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Daily News Analysis 16-05-2016







US sanctions still block payments to Iran (Pages 1 and 12)

a)     I.R

a)     With less than a week to go for PM Modis visit to Teheran on May 22, officials are working hard to seal an agreement to repay $6.5 billion owed to Iran over the years when it was under sanctions. Other announcements include the signing of a trilateral trade agreement, which includes Afghanistan, that has already been finalised, an MoU for the development of Chabahar port, progress on Indian exploration of the Farzad-B gas oilfields.


Villagers along China-India border receive suspicious calls (Page 13)

a)     I.R

a)     An alert has been sounded along the China-India border after local residents, including a village head, got several telephone calls from spies either from Pakistan or China about the Army deployment along the Line of Actual Control.


New China missile can hit US territory (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     The Congress has been warned that Chinas new Guam killer missile (capable of hitting targets some 5500 km away) is raising new fears of a growing Chinese threat to key American military facilities and stability in the Pacific Rim.


A Nobel Peace laureate, at war for eight long years (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     If the United States remains in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria until the end of Obamas term (a near-certainty given the Presidents recent announcement that he will send 250 additional Special Operations forces to Syria) he will leave behind an improbable legacy as the only President in US history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.


A new strongman in the Philippines (Page 10)

a)     International

a)     Rodrigo Dutertes victory in the presidential elections by a clear margin, has thrown the future of the Philippines into uncertainty. The countrys political elite are partly responsible for the triumph of his brand of politics. Though outgoing President Benigno Aquino is hailed as a champion of economic reforms, the high growth barely trickled down to the poor.


A blow against free speech (Page 10)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     The Supreme Court has always had an ambivalent relationship with the freedom of speech and expression, treating free speech more as an annoyance than a right. Its defamation law judgment continues that long, unfortunate history. The judgment creates a bizarre legal situation where criminal liability for defamation is attracted at a lower threshold than civil liability.


The power to certify (Page 11)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     While the Speaker can determine whether or not a Bill fulfils the requirements of a Money Bill, there has to be a check to ensure that this power is not misused. Recently, the Aadhaar Bill and the Finance Bill were passed as Money Bills, though they may not have met the strict criteria laid out in the Constitution.


Plea seeks tough laws to prevent animal cruelty (Page 12)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to respond on a plea seeking guidelines for punishment for animal abuse and exploitation in pet shop industry. It said the reason for such a vacuum is that the main legislation for animal protection (the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960) has not been amended since 1960 to keep up with the times and even today the only punishment for dastardly acts is a mere Rs. 50 fine and no jail term.


Amit Shah launches cooking gas scheme for tribal families (Page 13)

a)     National

b)     Social issue

a)     BJP president Amit Shah on May 15th launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana giving cooking gas connections to poor tribal families in Dahod district of Gujarat. He said that five crore connections would be provided to rural areas across the country.


Investors making money must pay taxes, says Jaitley (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)     With a revised Mauritius pact in place to check round-tripping, Finance Minister Jaitley said investors must pay taxes on money earned in India and ruled out any depletion of FDI due to imposition of capital gains tax on investments through the island nation. After toiling for almost a decade to redraw the tax treaty with Mauritius, India will begin imposing capital gains tax on investments in shares through Mauritius from April next onwards.


India successfully test- fires advanced interceptor missile (Page 9)

a)     National

b)     S&T

a)    In its effort to have a full fledged multilayer Ballistic Missile Defence system, India on May 15th successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile.


Monsoon to miss June 1 date with Kerala, say weathermen (Pages 1 and 12)

a)     Geography    

a)     The India Meteorological Department said that the arrival of the northeast monsoon in Kerala will be delayed by at least a week beyond the normal of June 1. The delay in onset over Kerala is because of the El Nino, which (though waning) is still strong, and the waters of the Indian Ocean being warmer than usual for this time of the year. 


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