The Hindu Important Articles 29 April 2018
# We are engines of global growth: Xi
No rigid talking points at informal summit with PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday began open-ended talks which could yield far-reaching results ranging from a likely détente to a full normalisation of ties that were marred by the 1962 border war.
At the end of the first round of the informal summit in the picturesque city of Wuhan, Mr. Modi invited Mr. Xi to visit India next year.
“I’ll be happy, if in 2019, we can have such an informal summit in India,” Mr. Modi told Mr. Xi.
“The two countries together constituted about 50% of the world economy and another 50% was shared by the rest of the world for 1,600 years,” Mr. Modi observed in remarks in the presence of Mr. Xi.
The two leaders, in their dialogue, are not being guided by rigid talking points. Instead, they are expected to align India-China ties to counter the headwinds of growing protectionism, and more.
“China and India are both important engines for global growth and we are central pillars for promoting a multi-polar and globalised world. A good China-India relation is an important and positive factor for maintaining peace and stability in the world,” Mr. Xi said in his welcome remarks.
Analysts say the two countries are preparing to emerge as the twin engines of a new wave of globalisation, in which Asia and the emerging economies will play a leading role.
“The focus of the Wuhan talks is, therefore, on seeking geo-economic opportunities, including new supply chains, and avoiding geopolitical rifts, which peaked with last year’s Doklam stand-off,” an official source said.
# Record haul of 130 kg ganja in capital
City Shadow police team arrests three youths near MCH
Recording the biggest drug haul in the State capital so far, the Thiruvananthapuram City police on Friday arrested three persons and seized 130 kg of ganja from their possession.
The police identified the accused as Abhishek, 30, of Peringammala, Shyamraj, 29, of Kakkamoola, and Nithin, 27, of Balaramapuram.
They were apprehended by the city Shadow police team near the pathology laboratory of the Government Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. They were later handed over to the Medical College police. Three vehicles allegedly used by the gang were also confiscated.
From Andhra Pradesh
Briefing the media, District Police Chief (Thiruvananthapuram City) P. Prakash said the accused were suspected to be part of a major drug trafficking racket that sourced the contraband from Andhra Pradesh.
“While the contraband was intended to be supplied among students, the suppliers are often found to be students of professional colleges. Efforts are on to identify the suppliers, distributors, and users,” he said.
The consignment in 65 packets, each weighing 2 kg, was suspected to be bought for Rs. 4,000 from the source point.
The gang purportedly intended to peddle it at four times the amount in the city.
The gang operated with meticulous planning to evade law enforcers while traversing Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.
The vehicles carried fake number plates, which were replaced as the gang moved from one State to another. Besides, a ‘pilot’ vehicle would lead the pack, relaying information on vehicle checks and other suspicious movements to the tailing vehicles.
# Supreme Court stays trial in Kathua rape case
The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the trial in the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, while giving time to the accused persons to respond to a petition filed by the victim’s father seeking transfer of the trial to Chandigarh.
A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, further agreed to hear the submissions for and against handing over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Additional Solicitor-General Maninder Singh has come forward to assist the court on this question, if necessary. The court asked the accused persons, represented by lawyers including advocate Harvinder Chaudhary, to file their replies by May 7, the next day of hearing. “When a case is sought to be transferred, the accused persons also have a say,” Chief Justice Misra orally remarked. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the victim’s father, urged the court to stay the operation of the trial till the SC takes a final decision on the transfer of the case to Chandigarh. She said the case was listed before the local court in Kathua on April 28.
# Credit rating of farmers soon: Lokesh
It will ensure easy flow of funds: Lokesh
Andhra Pradesh Minister for IT, Panchayat Raj, and Rural Development N. Lokesh on Friday said the government would shortly introduce credit rating of farmers to ensure easy flow of funds.
Addressing a press conference here after inaugurating the Andhra Pradesh Cybersecurity Summit, he said the reason for credit rating was to put a stop to exploitation of farmers by money-lenders. Very soon, farmers would have credit rating like the CIBIL.
MoU with Mastercard
Mr. Lokesh said the State government had signed an MoU with Mastercard six months ago to facilitate the credit rating process. The MoU envisaged collaborating with the government, streamlining digital payments in smart cities, using cybersecurity and encouraging fintech startups.
The Minister said, after bifurcation, 99.6% of the IT sector remained part of Hyderabad. As a result, Andhra Pradesh was building the sector from the scratch.
Predicting a bright future for IT in Andhra Pradesh, he said the State was developing various cities and towns as IT hubs by taking initiatives for introducing courses in the new-age technologies.
“The State is ahead of others in using blockchain technology, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, big data, and cybersecurity,” he claimed.
Mr. Lokesh said they had created 12,000 jobs in the IT sector during 2017-18. Since the formation of the State, 22,000 jobs had been created. He said the government stood by its commitment to create one lakh jobs by 2019, as MoUs signed with various companies were materialising at 60 to 70%. To a question, he said A.P. had become number one in the India BPO Scheme introduced by the Software Technology Parks of India.
# Girls outperform boys in SSC results
Girls outperformed boys in SSC 10th class results that was released by Deputy Chief Minister (Education) Kadiyam Srihari along with senior officials at the Secretariat late on Friday evening.
The overall pass percentage stood at 83.78 as against 84.15 last year with 82.46% of boys clearing the examinations. Jagtial district topped the State with 97.56 % students passing out followed by Karimnagar (94.03 %) and Siddipet (93.31 %) while Adilabad (51.94 %) stood last. In all, 5.38 lakh students from 11,103 schools attended the examinations.
# Confusion over Reddy’s role in BJP
Days before the final leg of campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the State, set to start from May 1, there was confusion in the BJP camp over mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy’s role in the party.
# India wins admissibility argument in Mallya case
Judge rules most of evidence produced would be admissible, appreciates new documents presented
The attempt by business tycoon Vijay Mallya’s defence team to rule out much of the evidence in the case against him presented by India, suffered a setback on Friday as the judge hearing the extradition case ruled that most of the evidence produced thus far in the case would be admissible, save for an email conversation covered by legal professional privilege (LPP).
Judge Emma Arbuthnot, who had in a previous hearing indicated this was likely to be the case, confirmed that “everything” aside from the LPP email would be taken into account, and that she would reserve judgement on this latter issue.
Defence for delay
This ruling, which will be welcomed by Indian authorities in the overall progress of the case, came during a hearing, in which the defence appeared to be pushing for more time, through a request for a further hearing at which both sides could put across their closing arguments.
A final hearing in July was agreed upon, with both sides set to present further details, including signed attestations from the compiling official of the evidence from the Indian side.The brief hearing will add further time to an extradition proceeding already much beset by delays.
During the hearing it emerged that the prosecution had introduced further evidence relating to the role and disproportional assets of B.K. Batra, a former IDBI official who was arrested last year.
After previous hearings when the quality of the documentation from India and the nature of its presentation faced questions, the judge appeared much more content on this count. She described as “very helpful” both a detailed note on the conspiracy charges facing Mr. Mallya should he be extradited to India, as well as a schedule of notional charges.
The prosecution will have a further six weeks to present further details, and the defence another 4 weeks to respond. The next hearing is set for July 11.