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Centre’s note to SC silent on PMO role in Rafale

It put all the responsibility for all aspects of the 36 Rafale deal squarely on the shoulders of the Indian Negotiating Team The government note in the Supreme Court does not contain a word about the “parallel parleys” conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the Diplomatic Advisor to …

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Germany’s War Guilt.

At the International Socialist Conference, Eisener, head of the Bavarian Government speaking in the debate on the responsibility for the war, pleaded guilty on behalf of German Socialists, but argued that Germany could expiate her guilt by advancing on the path of Socialism [according to a Feb. 5 report from …

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Admission to degree courses

A proposal to abolish the age limit for admission to colleges for degree courses is under the consideration of the University Grants Commission. This step is being taken to simplify procedures for admissions. The U.G.C. has already recommended the scrapping of the cumbersome requirement regarding migration certificates. In regard to …

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Irking the Dragon

By walking out of the INF treaty, the U.S. may have dragged China and Russia into a new arms race China has predictably criticised the U.S.’s decision to walk out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which was signed in 1987 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet …

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Growth prop

Barely four months after the Reserve Bank of India switched its monetary policy stance to one of ‘calibrated tightening’, signalling interest rates were set to trend higher, it has reversed direction. Not only did the RBI’s monetary policy committee unanimously opt to revert to a ‘neutral’ posture, but the rate-setting …

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Still partisan

Trump was restrained in his State of the Union address, but did nothing to bridge the divide In his second State of the Union address, President Donald Trump demonstrated the capacity to step back from his polemical debating style on social media without yielding ground to his detractors on matters …

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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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130 million tonne food target for Fourth Plan

The Planning Commission has accepted a food production target of 130 to 132 million tonnes by the end of the Fourth Plan. This target has been projected on the basis of a 100-million tonne potential this year. The production targets suggested for the major cash crops along with their estimated …

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