Summary

Crop burning could have been avoided this year, but finding money was a problem

The season's stubble burning in north and north-western India, believed to be largely responsible for the heavy smog over Delhi, could have been avoided if the Centre and the states concerned had agreed on a formula to share the burden of a newly finalised financial incentive package to dissuade farmers from burning their crops.

Eye on China, India joins team of four

With an eye on China's activities in the region, India on Sunday said that the first meeting of its officials in manila with those from the US, Australia and Japan- described as the 'quadrilateral'- agreed that a 'free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large.

Trump-Modi meet agenda: Asia, Ivanka trip

Broader aspects of US President Donald Trump's South Asia strategy, his views on his ongoing Asia trip, expecially on China, bilateral issues- and the visit this month of Ivanka Trump to India. This will form the outline of discussions between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump in Manila on Monday afternoon.

Air quality worsens, so does the slugfest

After a brief respite on Saturday, Delhi's air quality deteriorated once again, reaching 'severe' levels- this time with and AQI of 460 on a scale of 500. The concentration of particulate matter was recorded at over seven times the norm.

Every breath you take

The onset of winter, a thick blanket of smog and a spurt in respiratory infections- it’s a familiar story in the capital. But a spate of studies by top medical institutes has thrown up alarming trends that had so far gone unnoticed- from premature births and underweight children to a flare-up in arthrities to increased risk of stroke.

Editorial

Delhi to Manila

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit the Philippines for the annual round of regional consultations, he would have a brave challenge to cope with the ruling agenda of trade liberalization and climatic change. Since his tenure at the office, the PM has always stressed that India is much enthusiastic about green and clean energy. However, on the commercial front, the PM has always found it hard to cover the gap between the regional expectation and the slower growth rate of trade reforms in India. In Manila, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would come face to face with US President Donald Trump- the critic of a good economic liberalization and a step downer of climate change commitments. During these situations, China earlier came in to fill the gap. This time, however, things would be different given the undertone of conflict situation of India and China. Given China’s growing power, US President has found it reasonably complicated to digest that. As such, US has recently developed an unexpected strategic enthusiasm for India and have replaced the term ‘Asia-Pacific’ to ‘Indo-Pacific’ to stress on it more. Trump also encouraged the adapt renewal of a quadrilateral American dialogue with the countries of India, Japan, and Australia. China’s growing power stature is paying its price on the unity of the Association of South East Asian Nations. It has made smaller nations like Cambodia head towards China, weakened all ties of US to allies like Philippines and Thailand and also neutralize others on the way. In such a situation, the ASEAN invited Delhi as a founding member looking forward to its role in contributing to the peace and harmony in the region as well as to strike a balance between the major countries.

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