Friday. Finally, the week is nearing its end. Also coming to an end is the liberal economy boom. In other words, the economy is a liberandu, a favourite word of the right-wing to malign liberalism, and now they are debating why Zomato doesn’t mention if the meat is halal or jhatka.
A more astute question perhaps is whether the economy is being killed with Jhatka or Halal practices. The answer would probably be jhatka, because Demonetisation was clearly not halal.
With lame parallels, we head to today’s Auditorial.
“IT’S THE TRAIN OF RECESSION COMING AT FULL THROTTLE”
It is 2nd August 2019 and hope you have got your salary by now. Unlike the 1.98 lakh employees of BSNL and MTNL employees who haven’t got it.
Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday, warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi about a lurking recession and even called finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman “incompetent”. “Mr PM, The economy has derailed and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. If your incompetent Finance Minister is telling you there is light, trust me it’s the train of a recession coming at full throttle,” the Congress leader tweeted. He was quoting a Mint report, India’s economic slowdown shows no signs of abating based on trends across 16 high-frequency economic indicators.
The report said: “Of these 16 macroeconomic indicators, six were in the green (above the five-year average trend) in June and eight were in the red (below the five-year average trend), while the other two maintained the trend. The latest reading is in line with the reading in May (when eight indicators were in the red) and a significant deterioration compared to the readings in March and April (when six indicators were in the red).
The government has, however, not accepted that a crisis is round the corner. Even on Thursday, the finance minister’s tweet celebrated the “78% growth in FDI (foreign direct investment) flow” since 2014.
INDIA SLIPS TO SEVENTH PLACE IN GLOBAL GDP RANKING
Meanwhile, India has been pushed to the seventh place in the global GDP rankings in 2018 with the UK and France forging ahead to the fifth and sixth spots, data compiled by the World Bank showed.
25,000 ADDITIONAL TROOPS DEPLOYED IN KASHMIR
Now, what will be the latest distraction, will it be Ayodhya or will it be Kashmir, or something altogether dug out from the Modi’s deep spiritual meditation in the caves of Kedarnath?
Meanwhile, Kashmir is where all the action seems to be headed, or at least the 280 companies of security forces, which are in the process of being deployed in the Kashmir valley.
The security forces, mostly CRPF personnel, are being deployed in vulnerable spots in the city and other parts of the valley, they said.
However, no reason was given for the sudden deployment of over 280 companies (28,000 troops) late in the evening. That is 25,000 troops and is in addition to the 10,000 dispatched earlier.
All major entry and exit points of the city have been taken over by the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPFs) with the token presence of local police, they said.
Local residents have started panic-buying essentials as they are linking the deployment of forces to the apprehension of deterioration in the law and order situation.
The Centre had earlier ordered the deployment of about 10,000 central forces personnel to Kashmir in order to strengthen counter-insurgency operations and law and order duties.
Last week, there was also a note by a railway security officer on stockpiling rations.
The deployment has given rise to apprehension about the abrogation of the contentious Article 35A. One of the major poll planks for the BJP was the scrapping of Articles 35A and 370 in the state. While the much-debated Article 35A gives “special status” to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir and also defines the “permanent residents” of the state, Article 370 limits the Parliament’s power to make laws concerning the state.
CENTRAL SECURITY, 25 LAKHS COMPENSATION FOR UNNAO TEEN, PRELIMINARY INQUIRY SAYS “ABNORMAL ACCIDENT “ RESULTING FROM “AN INTENTIONAL ATTEMPT”
The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred all the five cases relating to the Unnao rape to Delhi and directed the CBI to complete within a fortnight — preferably seven days — its probe into the July 28 road crash that has left the rape victim and her lawyer fighting for life and killed two of her aunts. A special court to be constituted “forthwith” in the capital shall complete the trial within 45 days, holding day-to-day hearings, it said.
It ordered the Yogi Adityanath government to pay within a day a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the victim’s family and directed that the CRPF provide immediate security to the family. Besides the rape case against Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a BJP MLA suspended by his party only on Tuesday, and the road crash case, the others relate to the gang rape of the victim, the death in custody of her father and the alleged frame-up of her uncle on criminal charges.
Meanwhile, The truck-car collision that has left the Unnao gang-rape complainant critically injured appears “an abnormal accident” resulting from “an intentional attempt”, a CBI source told The Telegraph on Thursday quoting from preliminary official notes.
RTI LAGAO RTI BACHAO
Linked to this, An RTI plea has been filed to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s office demanding details of the location of the personal security officers who were not accompanying the Unnao gang-rape complainant when a truck collided with her car on Sunday.
Activists filed 100 RTI applications across the country while police detained 66 campaigners on their way to petition the President to withhold assent to the Right to Information Amendment Bill, 2019, which gives the Centre control over the salaries and tenures of information commissioners. Addressing reporters after their release, Anjali Bharadwaj of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information said the activists had been detained even though they were not shouting slogans. Their petition carried the endorsement of 127,000 citizens.
The campaign is called “Use RTI to Save RTI” in English and “RTI lagao RTI bachao” in Hindi.
US TO WITHDRAW THOUSANDS OF TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN IN “PEACE” DEAL WITH TALIBAN
And off to International news, The Trump administration is preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan in exchange for concessions from the Taliban, including a cease-fire and a renunciation of al-Qaida, as part of an initial deal to end the nearly 18-year-old war, U.S. officials say.
NORTH KOREA FIRES THIRD MISSILE
Meanwhile, North Korea has fired an unidentified short-range projectile twice, South Korean officials say, in the country’s third weapons test in just over a week.
TRUMP TAXES ALL CHINESE IMPORTS TO US
And not be missed, US President Donald Trump has said he will impose a fresh 10% tariff on another $300bn (£247bn) of Chinese goods, in a sharp escalation of a trade war between the two countries. It came after the latest round of bilateral talks showed little sign of a breakthrough.
The new tariffs, due to take effect on 1 September, effectively tax all Chinese imports to the US.
SMALL EXPLOSIONS IN BANGKOK
And news coming in is, that Several small explosions were heard in Bangkok in at least three locations on Friday and two street cleaners suffered minor injuries, Thai media reported.
SAUDI ARABIA ALLOWS WOMEN TO TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY
And before I sign off, a huge day for Saudi Women, who can now travel abroad without a male guardian’s permission, royal decrees say.
Under the new rule announced on Friday, women over the age of 21 can apply for a passport without authorisation from a male guardian.
That is all that I have for you. Check your privileges, and let them not wreck the privileges. Have a relaxing weekend ahead. Good bye from me from takeapart.in