China Rakes Up 1998 UNSC Resolution in...

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Response to India’s Agni-V Test

By The Wire Staff

For the first time, China has raked up an 18-year-old United Nations Security Council resolution that calls on India and Pakistan to abandon their ballistic missiles program, a day after New Delhi tested a long range nuclear-capable missile.

On Monday, India conducted the fourth successful test of Agni-V, which has a range of over 5000 kilometres and can, consequently, reach deep into Chinese territory.

A day later, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying provided a sharply worded statement, which seems to be most severe response from China since the first test of the Agni-V in 2012.

“We have noted reports on India’s test fire of [the] Agni-V ballistic missile. The UN Security Council has explicit regulations on whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons,” she said.

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Six Indian States Have Not Convicted Anyone...

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 for Corruption in 15 Years

A study by Transparency International found that very few cases of corruption are registered in India, with even fewer convictions.

By Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

India ranks 76th among 168 countries surveyed by Transparency International, which studies how corrupt people think their governments are. The 2015 study used data collected on corruption in the country, which, however, remains poor and unreliable and dependent greatly on the state’s willingness to both maintain and share records.

Despite there being both collusive and coercive corruption at all levels, the data available with the National Crime Records Bureau from 2001 to 2015 shows that the number of cases registered for heinous crimes like murder, robbery and kidnapping actually exceeded the registered cases of corruption.

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Ramdev’s Patanjali Fails FSSAI Tests, Fined

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Patanjali was found guilty of misbranding its products, which were shown as produced at its own units but were in fact manufactured elsewhere.


A local court in Haridwar has slapped the five production units of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved with a fine of Rs 11 lakh for “misbranding and putting up misleading advertisements” of their products.


Odisha - Koraput: Lingering Threat

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On December 22, 2016, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres shot dead one person, identified as G. Appa Rao, at Munuguluwalsa village under the Pottangi Police limits in the Koraput District of Odisha. Appa Rao was the husband of the Naib Sarpanch (deputy head of the Panchayat, the village level local-self government institution) of Talagoluru. The Maoists also set ablaze two tractors and one van belonging to Apparao before leaving the spot.


Successful Agni V Test Adds to India’s Nuclear Firepower

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"Congratulations DRDO for successfully test firing Agni V. It will enhance our strategic and deterrence capabilities," President Mukherjee tweeted.

By Shaswati Das - The Live Mint

India successfully test-fired, on December 26, its nuclear-capable, intercontinental ballistic missile Agni 5, that has a range. Of more than 5,000km or the ability to reach northernmost China.

“The three-stage, solid propellant surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 1105 hours,” said a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official on condition of anonymity.

The missile was fired from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

“The successful test-firing today will pave the way for user trial of the most potent Indian missile and its eventual induction into the special forces command,” the official said.

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Crackdown on Benami Properties to Clean up Realty

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Move may bring transparency and pull down real estate prices in India.

By Indian Express Web Desk

After attacking black money by demonetisation of high value curency notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to take on ‘benami’ properties to check corruption. In his last Mann Ki Baat of the year, Modi said the government will soon operationalise a strong law to effectively deal with ‘benami’ properties. “We will take action against ‘benami’ property. This is major step to eradicate corruption and black money… We are going to take action against the properties which are purchased in the name of others (benami). That is the property of the country,” said the prime minister.


New Report Says 'Circular Economy' Will Fetch India Billions

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By Devinder Kumar

As India takes a prominent place in the globalised economy, it can choose its development path, and look beyond a linear 'take, make and dispose' model of growth by embarking on a circular economy transformation, and thus create economic, environmental and social value for its businesses and population, says a new report.


Fidel Castro: Lessons in Nationalism for India

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By Jayashubha - Countercurrents

The demise of Fidel Castro reminds us of this spirit of Nationalism particularly in the present times. In the contemporary time which are dominated by discourse on nationalism by the likes of Narendra Modi, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, where ‘people’ are reduced to a cog in the machine called the ‘nation’ and are further sub-reduced into much smaller parts like nuts and bolts in the name of ‘religion’, ‘race’, ‘caste’, ‘ethnicity’, where dominance of one over the other is justifiable. In this dominant discourse the rule of the ‘few rich’ over the ‘larger poor’, ‘rich nations’ over the ‘poor nations’ is but natural. Fidel Castro only broke those rules to define nationalism.

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Demonetisation: World Bank Devised Plan

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With the support of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation

By A Correspondent

“The ruling elites who devised this plan, purported to be a 'surgical attack' on black money, but which with each day becoming more and more clear that it's a plan to shove digital economy down the throat of Indian people which will be beneficial only to Indian and other transnational oligarchs, and suck up wealth from the bottom to the top in a monumental way, with ordinary Indians becoming poorer and the rich getting richer”, writes Binu Mathew, Editor, CounterCurrents.

Link to World Bank report

Mukesh Ambani, Jio Money And Demonetisation

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Is there relation between Mukesh Ambani, Jio Money And Demonetisation ? The speech Ambani’s speech was a total give away.

By Binu Mathew

Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani was all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘demonetisation’ drive at the launch of his e-payment wallet Jio Money, yesterday. Ironically it was also the first pay day after ‘demonetisation’ that is for the salaried class which makes up about 20 % of India’s population. Still it was total mayhem. Long queues, no cash in banks, long waits, lathi charges, road blocks, bank employess running for life, …. many went home empty handed. Mind you, it was a big day for just the 20 % or less of India’s population. The government came a cropper in the first pay day after demonetisation. Still Mukesh Ambani was euologising Narendra Modi for his ‘bold move’. That’s understandable, that too at a function which will bring more business for his new business venture ‘Jio Money’.

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Audio Clip Captures Paytm Founder and PM’s Demonetisation

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On 15 December, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi released an audio file at a press conference conducted in the Parliament premises, containing a conversation between Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and a journalist that basically bears proof to the fact that the e-commerce platform is central to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive.

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