Monthly Archives: February 2019

The road to peace runs through Tehran

Even if an American military pullout from Afghanistan is on the cards, the U.S. will want to leave behind a stable country. And any peace settlement in Afghanistan will stand a better chance of staying on the rails if it is supported by regional powers. In other words, ties between …

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Will the Rs. 6,000 farmer payout help?

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme, announced in the Interim Budget, is the biggest scheme launched by the Government of India till date for providing structured support to small and marginal farmers. For farmers’ welfare Under the scheme, Rs. 6,000 per year will be provided to farmers holding …

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Governing India’s many spaces

As the general elections approach, it would be politic to take stock of the progress made by the incumbent party and look out for the areas that call for particular attention by the one that gains power. Without anticipating complete agreement on the indicators that ought to be used, I …

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Dutch probe mass seabird death mystery

Dutch scientists said they are baffled after 20,000 dead or dying guillemots washed up on North Sea beaches in a phenomenon not seen for decades. The fish-eating seabirds have been washing up between the northern Wadden Islands and southwestern Zeeland — all showing symptoms of severe starvation, a marine biologist …

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Buildings in former French colony near Kolkata await revival

Ignoring the vegetation growing from the cracks of this crumbling building in the erstwhile French colony of Chandannagar, 50 km from Kolkata, French Ambassador Alexander Zeigler and West Bengal Heritage Commission Chairperson Shuvaprasanna unveiled the building’s historical significance. Set up in 1875, the two-storied building served as the registry office …

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‘No proposal to modify February 12 circular’

Decision to remove 3 banks from PCA after considering capital infusion by Centre, says RBI Governor Among the various issues Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das touched upon during his first post-policy interaction with the media was the February 12 circular of the central bank which mandates banks to …

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