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Indian, Chinese patrols clash on Ladakh lake, PLA skips I-Day meet

Their ties already strained over the two-month Doklam standoff in the east, boat patrols of Indian and Chinese armies clashed on the Pangog Lake in Ladakh Tuesday.
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PM reaches out to Valley: Gaali, goli not the answer, embrace Kashmiris

Reaching out to the Valley which has een wracked by violence for months now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said the problems there cannot be resolved through ‘gaali; (abuse) or ‘goli’ (bullets) and change can only come by embracing Kashmiris.
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Trump, Modi agree to elevate strategic talks, new mechanism ready

Listing diplomatic and strategic interests as top priorities, the Trump administration and the Modi government are going to establish a new dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries.
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From promises in 2014 to Majestic India of 2022

PM’s 4 I-Day speeches: initiatives, resolution of legacy issues, delivery of promises, new dreams
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This R-Day, not one guest but 10- Asean leaders

India has collectively invited all leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the group of ten countries in that region, to be the chief guests at its 2018 Republic Day celebrations. All ten countries have ‘in principle’ accepted they will send their heads of state or government to the event.
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Medical visa for pending Pak bonafide cases

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Tuesday said that India will grant medical visa in all the bonafide cases from Pakistan that are pending with the Indian government.
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After the Speech

PM struck the high notes on Kashmir, on religious violence. He must ensure his party and government listen.
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More accountant, less visionary

PM’s large narratives- corruption, growth- invite questions His neglect of communal peace is notable
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Living with the Deluge

Focus should shift from relief measures to building resilience in flood-prone areas
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E-possibilities

Digital technologies are being harnessed to empower people, create employment opportunities and bring out transparency
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Undoing the economic partition

Delhi must find the political will to raise the intensity of India’s regional engagement
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PM highlights progress on curbing black money, tax evasion, shell cos

Addressing the nation in his fourth Independence Day speech on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of government’s achievements over the last three years, even as he set the government’s agenda for building a New India by 2022.
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Households investing more in insurance, mutual funds, pension schemes: RBI study

Households in India are stepping up their investments in insurance, mutual funds, according to a study by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
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Common use items exempt from e-way bill provision under GST

LPG, Kerosene, jewellery and currency are among the common use items that have been exempted from the requirement of obtaining electronic permits for transportation user the GST regime.

Editorial

Living with the Deluge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 2,000 crore relief package for the flood affected regions in Assam for their relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation. The government should be focussed to doing flood governance rather than flood protection. In addition to providing crores of amounts in name of relief funds, the government should aim at setting up a high-powered committee who plans a good resilience building system for and finds out permanent solutions to the yearly flood problems. A mere announcement of a corpus fund of Ra 100 crores to be used to set up a high powered committee for effective flood tackling won’t do- it should be turned to reality. Assam and the downstream areas of River Brahmaputra experience heavy floods during the flood months. the deluge not only wash away habitations but also deprive the people of the basic sanitation and facilities the people need. As such, flood governance through setting up community based advanced flood warning systems, providing boats to the villages and proper sanitation facilities to the people is a basic necessity. The government should also provide cheaper irrigation sources to the people and innovative agricultural techniques like floating vegetable gardens to the people. Implementing these initiatives and strategies by the government would help to at least reduce the damage caused by the floods.

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