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Daily News Analysis 13-05-2016







Sirisena to meet PM in Delhi today (Page 9)

a)     I.R

a)     Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrives in Delhi on May 13th for a working visit, where he will meet with PM Modi and attend the Simhasth Kumbh Mela in Ujjain. India and Sri Lanka had signed a slew of agreements, and committed to resolving issues over fishermans rights as well as concluding a FTA (now called ETCA) that has been pending for years.


Indias help sought to tackle drugs problem in Jaffna (Page 14)

a)     I.R

a)     In a recent meeting with a former Indian diplomat, leaders of fishermen from Jaffna raised the issue of the easy availability of drugs in the region, and sought Indias help to tackle the problem. The meeting was indented to be a back channel communication effort between India and leaders of fishermen societies in Northern Province.


Bangladesh, India to fight terror together (Page 14)

a)     I.R

a)     Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said that India and Bangladesh will work together to combat terrorism and would further strengthen their existing counter-terrorism structure.


South Block in the shade (Page 11)

a)     I.R

a)     Foreign policy has been at the heart of PM Modis public profile. Two years on, he needs to reaffirm the Foreign Ministrys role as Indias primary interlocutor. He would make decisions, and the MEA had to scramble to keep pace with his distinctive style.


Regime change in Brazil (Page 10)

a)     International

a)     With the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff from office on May 12th through a Senate impeachment vote, the Brazilian opposition has secured a rare political victory. The impeachment brings to an end 13 years of rule by the Workers Party.


The road map after Dehradun (Page 10)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     If the President receives a palpably vulnerable or politically coloured recommendation on Article 356, he must return it to the Cabinet for reconsideration. Nearly two decades on, Presidents, Prime Ministers and Governors do not think like Ambedkar or act like Narayanan. They do not want to let Article 356 sleep, let alone become a dead letter.


Geospatial Bill to be toned down (Page 12)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     Days after the Union Home Ministry publicised a draft geospatial Bill warning of fines of up to Rs. 100 crore and seven years of imprisonment, other sections of the government are looking to tone down its stringency. The existing version of the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill will be significantly changed as it goes against the spirit of the National Geospatial Policy 2016, spearheaded by Department of Science and Technology.


Drought relief on order (Page 10)

a)     National

b)     Social issue

a)     The scarcity of water and its poor quality plague many parts of India this year is widely acknowledged today. Yet it has taken the Supreme Court to call out the reluctance of some States to declare a drought while simultaneously decrying the Centres recourse to federalism as an excuse to avoid taking up the matter with these States.


IIP barely edges up, retail inflation at 5.4 Percent (Page 15)

a)     National

b)     Economy

a)     Indias industrial output growth slowed down to 2.4 percent in financial year 2015-16 with the Index of Industrial Production remaining virtually flat in March 2016, growing by a mere 0.05 percent. On the other hand, consumer price inflation accelerated to 5.4 percent in April from 4.8 percent in March.


Amended Mauritius DTAA unclear on hybrid securities (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)     The amendment to the Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty with Mauritius will push offshore fund management companies to set up shop in India. Under the amended treaty signed with the island nation, India gets the right to tax capital gains on investments routed through Mauritius. The amendment to the 1983 treaty will come into force from April 1 2017.


Delhi not most polluted, but dirty air fouls many cities (Page 1)

a)     National

b)     Environment

a)    The Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database (update 2016) released by WHO placed Delhi in the 25th place based on bigger particulate or PM 10 levels. Particulate matter affects everyone but causes harm faster to children and senior citizens. Allahabad, Patna, Gwalior, Raipur on WHOs global top 10 list.


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