U.S. National Security Adviser Lt. General H.R. McMaster arrived in Delhi
U.S. National Security Adviser Lt. General (retired) H.R. McMaster
arrived in Delhi, the first such visit by a senior official of the Trump
administration for talks that are expected to set the course of bilateral
He is expected to extend a formal invitation for Prime Minister Narendra
Modi to visit Washington in the next few months.
The visit will be watched particularly closely for its timing, as it
comes close on the heels of the Russian conference on Afghanistan in Moscow,
which India attended and where Russia offered to mediate between Taliban and
Mr. McMaster, will discuss the future of security operations in
Afghanistan, India’s role in Afghanistan as well as the India-Pakistan
In Kabul, Mr. McMaster said he would impress on Pakistan that it was
important to give up support to the Haqqani group and the Taliban.
Pakistan has praised the U.S. administration’s recent remarks on
mediating between New Delhi and Islamabad, something India has been opposed
Ms. Curtis, has advocated a tougher line on Pakistan, and co-authored a
paper in February this year suggesting enforcing conditions on military aid
to Pakistan with action against terror groups in the region, including the
However, the figures released in April 2017 of security-related aid that
the Trump administration has requested from the U.S. Congress for Pakistan
indicate the U.S. government has not decreased its allocations for the
Union Home Ministry said it would introduce less lethal “plastic bullets”
The Union Home Ministry said it would introduce less lethal “plastic
bullets” to be used against protesters in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Centre said it was exploring options to initiate a dialogue in
Kashmir, including with the separatists, but no one had came forward in the
past and it had hit a dead end.
The government also said it was considering enhanced use of “bunkers” to
protect security forces from stone throwers after the annual shift of the
capital from Jammu to Srinagar in the next few days.
The government had managed to control the spiral of violence but the
“atmosphere was vitiated” because of the April 9 byelections in the Srinagar
Lok Sabha constituency.
Supreme Court wants appearance of secretaries on issue of police vacancies
The Supreme Court sought the personal appearance of Home Secretaries or
authorised joint secretaries of six States together with a definite roadmap
to fill up the long-pending vacancies in the States’ police forces.
The court found that Uttar Pradesh has 1.51 lakh vacancies, West Bengal
with 37,325, Karnataka has 24,899, Jharkhand 26,303, Bihar 34,500 and Tamil
Nadu has 19,803 posts vacant.
Tamil Nadu informed the apex court that advertisements have been put out
for the vacancies. “Giving advertisements is the first step. You [Tamil Nadu]
have taken the first step since 2013,” the Bench remarked.
The apex court was hearing the 2013 petition which claimed that law and
order situation in the country was deteriorating due to a large number of
vacancies in police services at all levels across States.
The Pakistan’s army ruled out consular access to former Indian Naval
officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, days after India had made a strong case for
access to the Indian prisoner now on death row.
Mr. Jadhav was awarded death sentence by the Field General Court Martial
, evoking a sharp reaction in India which warned Pakistan of consequences
and damage to bilateral ties if the “pre-meditated murder” was carried out.
“Under the law we cannot give consular access to Khulbhushan who was
involved in spying,” Pakistan military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor
However, Indian officials in New Delhi maintained that there was no
communication from Pakistan on the denial of consular access.
:: International ::
Turkish referendum gave sweeping powers to President
The referendum was seen as crucial not just for shaping the political
system of Turkey but also the future strategic direction of a nation that
has been a NATO member since 1952 and an EU hopeful for half a century.
The ‘Yes’ camp won 51.41% in referendum and ‘No’ 48.59, according to
near-complete results released by the election authorities.
Mr. Erdogan’s victory was far tighter than expected, emerging only after
several nail-biting hours late Sunday which saw the ‘No’ result dramatically
catch up in the later count.
The new system is due to come into effect after elections in November
:: Business and Economy ::
A decline in the prices of fuel and manufactured products helped inflation
A decline in the prices of fuel and manufactured products helped
inflation, as measured by the wholesale price index (WPI), to moderate to
5.7% (provisional) for March 2017 despite hardening of food prices.
The WPI inflation had touched a 39-month high of 6.55% (provisional) in
February while it was -0.45% in March 2016.
The decline was accentuated by decline in fuel and power inflation and
manufactured products. Fuel prices were significantly cut on March 31 while
rupee has been on an appreciating trend since February 2017.
Primary food inflation trended higher as vegetable inflation emerged
after six months of deflation although food price pressures are not yet a
concern, as prices of cereals, pulses and spices have fallen sequentially.
Food inflation has increased a bit and this would require greater
monitoring in light of the evolving weather conditions.
The focus on drip irrigation and micro-irrigation along with improvement
in the efficiency of cropping patterns and water use mechanisms will
strengthen agri-production and productivity.
Further, the recent strengthening of rupee vis-a-vis the U.S. dollar
will also contribute towards limiting imported inflation.