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The Hindu Editorial News Analysis 28th Dec 2017


China card is not a new phenomenon in Nepal.
Nepal now an eager participant in the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.

A very flawed(त्रुटिपूर्ण) law

  • Proposed Bill criminalising instant talaq has no legal basis
  • Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which is set to be tabled in Parliament today.
  • Talaq-e-biddat.
  • Talaq – Shall be punished with imprisonment for a term. which may extend to three years and fine.
  • Talaq-e-biddat breaks the marriage, and, therefore, needs to criminalised.
  • Offence would be -Cognizable and Non-bailable.
  • Misreading of the August 2017 Supreme Court judgment.
  • This is the law of the land under Article 141.

Out at sea

  • India should remain a balancing power, and anchored in the Indian Ocean
  • National Security Strategy (NSS), the U.S. has called China a “challenger” and “rival”
    while welcoming India‟s emergence as a “leading global power and stronger strategic
    and defence partner”
  • Declared that it seeks to increase „Quadrilateral‟ cooperation with Japan, Australia, and India
  • U.S. would support India‟s growing relationships throughout the region.
  • Indo-Pacific sounds
  • it is in the nation‟s as well as global interest that India remains a balancing power.
  • For instance, India‟s vote in the UN General Assembly over Jerusalem should be seen in
    line with a “rulesbased world order.”
  • At the same time, there is no question that India should hedge(बाडा) against the rapid
    expansion of Chinese presence in the IOR
  • Recent acknowledgment by the People‟s Liberation Army that it is “planning to explore
    the possibility of more foreign military outposts in Africa, West Asia and other areas
  • India Should remain the IOR, stretching from the Gulf of Aden to the Strait of Malacca.

Key initiatives

  • Last month, India and Singapore concluded an overarching bilateral agreement for naval
  • Access to the Changi naval base at the mouth of the Strait of Malacca.
  • With Singapore‟s assistance, India is also working out modalities for joint multilateral
    exercises with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • India is also negotiating similar logistics agreements with several other countries. These devel opments show the way forward for India to engage with like-minded countries in the region
  • Goa Maritime Conclave hosted by the Indian navy last month where Navy Chiefs
    and maritime heads of 10 Indian Ocean littoral states on ways to improve cooperation
    in the region
  • India to take forward to build its primacy in the IOR

Securing net neutrality

  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and
    online services their customers see and use
  • Able to block websites they do not like and charge Web companies for
    speedier delivery of their content
  • Major blow to “net neutrality”
  • After- the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate pact- This is new gift.

The diagnostic lens

  • It‟s time doctors updated their understanding of encephalitis
  • Encephalitis — found in Malkangiri district of Odisha.
  • killed over 100 children last year was thought to be due
    to the Japanese encephalitis ( JE) virus.
  • Now researchers say it was likely due to the consumption of a
    wild bean, called Bada Chakunda- in the region.
  • Like several natural toxins- cause fatal dysfunction
    of the liver, heart and brain in underfed children
  • Uttar Pradesh‟s Saharanpur district- where too a recurrent
    encephalitis outbreak was traced to this bean
  • While more data may be needed to con•firm this link
  • Yet, investigating agencies such as the
    National Centre for Disease Control and the National Institute
    of Virology have persisted in focussing on JE.(Q-?)

Prelims Focus Facts-News Analysis

  • Page-2– Infiltration(घुसपैठ) via LoC touches 4-year high: Home Ministry
  • Over 230% increase in ceasefire violations in 2017
  • Page-1– Indian Science Congress to be held in March
  • Historic event will be hosted by Manipur University
  • The 2018 edition of the historic Indian Science Congress will be held at Manipur
    University, Imphal, in March
  • The event was scheduled at the Osmania University (OU), Hyderabad, in the •rst
    week of January but had to be moved out due to “security problems.”
  • This was the fi•rst time the 106-year-old ISC — the largest congregation of scientists in India
  • All Bihar villages electrified: Nitish
    „Every household to get free power connection by next calendar year‟
  • Page-7– „Cooperate on curbing online sex determination ads‟
  • Supreme Court has held that the government has a role in
    controlling the virtual world
    and has ordered major online search engines such as
    Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to co-operate with the
    Centre to make concrete
    suggestions against publication of online pre-natal sex
    determination ads rather than oppose any move to
    make the Internet safer
  • Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques
    (PCPNDT) Act, 1994 are not violated
  • Page-11- Israel takes India’s vote in its stride
  • Coming visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu will focus on technology and counter-terrorism
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‟s visit to India in a fortnight will focus
    on taking cooperation on
    “the double­T‟s” of technology,
    including on agriculture
    and water conservation, and
    (counter-) terrorism to the
    “next level”, according to officials
    •familiar with the planning of the visit.
  • Page-12– Kabul-Mumbai cargo service on
  • Real, unimpeded connectivity for Afghan traders, says India envoy
  • Israel proposes to name station after Trump
  • „Comfort women issue still unresolved‟
  • S. Korea calls for legal compensation

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