India and Australia have moved closer to signing a Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) with each other after foreign secretaries from both the sides met on December 9, The Indian Express has reported.An LSA allows the countries to use each other's military bases for logistical support. According to the report, the two sides are working hard on negotiating the LSA, and that the issue will be a key item on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's agenda during his visit to India, scheduled for January.According to the report, both the sides want to conclude the agreement in time for the Australian PM's visit.Close On December 9, the two sides carried out a review of their strategic engagement and also deliberated upon the regional security scenario in the defence and foreign-secretarial talks, the report states. related news RBI had no objection to issuance of electoral bonds through SBI: FM Sitharaman TRAI issues public notice on revised MNP process; new norms effective from … [Read more...] about India, Australia move closer on Logistics Support Agreement, discuss situation in Indo-Pacific: Report
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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on December 10 said in Rajya Sabha that the RBI had no objection to issuance of electoral bonds through the State Bank of India (SBI).Replying to a supplementary during the Question Hour on electoral bonds through the SBI, the Finance Minister said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) being a stakeholder was involved in extensive consultations with the government at the stage of conceptualisation."During the consultation process they had questions about the particular platform for its issuance as to who is going to issue. And also the proforma with which it is going to be issued.Close "These consultations were recorded but at the end of it as long as the bonds were going to be issued by the SBI, they did not have any objection," Sitharaman said. related news TRAI issues public notice on revised MNP process; new norms effective from December 16 India, Australia move closer on Logistics Support Agreement, discuss situation in Indo-Pacific: … [Read more...] about RBI had no objection to issuance of electoral bonds through SBI: FM Sitharaman
Manoranjan MohantyDespite the boycott call given by the Maoists, the voter turnout in the Jharkhand assembly elections has been significantly high: 62.87 per cent in the first phase of the polls held on November 30, and 64.39 per cent in the second phase on December 7.Even though three more phases are to follow, the region where the Maoist movement is most active has been already covered with the deployment of over 42,000 security personnel. Does it mean that the Maoist ability to enforce their call is limited, thus indicating a sharp decline of their influence? Or was the call a routine ideological statement rejecting the electoral process as sham mode of people’s representation? Or did it show a strategic ambiguity of a movement that has debated this question for five decades as to whether the institutions of parliamentary democracy should be used as a part of the wider political movement as CPI (ML- Liberation) and some other streams of the movement believe?Close The boycott … [Read more...] about Politics | Jharkhand elections, ‘Samadhan’ and the Maoists
In the hierarchy of things New York City residents kvetch about, housing ranks near the top. A dearth of affordable apartments has the city in a stranglehold and there’s seemingly no end to escalating rents. (Good luck finding a studio in Manhattan for less than $2,300 per month, the average going rate in the borough.) To tackle this problem, former mayor Michael Bloomberg staged a competition in 2012 to design a micro-units development. In just three years, the experimental buildings have hit the market. But is it enough to alleviate the affordable housing crisis? Short answer: it opens the conversation about retooling the city’s supply of apartments, but it’s not exactly a panacea for NYC’s housing headaches. advertisement advertisement Designed by the Brooklyn-based firm nArchitects, Carmel Place (formerly known as MyMicro) is located in Kips Bay, a neighborhood on Manhattan’s east side, familiar to many as “The place where that movie … [Read more...] about Micro Apartments: Utopia or Dystopia?
What do trans women gamers, Jewish journalists, academics of color, and feminist writers have in common? All of them could find themselves targets of coordinated harassment campaigns simply because they have a presence online. advertisement advertisement Take the story of Trista (all names have been changed to protect privacy), a trans woman gamer. When she began streaming her games on Twitch, bands of harassers arrived en masse to jam up her channel with what she called “low effort, hateful memes.” Another woman gamer was called an “eBeggar,” the misogynistic gaming equivalent of “gold diggers.” On 4Chan, where harassers organized their attacks, posters organized “raids” of “SJWs” (or “social justice warriors”) against gamers like Trista, planning to “post many swasticas” [sic] and hurl ableist insults to threaten and belittle them. Or take the story of Keith, a white Jewish man, comedian, … [Read more...] about The trolls are teaming up—and tech platforms aren’t doing enough to stop them