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The Taiwan card:
1.The huge gains for the opposition Kuomintang, or the Chinese Nationalist Party, in Taiwan’s local elections may help in gradually improving the island’s ties with mainland China.
2.Equally, the adverse results in some of its strongholds could complicate matters for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party government ahead of the 2020 general elections.
3.In an echo of China’s increasing economic clout among developing countries, a number of African and Central American states have withdrawn formal ties with Taipei and established links with Beijing since Ms. Tsai became President.
A valid pause:
1.The monetary policy committee (MPC) now estimates retail inflation in the second half of the fiscal year to slow to 2.7%-3.2%, at least 120 basis points lower than its October forecast of 3.9%-4.5%.
2.The MPC’s decision to stand pat on rates must also have been bolstered by the findings in the RBI’s November survey of households’ inflation expectations: the outlook for price gains, three months ahead, softened by 40 basis points from September.
3.On growth, the monetary authority has largely stuck with its prognosis from October, while flagging both external and domestic risks to momentum as well as the likely sources of tailwinds.
A political march:
1.Conversations with many of the farmers who had occupied the streets of New Delhi in November revealed that their inspiration to protest was drawn from the Kisan Long March that took place from Nashik to Mumbai early this year.
2.The trickier question, however, is whether broader and deeper alliances and solidarities with the urban working class, who tend to share more in common with the rural distressed, will yet emerge.
3.Finally, even if the ruling elites and the Opposition realise that these farmers have the potential to influence the 2019 Lok Sabha election, as any act of mass mobilisation might do, the success and sustainability of these movements depends on how immune they are to short-term electoral baits.
Flying into losses:
1.The three main publicly listed airlines in the country — IndiGo, SpiceJet and Jet Airways — slipped from profitability to steep losses in the first nine months of the current calendar year.
2.This meant that fuel costs apart, airlines were spending more on payments made in foreign currency for engine lease rentals, and maintenance and purchase of spare parts.
3.In fact, the lean months of July, August and September saw carriers wooing passengers with attractive offers in an attempt to fill up seats, as is the norm during this season every year.
1.A delegation of eminent Indian scholars, former civil servants and a retired navy chief, led by Lalit Mansingh, former Foreign Secretary and chairman of the Kalinga Lanka Foundation (KLF), was in Colombo last month.
2.They advanced two additional arguments: one, for most projects Colombo had approached India initially and turned to China only later; two, ‘China delivers, while Indian bureaucracy delays’ was a constant refrain.
3.It appears Sri Lanka may be turning away from its identity as a South Asian nation to assert its role as an Indian Ocean country, imbued with an ambition to connect better with ASEAN and Japan.
From a manifesto to a movement:
1.Financed by men like Panaganti Ramarayaningar (the Raja of Panagal), whose lands lay in the Telugu country to the north of Madras, this hostel was run by C. Natesa Mudaliar, a Vellala doctor in the city.
2.On November 20, 1916, around 30 or so eminent non-Brahmins met in Madras’s Victoria Public Hall to form the South Indian People’s Association (SIPA), a joint-stock company for publishing English, Telugu and Tamil newspapers which would voice non-Brahmin grievances.
3.A month later, on December 20, readers of The Hindu and of Besant’s New India were treated to SIPA’s ‘Non-Brahmin Manifesto’, which declared opposition to ‘the Indian Home Rule Movement’, portraying it as a Brahmin exercise for gaining control over Madras Presidency.
Hues of a new political landscape:
1.For instance, the Congress’s Rita Bahuguna in Uttar Pradesh or Himanta Biswa Sarma in Assam or the Janata Dal (United)’s Nitish Kumar were accommodated generously.
2.While the Modi-Shah leadership deserves credit for helping craft the electoral dominance of the BJP, the fact is that this team is not going to hold sway forever.
3.The sharpening of these majoritarian tendencies would grow in both rhetoric and practice without bringing any change to the Constitution and the term secular remaining intact.
United colours of the ‘yellow vests’:
1.And, for those aware of France’s difficult colonial past, the spectacle of the police confronting ordinary citizens brings back memories of the Battle of Algiers.
2.Today’s demonstrations are a logical outcome of this double-bind: as the French state tries to withdraw, under pressure from European Union-wide austerity politics and its own budgetary overreach, it faces an unprecedented backlash.
3.Mr. Macron’s plunging approval ratings before and during the gilets jaunes protests indicates a crisis of leadership at least as acute as the one that marred former President François Hollande’s five years in office.
Competition tools inadequate to address issues related to monopoly of data:
1.Geeta Gouri also noted that the regulator needs to follow a more nuanced approach with respect to competition issues related to big data.
2.The existing competition tools are inadequate to address issues related to ownership and monopoly of data, according to experts.
3.The CCI keeps a tab on unfair business practices across sectors and has also dealt with various cases related to technological matters.
IG International to import 7 apple varieties from US organic fruit company:
1.KOLKATA: Fruit importing firm IG International has decided to import 7 varieties of apples from Stemlit Growers , the Washington-based leading organic fruit growing, packing and shipping company, keeping in mind that apple consumption picks up in winter.
2.With the start of this new season, we look forward to serving more Indian customers with the choicest and freshest fruit varieties,” said West Mathison, President, Stemilt Growers.
3.Committed to providing fresh, natural products to its customers, the brand boasts of a pan-India presence covering cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Pune, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Cochin, Patna, and Nagpur.
Union Home Minister proposes Civil Defence revamp:
1.Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has called for revamping of the Civil Defence for making the organisation more effective during disasters and peacetime.
2.“The recommendations made by the Group of Ministers after the Kargil War and other Committees could be looked into for the proposed revamping to improve the Civil Defence organisation.
3.Civil Defence can play a more active role at local level in community capacity building, disaster management and raising public awareness, he added.
Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot opens Admission in Dr B.R. Ambedkar School of Media Empowerment to Train Dalit and Tribal Youths:
1.The Media School, first of its kind to train Dalit and Tribal youths in journalism is supported by Indian Institute for Mass Communication (IIMC).
2.Addressing on the occasion, Shri ThaawarchandGehlot said that the Media school is an effort to encourage the youth belonging to these marginalized segments to find their place through profession of journalism.
3.Dalit rights leader Shri Amar Sable, MP, Rajya Sabha is the Chairman of its National Coordination Committee.
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