Summary

Chinese troops still near Doklam standoff area

More than five weeks after India and China stepped back froma standoff at Doklam on the Sikkim border, India soldiers remain on high alert with around 1000 Chinese troops still present on the plateau, a few hundred meters from the faceoff site, government sources said.

Change law to punish hate speech online

An expert committee, constituted by the Centre struck down the controversial Section 66A of the Information technology Act in 2015, has recommended that the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and the IT Act be amended to introduce stringent provisions, specifying punishment, to deal with cases of hate speech and use of cyberspace to spread hatred and incitement.

No protests at Jantaar Mantar, orders NGT

Jantar Mantar, the capital's authorised protest site for decades, will soon go silent with the National Green tribunal Thursday ordering that no further dharnas be held at the spot.

Can fight two-front war with current strength, says IAF chief

Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa Thursday said the possibility of a two-front war remais low but the Indian Air Force (IAF) is prepared for any ebentuality despite a shortage of fighter aircraft. He also said that the Chinese forces are still present in Chumbi valley on Sikkim border but he expects them to withdraw soon.

Pak foreign minister warns India against surgical strikes

Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday warned India against carrying out a surgical strike or targeting its nuclear installations, saying if that happens nobody should expect restraint from his country.

Islamic State loses last bastion in northern Iraq as fighting rages

Iraqi forces have captured Hawija and the surrounding area from Islamic State, though some fighting still raged in a pocket to the north and east of the town where the militants were surrounded.

No Indian troops in Afghanistan because of Pak considerations: US

Us Defence Secretary Jim mattis has said that India's decision not to send its troops to Afghanistan was in view of Pakistan's consideration as this would bring in new complexities in the region.

Editorial

India needs a new IAS

India is at the cusp of two ruling trends of the world. Foremost of them is the rise of Asia and secondly the process of digitization that is taking the world over. To balance both these trends equally, the country needs a developed Indian Administrative Service (IAF) which would give the country a strong and advanced system. Governments of the developed countries are far better and equipped with good staff in comparison to India. Our country is the home to more than a billion population needs to have a dedicated and strong administrative system. The IAS sector has drastically changed over the years- the prestige of the IAS service reduced since the early 1991 reforms. Also, with many alternative professions and plum offers coming alongside the IAS, many prefer trying their luck in other services rather than venturing in the IAS field. The recruitment system of IAS is also targeted and produces generalists rather than specialists. The Centre and the high authoritative of today require specialists like accountants, environmental experts, economists, architects and management professionals among many. But the recruited staff are more generalists performing multitasking activities in their power. The IAS as such needs to change its rules and reforms and engage well professional specialists to run the country.

Partners, Naturally

India and the European Union share a good rapport and bilateral ties. Both the countries are connected to all sectors be it tourism, economy, trade or commerce. In the tourism front, many people from both the countries one another to explore the heritage and diversity. Also, India and the European Union are two of the largest democracies across the world and stand by similar values of freedom and equality. India and the European Union have a strong economic bond. While India is the fastest growing economy in the world, EU has the largest open market in the world. Both the countries are indulged in trading of around 100 billion euros worth of proper goods and services every year. Many India and European companies too have expanded their ventures and companies in the countries and provided employment opportunities to the people. The countries are looking forward to connecting with each other on the 14th EU-India Summit to be held soon. The main highlight of the summit would be to further strengthen the ties and improve trade and commerce. One of the key features is the EU-India Free Trade Agreement which is expected to materialise soon.

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