LEFT VICTORY IN NEPAL MAY ENSURE STABILITY
The first national parliamentary elections in Nepal in the post-royal era connotes the most spectacular political transition from the bullet to the ballot, fitted into a constitutional revolution from the world’s only Hindu state into a secular democratic polity. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres hailed the elections as “a historic moment for Nepal in implementing its federal structure as enshrined in the 2015 Constitution”. This was preceded by a decade-and-a half civil war, ended in 2006, killing of about 17000 people. But perhaps even more significant is the victory of communist alliance of Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) that achieved a near-two-thirds majority, its pragmatic and nationalistic cushion notwithstanding.
GENDER DIVIDE TOO GOES DIGITAL
The male of the species hogs the Internet in India says the Unicef, warning that the gender digital divide could have serious consequences for girls. That said, when they get the chance to access the Internet, they can take a man to jail like it happened on a flight to Mumbai.
TACKLING THE BANK NON-PERFORMING ASSETS CRISIS
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill 2017 are symbiotic or at loggerheads?
LONG HAUL FOR RAHUL TO SAVE CONGRESS
The Congress’s “existential crisis”, as one of the party’s voluble supporters, Jairam Ramesh, said recently, is over. If the party’s campaign in Gujarat (though not in Himachal Pradesh) is any indication, the 132-year-old party has regained its balance. It may not win in either state, but there is little doubt that it will give the BJP a run for its money, especially in Gujarat.
PUTIN’S REELECTION WILL AUGUR WELL FOR RUSSIAN FEDERATION
With American President Donald Trump dragging the global fraternity closer to disaster and flaring of insidious war mongering, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s presence on the international scenario has become imperative. The way he handled the Syrian crisis and Middle East worries makes him appear as perhaps the only individual available on the global format on which the global fraternity could rely for easing nervousness.
MIDAIR MOLESTATION: IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMES UNSTUCK
All and sundry know who the teenage actor was. In fact, for several hours after the story broke, her name was common currency on news websites and TV channels hungry for content on a lazy Sunday. Only in the afternoon did better sense prevail and her name and her moving images were removed to be replaced by “teenage Bollywood actor molested.”
MAKE IN INDIA SUCCESS HINGES ON GLOBAL VALUE CHAIN MANUFACTURING
The bounce back in the share of manufacturing in second quarter GDP in 2017-18 unleashed a fresh impetus to the Make in India initiative, which remained tardy in the post demonetization period. The manufacturing sector growth resurged to 7.0 per cent, nearly to the previous year’s level, after a sharp drop to 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017-18. This shows that the impact of demonetization was a short term effect.
UNDER MODI, INDIA’S ROHINGYA CONUNDRUM PEAKS
It is not surprising that New Delhi is stepping up its efforts to deal with the inflow of the thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to India by tightening the border control. This is in tune with the policies of the Narendra Modi government as the BJP has always been against illegal immigrants from across the border holding that Hindu refugees are welcome but Muslims are not. What is important is the fact that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s high-level meeting with chief ministers of five northeastern states including West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram last week. The Centre is seeking their cooperation in checking the illegal migrants. The meeting had decided to setup a border protection grid on the lines of Unified Command in insurgency-hit states to check illegal infiltration. India shares a 4,096 km-long border with Bangladesh of which 2,217 km falls in West Bengal, 262 km in Assam, 443 km in Meghalaya, 856 km in Tripura and 180 km in Mizoram.
FICCI GLOBAL SUMMIT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS FOR INNOVATIONS
Mumbai: The Millennium Alliance under Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in its the 9thSankalp Global Summit, called for applications to its’ Global Grant for Indian social enterprises.
ANGER OVER OCKHI CYCLONE AFTERMATH HANDLING UNABATED
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Twelve days after Ockhi cyclone sowed death and destruction in Kerala’s coastal districts, the anger over the Government’s handling of the situation refuses to die down.