IRS |Institute of Regional Studies

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Contemporary Regional Developments in India

23rd December - 30th December
  • India has denied visa to 75 Pakistani pilgrims to visit a shrine near Agra on procedural grounds. Pakistan High Commission officials said the group was denied entry into India to visit the Hafiz Abdullah Shah Shrine near Agra from January 11-18.
  • Triple Talaq Bill in India: The Opposition’s unity will be put to the test when the Narendra Modi government presses for passage of the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, makes triple talaq – the practice by which Muslim men divorce their wives simply by saying talaq three times in a sitting – a criminal offence punishable with up to three years in jail.
  • In Delhi, BJP-ruled civic body is going to ban display of non-veg food outside eateries over ‘sentimental’ reasons
16th December - 22nd December
  • BJP’s triumph in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
  • India is going to cut visas to Pakistan drastically this year, issuing 18,000 fewer visas than in 2016, while Pakistan’s mission said it issued at least 6,000 more visas than before.
  • Indian Army commandos went across the Line of Control on Monday evening and killed three Pakistani soldiers in the cross-border raid.
  • Indian Army commandos went across the Line of Control and killed three Pakistani soldiers in the cross-border raid (Dec 26, 2017).
  • ‘Seculars have no identity’ said Union minister Ananthkumar Hegde , Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde has again stoked a controversy, saying those who consider themselves secular and intellectual do not have “their own identity” and they were also unaware of their parentage.
8th December - 15th December
  • Scorpene-class submarine Kalvari has been added in the Indian Navy. The submarines are designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, but are being built by MDL in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy. Kalvari is an excellent example of ‘Make in India’ initiative. “Kalvari is a potent Man o’ War capable of undertaking offensive operations spanning across the entire spectrum of Maritime Warfare. She embodies cutting-edge technology and compares favourably with the best in the world,” said Indian Navy.
  • In extreme weather, Prime Minister Modi’s LPG scheme for poor is running out of gas. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Rs 8,000-crore project in UP’s Ballia on May 1, 2016, with an aim to provide 50 million free liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections to women in poor households over three years. Initially, Ujjwala was an instant hit and more than 30 million connections were given in the first 19 months.
  • Leprosy detected in India: A total of 5,004 new leprosy cases were detected in Maharashtra this year, of which 41% cases are multibacillary cases, indicating that they are highly infectious. It was declared ‘eliminated’ at the national level a decade back.
  • Indian forces using 'chemical weapons' in held Kashmir: AJK president
  • China says Indian drone ‘invaded’ its airspace and crashed.
  • US recognition of Jerusalem: India says position on Palestine independent, not determined by third country.
1st December - 7th December
  • In 2017, China laid a territorial claim over Doklam/Doko-La (or Donglong) in Bhutan leading to a tense border for a month. Following which India and China agreed to disengage their personnel from that site on 28 August 2017.
  • Metro Rail project completed in Hyderabad, India.
  • Issue of net neutrality still lingers on between Facebook and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Facebook intends to provide, free internet access to some sites to its users, under the banner of ‘free basics’. However, Indian institutions are not in favor of ‘controlled’ access to websites. Such service will naturally incline people to use ‘free’ websites/apps only.

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