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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (15th June)

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1- CPEC: the need for a second look by India

Most narratives on the subject published in India stress that as the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) traverses through Indian sovereign territory in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) which is a part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), India is well within its rights to refuse any participation.

Q-CPEC is a net geo-strategic power addition to the formidable Sino-Pakistan nexus as it exists today. Enumerate solutions which India needs to take to counter this formidable nexus.

2- Qatar’s isolation

The recent diplomatic rift between Qatar and other Arab states — like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt — has again highlighted the geopolitical significance of the region beyond the oil factor.

Q- Examine how the rift between Qatar and other Arab nations can impact India’s interest in long run and short run.

3- Solutions beyond farm loan waivers

Q- Farm loan waivers might help the government quell the farmers protests, but they are unlikely to change much on the ground in the long run. Discuss

4- More than a residual problem

The primary thrust of the 1981 Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act is on industrial and automobile-related pollution. But this doesn’t mean it can’t be used to curb the burning of biomass and crop residue. Indeed, in December 2015, the Ministry of Environment and Forests used Section 18(1)(b) of this legislation to issue directions for Delhi and NCR (National Capital Region), covering the burning of agricultural waste, crop residues and biomass.

Q- Economics is still loaded in favour of farmers burning crop residue. Subsidizing farmers to use better technologies may be a solution. Comment

5- Leaning On The Law

Constitutional evaluation of laws is tricky business. It stands in stark contrast to terming a law or rule as being desirable or undesirable, though it is possible that an undesirable law is also unconstitutional.

Q- Mention the constitutional position related with ban on livestock slaughter and how would it impact Indian primary industry.

6- WPI inflation slows to 2.17%

Wholesale inflation slowed sharply in May to 2.17% from 3.85% in April, as food prices eased — an indication that farm incomes continue to be depressed.

7- India aims to lift ‘doing business’ ranking

Nation was ranked 130 out of 190 countries last year in the World Bank’s report.

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