05-12-2016

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1.At Amritsar,Pak cornered on terror.

With tough statements on terror pointed at Pakistan, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged Islamabad to end its “selective” approach to fighting terror groups on its soil, and end “terror sanctuaries” for groups that target them at the Heart of Asia summit that ended on Sunday in Amritsar.  read more

2.Centre shifts gears to promote organ donation.

The Centre proposes to amend the law on motor vehicles to include a choice for voluntary organ donation in new or renewed driving licences. read more

3.Environment ministry postpones forest policy indefinitely.

The Environment Ministry has indefinitely postponed an ambitious plan to update India’s forest policy.

It has also decided to abstain from committing to a timeframe by which it would have a third of India’s land under forest or tree cover, a key promise of the forest policy.  read more

4.Notes for a cashless economy.

India’s economic landscape, in terms of everyday transactions, has been transformed, so to say, in one fell swoop. The life of every Indian, from a corporate CEO to a cobbler, has changed like never before ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the trailblazing decision to withdraw old Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 currency notes from circulation.  read more

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1.Doval-Aziz talk that wasn't highlight of HoA conference

An informal conversation between NSA Ajit Doval and Pakistan’s Sartaj Aziz tur ned out to be the highlight of the Heart of Asia (HoA) conference here, even as the government categorically denied later in the evening that there was any “pull aside or bilateral meeting” with the visiting Pakistani leader.   read more

2.India, B'desh to discuss anti-terror cooperation

Anti-terror cooperation, sharing of intelligence inputs and how to jointly check cross-border smuggling will dominate the discussions between home secretaries of India and Bangladesh which begin on Monday Home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Mozammel Haque Khan and their teams will engage in intense discussions for two days to streng then the anti-terrorism mechanism and sharing of information about terrorists and terror groups.  read more

3.Provide support to Af refugees: HoA to global community

Concerned over the spike in Afghan refugee returns and “challenges“ due to the sud den influx to re-integration pro grammes, nations including In dia taking part in Heart of Asia summit on Sunday asked the glo bal community to provide gene rous support and targeted assi stance to them while lauding Pa kistan and Iran for hosting mil lions for decades. The nations asked the global community to support the Afghan returnees in the region, with emphasis on yo uth, education and livelihoods while terming tripartite com missions on voluntary repatria tion under a UN programme mandated to protect and suppor refugees as “vital“ steps in the so lution strategy . “We commend countries in the region and be yond, particularly Iran and Pa kistan, for their hospitality in hosting millions of Afghan refu gees for over three decades.  read more

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1.India,Af tear into Pak for fuelling terror.

NEW DELHI: The Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar turned into a regional slugfest,  as India and Afghanistan lashed out at Pakistan for fomenting terrorism in the region.  read more

2.Suu Kyi needs to act for Rohingya.

For a period, every schoolchild in India would have learnt about Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi, an icon of democracy who stood up to the military junta that ruled her country of Myanmar, endured 15 years in house arrest. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990. However, her actions since her party came to power in Myanmar in 2015, while not diminishing her accomplishments or courage, have certainly dimmed her halo.  read more

3.Viklang or Divyang:What is in a Name?

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has decided to abandon Viklang (deficient body) and replace it with Divyang (divine body).read more

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