QBullet: Modi’s Central Asia Plan; the Raje-Lalit Trail and More
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1. Modi’s Central Asia Visit will Focus on Fighting Islamic State Menace
The Hindu reports that countering the spread of Islamic State (IS) terror will be a key part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s eight-day visit to five Central Asian states — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
2. Disquiet in Congress: Stick to Raje’s Lalit Link, Not Family
As the party keeps the Lalit Modi pot simmering to pin down Vasundhara Raje more than a fortnight after the controversy erupted, there is growing disquiet in the Congress over the shift in the line of attack against the Rajasthan chief minister – The Indian Express reports.
3. Indian Diaspora Floods Missions with 60,000 Distress Complaints
Hindustan Times reports that Indians living abroad filed over 60,000 complaints of harassment, sexual and physical abuse as well as other grievances with the country’s missions over the past four years, while the most instances were reported in the Gulf and none in Pakistan, government data show.
4. Wiki Entries on Nehru Family Edited from NIC IP?
A software that tracks anonymous Wikipedia edits has found that mischievous changes were made to the entries on the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his forefathers on June 26. The revisions, which originated from a government of India IP (Internet Protocol) address, said Nehru’s grandfather Gangadhar Nehru was a Muslim – The Times of India reports.
5. Government has No Values: RSS Leader
The Modi government’s support to Ministers accused of acts, ranging from corruption to impropriety, “speaks of the political dishonesty of the establishment,” RSS ideologue – and former BJP general secretary – K N Govindacharya speaks to The Hindu.
6. To Boost Ties, India Mulls Relaxed Visa Norms for Iran
The Indian Express reports that months after National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s Iran visit, the government is all set to liberalise its visa policy for Iran, with deliberations now on to remove it from the Prior Referral Category (PRC).
7. The Chinese Way: Balancing Justice and Efficiency
The Times of India discusses that in order to understand China’s phenomenal growth, one needs to understand how the Chinese view themselves in relation to the rest of the world. In fact, while much newsprint has been spent on trying to decipher the Chinese enigma, there is no consensus on what China’s rise represents.
8. Keith Vaz no Longer Understands the Pulse of Diaspora Politics
Hindustan Times discusses that the Indian community groups and the diaspora individuals who have the social or economic cachet, and the political clout, to dial Capitol Hill or put in a word with the administration may not be the same as an acquaintance who could have spent many hours with an Indian politician several years ago.
9. The Digging-Holes Myth
Jean Dreze discusses in The Indian Express that few social programmes in India are more resented by the corporate sector than the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). This is easy to understand, considering that one of the primary aims of the MGNREGA is to empower workers and reduce their dependence on private employers.
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