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NEW CLIMATE DEAL CAN CREATE HUGE GREEN JOBS

WIND AND SOLAR POWER WILL BE CHEAPEST SOURCE OF ELECTRICITY
Author: Norah Vawter - Published 07-01-2019 09:57 GMT-0000
Lately, there’s been a lot of bad news about climate change and the future of humanity. In October, the United Nations issued a major report warning of a climate crisis as soon as 2040. The day after Thanksgiving, the Trump administration tried to bury the release of its own report on the dire effects of climate change already occurring in the United States, which included dark predictions for the future.

BANGLADESH’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS UNDER SHEIKH HASINA

PER CAPITA GDP HAS OVERTAKEN PAKISTAN’S, NEARING INDIA’S
Author: Nantoo Banerjee - Published 07-01-2019 09:52 GMT-0000
The biggest attribute to the latest thumping election victory of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed’s Awami League and its alliance may be her government’s contribution to the south Asian country’s most impressive economic growth over the last 10 years. In 2018, the Bangladesh economy has grown roughly at the rate eight percent. With the global oil prices down and average inflation rate ruling below six percent, the country’s GDP may continue to grow at eight percent during the current year, as well. The government’s bold decision to temporarily shelter some 700,000 Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar and its remarkable management of the social, economic and diplomatic consequences of the act are receiving admiration across the world.
INDIA

CONGRESS NOT IN SP-BSP PLAY

‘RAHUL FOR PM’ SOUNDS A JARRING NOTE
Author: Aditya Aamir - Published 05-01-2019 11:07 GMT-0000
Prime ministerial ambitions are driving ‘gathbandhan’ politics. News is BSP and SP will not entertain Congress on the Uttar Pradesh stage, not in a one-act play. Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav prefer to tango in tandem, don’t fancy having a Rahul Gandhi-instep. The BSP says the next prime minister should be “mature” and somebody with the “experience” of running a state if not India.
INDIA: MADHYA PRADESH

NATH GOVT BRACES FOR CRUCIAL SPEAKER ELECTION

DIGVIJAY ALLEGES HORSE TRADING BY EX-MINISTERS
Author: L.S. Herdenia - Published 05-01-2019 11:02 GMT-0000
BHOPAL: All eyes are on the first session of the newly constituted Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, which begins in Bhopal on January 7. Besides the formal agenda of administering oath to the elected members, the house will also elect its Speaker. So far MP Vidhan Sabha has been following the tradition of electing Speaker with unanimity. There is yet another tradition according to which the post of Deputy Speaker is given to the opposition.

TURKISH BID TO OUTSMART SAUDIS TO WOO INDIAN MUSLIMS

ERDOGAN WORKS THROUGH LUCKNOW CONNECTIONS
Author: James M. Dorsey - Published 05-01-2019 09:58 GMT-0000
When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently declared that Turkey was “the only country that can lead the Muslim world,” he probably wasn’t only thinking of Middle Eastern and other Islamic states such as Pakistan and Bangladesh. Increasingly, there is evidence that Indian Muslims, the Islamic world’s fourth largest community after Indonesia and the South Asian states is on Erdogan’s radar.
INDIA

NEED FOR CLARITY ON WHAT’S NOT ROUTINE FOR SC

LAW AND ORDER SITUATIONS DEMAND PRIORITY
Author: K. Raveendran - Published 05-01-2019 09:54 GMT-0000
Supreme Court chief justices leave their own imprint on the institution when they depart. Some of these are stamps of greatness, but there are also the good, bad and the ugly. Justice P N Bhagawati, for instance, left an indelible legacy by pioneering public interest litigation, which opened a new chapter in the history of Indian judiciary in taking justice to the common man. Similar in sweep to the class action suit in western democracies, he saw PIL as the means to empower the socially and economically disadvantaged population to seek justice. It continues to be so and several landmark verdicts have been secured through this route.
INDIA: HEALTH WATCH

PEOPLE NEED HEALTH AND EDUCATION

RHETORIC WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC
Author: Dr Arun Mitra - Published 05-01-2019 09:50 GMT-0000
The Kartarpur Corridor at the Indo Pak border is not just a religious symbol, it is a hope of millions of people across the border who have been denied the opportunity to visit their nears and dears, to have a glimpse of the places they or their predecessors were born, lived and spent their childhood & part of their youth. There has been denial of strong wish to meet their newly developed friends through modern technology – Facebook and WhatsApp etc. With similar background of cultural values people of the two countries have always been having strong yearning to go to the places they have been only reading about. The Kartarpur Corridor would also be an opportunity to break myths being spread against each other. It is only when one visits Pakistan from India or vice versa one realizes how much is the love lost between the two people who not too long ago in the history lived together. The political reasons distanced them through lines but could not break the bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood. The success story of Sada-e-Sarhad bus service started in 1999 during the Vajpayee government is a glaring example. It is time and an opportunity that has come before us through Kartarpur Corridor which we should not loose.
INDIA

POLITICAL POWERPLAY OVER TRIPLE TALAQ BILL UNFORTUNATE

BIG QUESTION: IS CRIMINALISATION OF MUSLIM MEN NECESSARY?
Author: Harihar Swarup - Published 05-01-2019 09:47 GMT-0000
It is unfortunate that Triple Talaq Bill has again caught up in petty politics. It has a smooth passage in the Lok Sabha but got stuck up in the Rajya Sabha as BJP does not have majority in the Upper House. What is wrong if the punishable clause in the bill is retained? In that event, the question is asked who will look after the family of an offender if he is sent to three years’ imprisonment? Opposition has been demanding that the draft law be first send to a Select Committee for legislative scrutiny. One way out could be if the government takes up the responsibility of financially supporting all such Muslim women whose husbands are in jail for pronouncing triple talaq. Government did not agree to the proposal.
INDIA: KERALA

CM’S BLUNDER REVIVES BJP-RSS AGITATION

GAINS FROM WOMEN’S WALL SQUANDERED
Author: P. Sreekumaran - Published 04-01-2019 17:26 GMT-0000
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A ‘Left-Right combination’ has left Kerala staggering, and turned the state into a political battleground.

POLITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS BLOSSOMING AMONG TECHIES

YOUNG WORKERS CHALLENGE CEOs ON ETHICAL ISSUES
Author: B. Sivaraman - Published 04-01-2019 17:21 GMT-0000
“Dear Jeff,

“We are troubled by the recent report from the American Civil Liberties union (ACLU) exposing our company’s practice of selling Amazon Web Service (AWS) Rekognition, a powerful facial recognition technology, to police departments and government agencies. …This will be another powerful tool for the surveillance state, and ultimately serve to harm the most marginalized. …