Perils of toeing hardline

Around the same time when a beleaguered Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday to discuss mayhem created by stone-pelting Kashmiris, around 100 CRPF personnel were being sprayed with bullets in Chhattisgarh’s deadly red bastion, Sukma.
From the Valley to the naxal-infested jungles of Bastar, the dissent quotient is ringing louder. One may not find uniqueness in the latest cycle of violence as naxalism in Bastar and separatism in the Valley have been a national security concern for the last several years.

On the brink, indeed

Once again the Korean Peninsula is on the brink of war. The Korean War that had broken out in 1950 ended on July 23, 1953 with an Armistice Agreement. Until today there has been no peace treaty between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea), that share the Korean Peninsula along the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) as implacable enemies. This heavily guarded dividing line has been and continues to be without any doubt the world’s most dangerous border.

­The kashmir solution

An impression is sought to be created that Kashmir valley is getting out of control for the coalition government because of the escalating disorder created by stone-pelting youth.

Double the money

Both the National Policy for Farmers’ and the reports of the National Commission on Farmers have placed great emphasis on the income of farmers. In fact, the National Farmers’ Policy states that we should hereafter measure progress in agriculture by estimating the rise in the net income of farmers and not merely on production advance. Currently, our farming is characterised by the preponderance of small and marginal farmers with very low resource mobilising capacity and with high proneness to the vagaries of the monsoon and the market.

What cambodia wants to hide

MP Joseph in his book My Driver Tulong, (Partridge India, 2017) describes the contemporary situation of Cambodians, in the 21st century, who were simultaneously victims and perpetuators of one of the most forceful genocides in history, where the Khmer killed one another. Who can forget the symmetrical way in which skulls were lined up like pineapples would be traditionally, in an aesthetic fashion, by the Khmer Rouge.

Overbooking flights

Given the deep mess that United Airlines created for itself after a passenger was dragged off a full flight last week, Delta said it could increase the incentives for “voluntary denied boarding.” Agents will now be allowed to offer up to $2,000 to entice passengers to give up their seats, significantly more than the previous limit of $800. If that doesn’t work, the agents’ supervisors can authorise payments of almost $10,000.

Let Farmers decide

This year brings new hope for farmers, who continue to hope that India will benefit from monsoons and strengthen the agricultural diversity of regions with good output. Like our counterparts in other countries, Indian farmers have evolved over the years and adopted new techniques and adapted themselves to science based farming methods to overcome various farm challenges to innovate and improve their farm productivity.

India definitely shining

The Indian equity market (Nifty) delivered 19 per cent returns in FY17. This was after a decline of 9 per cent in FY16. Over last 24 months, the index has come back full circle, crossing 9K after first touching that level in March 2015. The Mid-cap index has delivered 35 per cent returns in FY17. FII flows had a good recovery at $7.8 bn in FY17 (outflow of $1.5 bn in FY16), while DII flows were healthy at $4.5b ($12.1b in FY16).

Rs 2,240 cr bank fraud unearthed

The CBI on Wednesday arrested four directors of Delhi-based Surya Vinayak Industries (SVIL) for allegedly defrauding a consortium of banks, including Punjab National Bank (PNB), of Rs 2,240 crore.
Sanjay Jain, Rajiv Jain, Rohit Chaudhary and Sanjeev Agarwal have been arrested on PNB's complaint, CBI sources said.
The unlisted private firm, whose business interests range from perfume to mining, is one of the prominent groups that have defaulted or allegedly perpetrated big bank loan frauds in the country.

Make EVM foolproof

The aspersions cast on the electronic voting machines (EVMs) go a long way back to the year in which it was first employed. It was the bye-election of Parur Assembly constituency of Kerala in 1982 and the EVMs had been installed in 50 polling stations. Consternation rose the minute the result was announced. Of six candidates, Sivan Pillai of the Communist Party of India came out on top securing 123 votes more than AC Jose of the Congress (A) Party.