Sunday Morning News Brief, January 28

Sunday morning brief Jan 28 2018
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India and Cambodia have signed four agreements to enhance cooperation on security, connectivity and development assistance. Significantly, Cambodia, which is very close to China, endorsed the importance of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in a joint statement with India. PM Modi and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Hun Sen, who was on an official visit to India, signed pacts for an MoU on the prevention of human trafficking; a mutual legal assistance treaty in criminal matters; a cultural exchange programme; and for a $36.92 million (approx. Rs 234.8 crore) line of credit for Cambodia’s Stung Sva Hab water resource development project. Read
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The Army has once again sounded the alarm about its critical operational deficiency in the field of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). The Armed forces have asked the government for the emergency induction of at least some of these “tank killers” till the indigenous man-portable systems being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) become a reality. The Army, after all, has an alarming shortage of around 68,000 ATGMs and 850 launchers of different types, which are crucial for the infantry to halt advancing enemy tanks in the plains as well as guard the “active” line of control with Pakistan.
Self-harm, substance abuse, bullying, sexual experimentation and anxiety are common among students in Kota, a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences has said. The report, submitted recently to the Kota district administration which had commissioned a study to find out reasons for student suicides, has a crucial suggestion for parents who aspire to send their children there: “Do an initial recce, if possible, to understand the atmosphere of Kota, to decide if it is right for your children. Kota is not the best place for all children; some find it difficult to adjust to living away from home.”
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With the goods and services tax (GST) stabilising in a fairly short span of time, the stage could be set for a rationalisation of multiple slabs, Arun Jaitley hinted yesterday. “It gives us an opportunity in the times to come to increase its (GST) base and rationalise the structure as it continues to evolve,” Jaitley told officers at an event to mark the International Customs Day. The remark is read as an indication that the four-rate GST structure (apart from the zero rate slab) could be reduced if revenues remain bouyant and evasion declines. This could also allow the government to consider reducing rates on some items in the higher rate brackets.
‘Aadhaar’ has been announced as Oxford Dictionary’s first Hindi word of the year. The announcement was made yesterday at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The accompanying shortlisted words include Notebandi, Swachh, Vikaas, Yoga and Bahubali. The ‘Hindi Word of the Year’ is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of attention and reflects the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the past year, stated a press statement from Oxford University Press.
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