16 June 2018
US strike kills mullah Radio
NATO led Resolute support mission in Afghanistan confirmed the death of Tehrik -i-Taliban Pakistan chief Mr. Fazlullah.
High UIDAI charges leaves banks stressed
Urban cooperative banks in Maharashtra stated that exorbitant charges of UIDAI are affecting their objective of financial inclusion.
A spate of Lynching
Democracy needs a strong civil society to question power. Associational life trains individuals to be sociable, helps them to respect diversity. It brings in necessary solidarity among the people. Growing distrust between the Government and civil society is detrimental to the solidarity and civility built in to Indian society over years.
Civil society shields individual citizens from state. Today, bigger challenge in India is the growing mistrust between the people. Insider and Outsider differentiation, communal violence all are a reflection of this.
Temple and state
In India, in constituent Assembly, Ambedkar drafted establishment clause that states that the state shall not recognise any religion as state religion. Later it was removed by the committee consisting of KM Munshi and KM panikkar.
Later, supreme court allowed state to heavily regulate Indian temples on the theory that the freedom of religion does not include secular matters of administration which are not essential to religion. It allowed the state to limit expenditure of temples, appointment of priests etc.
Act of intimidation
Death of Shujaat Bukhari in a terrorist attack in Srinagar is aimed at sidelining middle ground in Jammu and Kashmir. It is an attempt to derail the peace and ceasefire in Kashmir.
The bailout package for sugarcane farmers does little to fix structural flaws in the sector.
Bailout package is trying to offer assured minimum pricing and special incentives for increasing molasses and ethanol production.
Bigger challenge in the sugar industry is to shift farmers away from the crop. Current sops driven solutions could distort agricultural sectors further.
Centre allows pulses import despite overflowing godowns
Due to surplus production, domestic prices are falling. Inspite of this, Government is importing pulses to keep up its international commitment.
China to impose equal tariffs on US goods
China retaliated to US tariffs and stated that – it will impose tariffs of equal scale and equal strength.