groups growing role in leading the entire insurgency has raised concerns about an even deadlier year of fighting ahead, as hopes of peace talks have collapsed.


Poverty and the death row (Page 10)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     Opposition to the death penalty is often rooted in arguments about its irreversibility, its essential cruelty, the possibility of error and the false sense of justice in doing unto convicted murderers what they had done to their victims. In the Indian context, politics surrounding the prisoners ethnic origin or linguistic affinity is often the basis for pleas for clemency.


Digital DBT aids rural job schemes (Page 15)

a)     National

b)     Social issue

a)     Finance Ministry data showed that the govt has electronically transferred more than Rs. 61,000 crore in the last financial year to March 30 through the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme. Out of this, MGNREGA payments made up Rs. 25,800 crore of total DBT schemes. The second largest was the PAHAL scheme for the electronic transfer of LPG subsidies.


China trade may sway US Feds interest rate decision (Page 16)

a)     Economy

a)     The Federal Reserves debate over whether to raise US interest rates in June may be decided in the coming week, as investors look for any cracks in China and evidence of a solid start to the second quarter in the United States. For much of the past year, China has been at the centre of financial market turmoil, sometimes offering reassurance but mostly fuelling concern its economy and global growth are losing momentum.


Conserving the last drop (Page 11)

a)     National

b)     Geography

a)     If India is to march into a water-secure future, it must also glance backward to learn how our ancestors conserved water. The way forward may be to not rely only on dams, interlinked rivers, and borewell drilling - but to supplant these with effective water conservation, storage and groundwater recharge.


NASAs first topographic model of Mercury (Page 20)

a)     S&T

b)     Geography

a)     Showing in detail the topography across the innermost planet of our solar system, the first global digital elevation model of Mercury has been unveiled by NASAs MESSENGER mission.


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