01 August, 2020
- Afghan Peace process (International Relations)
- Decoupling Indian and Chinese Economy (Economy)
- Urban Local Governance (Polity)
- Index of eight Core industries (Prelims)
- Question for the day (Economy)
War and talk
- Taliban has announced cease fire for three days during Id-ul-Adha. The Taliban’s ceasefire is an opportunity to kick-start intra-Afghan peace talks.
- The discussion revolves around
- US - Taliban peace deal
- Issues with the peace deal -
- UN secretariat - 6+2+1 meeting
- Why India was not invited in the meeting?
- India's concerns about the Peace deal
- India’s stand on Afghan peace process
Forced decoupling will hurt India and China: Chinese envoy
The recent border clashes along LAC and growing health and economic catastrophe in India caused due to Wuhan Virus has led to upsurge in strong anti-china sentiments across the country. There are growing voices that we need to deal with China at all levels- Military, Diplomatic and Economic. Some of the economists have pointed out that the military and diplomatic routes to deal with China have to be accompanied by Economic boycott of China.
- At the same time, the strong anti-china sentiments across the world is nudging the MNCs to move their production base from China to other developing countries including India. This is considered to be a blessing in disguise to boost "Make in India". It is against this background, let us focus on the following dimensions:
- Formal/ Informal Strategies adopted by India to Economically boycott China
- Challenges associated with such strategies
- Benefits and Challenges with Vocal for Local Campaign
- Is there a silver lining in Economic boycott of China?
- What Strategies should India adopt?
The COVID19 crisis as a metropolitan battle
- The COVID 19 pandemic has exposed the structural inequalities of urban local governments in India to tackle a disaster.
- While weak public health systems is the main reason for cities being the epicentre of the pandemic, the crisis offers an opportunity to bring in structural reforms in urban local governance to step up our preparedness in case of a disaster in the future.
- We are going to understand Structural Inadequacies in Urban Local Bodies
Core sector output shrinks 15% in June, fertilizers buck trend
- According to the latest published data, the Index of Eight Core Industries has contracted by 15% in June 2020 as compared to 37% and 22% in April and May respectively.
- Even though, the Index has remained in the negative territory, there has been slight improvement in June as compared to previous two months on account of lifting of lockdown. It is expected that the negative trend would continue for at least 2 more months.
- We are going to understand basics about these indices.