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Daily News Analysis 15-05-2016







Shed holier than thou stance: PM (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     PM Modi made a strong case for societally-driven solutions to two of the biggest challenges facing the world - global warming and terrorism. He was speaking at the valedictory function of the Vaicharik Kumbh, a conference of thinkers, religious leaders and academics held on the sidelines of the Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain.


India and US fly Red Flag high (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     The Air Forces of India and the US concluded their four-week Red Flag aerial combat exercises at Alaska in the US on May 14th. The two forces simulated realistic aerial combat scenarios in a networked environment.


China has deployed more troops near India border (Page 14)

a)     I.R

a)     The Pentagon has said that China has increased defence capabilities and deployed more troops along the Indian border, as it warned of increasing Chinese military presence including bases in various parts of the world, particularly Pakistan.


US backs, but China opposes Indias NSG bid (Pages 1 and 12)

a)     International

a)     US has reiterated its support for Indias membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in the face of opposition from China. The 48-member NSG that regulates trade in nuclear technology and material will have its plenary next month in New York where it is expected to consider Indias admission into the exclusive club.


Pak has breached the 1974 pact (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Bangladesh accused Pakistan of breaching the post-1971 Liberation War agreement by not taking back thousands of its stranded citizens, affecting the validity of the treaty. Under the 1974 agreement (among Dhaka, New Delhi and Islamabad), Pakistan was obligated to take back its stranded citizens from Bangladesh. They did not fulfil their obligation over the decades.


No military parade to mark end of Eelam War (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     In continuation of its policy of de- emphasising the military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Sri Lankan government has decided not to have any military parade this year at an event to mark the conclusion of the Eelam War.


El Nino worsens hunger (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     About 32 million people in southern Africa face hunger after a crippling drought worsened by the El Nino weather phenomenon devastated crops across the region. Ethiopia is one of the countries most affected by El Nino.


Cong. still holds the aces on GST Bill (Page 12)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     It will not be the changed Rajya Sabha arithmetic in the monsoon session, but a fresh round of negotiations with the Congress that will make it possible for the BJP-led NDA government to push through the Constitution 122nd Amendment Bill, needed to roll out the Goods and Services Tax across the country.


Parrikar sets $2-billion target (Page 12)

a)     National

b)     S&T

a)     Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the Union govt has set a target of $2 billion in defence exports in the next two years. The govt intends to identify major private companies eligible to take the lead in critical defence projects so as to boost domestic manufacturing.


Good monsoon to increase economic growth in 2016-17 (Page 15)

a)     National

b)     Economy

a)   The National Council of Applied Economic Research said that Indias GDP is estimated to grow at 7.6 percent in 2015-16 and 7.7 percent in 2016-17 due to a favourable monsoon. The current forecast is mainly due to monsoon prediction.


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