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1.Xi evokes Panchsheel as India skips meet.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday proposed five principles of peaceful co-existence or Panchsheel — the brainchild of China, India and Myanmar in the 1950s — as the mantra for advancing the Belt and Road Initiative (B&RI), and as a vehicle for achieving sustainable globalisation.  read more

2.Nod for GM mustard is a ‘scientific sham’.

Environmentalists and food experts have termed a “scientific sham” the GM crop regulator’s clearance for the commercial use of the genetically modified mustard and have vowed to move court, if need be. read more

3.Clamping down on crime.

The Nirbhaya ruling on May 5, where the Supreme Court confirmed the death penalty for four of the accused in the gang rape and murder case of a paramedical student in Delhi in 2012, is also an occasion to examine certain fundamental assumptions about policing.  read more

4.Be scientific

With the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, an Environment Ministry body that evaluates genetically modified crops, approving transgenic mustard for environmental release, a key hurdle remains before farmers can cultivate it.  read more

5.One step forward

Ending a civil war-like conflict is never easy.  In some ways it is more difficult to end than a conventional war, as it leaves many festering wounds that prevent a re-integration of warring groups.  read more

6.Mixed signals from Toronto.

For the past four decades, terrorism has been an important factor in India’s foreign policy.  read more

7.Getting the model right.

If the three single service chiefs all agree on the need to have a Chairman or Chief of Defence, the debate in India over further high command reorganisation (integrated command versus joint command) reported last week poses tough questions for military theorists.  read more

8. Centre may execute proposed social security law in phases.

The Labour Ministry may implement its proposed social security law in a phased manner exempting small factories, employing up to 10 workers, from its ambit initially.  read more

9.GST: What still needs to be done.

The Goods and Services Tax Council will meet on May 18-19 to finalise various rules involved with implementing the new tax regime in the country, including on issues like input tax credit, valuation norms, composition and transition provisions, among others.  read more

1. Centre to create new body for defence procurement

India does not get enough bang for its buck in the arms business. With this in mind, the defence ministry is now looking to create a specialised defence procurement organisation (DPO) to streamline mega arms acquisitions as well as leverage them to build a robust defence-industrial base (DIB) in the country . read more

2. Macron takes over as French prez, pledges to fortify EU

Emmanuel Macron took charge as the president of France on Sunday , vowing to restore the country’s status in Europe and the world and heal divisions in society -a nod to the bitter campaign the proEU centrist fought to defeat a far-right leader.  read more

1.How Pak ran afoul of its neighbours

For Pakistan watchers, the nadir of its policy vis-a-vis its neighbours was reached earlier this week.  read more

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