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Rough seas wreak havoc in Chennai
THE sea near Srinivasapuram in Chennai turned rough on June 26 following heavy monsoon winds and it damaged more than
70 houses near the shoreline. Fishermen said an area of about a kilometre has been lost to erosion.
“Last year too several houses were lost to the rough seas. It is a recurring problem,” government official R. Natraj told The
Hindu. “The only long-term measure is to relocate them and we will take steps towards that.”
Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar said the district administration has been instructed to help the residents.
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UAE Foreign Minister visits
UNITED Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign
Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed
Al Nahyan visited the Sabarmati
Ashram in Ahmedabad on June 27 as
part of his week-long official visit to
India. The ashram was Mahatma
Gandhi’s residence from 1917 to 1930.
Mr Abdullah tried his hand at the
spinning wheel, a device for spinning
thread or yarn from natural or
During his trip, he also met Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
External Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj and discussed ways to
strengthen the relationship between
UAE and India across several sectors.
Modi flags off new metro line
between Delhi and Haryana
CALLING the Delhi Metro’s Green
Line to Haryana a “gateway to
development”, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi flagged off the Mundka
section through video conference on
Mr Modi said the metro has had a
positive impact in the Delhi-National
Capital Region and will “facilitate an
ease of living and travel in Haryana’s
Bahadurgarh in the same way”.
The route has seven stations – four in
Delhi (Mundka Industrial Area,
Ghevra, Tikri Kalan and Tikri Border)
and three in Haryana (Modern
Industrial Estate, Bus Stand and City
Telangana registers highest
growth rate in tax revenues
TELANGANA has been ranked first
among all the Indian states in terms of
growth rate in a state’s tax revenue.
With 17.6 per cent growth rate in
tax revenues from June 2014 to May
2018, Telangana tops the list, revealed
the state government, quoting the
information on the official website of
the Comptroller and Auditor General.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar
Rao said that the progressive financial
policies, fiscal discipline and the
commitment of the people in paying
taxes to the government resulted in
Telangana achieving the highest average
Mobile app to make passport
EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj has launched the mPassportSeva
Mobile App along with a new scheme
via which an applicant can apply for a
passport from anywhere in India.
The app will allow users to apply, pay
and schedule appointments for passport
The external affairs ministry said its
other new scheme will allow people to
apply for passports at the nearest
Regional Passport Office or Passport
Seva Kendra or Post Office Passport
Seva Kendra irrespective of their
Scheme to encourage farmers in
Gujarat to produce solar power
IN AN attempt to promote solar energy,
the Gujarat government has announced
the Suryashakti Kisan Yojana scheme
under which farmers will be encouraged
to generate electricity and sell their
surplus to power distribution
The first phase of the project begins
on July 2 when the state government
will provide financial assistance to
12,400 farmers to generate an estimated
175 MW of power.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani called it
“a revolutionary step which would help
the farmer earn money”.
First transcatheter heart valve
replacement surgery performed
DOCTORS at the Krishna Institute of
Medical Sciences in Hyderabad are
reported to have performed India’s first
transcatheter aortic valve replacement
surgery on a patient who underwent a
failed valve surgery in the past.
Ms Geeta Agarwal from Hingoli
district in Maharashtra underwent the
operation on May 19. She has recovered
and has resumed her daily operations,
said the doctors.
According to Dr R.K. Jain, one of the
doctors who performed the surgery, the
patient was suffering from a severe
blockage of an aortic valve.
“Re-doing an open-heart surgery was
laced with high risk, hence the team
decided on the alternative method of
replacing the diseased valve through the
groin vessel without the need for a
high-risk open-heart surgery,” he said.
Garhmukteshwar to be developed
as tourist spot
THE Uttar Pradesh government will
develop Garhmukteshwar in Hapur
district as a tourist destination on the
lines of Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
At a meeting presided over by Chief
Secretary Rajive Kumar, it was decided
that a detailed project report be
prepared “at earliest” for promotion of
the destination, situated on the banks of
the Ganga and visited by millions every
The plans include developing an
ecological park in Alamgirpur and a
bathing ghat on both sides of the
Ganga for the convenience of pilgrims.
Punjab approves death penalty
for raping girls under 12
THE Punjab government has approved
the death penalty for men guilty of
raping a female below the age of 12.
The Criminal Law (Amendment)
Ordinance was also amended to
increase the minimum punishment for
rape from seven to 10 years.
The minimum punishment for the
rape of a girl younger than 16 years old
is now life imprisonment, as against the
earlier provision of 20 years of rigorous
21 exotic birds of foreign origin
recovered in Kolkata
AS MANY as 21 live exotic birds of
foreign origin, smuggled into India
from Bangladesh, were recovered in
Kolkata. Acting on a tip that the birds
were being transported in a vehicle
heading towards Kolkata, Directorate
of Revenue Intelligence sleuths
identified and intercepted a car near
Muragacha crossing on Kalyani
Expressway with three occupants
including the driver, it said.
Three red and blue macaws, three
Eclectus parrots, eight pygmy falcons,
and seven white ducks were found
badly cramped up in plastic bags and
kept in the car and its boot. They were
taken to Kolkata Zoo.
Rajasthan employees told not to
THE Rajasthan Labour Department
has said that its employees cannot wear
jeans and T-shirts while on duty, which
has triggered protests.
Labour Commissioner Giriraj Singh
Kushwaha, who issued the order, said:
“It is just a suggestion to come to office
in a dignified way. The dress code
should symbolise that the person is an
employee in the office and not a
S A direct consequence of their
eye-for-an-eye tariff duels with
the United States, the world’s
second- and third-largest economies,
China and India, are seizing the oppor-
tunity of building closer trade ties.
The US began a trade war by raising
import duties on steel and aluminium,
leaving the targeted countries no option
but to take counter-measures.
On June 21, India announced retalia-
tory tariffs worth about US$235 million
against 29 US products, such as apples,
almonds, walnuts and stainless steel,
that will come into effect on August 4.
On June 21, China also warned the
US that it would take counter-measures
if President Donald Trump acted on his
latest tariff threats.
China and India, along with the rest
of the trading world, watched in alarm
on June 18 when Mr Trump threatened
to impose 10 per cent duty on US$200
billion of Chinese imports if Beijing re-
taliated against his previous targeting of
US$50 billion in China’s imports that
was aimed at pressuring China to curb
its “unfair trading practices”.
Mr Trump has also threatened tariffs
on another US$200 billion of Chinese
products if Beijing struck back again. It
would bring to US$450 billion the
amount of Chinese exports that could
potentially be affected.
Their bilateral trade matters because
of its sheer magnitude. China imported
US$129.89 billion of American goods
last year, while the US purchased
US$505.47 billion of Chinese products.
In this escalatory scenario, Beijing is
looking at New Delhi as a potential ally
and as an “insurance policy” if a full
blown trade war with the US erupts.
China and India occupy high global
rankings based on their gross domestic
product arising from their purchasing
power parity and, as responsible trading
powers, they can ensure that world com-
merce remains open and unfettered.
China’s President Xi Jinping has sug-
gested to Indian Prime Minister Naren-
dra Modi that the two countries should
set a new bilateral trade target of
US$100 billion by 2020.
Although the two countries had ear-
lier set a bilateral trade target of
US$100 billion by 2015, their trade
reached only US$84.44 billion last
year, according to the Chinese General
Administration of Customs.
China and India may have no choice
but to trade more with each other be-
cause India is also in Mr Trump’s
crosshairs. On June 9, Mr Trump ac-
cused New Delhi of charging 100 per
cent tariffs on some American goods, as
he threatened to cut trade ties with coun-
tries who were “robbing” America.
Mr Trump’s comments came at a
time when the India-US bilateral trade
expanded by US$11 billion last year to
more than US$125 billion. But, with
the US turning protectionist, India and
China are reaching out to each other.
However, for the partnership to flour-
ish, China must address India’s worries
over its massive trade deficit with China
worth more than US$51 billion last
year. They signed an agreement in Sep-
tember 2014 to achieve bilateral trade
balance by 2019. But it may be difficult
Mr Bai Ming, deputy director of the
International Market Research Institute
under the Chinese ministry of com-
merce, said: “Concerning the two coun-
tries’ industrial structure, the trade gap
is not that easy to solve, but we can alle-
viate the situation.”
The Business Times
Getting closer... Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping
discussing bilateral issues during their meeting in Wuhan in April this year.
war pushes China
closer to India
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