Don’t get into why Taj was built when or how.. Taj a gen, will protect it: Yogi

Calling the Taj Mahal 'India's rare gem', Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said here today that the government is committed to its conservation. He was addressing a rally at the Government Inter College grounds here in what was seen as a day long exercise in damage control.

All along the road route, the black dust settles

If freight trians travel throuhg the day, the night belongs to coal-laden trucks on highways that split the state- with few regulatory checks along the way.

Goa mining: SC issues notices to Centre, state government

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to the Centre, Goa government and mining companies on a plea seeking that the interim cap on mining of mineral ores be lowered from the existing 20 Metric Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) to 12 MTPA.

Critical shortfall of Navy to be addressed, says Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the Naval leadership on Thursday durign the ongoing Naval commanders' conferecne, where she said that 'maritime interests of a nation have a vital relationship with its economic growth and these shall be protected at all costs by ensuring a strong and credible Indian Navy'.

Japan pushes for 4-party talks with India, US and Australia

A day afetr US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that Washington was looking forward to 'further cooperation in the broader Indo-Pacific region', Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told The Nikkel Business Daily that japan would propose a top=level dialogue with the US, India and Australia.

J&K talks already on, Sharma no interlocutor, says MoS, PMO

Two days after the Centre appointed former Intelligence Bureau diretor Dineshwar Sharma as a special representativ 'to initiate and carry forward dialogue with elected representatives, various organization and concerned individuals' in Jammu and Kashmir, Minister of State in PMO dr Jitendra Singh said here Thursday that talks were alrady on and there was little new in the initiative.

SC asks govt to set up cell to fight child porn

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to implement the proposal of a high powered committee, which was constituted to devise a plan to check circulation of child pornography and sexual violence videos on the Internet, to set up a call within the CBI or the inistry of Home Affairs to deal with such crimes.

Assam on edge ahead of updated citizen register

With two months to go for the publication of Assam's draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), the state government apprehends possible reprecussions from those who would be left out of the register. It has asked the Centre to provide additional security, said Pallab Bhattacharyaa, additional director general of police (special branch).

Xi gets Mao-like prominence in flagship newspaper

The ruling Communist Party's flagship newspaper on Thursday provided more evidence that President Xi Jinping should be regarded as China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after this week's party congress.

Post-GST Gujarat, Haryana surveys found no 'earthshaking' issues: CBEC chief

In the wake of initial reports that the goods and services tax(GST) rollout was impacting businesses, the government conducted surveys across two states- Gujarat and Haryana- to gauge the ground reality.


Look beyond Af-Pak

The current visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seen as a positive step for development of US-India ties. The positive undertone in the bilateral relations was clearly visible when the US President Donald Trump had a cordial meeting with the Indian Prime Minister and the South Asia policy speech of the President talked highly about India. Also the President bombardested Pakistan warning the country to refrain from harbouring terrorists and criminals as it would badly affect the relations with US. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his CSIS address mentioned about the Indo-Pacific region and stated that the States wants India to have a signifcant role in the mechanisms of the region. India has a major role and advantage over the Indian Ocean region- both strategically and economically. The Act East Policy of India focusess on strengthening the involvement in the Indian Ocean region. India on its part should primarily try to enhance the regional role by managing good relations with the countries nearby to it, including China and also to book to the basic principles like the rule of the law and freedom of proper navigation. US, on its part, should look to change the South Asia policy which currently is primarily an Af-pak policy. The South Asia policy, currently needs to focus aroudn not only in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but should also should include India as well.

The Tillerson Tone

The visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can be portrayed as a start to a new political conversation between India and United States. This political conversation is more deeply rooted in strategic realism and aims at narrowing down long term regional differences on Pakistan as well as China. Also, the mention of the Indo-Pacific region by the Secretary and the Trump administration in particular can be a good opportunity with the United States to strategise the geopolitics of the Indian Subcontinent and most primarily the Indo-Pacific. The US administration should focus on the statements by the Secretary and bring about a change in the South Asia policy. This step and India taking the chance of improving the Ido-pacific geopolity can develop the relations os the two countries in future.

A Monumental Bailout

The recent reform by the Government where it delivers a cheque to bail out the inefficient state-owned banks of bad loans is seen as a futile effort. The reform needs a stengthened structural change to cement the reform in place. Just bailing out banks cannot be a good effort- banks are a crucial financial institution and cannot be just allowed to fail. The new capital boost is expected to improve the economic growth, revive the flagging capex cycle and also gavanise the public sector banks to turn into good financial institutions. For the reform to be successful, the government has to chart ways how to evenly distribute the capital. Also, structural changes like efficient boards, fresh managements, good compensations and hiring plans will have to accompany handouts to all eaker and inefficient banks. Only this will ensure a better performing financial system of the country.

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