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Daily News Analysis 17-05-2015







India, US hold first maritime security dialogue (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     Towards deepening the evolving partnership in the maritime domain, India and the US held the first round of discussions under the recently-constituted maritime security dialogue. Among the issues discussed were Asia-Pacific maritime challenges, naval cooperation, and multilateral engagement.


Tension between Ministries over visa revocation of Chinese dissidents (Pages 1 and 12)

a)     I.R

a)   In a clear sign that there are deep divisions within the govt over last months Dharamshala meeting of Chinese dissidents, the Ministry of External Affairs has now sent a terse letter to Ministry of Home Affairs complaining about not being consulted on the issue. The letter comes after a series of conflicting statements appeared on the governments stand over the Dharamshala conference that had led to sharp criticism from China.


Beijing, New Delhi capable of solving disputes, China tells US (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Asking the US to respect the efforts by China and India to resolve their boundary dispute peacefully, a top Chinese official said the two nations are wise enough to deal with it after the Pentagon accused Beijing of deploying more troops along the Sino-India borders. The US military report also warned of increasing Chinese military presence in various parts of the world, particularly in Pakistan.


The fee for NSG membership (Page 10)

a)     International

a)     For the past year, India had made admission to the 48-member NSG a focus of its international outreach, though membership has been a goal since the India-US civil nuclear agreement was signed in 2008. Several major countries including the US, Russia, Germany, the UK and Australia have openly backed the bid, despite the fact that India is not a signatory to the NPT, widely considered to be a key criterion for NSG membership.


A house for every hill-country Tamil (Page 11)

a)     International

a) The problems of hill-country Tamils have not received much attention in Sri Lanka and India, especially when compared to the Sri Lankan Tamils. The housing project for hill-country Tamils of Sri Lanka (launched recently) is a component of the larger housing programme funded by New Delhi in the Northern and Eastern provinces, hit hard by the civil war that went on for over 25 years.


Al-Qaeda will pose a challenge to IS in Syria (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Al-Qaedas top leadership in Pakistan has decided that the terror groups future lies in Syria and has secretly dispatched more than a dozen of its most seasoned veterans there. The movement of the senior al-Qaeda jihadists reflects Syrias growing importance to terrorist organisation and most likely foreshadows an escalation of the groups bloody rivalry with the Islamic State.


New education policy to be out before May 26 (Page 12)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has said that the much-awaited new education policy will be announced before May 26 when the Modi govt completes two years in office. Under the new education policy, NCERT will address all those challenges facing the education system.


An IP policy with no innovation (Page 11)

a)     National

b)     Economy

a)     While the Intellectual property regimes attempt to encourage innovation and creativity, they have themselves been shielded from innovation experimentation. For some years now, India has been attempting to break this mould and craft a regime to suit its own distinctive set of concerns. Section 3(d) of the Patents Act 1970 was a bold attempt in this direction, aimed at eradicating evergreen drug patents.


Indias IPR regime not regressive: Sitharaman (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)     Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy will send a clear message to Washington that Indias IPR regime is not regressive. However, she said India does not recognise unilateral measures such as the US Special 301 Report that tries to create pressure on countries to enhance IPR protection beyond the WTOs Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of IPRs.


WPI increases on higher food prices (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)    Wholesale prices moved out of deflationary territory after 17 months in April, rising by 0.3 percent compared to a contraction of 0.8 percent in March - driven largely by rising food prices. With consumer price inflation in April rising to 5.4 percent, prospects for a fresh interest rate cut by RBI have dimmed for the next few months.


ISROs Reusable Launch Vehicle to lift off next week (Page 8)

a)     National

b)     S&T

a)     The first technology demonstrator launch of the ISROs Reusable Launch Vehicle will take place on May 23 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. In RLV-TD that is awaiting launch at SHAR, the first stage (weighing about 9 tonnes) is merely the Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3) flown in the 1980s.


Waiting to exhale (Page 10)

a)     National

b)     Environment

a)    After topping the list of cities with the most polluted air, Delhis ranking has improved in the latest air quality assessment published by the WHO. It may appear a positive, but it is cold comfort to India because the problem of small particulate matter measuring 10 and 2.5 micrometres is still deep-rooted, and its health impact has been under official scrutiny only in recent years.


Ken-Betwa project: Panel warns of dangers to ecology and animal life (Page 9)

a)     National

b)     Environment

a)     A report warns of the dangers to the ecology and animal life due to the proposed Ken-Betwa project. The main feature of the project is a 230-km long canal connecting the Ken and Betwa rivers which will irrigate 3.5 lakh hectares of drought-prone Bundelkhand. However, it will also inundate about 400 of the 4300-hectare Panna Tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh.


NASA to fund sleep-inducing, growable habitats (Page 20)

a)     S&T

a)     NASA has selected eight technology proposals for investment, including interplanetary habitats that can induce deep sleep for astronauts, and growable habitats that can be robotically assembled in space. The proposals have the potential to transform future aerospace missions, introduce new capabilities and significantly improve current approaches to building and operating aerospace systems.


Helium telescope helps to study samples without damaging them (Page 20)

a)     S&T

b)     Geography

a)     The first scanning helium microscope has been built by Australian researchers who feel it could open doors for many new discoveries by allowing scientists to scrutinise materials without disturbing them. It would enable scientists to study human, animal and plant samples, as well as computer chips and pharmaceutical drugs, without damaging or changing them.


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