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The Daily Fix: India must tread carefully as it defends Bhutan against Chinese aggression

The Daily Fix: India must tread carefully as it defends Bhutan against Chinese aggression

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned from a successful trip abroad, including a warm meeting with US President Donald Trump, there was a crisis in the country. Or more precisely, next door. China has prevented Indian pilgrims from crossing Nathu La Sikkim and Tibet to Mount Kailash, a Tibetan mountain that is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists. Initially, it appeared to be another case of tensions on the Indian-Chinese border, they continue to discuss demarcation, but it soon became clear that the current source of tension was in Bhutan.

Doklam Plateau, known in India as the Doka and China as Donglang, is located at the crossroads of India, China and Bhutan. The plateau overlooking the valley of Chumbi strategic importance. Doklam is nominally under the control of Bhutan, but later, the Chinese have been active in the region, the People’s Liberation Army began to build a motorway in the territory.

People familiar with the situation told several media outlets that China privately complained that Indian troops had attacked a road construction unit on the night of June 4 to 5, resulting in a fight. The next day, Chinese troops have destroyed old bunkers built by India on the Bhutanese side of the de facto border as a test of strength. China has said that Indian troops had illegally crossed Chinese territory, but Bhutan has issued an approach to the Chinese ambassador in India, saying that Beijing was trying to resolve the status quo by building a motorized route to an army camp Royal of Bhutan.

“Bhutan conveyed to China that road construction does not meet the agreements between the two countries,” said the Hindouard Times, Bhutan’s ambassador to India. “We have asked China to stop road construction and not change the status quo.”

The issue is very delicate because it involves complex calculations among all stakeholders. Beijing has not named Bhutan on the subject, instead of trying to make a complaint only on Indian troops across the territory claiming to be clean. India has not made public any statement on the alleged fight, partly because its troops are in the region to support the bhoutanienne army, not the allegations of India. The border with India and China Sikkim is not discussed. Bhutan, which has no diplomatic relations with China, chose not to speak of Indian shares and complained instead of Beijing’s attempt to change the status quo by building a road.

The crucial point, however, seems to be India’s desire to use force to defend Bhutan. The Chinese are unhappy that Indian troops have taken steps to prevent activities that affect the position of Bhutan (and thus influence of India) in the area. Beijing wants to assert its strength, and is even willing to hamper the pilgrimage of Kailash do.

This is difficult for Modi, who spent last year moving away from China. As a good friend of Beijing in minister as head of Gujarat, Modi has constantly faced with China’s refusal to allow India to expand its regional influence, and New Delhi has also changed its position.

Books for UPSC Civil Service Main Exam Preparation

Books for UPSC Civil Service Main Exam Preparation

The books for the main examination of UPSC Civil Service overlap with many books recommended for preliminaries. But the Hands stadium requires some extra books because there are new subjects like external relations, internal security, ethics, and so on. We suggest a mix of NCERT books, government websites, newspapers and new handbooks on the main preparation market. Do not forget to also read our online study materials.

Let us begin with the first point of the syllabus, namely the Indian culture

He asserts that “Indian culture will cover the most striking aspects of art forms, literature and architecture from ancient times to modern times” to cover this part, you must follow the given resources.

Highly Recommended

Facets of Indian Culture – This book is also recommended for preliminaries, it will help you cover Indian art, literature and architecture from ancient times to modern times. This is the latest edition, so you will get the updated information.

Ccrtindia Website – This is a good website with genuine information, here you can gather information about visual arts, performing arts and literary arts. It is a place to keep you up to date with the latest events. Do not forget to bookmark this site.

NCERT Book on Class 11 Fine Arts – If you carefully follow the aforementioned resources, there is no need to go through this book. It’s yours.

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What explains the BJP’s U-turn on the Gorkhaland issue?

What explains the BJP’s U-turn on the Gorkhaland issue?

India is a union of states where it is understood that states will be formed in linguistic lines. In 1920, Congress decided to create state committees not according to the fortuitous provinces of British India, but using language as a frontier. This principle spread to India itself after independence, when states like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh were formed on the basis of language. It is precisely this principle – the right of a linguistic community to determine its political future – that leads the Nepali-speaking Gorkhas from the West Bengal hills to demand a separate state from Gorkhaland.

However, this simple matter has led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a dilemma. During the last decade, the party has supported demand. In 2009, party leader Sushma Swaraj spoke at Lok Sabha in favor of sculpturing a Nepali-speaking state of West Bengal, calling it “an idea whose time has come.” In its manifesto for the election of Lok Sabha in 2014, the BJP said it would “sympathetically examine and consider appropriately the pending demands of the Gorkhas” if it came to power. This support meant that for the last two terms, Darjeeling has chosen a MP BJP – a welcome foot on the door for the BJP in a state where he has been a marginal player in the past.

Change of posture
However, this is now changing. The BJP is making a committed bet to become a major match in West Bengal. And the main victim in this quest will be Gorkhaland. Lately, the West Bengal BJP has made it clear – several times – that it no longer supports the creation of Gorkhaland. On Tuesday, the BJP’s top executive commented on the matter: party secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said they can not support his claim for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

Gorkhaland has long been a sensitive subject for Bengalis in West Bengal who see it as an effort to break the state. The emotiveness of the matter means that no party that wants to be a dominant player in West Bengal may be in favor of Gorkhaland. Previously, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) made political use of Gorkha’s claim, painting themselves as the protector of the unity of West Bengal. Today, the ruler Trinamool has assumed the same mantle, playing the Bengali identity to shore up the votes.

Even though Trinamool attacks the idea of ​​Gorkhaland, the BJP is in a tight spot. The view of being a party that once advocated the partition of West Bengal will play poorly with the majority of the state’s Bengali population. And any Gorkhaland election win will be insignificant. Gorkhaland, if created, would be a small state and currently elects all deputies to Lok Sabha – in contrast to 42 West Bengal. Even that MP seat, apparently, will be cornered by a Gorkha party like the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha – making the whole affair a terribly unprofitable for the BJP.

Making excuses
What makes it even worse is that in the constitutional scheme of things, Parliament has the absolute power to create new states. Therefore, the BJP, if it had adhered to its previous position, could easily have carved Gorkhaland of West Bengal. His refusal to do so, in the face of a strong Gorkha movement, shines a focus on his face-to-face.

This farmer with oral cancer has quit chewing tobacco, but cannot stop growing it

This farmer with oral cancer has quit chewing tobacco, but cannot stop growing it

Khan is a 40-year-old tobacco grower from the Belagavi district of Karnataka. He also used to chew a little tobacco grew, until he reached tongue cancer in 2015. He was treated in a private hospital in Sangli, a district of southern neighbors Maharashtra Belagavi. He took a loan of Rs 40,000 for his treatment he managed to pay only Rs 5000.

“I can barely open my mouth,” Khan said at an event to present the report of the second global smoking survey among adults in early June. “I can not eat properly or taste the food.”

Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, a physician and a tobacco control activist, asked Khan to talk about his personal experience as a tobacco grower and the victim of a tobacco-induced cancer.

Tobacco growers have been caught in a war between two lobbies – tobacco health groups and pressure from the tobacco industry. In the last eight months, the ads have appeared as motorcycle tricycle signs and banners depicting a tobacco grower with his hands folded together.

The man is supposed to appeal to his livelihood to be protected from activists “hidden program” control. Health activists allege that cigarette companies are behind the advertising campaign that allows farmers to experience the health risks of growing and consuming tobacco.

In April, the Ministry of Interior banned the Indian Public Health Foundation to receive foreign funds, citing anti-smoking lobby. Days after the move, with advertising tobacco producer thesaures resumed, this time with a message thanking the government to act against NGOs.

Ironically, the basis of public health in India carried out its campaign against smoking, at the request of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health, JP Nadda, was praised by the World Health Organization work itself.

The tobacco producers launching the Global Adult Tobacco Survey have argued that advertisements do not represent them. Mallikarjun Jakati, Krushika Karnataka Sangha, a farmers’ association in Karnataka, said the ads were supported by large companies. “You who have money to give those big ads?” You have, he asked.

During the presentation of the conference, Khan, the farmer’s tobacco, spoke out against growing tobacco.

“Tobacco farming must be stopped,” he said. “You get more money for the increase, it’s true, but this money does not stay with us.” Tobacco-related diseases, such as cancer, require spending money.

After treatment, Khan stopped chewing tobacco and advised his friends to stop chewing tobacco as well. But he can not stop growing tobacco, even if he wants to.

The Khan family cultivate tobacco for two generations. Khan is a poor farmer can not raise enough seed capital to switch to another crop. Banks, he said, offer loans to farmers only if they grow cash crops such as tobacco and sugar cane.

“Banks are not interested if we grow other than tobacco,” he said. “The benefits are lower when you grow other crops.”

But in the tobacco area, Khan can not make enough profits to invest in pesticides, seeds and fertilizers a year.

What next for Indian women’s badminton after Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu? Not much

What next for Indian women’s badminton after Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu? Not much

Indian men enjoy a purple match at the badminton circuit in the world. An Indian has won three Superseries titles and recorded two men’s singles finalists since the Rio Olympic Games.

Indian men also showed the depth in number in recent years. India currently has four passers in the top 25 and six in the top-35 singles singles. Four of them will play in the world championship in August.

On the women’s side, however, it’s a completely different story. Olympic medalists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are the only two Indians in the top 40. The difference between the number 15 and the highest ranked Indian Nehwal is huge. In fact, there are only five other Indians in the top 100.

Nehwal and Sindhu lifted the flag of India in the badminton world for most of the last decade. While Nehwal, at 27, is not going to be there for long, Sindhu was only 21 years old, among the top five in the world and maybe not even touched the ceiling. India looks straightforward on the side of women for at least the next five years with Sindhu. But what after that?

Rituparna Das, aged twenty, is the national champion, but has had problems making a big impact on international tournaments. Regarded as the most talented of the second level, Rituparna has constantly fought against his fitness and is very prone to injury. In addition to winning the title of the Polish International 2016, he has gained nothing.

She came to the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Rooms in January, before playing her first tournament at the Superseries Open India, where she lost in round 16 in the Olympic champion Carolina Marin.

During the Singapore Open Superseries, he was beaten in the first round by Hsu Ya Ching of China Taipei. She lost in the first round again to open the Thai Grand Prix to eventual champions Ratchanok Intanon.

Tanvi Lad was first highlighted for winning the Bahrain International Challenge in 2014, after finishing the last winner of the tournament in 2012 and again at Swiss International a year later. He also did well in the team events, winning bronze at the Asian Games in 2014 and the Uber Cup in 2014 and 2016.

However, despite his age of 24, he never entered the top 50 in the world and is struggling to overcome the first rounds of the Superseries and Gold Grand Prix. Lad has qualified for the 2017 World Cup in Glasgow, but his loss of record record win would indicate another early exit.

Ruthvika Shivani Gadde won the national championship in less than 10, 13, 15, 17, 19 and the elders, but his biggest claim fame is beat PV Sindhu in the final of the South Asian women’s women’s tournament in 2016 .

Another important victory was at the Russian Grand Prix Open last year when he was only 19 years old. Another herb prospect of the National Academy of India P Gopichand, Gadde has the age of his side for an assault on the ranking, in his highest position so far was 49 years in the last 12 months, who fought against jaundice And injuries that affected his progress.

As Tamil Nadu gets ready to switch to deep-sea fishing, is it the end of the row with Sri Lanka?

As Tamil Nadu gets ready to switch to deep-sea fishing, is it the end of the row with Sri Lanka?

The Palk Strait, a narrow strip of water in the Indian Ocean that separates Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu in India, is a very controversial area among the fishing communities of the two countries. Indian fishermen were often arrested and shot at times by the Sri Lankan authorities for alleged raiding their waters in their mechanized trawlers. Last week, nine fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested for fishing in the waters of Lanka.

In May the Government of Tamil Nadu has developed a plan to reduce the number of trawlers in Palk Bay by converting 2,000 vessels of this type into deep-sea fishing vessels by 2020. Governments in the region and the State would provide 28 million financial subsidies for this.

In the order of the Government, the Department of Livestock, Dairy and Fisheries said:

… frequent seizure of fishing boats by the Sri Lankan government causes a sense of anxiety and insecurity among Tamil Nadu fishermen as a whole. During the discussions on the level of fishing, Tamil Nadu fishermen have expressed their willingness to diversify trawling in offshore fishing operations gradually over a period of three years, provided that the Government of India provides financial support for the same.

The passage of trawling in deep-sea fishing would mean that fishermen could leave Palk Bay and fish in the waters of the Bay of Bengal.

The Tamil Nadu fishing community celebrated the move. “We really do not have a choice if we want to avoid having problems with the Sri Lankan authorities,” said M Ilango, president of the National Fisheries Forum and one of the leaders of the fishing community to provide the transition to deep-sea fishing.

But there is still uncertainty as to whether the fishing community will adapt to deep-sea fishing and whether this will reduce tensions in Palk Bay.

As part of the joint Union and State Governments project, 500 large vessels will be transformed into deep-sea fishing vessels with nets connected to tuna fishing in the Bay of Bengal in 2018. In 2019 another 500 will be converted to 1 000 more in 2020. A sum of Rs 80 lakhs will be spent on each boat – half of which would come from the Center, 20% from the state, 20% from institutional funds and 10% from the owner of the vessel .

The Center has already released Rs 200 crore for the conversion of 750 trawlers in the first phase. The State Government will contribute Rs 86 crore in the project, including the daily allowance of Rs 5,000 per family during the last three months of construction.

“Only traditional / artisanal fishers and their societies / associations / SHG / FPO are eligible for the benefits of this component,” a letter from the Department of Livestock, Dairy and Fisheries dated March 9 said.

G Ramakrishnan, head of the fishermen’s community in the Pudukottai district, said his fellow fishermen were ready to start deep sea fishing if they received money. “Fishing is our way of life, so we can easily adapt to deep sea fishing if we need it,” he said. “Many of us Pudukottai can move north to Karaikal for better access to the sea.”