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1.India has breached its Tibet commitment,says Beijing.

China on Wednesday reiterated that the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh will have a negative impact on Sino-Indian ties, and accused New Delhi of breaching its commitment on the Tibet issue.  read more

2.Ending nuclear lawlessness.

In the last week of March, at the United Nations in New York, history was made as diplomats from about 130 countries started formal talks on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. read more

3.Powering India-Nepal ties.

An important step in promoting electricity trade between India and Nepal took place on February 14 when Energy Secretary-level talks — known as the joint steering committee (JSC) meeting — concluded in Kathmandu.  read more

4.In a safer lane.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill passed by the Lok Sabha this week will take a little more time to come into force, since it has not cleared the Rajya Sabha in the Budget session.  read more

5. Another crisis.

With Madhesi parties deciding to boycott local polls scheduled for May 14, Nepal is heading for another political crisis.  read more

6.Passage without scrutiny.

The Budget session of Parliament that concluded on Wednesday was an eventful one. Lok Sabha clocked in 108% of the originally scheduled hours, while Rajya Sabha did 86%. The Budget dates were advanced to enable the discussion and passing before the beginning of the financial year.  read more

7.All about bitcoins.

It is an electronic or digital currency that works on a peer-to-peer basis. This means that it is decentralised and has no central authority controlling it.  read more

8.Centre files curative plea on AFSPA.

The government on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to urgently reconsider its July 2016 verdict which ripped open the cloak of immunity and secrecy provided by the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) to security forces for deaths caused during encounters in disturbed areas.  read more

9. ‘Aadhaar robust; the poor have no complaints about it’.

Union Minister for Law and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad tells The Hindu that nobody is being denied any benefit for not having Aadhaar and fears on that count are misplaced.  read more

10.Hold fiscal deficit at 3% till FY20,says N.K.Singh panel.

The Centre can take a pause on the fiscal consolidation front over the next three years by maintaining a fiscal deficit to GDP ratio of 3% till 2019-20, the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Review Committee chaired by former Revenue Secretary N.K. Singh has recommended.  read more

11.Panel to suggest norms for virtual currencies.

The government has decided to close the regulatory gaps to keep a check on virtual currencies, including Bitcoins, and has set up an inter-disciplinary committee to recommend an action plan for dealing with such currencies within three months.  read more

1. Lawyers, rights activists slam govt's bid to get SC order on AFSPA diluted

Human rights activists and lawyers reacted sharply to the Centre’s desperate attempt to seek dilution of the Supreme Court’s earlier judgment making registration of FIRs mandatory for deaths during counterinsurgency operations by the armed forces, even in disturbed areas under AFSPA.  read more

2. The Idea of Irrational Bans Not Healthy For Our Democracy

The Supreme Court’s decision to stop all outlets from serving alcohol within 500 metres of high ways has created much surprise and consternation, including from within the government.  read more

1. Andhra,Telangana and the troubled Krishna waters.

The summer is not at its peak yet, but it is already aggravating tensions between the sibling states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.  read more

2.Government sets up panel to examine virtual currencies.

In a bid to fix the regulatory gaps in the existing framework for virtual currencies, including bitcoins, the government has formed a time-bound inter-disciplinary committee to recommend an action plan for dealing with such currencies. read more

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