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DAILY THE HINDU NEWS ANALYSIS JUNE 9, 2017 By Jatin Verma, Educator, Unacademy. unacademy
. Page-7: Water Quality Index set to be announced soon [G.S. -3 Environment] Based on the proposal of the Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB), the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is working on coming up with a Water Quality Index, on the lines of Air Quality Index (AQi). Page Il: PM to meet Xi to repair bilateral ties [G.S.-2 Int. Relations] Differences over China's Belt and Road project, Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Meeting on the sidelines of SCO Summit Astana, Kazakhstan; The SCO grouping, which China and Russia initi-ated in 2001, focusses on se-curity cooperation between its members. [lt is a counter to NATO]. SCO currently comprises China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
PM Modi's JULY 2015 Visit to Central Asian countries: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan gave a fillip to trade between India and these Central Asian nations, despite China having forged deep trade links in the region. Trade with the Central Asian region, despite a huge demand for generic drugs, leather, expertise in telecommunication, exploration and food processing capabilities, has been abysmally low. Enhancing the credit line to the Central Asian nations to match the "liberal" extensions from China, government-to-government agreements, zero tolerance for complaints of trade malpractices and immediate response to trade disputes, as measures to improve ties with the region that holds strategic importance for India. . Between 2000 and 2014, trade between India and the Central Asian republic had beena mere 0.1 per cent of India's overall trade Despite trade increasing sharply during 2013-14to reach $1,238 million, it is only with Kazakhstan that bilateral trade has grown
UPSC Previous Year's Question: Question. Arrange the following Countries from North to South Answer. Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Kirgizstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan Dimensions of SCO Relevance for India Economic &T HQ Based in Shanghai, China. Security[RATS] Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) based in Tashkent.
The Caucasus and Central Asia LITH. LAT Vilnius RU S SIA BELARUS 2 UKRAINE KA Z AK HSTAN KAZAKH S TA N Alyrao Black Sea KYRGYZSTAN Caspiarn Sea KEY rML C HINA TURKEY UZBEKISTAN TURKMENISTAN KMENIS 1a OushanbeTJIKISTAN SYRIA Mary PAKISTAN--:-al Tevan IRAN Tehr n IRAQ JORDAN Kabul AFGHANISTAN INDIA
Page II: Are cattle trade rules good in law? Question before Supreme Court is whether they override animal cruelty Act. . Centre is only empowered by the Act to notify rules which are in furtherance of the purposes of the 1960 Act, cardinally that no animalnot just cattle is caused unnecessary pain and suffering The Supreme Court has consistently said that rules that contravene or rewrite the parent law, in this case the 1960 Act, should be rendered invalid for arbitrariness and unreasonableness. Caution required: Where a Rule is directly inconsistent with a mandatory provision of the statute, then of course the task of the court is simple and easy. But where the contention is that the inconsistency or non-conformity of the Rule is not with reference to any specific provision of the enabling Act, but with the object and scheme of the Parent Act, the court should proceed with caution before declaring invalidity
Page 12: Qatar crisis: Efforts intensify to resolve Gulf dispute. I. Trump does a U-Turn again: U.S. President Donald Trump offered to host a White House meeting if necessary, in a change of heart from his initial support for the Saudi- 2. Kuwait-which unlike most of its fellow Gulf Co-operation Council members has 3. French President Emmanuel Macron has also reached out to Qatar, Saudi 4. Turkey approves Tra led boycott not cut off ties with Qatar has been leading efforts to mediate. Arabia and Iran in a bid to kick off negotiations. approved an agreement to expand the number of troops deployed to a Turkish base in Qatar.
$1 mn fund to bolster BRICS media: . The Brazil-Russia-India- China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping has signalled its intent to . During an inaugural session of the BRICS Media Forum, it was announced that the news agency . The plan will promote sixo expand its footprint in the global media space. will invest $1 million for boosting media cooperation in the five-nation grouping speakers at the forum, who called for alternative media narrative, which did not take the cue ' The plan will promote six objectives, including "balanced reporting"-a view shared by several from Washington or London. information services and promoting people-to-people contacts CMA Group, Russia's Sputnik News Agency and Radio, The Hindu group of publications from . The proposal would also focus on joint development of BRICS digital media, financial . The BRICS media forum is the result of a joint initiative by Xinhua News Agency, Brazil's India, and South Africa's Independent Media
Business Page: 2 States breach 3% Fiscal deficit target. While the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had specifically cautioned seven States not to breach the 3% fiscal deficit target excluding the expenditure for UDAY, two States had already breached that threshold. RBI lacked the constitutional backing to stop States from breaching the 3% fiscal deficit mark. . FRBM Act prescribes a fiscal deficit threshold of 3% of gross state domestic product, States can take permission from the Centre for exceeding the 3% mark. Farm Loan waivers: Farm loan waivers, implemented by some States have compounded the problems. Political Economy- where Politics meets economy]
GST Effect: Products used by common man to cost less: Centre Due to no GST on these items, most of them are ex- pected to become cheaper in the range of approximately 4-5% as compared to their existing prices Except branded foodgrains and flours that will attract a 5%, GST cereals, pulses and atta will be tax-free