The Hindu Important Articles 24 April 2018
Modi-Xi summit expected to give a strategic push to ties
Informal Wuhan meet will be a new milestone, says China’s Foreign Minister
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a two-day informal summit from April 27 in Wuhan, to impart firm strategic direction to Beijing-New Delhi ties, amid profound changes in the global system.
The expected re-set after last year’s Doklam standoff comes amid a larger conversation within Asia on the need to realign ties with Beijing in view of the growing protectionism in the United States.
“The leaders will reach a strategic conclusion about the global situation and the development of China and India. They will also set the general course, identify new goals and create a new dynamic for the growth of China-India relations,” Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi said in his prepared remarks at the end of talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday.
Mr. Wang said: “We will make sure that the informal summit will be a complete success and a new milestone in the history of India-China relations.” Elaborating on the global significance of the meeting in the Central Chinese city of Wuhan, Mr. Wang stressed that the international situation is “undergoing profound change, and China and India are growing rapidly and simultaneously.” “This makes for a more balanced international geometry and a stronger trend towards peace.”
An official source told The Hindu that in the backdrop of the Doklam crisis, Prime Minister Modi had expressed the urgency of opening a broader strategic dialogue with China during the Xiamen summit of the BRICS countries in September. “It had become evident that China and India had overlapping interests in South Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific. There was therefore an urgency to align our world views through a broader across-the-board dialogue,” the source said.
No pre-set agenda
The official said that while a free-flowing conversation without a pre-set agenda between the two principals at the Wuhan retreat was expected, Mr. Modi, in the past, has expressed particular interest in two broad themes: a final settlement of the India-China boundary, and collaboration between India and China for the fruitful emergence of an “Asian century.” In her remarks after talks with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Ms. Swaraj said that “as two major countries and large emerging economies, healthy development of India-China relations is important for the emergence of Asian century.” She also highlighted the international importance of the summit, pointing out that Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi will “exchange views on bilateral and international matters from an overarching and long-term perspective with the objective of enhancing mutual communication.”
Narasimhan, Naidu discuss State scenario
Meet comes against backdrop of widening rift between State, Centre
In a 45-minute interaction which will have far-reaching political implications, Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu discussed the recent developments at a city hotel on Sunday.
A wide range of issues including the circumstances that led to Mr. Naidu’s “Dharma Porata Deeksha” against the denial of the Special Category Status, the public meeting to be organised by the State government in Tirupati on April 30 and the remarks Telugu Desam Party leaders had been making against Prime Minister Narendra Modi were said to have been discussed.
Mr. Naidu reportedly took his government’s stand on the issues to the Governor’s notice.
The meeting assumes significance in the context of the widening rift between the Central and the State governments over the implementation of the Reorganisation Act and assurances given in the Rajya Sabha at the time of bifurcation and the argument raised in the Assembly and at other forums by Mr. Naidu and Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu that the Central government was discriminating against the States in the devolution of funds and other matters.
‘A courtesy call’
An official release said the Chief Minister’s was a courtesy call.
Rs. 54 lakh awarded to accident victim’s kin
Historic judgment by Lok Adalat
In a historic judgment, the National Lok Adalat held here awarded Rs. 54 lakh to the family of a person who died in a road accident.
Sangram Giri, an employee of the Education Department, died in a road accident, which came up for arbitration at the Lok Adalat. After mutual consent, Rs. 54 lakh was awarded to the kin of the deceased. Of that, Rs. 8 lakh would be paid to the victim’s mother, while the remaining would go to his wife and three children. The National Lok Adalat was held at the district court on Sunday. It was presided over by District Legal Services Authority secretary Judge M. Bhavani. District Principle and Session Judge B. Sai Kalyana Chakravarthy was the chief guest.
Don’t create fuss over a couple of rapes: Minister
Govt. taking steps: Santosh Gangwar
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar sparked off a controversy on Sunday when he said one or two rape cases in a big country like India should not be blown out of proportion.
“Such incidents (rape cases) are an unfortunate thing. But sometimes you can’t stop them. Government is active everywhere and taking action that is visible to everyone,” Mr Gangwar told reporters in Bareilly.
“In a big country like ours, if one or two incidents take place, much fuss should not be made over it. This is not fair… Government is taking effective steps…Whatever is necessary will be done.”
Mr. Gangwar, the BJP MP from Bareilly and a sensior party leader, later claimed that his statement had been twisted.
“The media should not distort statements. The entire context of what I said should be shown,” he told a television channel. The Minister’s remarks come in the wake of widespread anger over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl at Kathua in Jammu and the rape of a teenaged girl at Unnao in U.P.
Daily sports period a must: CBSE
The CBSE has formulated new guidelines for its schools, mandating them to have a daily sports period to prevent students from having a sedentary lifestyle and turning into couch potatoes.
The board has prepared
a 150-page manual detailing
sports guidelines for
schools for Classes 9 to 12.