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Pakistan withdraws terror charges against Hafiz Saeed

Pakistani authorities have withdrawn terrorism charges against Hafiz Saeed and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), paving the way for the possible release of the maan designated a terrorist by the UN, the US and India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Over 13,000 diagnosed with dengue in West Bengal

Fresh figures of the dengue outbreak in West Bengal reveal that over 13,000 people have been affected by the vector-borne disease in the State in the year 2017.

China knows India is no more weak: Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the country's borders were 'completely safe' and China had understodd that 'India is no more weak'.

Indian economy on very solid track in the medium term

IMF chief Christine Lagarde said the Indian economy was on a 'very solid track' in the medium term, days after the International Monetary Fund lowered its growth forecast for the current and the next year.


Toxic Farming

The continuous reports of the farmers dying from frequent pesticide exposure across the cotton belt in Yavatmal in Maharashtra highlight the failure of the efforts of the government to regulate toxic chemicals that are used in agriculture. It is natural for the cotton growers to protect their hard earned investments under pressure and rely on the greater volumes of insecticides after the recent severe pest attacks. It looks like that many farmers were affected due to high levels of exposure to the poisons, which eventually lead to their death. The sole fact that the farmers had to rely primarily on the advice of many unscrupulous agents and commercial outlets for getting the pesticides, rather than on different agricultural extension highlights a gross negligence on the part of the government. But this issue and problem runs far deeper. The system of proper regulation of insecticides across India is obsolete, and even minor efforts at implementing reforms initiated by the UPA government have fallen drastically. A new Pesticides Management Bill which was introduced in the year 2008 was studied well by the Parliamentary Standing Committee. However, the Bill is still pending. During the same time, there is much worrying evidence that huge amount of pesticides that are sold to farmers nowadays is spurious and the fakes are enjoying a much higher growth rate in comparison to the genuine products. Observing the scenario, there is an urgent need for a high-level inquiry and evaluation into the nature of pesticides used across the country, and also into the failure of the regulatory system.

On Dangerous Footing

U.S. President Donald Trump has brought the two-year-old pact on a severely dangerous position by refusing to effectively certify the Iran nuclear deal, which diminished its nuclear programme in the return for lifting any global sanctions. As per American law, the administration needs to certify that the country of Iran is technically working in compliance with the nuclear deal which was struck between Iran in addition to six other world powers, with the US too every 90 days. All the rest of signatories, in addition to the UN, insisted that Iran is fully well complying. However Mr. Trump, who threatened to strike off the deal during his election campaign, disavowed it straightaway days before its next proper certification was even due. From its initial days, Trump’s administration took a hawkish line towards the country of Iran, imposing every new sanction on the missile programmes and also joining hands with its pro-regional rivals across West Asia. But even though he withdrew certication, he did not fully scrap the nuclear deal. Instead, he passed the buck to U.S. lawmakers. However, the damage done by Mr. Trump’s decision to the good agreement and also to American diplomacy in general is counted huge. With the withdrawal from the deal certication, Mr. Trump has put the final nail in the coffin of an Iran-U.S. reset which earlier looked possible during the days of Obama administration.

Doklam derails train plan?

An ambitious high speed train project to connect Chennai and Mysore via Bengaluru, has been delayed as a Chinese company has maintained silence after completing a feasibility study a year ago, railways officials here say.

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