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INDIA

KASHMIR NEEDS A FRESH APPROACH TO ISOLATE SEPARATISTS

CONTINUANCE OF LOCKDOWN IN J&K IS HELPING EXTREMISTS
Author: Sagarneel Sinha - Published 19-08-2019 14:19 GMT-0000
Now that the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is gone, the major challenge ahead of New Delhi is to win the hearts of local Kashmiris and bring peace in the valley torn by violent conflicts for decades. That's not an easy task. A large section of Kashmiris have been under the influence of separatists — agents of Pakistan — who see India as “an oppressor to their culture and identity”. Although we shouldn't forget the fact that India itself is a land of diversity — a combination of many religions, ethnic communities, languages and cultures. But, New Delhi also has its own history of blunders for its inability to prevent the Pakistan supported separatists' propaganda — which gave immense strength to terrorism in the valley leading to the exodus of the minority Hindu Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir.
INDIA

SENIOR CITIZENS HEALTHCARE IS A BIG CHALLENGE

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES NEEDED TO TAKE CARE OF EMERGENCY NEEDS
Author: Dr Arun Mitra - Published 19-08-2019 14:16 GMT-0000
Economic developments and technological innovations have helped increase life expectancy worldwide. There was a time when thousands would perish because of epidemics like plague and smallpox which had adverse effect on life expectancy. Such deadly diseases are under control now. Life expectancy in India was 32 years at the time of independence in 1947. In 1969 it rose to 47 years further growing to 60 years in 1994 and 69 years in 2019.India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund. Whereas the number of young people in our country increased at a rapid rate, the number of elderly also grew steadily.
INDIA

MODI-SHAH’S BJP RESORTS AGAIN TO THE OLD BREAD VS CIRCUS TRICK

HINDUTVA ON HIGH GEAR AS MASS DISTRACTION FROM ECONOMIC FAILURES
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 19-08-2019 14:14 GMT-0000
It is possible that the BJP will aggressively pursue its Hindutva agenda at a time of economic slowdown by adopting the well-known bread versus circus tactic, which has been explained as providing entertainment for hoi polloi as a means of diverting attention from a shortage of bread, in other words, a serious problem.

INDIAN ECONOMY: CRASH OF 2019

NEW PROJECTS ARE FEW, JOBS UNDER GALLOWS
Author: Nantoo Banerjee - Published 19-08-2019 12:33 GMT-0000
The NDA government may have scored well in the socio-political front and caught a national and international limelight by abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution to redefine the state of Jammu & Kashmir, but the country’s economy is in shambles. It needs immediate repairs. Unless the government acts fast and control the damage, the economy may shrink further inviting major social consequences. Tens of thousands of jobs are on the block as an unprecedented demand recession has hit a number of sectors, led lately by the automobile industry.
INDIA

CAN CONGRESS EVER FIND A LEADER OUTSIDE NEHRU-GANDHI DYNASTY?

FALLING BACK ON SONIA AS INTERIM PRESIDENT WILL BE A MIXED BLESSING
Author: Harihar Swarup - Published 17-08-2019 17:29 GMT-0000
While demitting the office of the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi made a statement of far-reaching importance for which he must be praised. He observed that the Congress must pick a president outside the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. This was wish of several Congress leaders, but they were scared of making their opinion public. But when the time came to pick someone from outside the dynasty, the Congressmen badly failed.

INDIA MUST BE CAUTIOUS IN TALKING ABOUT NUCLEAR USE POLICY

SUCH WARS LEAVE NO VICTOR OR VANQUISHED
Author: Barun Das Gupta - Published 17-08-2019 16:42 GMT-0000
Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh has said that though India is still committed to its “No First Use” (NFU) nuclear policy, “what happens in future depends on the circumstances.” The occasion, the venue and the timing of his statement are significant.

NEW ZEALAND ADOPTING NEW HEALTHCARE NORMS

ABORTION LAWS TO BE MODERNISED
Author: Arun Srivastava - Published 17-08-2019 16:39 GMT-0000
AUCKLAND: The New Zealand Government this week unveiled its bill for reform of abortion laws. Earlier the political leadership of the country was in favour of having a referendum on the issue of decriminalisation of the Abortion law, as it apprehended that some of the political and social forces might oppose the move but in a significant move the political leadership closed its rank to have the law amended.
INDIA

POPULATION POLICY NEEDS A NATIONAL DEBATE

INDIA CAN NOT GIVE UP ITS PRESENT DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND
Author: Subrata Majumder - Published 17-08-2019 16:37 GMT-0000
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apprehension on population explosion in his sixth Independence Day speech from the rampart of Red Fort raises eyebrows among the global viewers. They wonder why India decries the increase in population, while a major part of the developed nations plunged in ageing society. Countries like Japan, UK, Germany, France, USA, S. Korea and even developing nation like China are dipping in ghettoization by elders.
INDIA

RECORD GOLD PRICE A PRODUCT OF ECONOMIC SITUATION

BUT DOUBTS LINGER OVER LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY
Author: Arjavi Indraneesh - Published 17-08-2019 16:34 GMT-0000
Gold prices in India had surged to record high of ₹38,470 for 10 grams earlier this week, registering an increase of Rs 475 in one go. The prices have somewhat retreated from those levels, but what makes the development noteworthy is that it may not have been totally unexpected.
INDIA

RURAL DISTRESS IS LEADING TO INTENSIVE SLOWDOWN

LARGE SCALE FARM BASED INVESTMENT IS NEED OF THE HOUR
Author: Anjan Roy - Published 17-08-2019 16:32 GMT-0000
In his monetary policy statement last week, the governor of the Reserve Bank had observed that the current slowdown appears to be cyclical. Maybe, but the slow down appears to have come full cycle. It began in the housing and automobile segments, which are capital heavy for the consumers. Now it is spreading to even the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, which is what is small change. Even stocks of soaps and sandals, biscuits and shampoos are rising. Why so? And apparently all of a sudden.