Summary

At ICJ, Pakistan rejects India's plea for consular access to Jadhav

Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India's plea to consular access to death row prisoner Kulbhusha Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its 'spy'.

India holds first meet on defence ties with Australia

Barely a month afetr the quadrilateral meeting between India, the United States, Australia and Japan, New Delhi and Canberra on Tuesday held their first 2+2 dialogue and agreed that a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific is in the long term interest of all countries in the region.

CPI inflation hits 15 month high, industrial output at 3 month low

Rising well above the RBI's medium-term inflation target of 4%, retail inflation soared to a 15 month high of 4.88% in November, while industrial output growth slowed to a three month low of 2.2% in October, official data released by Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed.

WTO stares at impasse after US backs out on its promise

The ongoing ministerial of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) could end in a deadlock, without any outcome, as the US is reluctant to pursue a permanent solution to the issue of food procurement that is central to the demands of developing countries, including India.

EU, US Japan statement not likely to name China

The European Union, United States and Japan will issue a joint statement on Tuesday criticising industrial overcapacity, though it wil not directly name China, a major source of concern, EU Trade Commissioner Cecila Malmstrom said.

Power Ministry issues guidelines for tariff-based bidding of wind energy

The Power Ministry on Tuesday said it has issued guidelines for transparent procurement of wind power throuhg tariff-based competitve bidding in a bid to boost the clean source of energy.

Aadhaar-PAN link deadline now March 31, Sc hearing starts today

The Government on Wednesday extended the deadline for users of a range of financial services, including account holders in banks, to link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018

At ICJ, Pakistan rejects India's plea for consular access to Jadhav

Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India's plea to consular access to death row prisoner Kulbhusha Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its 'spy'.

India holds first meet on defence ties with Australia

Barely a month afetr the quadrilateral meeting between India, the United States, Australia and Japan, New Delhi and Canberra on Tuesday held their first 2+2 dialogue and agreed that a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific is in the long term interest of all countries in the region.

CPI inflation hits 15 month high, industrial output at 3 month low

Rising well above the RBI's medium-term inflation target of 4%, retail inflation soared to a 15 month high of 4.88% in November, while industrial output growth slowed to a three month low of 2.2% in October, official data released by Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed.

WTO stares at impasse after US backs out on its promise

The ongoing ministerial of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) could end in a deadlock, without any outcome, as the US is reluctant to pursue a permanent solution to the issue of food procurement that is central to the demands of developing countries, including India.

EU, US Japan statement not likely to name China

The European Union, United States and Japan will issue a joint statement on Tuesday criticising industrial overcapacity, though it wil not directly name China, a major source of concern, EU Trade Commissioner Cecila Malmstrom said.

Power Ministry issues guidelines for tariff-based bidding of wind energy

The Power Ministry on Tuesday said it has issued guidelines for transparent procurement of wind power throuhg tariff-based competitve bidding in a bid to boost the clean source of energy.

Aadhaar-PAN link deadline now March 31, Sc hearing starts today

The Government on Wednesday extended the deadline for users of a range of financial services, including account holders in banks, to link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018

Editorial

A Shared Cultural Map

The geopolitics around the Indian Ocean region has placed the ports of Gwadar and Chabahar at the prime stage of power tug. Both the ports have the capability of becoming an important part of the soft power diplomacy of India. Baloch is a semi-nomadic pastoral community which includes both the collective memories of West, Central and South Asia region. The Balochs are rich in traditions and linguistic qualities, pastoral and agricultural traditions. The community encompasses an ethos which pierced through ideas that are exchanged over centuries. Balochistan and India have more than political and security links in common. One of them is the mytho-historical aspect which addresses different cults of the Mother Goddess. There is a Hinglaj temple located in Hingol National Park in Balochistan and is one of the 51 shaktipeeths. It is a pious temple and pilgrims to this shrine not only Hindus but also Zikri Baloch people. The association of economic, security, as well as other sectors of India and Balochistan, is good and to top it all this cultural ethnic heritage makes it amenable to good soft power diplomacy between India and Balochistan.

A Job Crisis, in Figures

Jobs are a crucial part of the political narrative of India. From the time the NDA came into power, it has been saying about its promise of producing jobs for the rapidly rising workforce of India. However, many of the talks on employment in the last few years have been in oblivion due to the lack of a study of the employment statistics. Though the government has pushed a taskforce to renew the employment data architecture of India, there is a doubt that the new employment figures would be out soon. A recent study ‘Waiting for Jobs’ attempted at understanding employment trends and found out about the lethargic pace of job creation in the economy. This can be further highlighted by the following factors. Firstly, the data from the Labour Bureau’s Annual household Employment Survey shows a declining trend in the total employment figures. Only the wholesale and the retail trade showed an increase in the employment avenues. Secondly, when the data from the Annual Survey of Industries is analyzed, we can see that the employment rates were higher between 2013-14 and 2014-15. However, the rate of job creation declined gradually post that. Thirdly, the NSSO’s recently released report ‘Unincorporated Non-Agricultural Enterprises’ provides data on the unregistered and unorganized firms in the non-agricultural sector. The previous survey was done in the year 2011. When we compare both the data figures, we find that the total number of workers who are engaged in the unorganized manufacturing sector increased from a mere 34.88 million to 36.04 million in between 2010-11 and 2015-16. Also, the worker's count which is engaged in nonhousehold establishment declines significantly. The increase in the employment in household enterprises is viewed as a disturbing phenomenon. An analysis of the different datasets reveals that the number of job seekers increased a lot over the years. This shows the wide gap between the job creation and the demand for productive jobs. The Centre and authorities should keep that in the note and work on it soon.

A Shared Cultural Map

The geopolitics around the Indian Ocean region has placed the ports of Gwadar and Chabahar at the prime stage of power tug. Both the ports have the capability of becoming an important part of the soft power diplomacy of India. Baloch is a semi-nomadic pastoral community which includes both the collective memories of West, Central and South Asia region. The Balochs are rich in traditions and linguistic qualities, pastoral and agricultural traditions. The community encompasses an ethos which pierced through ideas that are exchanged over centuries. Balochistan and India have more than political and security links in common. One of them is the mytho-historical aspect which addresses different cults of the Mother Goddess. There is a Hinglaj temple located in Hingol National Park in Balochistan and is one of the 51 shaktipeeths. It is a pious temple and pilgrims to this shrine not only Hindus but also Zikri Baloch people. The association of economic, security, as well as other sectors of India and Balochistan, is good and to top it all this cultural ethnic heritage makes it amenable to good soft power diplomacy between India and Balochistan.

A Job Crisis, in Figures

Jobs are a crucial part of the political narrative of India. From the time the NDA came into power, it has been saying about its promise of producing jobs for the rapidly rising workforce of India. However, many of the talks on employment in the last few years have been in oblivion due to the lack of a study of the employment statistics. Though the government has pushed a taskforce to renew the employment data architecture of India, there is a doubt that the new employment figures would be out soon. A recent study ‘Waiting for Jobs’ attempted at understanding employment trends and found out about the lethargic pace of job creation in the economy. This can be further highlighted by the following factors. Firstly, the data from the Labour Bureau’s Annual household Employment Survey shows a declining trend in the total employment figures. Only the wholesale and the retail trade showed an increase in the employment avenues. Secondly, when the data from the Annual Survey of Industries is analyzed, we can see that the employment rates were higher between 2013-14 and 2014-15. However, the rate of job creation declined gradually post that. Thirdly, the NSSO’s recently released report ‘Unincorporated Non-Agricultural Enterprises’ provides data on the unregistered and unorganized firms in the non-agricultural sector. The previous survey was done in the year 2011. When we compare both the data figures, we find that the total number of workers who are engaged in the unorganized manufacturing sector increased from a mere 34.88 million to 36.04 million in between 2010-11 and 2015-16. Also, the worker's count which is engaged in nonhousehold establishment declines significantly. The increase in the employment in household enterprises is viewed as a disturbing phenomenon. An analysis of the different datasets reveals that the number of job seekers increased a lot over the years. This shows the wide gap between the job creation and the demand for productive jobs. The Centre and authorities should keep that in the note and work on it soon.

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