02-04-2017

the hindu
1.Himachal Pradesh moving towards a debt trap: CAG.

The report by the Comptroller and Auditor General that was tabled in the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha has observed that the small hill State is heading towards a major debt trap withfiscal liabilities reaching Rs. 41,197 crore by the end of 2015-16. The State would have to pay 62% of the debt within the next seven years and the per capita debt reached Rs. 57,642 in 2015-16, up from Rs. 40,904 in 2011-12. There is a big leap of 42% in the past five years.  read more

2.India and Malaysia to fight IS together:Najib Razak.

India and Malaysia on Saturday agreed to cooperate to defeat Islamic State militants and the growing threat of radicalisation and extremism. Visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak held talks here with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sealed six agreements, while extending support to India for a greater role in the maritime security of the Asia-Pacific region. read more

3.Gandhi’s satyagraha centenary in Champaran.

On April 10, the Bihar government will launch year-long celebrations to mark the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran satyagraha with a series of events. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has announced stringent prohibition laws, sees the celebrations as a natural follow-up to the liquor ban in the State as Gandhi was a strong advocate of prohibition.  read more

4.Decriminalising suicide is a wonderful thing.

On being thankful for the biggest big bang reform of this government

I don’t like people who criticise the government all the time. Imagine listening to their whining all day. If you are a sensitive soul like me, it could leave you depressed. Which is why I’m a strong believer in praising the government when it does something good.

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tio
1. India, Malaysia ink 7 pacts.

As China continues to vehemently protest Dalai Lama’s upcoming visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India along with Malaysia Saturday emphasised that all nations show utmost respect to United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in resolving maritime disputes. The emphasis on UNCLOS in the joint statement issued after PM Narendra Modi’s meeting with his counterpart Najib Abdul Razak is significant even though there was no specific mention of South China Sea (SCS) where China is embroiled in territorial disputes with several countries including Malaysia.   read more

2. Show me even one example of data theft. Aadhaar is very, very secure

Aadhaar is in the eye of a storm following the government’s decision to link it to everything from PAN cards to driving licences. Issues about privacy and data breach have been raised. In an interview, Nandan Nilekani, former chairman of UIDAI and the father of Aadhaar, tells Asha Rai that he is all for privacy and data protection but against the attempt to demonise Aadhaar  read more

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1.Zero loss,zero tax and the contest of flawed narratives.

The expertise of politicians over verbal calisthenics is no secret. This week, in Parliament, there was a display of calisthenics of the statistical kind.  read more

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