Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 14 February 2016

Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 14 February 2016


India summoned U.S. Ambassador to the External Affairs ministry for F-16 sale

  • Angeredby a U.S. decision to sell eight more F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, India summoned U.S. Ambassador Richard Varma to the External Affairs Ministry to express “displeasure” with the deal.

  • At the nearly 45-minute meeting, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told Mr. Varma that India was not only disappointed but also upset that its protests over the past year on the issue had gone unheeded.

  • The Pentagon conveyed to the U.S. Congress the decision to sell the planes in a $699.04-million deal, and the U.S. government announced the sale.

  • Rejecting the State Department’s contention that the sale was in the U.S.’s “vital national security interests” as it helped Pakistan fight terror groups, the Ministry said, “We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help combat terrorism. The record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself.”

  • India believes the sale will only strengthen Pakistan’s ability to threaten India.

  • The U.S. move is a setback to India’s hopes that given the mounting evidence of Pakistani agencies’ continuing support to anti-India groups, the U.S. would rethink its arms sales to that country.

  • In the past week, many in the government had hoped the details of the deposition in aMumbai court by the 26/11 planner David Headley would remind the U.S. of the links of Pakistan’s ISI with these groups.

  • The U.S. announcement has come at an inconvenient time, when India is hoping to extract action from Pakistan on the Pathankot terror attacks.

Make in India week started in Mumbai

  • Showcasing India as a land of immense opportunities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told representatives from 68 countries participating in the Make in India Week that India was blessed with Democracy, Demography, and Demand.

  • His government had added Deregulation making it a four-dimensional India waiting for foreign investment and manufacturing companies.

  • Spelling out the potential of the market before foreign investors, Mr. Modi said, “50 of our cities are ready for setting up metro rail systems.

  • We have to build 50 million houses. The requirement of road, rail, waterways is enormous. There is no time for incremental changes. We want a quantum jump.”

  • The Prime Minister said helaid great emphasis on zero defect and zero effect manufacturing.

  • India place high emphasis on energy efficiency, water re- cycling, waste to energy, clean India and river cleaning.

  • These initiatives are directed at improving quality of life in cities and villages. These initiatives provide youadditional avenues for investment in technologies, services and human resources.

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Pope Francis first pontiff to meet Russian Orthodox Church

  • Pope Francis became the first pontiff to ever meet a patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, as the two Christian leaders set aside centuries of division in a historic encounter.

  • The meeting was richly symbolic: Pope Francis, lead- er of the world’s 1.2 billion Ro- man Catholics, stood with Patriarch Kirill, leader of the largest church in the Eastern Orthodox world, with an estimated 150 million followers.

  • But it was also about geopolitics, rivalries among Orthodox leaders and, analysts say, the manoeuvrings of President Vladimir Putin of Russia — who is closely aligned with the conservative Russian church.

  • For Pope Francis, the meeting was an ecumenical and diplomatic coup that eluded his predecessors but that also opened him to criticism that his embrace of the Russian patriarch would indirectly give a boost to Mr. Putin as hewages a war in Syria and continues to meddle in Ukraine.

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RBI to still guard the inflation

  • Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan may have raised a quiet toast with his colleagues on Friday evening after retail inflation data showed the central bank had met its January 2016 target of slowing the price gains to under 6 per cent.

  • The satisfaction would be understandable given that the RBI had less than a year ago — at the end of February 2015 — entered into a historic agreement with the government on an inflation targeting monetary framework with clear and specified goals and timelines.

  • The first target of limiting retail inflation to 6 per cent or below by January 2016 has now been met, with the government reporting CPI data that showed the headline number at 5.59 per cent.

  • While the reading is a 17- month high, it has slowed considerably from the 11.15per cent recorded in November 2013.

  • It’s the journey ahead to the next milestone of 5 per cent by March 2017 which is likely to challenge monetary policy makers.

  • The target agreed by the government and the central bank is for inflation of 4 per cent, with a band of plus or minus 2 per cent. There are several factorsthat could contribute to roiling the RBI's inflation targeting plans.

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India beats Pakistan in Kabaddi

  • India edged Pakistan by a solitary point in the concluding round-robin match of men’s kabaddi here at the R.G. Barua Sports Complex.

  • The slender win helped India top the league standings for a place in the semifinals, where it will take on Bangladesh.

  • The Indian men had earlier dominated Bangladesh beating them by 30-17 margin.

  • The other semifinal will feature Pakistan against Sri Lanka.

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