Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-09-09
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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1.Apart from the defence agreements, both sides said in a joint statement that they had discussed trade issues, cooperation on fighting terrorism, advancing “a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region” and promoting sustainable “debt-financing” in the region.
2.However, while trade was addressed, India did not receive a clear-cut assurance of its GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) status being restored, or of waivers on steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by Washington.
3.While signing agreements the U.S. has pursued for years, India appears to have taken a leap of faith on its own concerns, expecting that the Trump administration will come through on waiving sanctions and being more flexible on trade issues.
Post office solutions: the challenges facing India Post Payments Bank:
1.Amidst some fanfare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB), a financial service provider that will operate under the country’s age-old postal department.
2.The government-owned payments bank will be able to accept deposits of up to ₹1 lakh from customers but without the rights to use these funds to advance risky loans at higher interest rates.
3.To generate revenues, it plans to charge fees on money transfers and other financial services while investing idle customer deposits in safe government securities in order to earn interest.
The right to love: on Section 377 verdict:
1.When those affected by the 2013 verdict approached the Supreme Court, it was referred to a larger Bench to reconsider Koushal .
2.In National Legal Services Authority (2014), a case concerning the rights of transgender people, the court ruled that there could be no discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
3.Justice Indu Malhotra strikes a poignant note when she says history owes an apology to the LGBTQ community for the delay in providing the redress.
Pieces of land: on land redistribution in South Africa:
1.But President Cyril Ramaphosa, a former business tycoon and trade union leader, faces the delicate task of making good on the constitutional principle of land “expropriation without compensation”, not undermining the right to private property.
2.The annual growth rate is poor, and unemployment hovers around 25%, even as the country comes to terms with the role of top African National Congress leaders in the loot of its natural wealth.
3.His bold initiatives as President have seen the return of competent Ministers sacked by his predecessor, manoeuvres to revive investor confidence and restoration of an independent prosecutor’s office.
A strange new world: on the Trump-Kaepernick saga:
1.For the past two years, Kaepernick has been unable to find work, and he is suing the National Football League (NFL) for illegal collusion to keep him out of the game in response to political pressure.
2.Recently, athletic shoe and apparel manufacturer Nike signed him as the face of their new advertising campaign and instantly became target of Mr. Trump’s tirade where he called for a boycott of the company.
3.Strangest of all is Nike, the poster child for corporate greed thriving on sweatshops in poor countries, choosing to make a stand against government pressure and buyer boycotts to support Kaepernick.
The sadness of silence:
1.Sadly, the intellectual has become part of the conspiracy of silence, hiding behind the emperor’s new clothes, the emerging policy science, which banalise the logic of violence in everyday life.
2.A Michel Foucault would have been ironically delighted with the event as a case study where Famine, Partition and World War become the creation myths of the Indian state apparatus.
3.By breaking this silence, we could begin to challenge the tyranny of modern India, bring back to citizenship a memory that flows, revive the power of storyteller and the hospitality of listening.
For all that we may become: on the Section 377 verdict:
1.For all the lines of the 2009 Delhi High Court verdict (colloquially called the Naz judgment), the one that stayed with me the longest was perhaps an aside to the main point about reading down Section 377.
2.The High Court had said: “While recognising the unique worth of each person, the Constitution does not presuppose that the holder of rights is an isolated, lonely and abstract figure possessing a disembodied and socially disconnected self.
3.Listed immediately after us in the Chief Justice’s court was the next hearing in Romila Thapar , the petition challenging the continuing house arrest of activists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, a law that defines the many ways in which we are willing to sacrifice our civil liberties.
Centre sets up panel of secretaries into look e-commerce issues:
1.Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu last month tweeted that he had received few concerns regarding the draft e-commerce policy following which he directed officials to conduct another round of consultation with stakeholders to address them.
2.The draft stated that any group company of an online retailer or marketplace may not be allowed to directly or indirectly influence the price or sale of products and services on its platform, a move that could completely restrict e-tailers from giving deep discounts.
3.In the context of international trade negotiations, policy space for granting preferential treatment and imposing customs duties on e- transmission to digital items created in India will be retained.
Finance Ministry crafting strategy to boost GST revenues:
1.A discussion to shore up revenues has already happened with four states– Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry and Jammu & Kashmir, while a dialogue with Bihar and Uttarakhand is slated to take place later this month.
2.”Data analytics will be put to use to examine the profile of top 30 taxpayers to study their tax payment pre and post GST implementation,” the official added.
3.Under GST, a cess is levied on luxury, demerit and sin goods over and above the highest tax rate of 28 per cent and the proceeds are utilised to compensate states for revenue loss.
Indians in USA should not forget their spiritual and cultural roots: Vice President:
1.The Vice President asked them to uphold India’s core values and beliefs of sharing, caring and treating the entire world as ‘One Family’ – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
2.The Vice President said that never forget or neglect your mother tongue, native village, motherland, parents and the Guru, who is responsible for your success, he told them.
3.While complimenting the Telugu community for their contribution to the progress of America, the Vice President observed that it was a matter of pride that many Telugus are occupying high positions in different fields.
Casevac At Kolahai Glacier Hills:
1.Western Air Command of Indian Airforce launched two Cheetah helicopters, of the Udhampur based Hovering Hawks unit who happened to be at Srinagar at that point.
2.The captain of the lead aircraft Mehta decided to find a small spot of flat land nearby and touchdown.
3.It was immensely satisfying when Hazik was saved ” said the mission leader and captain of the lead aircraft Wg Cdr Vishal Mehta.
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