04-03-2017

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1.Centre dithers on Western Ghats issue.

States have forced the MoEF to consistently delay imposing Ecological Sensitive Area restrictions

The Environment Ministry has dithered, for the second time in three years, from bringing into force a law that will make about 56,825 sqkm of the ecologically-rich Western Ghats out of bounds for industrial development.

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2.War, state and martyrdom.

Amid the ongoing commotion triggered by arrogant and puritanical claims about nationalism and patriotism, the words of Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student whose online video of May 2016 has suddenly become a needless controversy, read more

3.Crossing a bridge.

Even in the fraught and volatile framework of India-Pakistan ties, the Permanent Indus Commission mandated to implement the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) has met like clockwork, 112 times in 56 years, annually in each country. The commission has experts who look into issues and disputes on the ground over the utilisation of the waters of six rivers of the Indus system.  read more

4.The road to China is through Kabul.

Afghanistan has again emerged as a platform providing new possibilities on the India-China cooperation front. After the restructured ‘Strategic dialogue’ between India and China last week, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said: “On Afghanistan, they certainly seem to suggest to us that their approach and policies are in tandem with us, not on different page.”  read more

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1.Create framework to check farmers' suicide: SC to govt
Crop Insurance Scheme Will Be Game Changer, Says Govt
The Supreme Court frowned upon the lack of seriousness on the part of governments to address the core issues driving thousands of farmers to suicide and directed the Centre to draw up a comprehensive framework within three weeks to address distress in the farm sector.

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1.Service sector rebounds after three months of contraction.

CHENNAI: After showing contraction for three months in a row between November 2016 and January 2017, India’s services sector rebounded in February, according to a widely tracked monthly survey.  read more

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