QBullet: India’s NSG Hope Still Alive; Europe Responds to Brexit

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China and India’s disagreements over the latter’s NSG bid led to India’s failure to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group. (Photo: Reuters)

1. After Failed NSG Bid, India Now Eyes ‘Special Plenary’ Session

Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs. (Photo: IANS)
Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs. (Photo: IANS)

A ‘special plenary’ session of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) members is expected at the end of this year, reported The Hindu. India plans to redouble its efforts and give its NSG membership attempt another try.

Today, Indian diplomacy doesn’t have fear of failure. If we don’t get desired results, it only means that we redouble our efforts.
Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson, External Affairs Ministry 

The Ministry also addressed the current failure and said:

There was only one country which persistently raised procedural hurdles, as a result of which no decision could be arrived at.
Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson, External Affairs Ministry 

2. Asha Kumari’s Appointment as Punjab In-Charge Triggers Row

Kamal Nath. (Photo: IANS)
Kamal Nath. (Photo: IANS)

The Congress, on Sunday, appointed party secretary Asha Kumari as the AICC in-charge of Punjab in place of Kamal Nath.

However, her appointment has triggered a major controversy as she is convicted in a land grab case. Kumari, who is an MLA from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, was sentenced to one-year in jail by a Chamba court in February this year but is currently out on bail.

Nath had relinquished on, 15 June, the charge of Punjab after BJP, SAD and AAP stepped up their attack on the party over the appointment.

(With agency inputs.)

3. India in Top 3 Most Corrupt Regions

According to a report by The Hindu, India is one of the most corrupt regions in the world. Close to 80 percent companies, who participated in the poll, accepted being victims to fraud in the year 2015-2016. The percentage has risen from 69 percent in 2013-14.

The results were put together as part of the Global Fraud Report 2015-16 by risk mitigation consultancy Kroll, with the aid of the Economist Intelligence Unit.

It further concluded that India is the third country with the highest number of cases of fraud, behind only Colombia with an 83 percent, and Sub-Saharan Africa with an 84 percent.

4. Delhi Police Releases 52 Detained AAP MLAs

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia (Photo: ANI)
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia (Photo: ANI)

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and 51 other Aam Aadmi Party MLAs were detained by the Delhi Police near Tughlaq Road on Sunday when they were on their way to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence to ‘surrender’.

Sisodia was accused by the president of the Ghazipur Vegetable Market Association of intimidating businessmen during his official visit to the area. In protest, Sisodia said he would march to the PM Modi’s residence and ‘surrender’ himself.

The MLAs were released in the afternoon, after being detained for a couple of hours, reported The Indian Express.

5. India’s Data Against Drug Abuse Is 15 Years Old

According to a report by The Times of India, data being used by India to combat drug-related problems has not been updated since 2001.

The United Nations has described the country as a “potentially large opiate market,” while the matter has been raised several times in the Indian Parliament as well.

However, every time the government is approached for a report on its drug-abuse situation, it releases data from a survey that was put together in 2001 and published in 2004.

According to the TOI report, all of India’s entries for the World Drug Reports have been the same since 2001.

6. While Scotland Threatens to Block Brexit, France too Expresses Disagreement

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a press conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, 24 June 2016. (Photo: IANS)
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a press conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, 24 June 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Britain’s shocking decision to remove itself from the European Union brought more political turmoil on Sunday as Scotland’s leader threatened to block the move.

Popular First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she believes Scotland’s approval is required for the move, but conceded the British government would likely take “a very different view.”

The result of EU Referendum was very unpopular in Scotland, where 62 percent cast ballots to stay, and Sturgeon says she is studying ways to keep Scotland part of the EU bloc.

The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls also said on Sunday, as the bloc scrambled to handle the aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave, that European Union must stop being nit-picky and intrusive,

The Brexit vote to leave the EU has deepened fears among mainstream politicians across Europe about the rise of eurosceptic, anti-establishment parties.

7. Arun Jaitley to Pressure BJP to Restrain Swamy

Arun Jaitley (Photo: PTI)
Arun Jaitley (Photo: PTI)

While many Bharatiya Janata Party members have attempted to distance themselves from Subramanian Swamy’s remarks against the BJP, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to take a different course in addressing the issue, reported The Indian Express.

After returning from China on Monday, Jaitley is expected to pressure the BJP to take some sort of decisive action against Swamy’s comments, which according to some, has also divided the party against those who oppose his remarks and those who consider him a “useful tool”.

The Prime Minister, as well as party President Amit Shah, are yet to publicly comment on Swamy’s comments against Jaitley.

8. Telangana to Give 12 Percent Quota to Muslims

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao commented on Sunday that a committee has been put in place to look into the issue of providing 12 percent quota to Muslims in the state, reported Deccan Chronicle.

Addressing Muslims who had gathered for an Iftar organised by the State, the chief minister said:

This panel will submit its report to the government shortly. As soon as we receive it, a special Assembly session will be convened. We will pass a resolution to approve 12 percent reservation for Muslims. Afterwards this issue will be pursued with the higher-ups in New Delhi.
K Chandrasekhar Rao, Telangana Chief Minister

9. Enough Signatures on EU Revote Petition Qualify it for Parliament Debate

Votes are sorted into remain, leave and doubtful trays as ballots are counted during the EU Referendum count at the Lindley Hall in London, 24 June 2016. (Photo: AP)
Votes are sorted into remain, leave and doubtful trays as ballots are counted during the EU Referendum count at the Lindley Hall in London, 24 June 2016. (Photo: AP)

In the aftermath of the victory of the Brexit campaign, a petition started on the official UK Parliament website to ask for re-vote, has gained over 3 million signatures, reported The Times of India.

Close to 30,50,000 people had signed the petition as of Sunday. The number is well over the 1,00,000-mark required to qualify the petition for a debate in the House of Commons.

Senior Labour MP from Tottenham, David Lammy, who has been advising against going ahead with Brexit, commented on the issue and said:

Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in parliament. Our sovereign parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU.
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