QBullet: India’s Failed NSG Bid, Brexit & What It Means for India

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Published25 Jun 2016, 01:24 AM IST
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1. India Refused NSG Membership, but to Be a Member of SCO

India, on Friday, failed in its determined bid to clinch a membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) due to China and Switzerland’s opposition. 

However, Modi seemed hopeful regarding the country’s membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which has been initiated, reported The Indian Express.

India would have to sign about 30 documents over the course of the year to complete the process of its entry into the SCO. Prime Minister Narendra Modi commented on it:

India’s membership of SCO would contribute to region’s prosperity. It would also strengthen its security. Our partnership will protect our societies from the threats of radical ideologies of hate, violence and terror.

However, the Congress had different things to say about the whole affair. Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi on Twitter.

2. Uproar Following Brexit Continues, but Are India’s Troubles Closer Home?

Britain, on 23 June, voted to leave the European Union (EU). The decision has already affected the sterling, which hit an all-time low in over three decades, as stocks plummeted in the international market.

Irrespective of the effect of these changes in the global scenario, India has concerns closer home to worry about in the aftermath. The country’s trade, immigration policies, stocks and currency all stand to be adversely affected by the new development.

Currently, there are over 750 Indian companies employing over one lakh people in the UK and now they will have to restructure themselves based on their dynamics with the rest of the Europe.

Additionally, India has major investments in the UK – more than than in rest of the EU put together. EU has also served as an entry for India’s trade operations in rest of the EU.

As Britain struggles to sort out its trade relations with the European Union over the next two years, India will have to work on its own relations with Britain, reports The Indian Express.

3. Now, Kejriwal Wants a Brexit-like Referendum for Delhi’s Statehood

Following the incredibly closely watched EU referendum, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wants a similar vote for Delhi’s status as an independent state.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader took to Twitter to voice his views:

Kejriwal was backed by AAP leader Ashish Khetan on the issue who tweeted:

The Delhi government has constantly clashed with the Centre over matters of jurisdiction since it took office. Granting full statehood to Delhi has also been one of the most crucial electoral promises of the AAP.

However, experts dismissed this demand on the grounds that the Constitution of India does not provide any provisions for such a referendum, reported Hindustan Times.

4. Fee Hike Has No Effect on H-1B Visas in India

The US ambassador to India, Richard Verma, confirmed on 25 June that India continues to get enough H-1B visas from the US, despite the hike in the fees. Verma commented on this saying:

India continues to receive the lion’s share of H-1B and L1 and even after the fee increase, they continue to get 70 percent of those H-1B visas.

Verma also spoke about the hike:

We understand the concern about the fee hike. I think there is an ongoing conversation. We also know this is an important part of travel and commercial enterprise in the US. And again, there is an increase in the number of visas issued, in fact, there is a slight increase.

5. BJP Not Happy With Subramanian Swamy’s Attacks on the Party

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. (Photo: PTI)
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. (Photo: PTI)

Over the last couple of weeks, BJP member Subramanian Swamy’s comments against important leaders of the BJP as well as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made the party unhappy, reported Hindustan Times.

There is a certain culture of discipline in the party. If anyone has views, they can use the party forum for articulating them.
A senior BJP member

Even though the BJP has made public attempts to distance itself from Swamy’s comments, making its disagreement clear, it is yet to restrain the party member entirely.

Additionally, many BJP members consider Swamy’s comments and remarks a breach of discipline.

Swamy responded to these comments through Twitter:

6. Centre Rejects 14 Bills, Sends Them Back to Delhi Govt

Delhi Cheif Minister, Arvind Kejriwal (Photo: Reuters)
Delhi Cheif Minister, Arvind Kejriwal (Photo: Reuters)

In what seems like another blow to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the wake of the Water Tanker scam, the Central Government has rejected 14 bills proposed by the Delhi government. The bills, passed by the Delhi assembly, were returned by the Home Ministry on Friday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to express his views on the rejection.

(I put my hands together to once again request Modiji - please be a little more big-hearted. Forget your defeat in Delhi and don’t avenge it on the people of the city.)

The bills returned in the last few weeks include:

  • Jan Lokpal Bill 2015
  • Minimum Wages (Delhi Amendment) Bill 2015
  • Delhi School (Verification Of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee) Bill 2015
  • Delhi School Education (Amendment) Bill 2015
  • Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill 2015
  • Bill to Amend Working Journalists

According to The Indian Express, the Delhi government did not seek prior approval of the Centre before passing these bills and that’s why they were rejected.

7. Vice Prez Ansari Warns Against False Statistics

Speaking at a session organised by the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) in Patna on 24 June, Hamid Ansari drew attention to the problem of false statistics for the Indian economy, reported The Hindu.

He pointed out that not only do false statistics regarding growth and poverty undermine India’s credibility globally, but they are also capable of creating a “cascading effect” on the economy, according to the report.

...the problems with our official statistics appear to persist. Some of the criticism of Indian public statistics, especially when it comes to measurement of crosscutting social issues such as gender disparity, inequality, poverty and growth seems valid.
Hamid Ansari, Vice President

8. Will Not Allow Kairana-like Eviction of Hindus: Gujarat Minister

Rajnikant Patel, the Gujarat Minister of State (Home) declared his intention to take action against anyone who attempts to acquire property illegally in localities under the Disturbed Areas Act 1991, reported The Times of India.

The Disturbed Areas Act is already in force in these areas and any sale or purchase of property here is not allowed. We will not allow Kairana-like forced eviction of Hindus in Ahmedabad or anywhere in Gujarat.
Rajnikant Patel

9. Water and Environment Ministries at Loggerheads Over Hydro Project in Uttarakhand

The environment and water ministries have failed to reach a consensus over the issue of a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Uttarakhand. While the latter thinks such projects would hamper the natural flow of water in river Ganga, the former is of the opinion that if completed the project would be a useful source of clean energy, reported The Times of India.

The water ministry is of the view that any alteration in the natural flow of the river would not allow it to stay clean and self-replenish itself. However, the environment ministry disagrees and believes that the effects on the natural course would not be so adverse.

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