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Could join RCEP if demands are met, says Piyush Goyal

Could join RCEP if demands are met, says Piyush Goyal

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Updates from :  the Hindu. But decision to stay out is final for now: Commerce Minister The decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is final for now, but if the other countries agree to India’s demands, then negotiations and talks are possible in the future, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Monday announced that India would not be joining the regional trade pact since the RCEP agreement, in its current form, did not take into account all of its demands to secure the interests of its domestic industries. “If the 15 nations make a sincere effort to resolve our concerns, to give us confidence, and help us balance the trade inequality, then I think every nation should talk with their friends,”
News Analysis: A local disconnect behind BJP’s poor showing

News Analysis: A local disconnect behind BJP’s poor showing

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Updates from :  the hindu The fact that several Maharashtra, Haryana ministers lost reflects a ground-level disconnect As the not-so-happy news trickled in from Haryana and Maharashtra for the BJP, of not hitting the halfway mark in the former, and of facing the possibility of having to bank on a domineering ally to help run the government in the latter, one message that was universally accepted in the party was that State elections depend more on local issues, equations and leaders rather than national ones. Maharashtra and Haryana election results: an analysis Assembly and Lok Sabha polls can throw up divergent mandates: this is especially true of Haryana, where the BJP swept all 10 parliamentary seats in the State in the general election (the party led
Process begins to free J&K political leaders in phases

Process begins to free J&K political leaders in phases

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Updates from :  the hindu Those who pose least threat to peace will be released first The J&K government has initiated a process to release at least 173 incarcerated leaders of the regional political parties, including those from the National Conference (NC), the Peoples Conference (PC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in phases in the coming days. Sources said the Union Home Ministry had passed on directions to the J&K police to finalise the names of politicians to be released in the first phase. Those who “pose the least threat to the law and order situation” will taste freedom first. PC leader Imran Ansari, also a former Minister in the PDP-BJP regime, will be among the first to be released as he has complained of “ill-health.” Mr. Ansari, who is also a prom
The Daily Fix: Instead of the end of reservations, how about talking about the end of caste?

The Daily Fix: Instead of the end of reservations, how about talking about the end of caste?

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Updates from :  the scroll.in The RSS wants to end reservations without addressing social inequity in India. Last Sunday, addressing a gathering in New Delhi, Mohan Bhagwat spoke about a problem that could not be resolved “until goodwill is created in society”. What was this problem preoccupying the man who heads the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, arguably India’s most powerful organisation, the parent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party? Reservations – India’s affirmative action policy aimed at increasing access to higher education and government jobs for communities discriminated on the basis of caste. Bhagwat claimed social conflict over reservations could be resolved within a minute, without any changes in law. All that was needed, he said, was a harmonious exchange betw
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