However, there was also a question each on Pakistan and India that the spokesperson addressed. The first was about whether China would block the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering from blacklisting Pakistan for having failed to meet its anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism targets. The next question was about whether China was concerned about New Delhi blocking Huawei from its 5G network and if Beijing would use ‘countermeasures’ against Indian companies if it did. … [Read more...] about J&K Reorganisation | China’s reactions and its implications
Five minutes into his speech Modi stressed that his 10-week-old government passed many important legislation and achieved progress across sectors. He said that by abrogating Article 370 and 35A his government had further realised the dreams of India’s first home minister, Sardar Patel. Modi said that for Muslim women his government passed a legislation against instant triple talaq. He stressed that the government passed legislation against terrorism (UAPA), a pension scheme for small traders was announced, Rs 90,000 crore was earmarked for the Kisan Samman Nidhi, for improving healthcare and facilitating more doctors the government has introduced the National Medical Commission Bill 2019, among others. … [Read more...] about Independence Day Speech | Modi is a man in a hurry, can India run with him?
News reports are filled with scenes of overflowing hospitals in New York City, uncollected bodies on streets in Ecuador, updates on the condition of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, who is hospitalized in intensive care, and expert warnings that the epidemic could be exploding, undetected, in the poorest parts of the world. … [Read more...] about China ends Wuhan lockdown, but normal life is a distant dream
In 2011, then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a stern message to Pakistan about nurturing terrorists, said: “You can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to only bite your neighbour.” If the BJP condones communal incidents of any nature, it is most likely to derail the Narendra Modi government’s focus of ushering in a ‘New India’. Since AAP leaders take inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, they should remember his thoughts: “Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” Finally, we as citizens must not forget what Martin Luther King Jr said: “…We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” … [Read more...] about Politics | Delhi violence is a sordid reflection of our collective failure
It’s unclear how the Census Bureau might untangle this mess in a way that yields both reliable statistics and reasonable privacy protection. The first deadline to publish small area statistics is March 31, 2021, when the congressional redistricting data are released. … [Read more...] about New privacy protections could make some 2020 census data ‘unacceptably wrong’