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IMF lowers forecasts for India

India’s economic growth for 2017 and 2018 will be slower than earlier projected, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its latest World Economic Outlook released on Tuesday.

Passive euthanasia already a law, says govt.

Passive euthanasia, the act of withdrawing life support to a terminally-ill patient, is already the law of the land, the government told a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court.

BJP, Cong. ght over land denotification

The BJP and the Congress continued sparring in Karnataka on Tuesday, with the former accusing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of facilitating denotification of prime land worth around 300 crore at Raj Mahal Vilas Extension II Stage in Bengaluru by ‘suppressing facts’ in court to ‘help his aide’.

Mamata publicly reprimands Minister

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday publicly reprimanded Backward Classes Welfare Minister Churamani Mahato “for losing touch with the masses”, at a meeting held in Jhargram district.

India, U.K. to defence links

India and Britain hope to agree on concrete measures to take forward their defence partnership by next year, ahead of the next meeting of the two Prime Ministers, India’s Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra said during a three-day visit to the U.K. The meeting of the two leaders is widely expected to take place at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London in April 2018.

Trump challenges Secretary of State to compare IQ tests

President Donald Trump suggested he’s smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying in an interview published on Tuesday that if Mr. Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should “compare IQ tests”.

GIFT City bourses to oil contracts

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has al- lowed exchanges established in GIFT City to introduce crude oil futures contracts, trading in which is set to commence later this month.

Funskool India to focus on exports

Hit by the effects of demonetisation, toymaker Funskool India has turned its attention towards exports to sustain growth momentum, said a top executive.

StanChart opens India client support facility

Standard Chartered Bank on Tuesday opened its global business services centre in Bengaluru to deliver sup- port, client due diligence and advisory services for corporate and institutional banking customers using technologies in data, robotics and software development.

Panel to look into rationale behind hike

The Delhi Legislative Assembly passed a resolution to form a nine-member committee to look into the “ra- tionale” behind the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) fare hike as well as the financial health of the public transporter.

AIIMS plans to launch mental health programme for schoolchildren

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has tied up with the Mental Health Foundation (India) to start “School Health Clubs”, an initiative aimed at engaging with students to ensure their mental and emotional well-being in the future.

GST slashed on 179 items ahead of Gujarat elections

The Goods and Services Tax Council on Friday sharply reduced to just 50 the number of items in the highest tax rate of 28%.

Jadhav will be permitted to meet his wife, says Pakistan

Pakistan on Friday offered to let Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian naval officer convicted by a military court for alleged espionage, meet his wife on humanitarian grounds.

Sharma to keep visiting Kashmir

Dineshwar Sharma, Special Representative of the Union government, concluded his five day visit to Jammu & kashmir on Friday, saying he would visit the State again and again.

India, Canada may 'trade off' wish lists

India and Canada will next week discuss ways to take forward talks on the proposed bilateral talks on the proposed bilateral trade and investment pacts. Also on the agenda will be measures to remove irritants, including those affecting trade in goods, especially 'high' tariffs on farm items such as pulses and services, particularly 'curbs' relating to easier movement of skilled workers.


Is 'deep sea fishing' the silver bullet?

The Palk Bay conflict has been the topic of high level discussion between India and Sri Lanka for sometime. The conflict arises solely about what one should do with the oversized fleet of Tamil Nadu trawlers who fish regularly in the Sri Lankan waters. This damages the boats and gear parts of small scale Tamil fisheries belonging to the northern province of Sri Lanka. Due to this, the Sri Lankan government passed a legislation banning all trawling activities and has set the navy up to vigilantly patrol the International Maritime Boundary line and capture any Indian trawl boats or fishers. This rule aims at removing majority of trawl vessels from the Palk Bay. The beneficiaries of deep sea fishing who possess a registered, ea worthy trawl vessel should be immediately scrapped or disposed outside the Palk Bay. The Government is also creating a new deep sea fishing harbour in Mookalyur where disposed vessels would be held. Deep sea fishing is always an important part of the Blue Revolutionary vision of the country by which the fishing resources are exploited to the maximum within the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone. The current plan implemented in Palk Bay is to extract 2000 trawlers and replace them with well equipped deep sea vessels who fish in the Bay of Bengal and Gulf of Mannar. The Palk Bay conflict needs to be solved in a tactic manner and a multi-dimensional approach is required to resolve the urgent fishing conflict among the two countries.

Saving Child Brides

The Supreme Court has now corrected a lapse in the criminal law scenario of India by ruling that marriage cannot stay as a licence for just having sex with a minor girl. As per the Indian Penal Code, having sex with a girl aged below 18 years is a criminal offence, regardless of any consent. However, this can be made an exception if the girl is proved that she isn’t below 15 years and is the man’s wife. By limiting the exception to limit the age of girls aged 18 and older, the Supreme Court has sought to duly harmonise different laws where any person under 18 is considered a minor. The overall judgment is done keeping with the reformist, and the most indisputably correct view that an early marriage is a serious infringement of any child rights. The judges drew conclusion extensively on studies that demonstrates the issue of child marriage as a social evil which adversely affects the physical as well as the and mental health of children. It also denies them from the opportunities for education and self-advancement and infringes on their bodily autonomy depriving them of any role to take feasible decisions in life.

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