25-11-2016

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1.As India retaliates Pak. Moves U.N.

Alarmed by the escalation of tension with India along the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan on Thursday asked the U.N. to act before the situation became a “full-fledged crisis.”  read more

2.The new abnormal in Kashmir.

Continued repression is likely to intensify the alienation in Kashmir. It would be much wiser for the government to realise the futility of stonewalling and initiate unconditional talks with all concerned

Sixteen years is a long time to do something about a situation that causes immense suffering to millions of innocent people. But when I returned to Kashmir last month, after a gap of 16 years, I found that people’s agony and anger had — if anything — intensified. read more

3.No country for the Rohingyas.

A new humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Myanmar after the military crackdown on “Islamist jihadists” in the Rakhine State, home to more than one million Rohingya Muslims. The military claims it began the counter-terror operation after three border security posts came under attack on October 9. But since then more than 130 people have been killed in the State and 30,000 displaced, triggering a new wave of migration of Rohingyas to neighbouring countries.  read more

4.The Marrakech mandate.

As world leaders gathered in Marrakech (November 7-18) to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-22), the election of a leader in the U.S. who has disavowed climate change cast a pall on the deliberations. Donald Trump has previously stated that if he were elected President, the U.S. would block the Paris Agreement. However, since the Agreement entered into force earlier this month, there is nothing that can be done immediately to stop it from moving forward. But, to imagine the most extreme cases, the U.S. could ignore its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), pull out of the Paris Agreement in four years, or withdraw from the climate convention altogether.  read more

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1. Apex court to examine Article 370.

For the first time, the Supreme Court has agreed to examine the inviolability attached to Article 370 of the Constitution which confers special status on Jammu & Kashmir in comparison to other states. read more

2.Seeking synergy,Not Ideology.

The Centre came in for some stinging criticism from the Supreme Court for the second day in a row on Thursday , with a CJI-headed bench pulling it up for doing precious little to make government buildings disabled-friendly . The court had slammed the Modi government on Wednesday for delaying the process for selection of Lokpal members.  read more

3. Can Parliament make changes in Article 370? SC to examine.

For the first time, the Supreme Court has agreed to examine the inviolability attached to Article 370 of the Constitution which confers special status on Jammu and Kashmir in comparison to other states.  read more

4. Trump's decision on Trans-Pacific Partnership gives India some breathing space'

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a landmark trade deal driven by US which spanned 12 Pacific Rim countries, excluding China. It was viewed as President Barack Obama’s strategy to set more ambitious trade rules and preserve US dominance. In keeping with his election promise, President-elect Donald Trump said he would undo TPP on his first day in office. Harsha Vardhana Singh, former deputy director-general at WTO, who is now executive director at Brookings India, spoke to Sanjiv Shankaran about the regional economic implications of Trump’s decision and why he thinks it will give India greater leeway in global trade.  read more

5. Unlock Lokpal Logjam

The Supreme Court has rightly pulled up the Centre over its procrastination in appointment of a Lokpal despite the law being notified way back in January 2014. In this season of battling corruption and black money , an anti-corruption watchdog should be seen as vital. But appointment of one has been held up for two and a half years on what appears to be a merely technical matter.  read more

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1.Postcards from the edge.

Santosh drives a three-wheeler in smog-ridden South Delhi. He has found a new spot where he parks his vehicle to get passengers. The streets near bank and ATM queues have virtually replaced metro stations and multiplexes.   read more

2.Doublespeak on lokpal.

The Supreme Court’s query on Lokpal is quite valid. It is now over two years since the Narendra Modi government came to power at the Centre but there is still no sight of the ombudsman. The former UPA government did not take any initiative to pass the Lok Pal Bill. read more

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