US Lauds Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India

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The Spokesperson for the United States Department of State, Heather Nauert, on Thursday said that the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held in India was a "tremendous success".

At a press conference in the national capital, Nauert said, "I am so proud that the US and India held the global entrepreneurship summit in Hyderabad. I think it's a tremendous success when we bring in 1500 entrepreneurs from around the world."

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India For A Leading Role in De-Centralised British Commonwealth

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By John Elliott

Britain is discussing with Narendra Modi’s government how India how could play a leading role in revamping the Commonwealth when the international organisation of 52 countries holds its summit in London next April. One idea being considered is that administration of the grouping should be de-centralised with specific subjects being run from other countries, breaking the ponderous grip of the imperial style Marlborough House headquarters in London near the royal family’s homes of St. James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to be interested in India taking on the larger role – and maybe responsibility for trade and investment. He discussed this with Prince Charles when the heir to the British throne visited Delhi on November 8 and 9 at the end of a ten-day tour that included Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia.

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India to be High-middle Income Country by 2047: World Bank CEO

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"In the last three decades, India's per capita income has quadrupled. I have no doubt India when it hits its century of independence in 2047," Georgieva said.

Lauding India's increasing per capita income, World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva on Saturday said she has no doubt that India will be a high-middle income country by 2047 when it completes its centenary year of independence.

"In the last three decades, India`s per capita income has quadrupled. I have no doubt India when it hits its century of independence in 2047, will be a high-middle income country," Georgieva said while addressing India`s Business Reforms conference at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra here.

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Why India Should Reduce the Minimum Age for Entering Parliament

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By Soroor Ahmed

With 50% of the population under the age of 25, it’s time the age limit to contest elections is lowered to 22, if not 20.

Never before in the history of Indian democracy has a person not even old enough to contest an election challenged the country’s prime minister. That too, on his home turf.

However, the BJP can take small comfort in the fact that Hardik Patel, born on July 20, 1993, is one year shy of the minimum eligible age for contesting elections to the state assembly. Though there is no upper age limit for prime ministership in the constitution, Narendra Modi, now 67, declared an upper limit of 75 years for his cabinet in 2014.

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Women Spend More Time Doing Unpaid Work Than Men: Study

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By PTI

Women spend two to ten times more time doing unpaid work than men, according to a research released on November 29 by an NGO. It said one of the major manifestations of the extent of stress in a woman’s life was lack of sleep.

The study ‘Invisible Work, Invisible Workers – The Sub-Economies of Unpaid Work and Paid Work’ has been compiled on the basis of a research conducted in the districts of Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttarakhand.

It comprises a survey of 1,560 women and the desk review of schemes and policies aimed at reducing and redistributing women’s unpaid work in these states.

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Manmohan Singh To Receive Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace

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IndiaToday.in  | Edited by Dev Goswami

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was chosen as the recipient of this year's Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.

Singh received the international award, named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for "improving India's stature in the world" and for his "for his contributions to the cause of economic and social development", a statement from the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust said.

The Trust's statement said Singh was being recognised for the leadership he provided to the country and for his achievements during the "momentous" ten years between 2004 and 2014, when he served as Prime Minister .

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Traditional Silk Weavers in India Losing Out To New Comers

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By Kalinga Seneviratne

Silk weaving is an intrinsic part of Assamese culture and the "weavers' village" of Sualkuchi is famous for its silk products, especially the Muga silk made from the golden thread of the assama caterpillar. Situated about 30 km from Gauhati, the state capital, tourist brochures describe this as a weavers' paradise. But this is far from reality for the local weavers.

"The cost of production is going up, especially with an increase in the price of thread. We cannot feed the family with our loom," said Ninola Boruah, a local weaver in her 40s. She was particularly critical of the entrepreneurs who have set up what the industry calls "cluster" operations. These consist of a virtual factory with 8 to 12 looms packed into a small hut employing weavers on daily wages.

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CPI-Maoist: Rudderless Reds

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow; Institute for Conflict Management

On November 20, 2017, a ‘commander’ of Communist Party of India (CPI-Maoist)’s ‘Jan Militia (People’s Army)’, identified as Baman Kawasi aka Chaman, carrying a reward of INR 100,000, was arrested by Chhattisgarh Police from neighbouring Telangana. Acting on specific inputs, the Chhattisgarh Police arrested Chaman from the Husnabad area in the Khammam District of Telangana. Chaman was a native of the Kuwakonda Police Station area in the Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The ‘People’s Army’, with an estimated current strength of around 12,000 cadres, forms the backbone of the Maoists’ operational capabilities, and is responsible for intelligence gathering, spreading ideology and also mobilizing people into joining the group.

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Chhattisgarh: Bijapur: Diminishing Heartland

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On November 12, 2017, three Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were killed in an encounter with the Security Forces (SFs) near Mankeli village under the Bijapur Police Station limits in Bijapur District. SF personnel who were on an anti-Maoist operation in the area came under Maoist fire and an encounter ensued. SFs recovered bodies of three Maoists, along with three weapons, including one INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) assault rifle, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from the encounter site.

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Chhattisgarh: CPI-Maoist - Brutal Turn

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant; Institute for Conflict Management

On November 8, 2017, two Railway Protection Force (RPF) troopers were attacked by cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) at the Bacheli Railway Station in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. Both the troopers were found with their throats slit. While one of them succumbed at the incident site, another was rushed to a nearby hospital where his condition is said to be very critical.

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Nagaland: Widening Accord

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

The third round of talks between the Government of India (GoI) and the Working Committee of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG), a grouping of six armed Naga militant formations, reportedly took place in New Delhi between November 1 and November 3, 2017. GoI was represented by the Union Government’s interlocutor for Naga Talks, R. N. Ravi. NNPG was led by the convener of its Working Committee N. Kitovi Zhimomi, who is also the General Secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Neokpao-Kitovi (NSCN-NK). Other members of the NNPG include NSCN-Reformation faction (NSCN-R) and four factions of Naga National Council (NNC) – Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN), NNC-Parent Body, Non-Accordist faction of NNC/National People's Government of Nagaland (NPGN/NNC-NA), and Government Democratic Republic of Nagaland /NNC-NA (GDRN).

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Vol. 12 - No. 12










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