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Today’s Important News Articles 19th April 2017

Monsoon Forecast; Respect for national flag, anthem non-negotiable; Modi, McMaster discuss security; Centre promises election reforms; India opposes ‘genocide’ charge; New data safety regime; Red flag over banks’ loans to telecom players; Common duct policy; Railways seek aid for unviable routes; etc.
By IT's Selection Team
April 19, 2017

Contents

  • Respect for national flag, anthem non-negotiable, Centre tells SC
  • Met dept. expects a ‘normal’ monsoon but doubts loom
  • Modi, McMaster discuss security
  • Centre promises election reforms
  • India opposes ‘genocide’ charge
  • New data safety regime from TRAI by Diwali
  • CPEC unrelated to Kashmir issue: China
  • RBI red flags banks’ telecom exposure
  • ‘Common duct policy’ soon
  • Railways seek aid for unviable routes

 

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Respect for national flag, anthem non-negotiable, Centre tells SC

Context:

The Supreme Court questioned the need to expressively define ‘respect’ for the two national symbols when such a feeling of reverence is already inherent in the Constitution.


Met dept. expects a ‘normal’ monsoon but doubts loom

Context:

India is likely to get ‘normal’ monsoon rains, according to the first official forecast of the season by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Threat of El Nino phenomenon adds element of uncertainty.


Modi, McMaster discuss security

Context:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks on Afghanistan, the West Asian region and the Korean peninsula with the visiting U.S. National Security Adviser, Lt. General H.R. McMaster.


Centre promises election reforms

Context:

The Union government told the Supreme Court that it had constituted a task force to frame a road map for implementation of the Law Commission’s recommendations on decriminalisation of politics.


India opposes ‘genocide’ charge

Context:

Jaitley tells Canadian Defence Minister that the charge by provincial parliament has caused disquiet


New data safety regime from TRAI by Diwali

Context:

The Centre informed a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is working on a new regulatory regime to ensure online data protection, and it will be ready by Diwali.


CPEC unrelated to Kashmir issue: China

Context:

‘Projects like Karakoram highway did not have any bearing on Beijing’s position on Kashmir’


RBI red flags banks’ telecom exposure

Context:

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has raised a red flag over banks’ loans to telecom players and asked the lenders to increase their standard asset provisioning more than what is prescribed so that they can built ‘necessary resilience.’


‘Common duct policy’ soon

Context:

The Centre is likely to soon come out with a new policy under which a common duct will be laid across a city and service providers such as telcos and digital TV players can lease these ducts to pass their fibre through it to offer services to consumers.


Railways seek aid for unviable routes

Context:

Finance Ministry used to subsidise losses on operating strategic rail routes prior to merger of budgets

 

 

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