Casting capers: Maneka sees animals in wrong role (GS-3) (Page-11) Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has locked horns with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), accusing it of being lax in enforcement of rules that specify how wild animals can be depicted in films and television programmes. The board is India's apex body for ensuring that animals are not mistreated. In a July 23 letter to Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, Ms. Gandhi, who is also known for her activism for animal rights, listed "blatant errors" by the AWBI subcommittee that screens applications from film-makers. She alleged that the committee did not seek details of the species being used, which were required to determine whether they were protected. It had even allowed their depiction in scenes that could promote cruelty to animals. The letter cites an instance of approval given for a scene showing animal sacrifice, which is against the Supreme Court's orders.
S.P Gupta, AWBI Chairman, said the allegations were baseless" and part of a campaign to "defame" the board. "There have been six or seven such letters that have been sent to us I have responded to the Environment Minister. The allegations regarding permits are completely false and we have examined every case thoroughly [when giving or denying permissions]," he told The Hindu on the phone. * He, however, did not share a copy of his response to Dr. Vardhan, saying it was nota "public document" The letter, seen by The Hindu, cites an instance of the AWBI allowing the featuring of a hoolock gibbon, an endangered species, in a documentary film without enquiring from the film-makers whether or not special permission was obtained. In July, a TV show called "India's Next Top Model" was given approval for using animals and birds brought from outside the country, such as macaws and ball pythons, without verifying how they were sourced and whether requisite certificate was obtained for their import.
While tigers, monkeys, lions, bears, panthers (including leopards) are banned from being exhibited under Section 22 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the government body has allowed their use on several occasions, Ms. Gandhi wrote in her letter. The subcommittee has granted requests for showing snakes and birds without applicants specifying the species. "All Indian snakes and birds except the crow are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act and any certification for performance or exhibition is only possible after permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden of the relevant State," the letter says.
Foreign Secretary Gokhale in Kabul for trilateral talks (GS-2) (Page-11) Ahead of important trilateral Afghanistan-India-Iran talks over the Chabahar port project on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale held bilateral discussions with Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai on Monday, as the two sides convened the Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation * "Both sides stressed the need to continue working together towards a stable, peaceful and prosperous region that is free from terrorism and extremism," said a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, adding that Mr. Gokhale, who is on his third visit to Kabul this year, and Mr. Karzai had discussed security and trade issues, progress in development projects, and on pursuing an "Afghan-led, Afghan-owned" talks process with the Taliban. Afghanistan has a long-pending request for India to procure at least four attack helicopters from former Soviet countries for the Afghan army. In addition India has a series of outlays for 116 Small Development Projects and others totalling more than $2 billion. Progress on these issues was discussed at the meeting of the India-Afghanistan Joint Working Group on Development Cooperation on August 10, one of the four groups under the India- Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Council that is headed by the foreign Ministers of both countries and tasked with managing the relationship
The visit is part of a hectic week in regional diplomacy for the Ghani government: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will make his first visit abroad, since being sworn in, to Kabul on September 14, while CEO Abdullah Abdullah and the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass will visit India for a business promotion event on September 12-15. "Our upcoming exhibition will showcase more than 600 representatives from Afghanistan, India and international businesses to bring economic integration in the region with unprecedented growth in trade and business," Afghanistan's Ambassador to India Shaida Abdali told The Hindu, describing the "Passage to Prosperity" event jointly organised by U.S., India and Afghanistan in Mumbai India-Afghanistan trade, currently at about $900 million has received a boost from a special "air corridor" established between Kabul, and Delhi and Mumbai last year. Since then, Afghanistan has launched air cargo corridors with Kazakhstan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, and is in negotiations for a special air corridor with China as well.
o However, the highlight of the visit is expected to be the India-Afghanistan-Iran talks on operationalising Phase I of the Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar that India is developing, in the face of U.S. sanctions that go into effect on November 4 o Government sources conceded that the current sanctions plan would affect the port given that suppliers and shipping companies would hesitate to do business with Iran, but said that India is hopeful that Afghanistan will push for a "carve-out" or waiver for Chabahar with the U.S. administration. o While there was no announcement during the 2+2 talks last week, American officials have said they will "review" India's request, but continued to press for New Delhi to "zero out" oil imports from Iran.
India is asking for a trade deal due to our tough policies: Trump (GS- 2/3) (Page-12) India has asked for a trade deal with the US. due to his tough policies, President Donald Trump told his supporters Addressing a rally in South Dakota on Friday, he said countries have learned to respect the U.S. now. "India called us the other day. They said they want to do a trade deal. They wouldn't talk about that with previous administrations. They were very happy at the way it was. And my trade representative who was very tough and very smart... he said, why are you calling? They said, because of President Trump. I was going to wait a little while. But they want it soon.
India and the U.S. are negotiating several trade issues, and the talks are in a stalemate as US Trade Representative (USTR) has demanded a commitment from India to make additional purchases worth $10 billion annually for the next three years. Strategic convergence Just as U.S Secretaries of State and Defense, Mike Pompeo and James Mattis respectively, left New Delhi after the first 2+2 dialogue that sought to reiterate the strategic convergence between the two countries after in the face of assertive China, the President put China and India in the same bracket, yet again Speaking at a separate event in North Dakota, Mr. Trump said: "We have some of these countries that are called growing economies. So we are paying them subsidies. The whole thing is crazy... "They say like, India, China...they are growing... They call themselves developing nation and under that category they get subsidies. We have to pay them money. The whole thing is crazy." It is unclear what he was referring to. Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia told reporters on the conference call on Monday that the U.S was working with India, Japan and Australia to keep Asia safe and secure Both sides egre d that fai and r ciproce trade crucial to the prosperty of our peoples, Ms, Wel sal aid
CPEC to consider Pak. social sector priorities (GS-2) (Page-12) China and Pakistan are looking afresh at projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), in tune with Prime Minister Imran Khan's focus on development of social infrastructure "China will give more assistance on a priority basis to such areas as agriculture, education, medical service and drinking water, delivering tangible benefits to more people," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, in response to a question. Wang's visit Asked to comment on Foreign Minister Wang Yi's three-day visit to Islamabad, where the CPEC was discussed, Mr. Geng said: "The two sides will enhance the building of the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor, and decide the future development path and the course for cooperation through negotiations in light of Pakistan's next-stage socio-economic development priorities and the needs of its people."
"We will prioritise the faster development of industrial cooperation and livelihood projects, gradually extend them to the western part of Pakistan and enable more Pakistanis to benefit from the CPEC." Mr. Geng's focus on developing social infrastructure in Pakistan chimes with Prime Minister Imran Khan's emphasis on pursuing a people-oriented approach Meanwhile Pakistan media reports said that Mr. Khan's adviser on commerce, textiles, industries and investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, has dismissed aFinancial Times report on CPEC, stating that his statements were taken out of context. In his clarification, Mr. Dawood emphasised that Pakistan's commitment to CPEC would not change. He added that during the recent visit of Mr. Wang, both countries decided to take their strategic partnership forward, stressing that commitments to CPEC would be honoured and were unwavering, Pakistan's Geo TV reported. The Financial Times report stated that Pakistan was considering a review of the CPEC agreement with China, citing Islamabad's unease with what it claimed were unjust benefits being enjoyed by Beijing- owned companies.
The rupee breached 72.5 a dollar on Monday and touched all-time low of 72.67 intraday as the current account deficit widened to five- year high in the first quarter of the current financial year, to $15.8 billion or 2.4%, of the GDP. Following media reports quoting unnamed Finance Ministry officials that steps would be taken to arrest the fall in the currency, including deposit schemes for non-resident Indians along with central bank intervention, the rupee strengthened to 72.18 but again lost steam during the end of the trading session. "First time there was some verbal intervention by government that measures shall be taken to rein in rupee weakness," said Sajal Gupta, head, forex and rates, Edelweiss Securities
According to dealers, investors are concerned over economies that are expected to experience worsening balance of payments position. "On the external stability front, we expect the current account deficit to widen to 2.5% of GDP in FY2019 and 2.7% in FY2020, reflecting a combination of adverse terms of trade and a pickup in capex," Morgan Stanley wrote in a note to it's clients. Morgan Stanley expects inflation to accelerate prompting the central bank to hike interest rates by 50 basis points (bps), including 25 bps in the next policy review due in early October We expect another 25bps rate hike in October, as we think the Reserve Bank of India will front-load its hiking cycle to keep inflation expectations anchored. We highlight the risk of another rate hike of 25bp in the remaining part of the fiscal year, contingent on evolving external conditions," it said. Bond yields rise Bond yields spiked over fears of further rate hike as the yield on 10-year benchmark government bonds rose 13 bps to close the day at 8.16%. RBI had hiked interest rates by 50 bps since June this year over inflation concerns. forats ratet adiah companies
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