Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-08-04
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Hope in Harare? — on Mnangagwa’s victory:
1.There had been palpable relief in Harare when the 37-year-long dictatorship of the veteran liberation leader Robert Mugabe was brought to an end in a soft coup last year.
2.The international community has been watching for cues on where Zimbabwe is headed in terms of restoring the rule of law after the excesses of the Mugabe years.
3.Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, recklessly claimed the party was in the lead even before the election commission announced results.
Impasse ends: on K.M. Joseph’s elevation:
1.The Centre had no option but to elevate the Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice once the collegium reiterated its original recommendation after the Law Ministry returned his name.
2.It made an issue of his relative lack of seniority among the Chief Justices of the various high courts, adding somewhat curiously that his elevation would give excessive representation to Kerala.
3.It only served to strengthen the suspicions that Justice Joseph found himself in disfavour because he was on a Bench that quashed the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand in 2016, a charge the government vehemently denied.
Checking the new abnormal:
1.This officer will constitute a special task force to collect intelligence on persons likely to commit such crimes or who are involved in spreading hate speech, provocative statements and fake news.
2.Amongst the remedial measures, the Supreme Court has directed that in case of an incident of lynching or mob violence, the jurisdictional police station shall immediately lodge a first information report (FIR).
3.Nodal Officers have been made duty-bound to ensure that investigation and prosecution of such cases is strictly carried out, the charge sheet filed within the prescribed time period, and the trial concluded through fast-track courts within six months.
Engaging Naya Pakistan:
1.More significantly, despite concerns in India, religious parties have once again failed to convert their street power into political outcomes, which goes to highlight the sheer lack of mass base for terror outfits and their affiliates in Pakistan, and the moderate nature of its polity.
2.This is not to say that Mr. Khan has a clean record: he has been a supporter of Pakistan’s blasphemy law and has in the past flirted with rightwing parties and terror outfits in Pakistan, which earned him the moniker ‘Taliban Khan’.
3.The interlude between the general elections in Pakistan and India is a period of extreme caution and careful domestic calculations, and hence not conducive for bold foreign policy initiatives, especially on something as fraught as India-Pakistan relations.
GST slabs may reduce to 3 in long-term: Sanjeev Sanyal:
1.In the long-term, Goods and Services Tax ( GST ) slabs may come down to three, in addition to the exempted category, Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Adviser to the Finance Ministry, today said.
2.”The inability of the legal system to enforce contracts needs to be addressed and this require reforms.
3.Sanyal, who was a renowned economist before joining the government, said that after indirect taxes (GST), the govt is planning to undertake legal and administrative reforms.
Higher import duties on 29 US products to be effective from Sep 18: Govt:
1.The government has extend by 45 days the deadline for imposition of higher customs duties on 29 products, including almond, walnut and pulses, imported from the US.
2.India has also dragged the US to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism over the imposition of import duties on steel and aluminium.
3.The duty hike move by India was in retaliation to the March 9 decision of US President Donald Trump to impose heavy tariffs on imported steel
PM reviews preparations for launch of Health Assurance programme under Ayushman Bharat:
1.The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today reviewed the progress of preparations towards the launch of the Health Assurance programme under Ayushman Bharat.
2.Top officials of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, NITI Aayog and PMO, briefed the Prime Minister on various aspects, including the preparations in States, and development of the technological infrastructure associated with the scheme.
3.In April, on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti, the Prime Minister had inaugurated the first ‘Health and Wellness Centre’ under Ayushman Bharat, in the aspirational district of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh.
Leave the politics outside the Parliament and do your best for framing policies: Vice President:
1.As you start your tenure in Rajya Sabha, to be an effective Parliamentarian, I advise you to carefully select a few subjects of your interest and make informed contribution to the debates.
2.Our Parliament has 24 Department related Parliamentary Standing Committees, to examine annual Demands of Grants and financial management of respective Government ministries.
3.Let me once again remind you of the unanimous resolution against disruption and disturbance which Members of both the Houses adopted on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of country’s independence in 1997.
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