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The Hindu Epaper Analysis 7 February 2024 for UPSC
Leave us out of your conflict, Naga organization tells Meitei and Kuki-Zo communities: Page 4
- Nagas in Manipur, represented by United Naga Council (UNC), request Meiteis and Kuki-Zos to keep them out of the ongoing ethnic conflict.
- UNC highlights atrocities against Nagas in both Meitei-dominated Imphal valley and Kuki-Zo inhabited hills.
- Nagas maintained a neutral stance in the conflict but faced attacks: Naga women attacked in Imphal, Naga house burnt, Naga woman shot dead, farmer beaten, leader fired at, and Naga men beaten by armed groups.
- Incidents include assaults, thrashing, and abduction of Naga individuals, with mistaken identity as the common excuse.
- Roads to Naga villages blocked, and Nagas facing extortion by armed groups and women vigilantes in hills and Imphal Valley.
- Churches destroyed, sacrilegious acts committed in the name of war against the Naga community.
- Despite provocations, Nagas sought resolution through customary laws, but attacks continued.
- UNC accuses Meitei legislators of aligning with a radical group and failing to represent the entire state.
- Urgent plea to Meiteis and Kuki-Zos to stop targeting Nagas; warns of consequences if appeal is disregarded, including possible evacuation of Nagas from Imphal Valley.
Mint Street musings: Page 6
- RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) expected to maintain status quo on interest rates in the upcoming meeting.
- Previous MPC review in December maintained ‘withdrawal of accommodation’ stance, raised GDP growth forecast to 7%.
- Slim hopes for shift to ‘neutral’ stance, but growth estimate might be revised based on National Statistical Office projection of 7.3% GDP growth.
- Similar concerns to US Federal Reserve regarding inflation; December inflation rate at 5.7%, above the 4% target.
- RBI expects inflation to cool to 4% in July-September if monsoon is normal, providing room for rate cut consideration.
- Finance Minister’s interim Budget for 2024-25 may allow RBI to ease liquidity constraints without adding to inflation.
- Fiscal consolidation efforts and reduction in gross market borrowings to ₹14 lakh crore in 2024-25 from ₹15.4 lakh crore this year could free up credit for private sector.
- Expected spike in foreign capital inflows into Indian government bonds following their inclusion in global bond indices could lower borrowing costs for the economy.
- Yields on government bonds already dropping, systemic liquidity slightly improving, providing comfort for Mint Street hawks.
Maldives accelerates plan to lower dependence on India: Page 7
- Chinese tourists replace minor reduction in Indian tourists in the Maldives after diplomatic row with India
- Controversial tweets by Maldivian deputy ministers led to diplomatic row with India
- Indian social media calls for boycotting Maldives to hurt tourism industry
- Maldivian President strengthens ties with China following tensions with India
- President Muizzu visits China, meets with President Xi Jinping, encourages Chinese tourists to visit Maldives
- Number of Indian tourists to Maldives drops slightly, while Chinese tourists surge
- Overall tourist inflow increases despite decline in Indian visitors
- Maldives expands health insurance scheme to include visits to UAE and Thailand, reducing reliance on India
- Plans to build a 100-bed hospital with Chinese aid announced
- Agreements signed with China to reduce dependence on India for staple foods and other products
- Maldives heavily relies on India for various imports including granite, steel, food items
- Key agreements with China pose threat to mutually beneficial relationship with India
Understanding the delimitation exercise: Page 8
- Delimitation: Process of fixing number of seats and boundaries of constituencies for Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies, includes reservation for SC and ST
- Constitutional provisions: Article 82 and 170 mandate readjustment of seats after each Census, carried out by Delimitation Commission
- Seats frozen: Since 1971 Census to encourage population control, extended till 2026 by 84th Amendment Act
- Uneven population growth leads to disparity in representation
- Options: Continue with 543 seats or increase to 848, both scenarios disadvantage southern and smaller states
- May go against federal principles and lead to disenchantment
- International practices:
- U.S.: 435 seats in House of Representatives redistributed after each Census
- EU Parliament: 720 seats divided based on ‘degressive proportionality’
- Ideal solution:
- Cap Lok Sabha seats at 543 to maintain federal principle
- Increase MLAs in states to address democratic representation
- Strengthen democracy by empowering local bodies like panchayats and municipalities
After five months of pause due to Gaza war, govt. hopes to move on the IMEC: Page IO
The IMEC (India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor) project, paused due to Gaza war, set to resume:
- Stalled since the Israel-Hamas conflict in September 2023.
- Expected to move forward during Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit to India.
- Initial talks held during PM Modi’s visit to Athens in 2023.
- High-level meetings during the Raisina Dialogue may progress IMEC talks.
- Greek ports like Piraeus to be utilized for the corridor.
- MoU signed by eight parties includes India, EU, US, Saudi Arabia, UAE.
- Planned meeting post-MoU delayed due to Israel-Palestine conflict.
- UAE and Saudi Arabia hesitant to discuss ties with Israel post-Gaza attacks.
- Union Railway Minister Vaishnaw sees IMEC as insurance against trade route disruptions.
- Project alignment and “missing links” identified.
- Commitment from US, EU, and India for funding and benefits anticipated.
‘Tax-to-GDP ratio to hit all-time high of 11.7% of GDP in FY25’: Page 13
- Led by increased direct tax collection, aiming for a more equitable system.
- Simplification and rationalization of tax regime to reduce disputes and litigation.
- New tax regime without deductions to attract more taxpayers.
- Personal Income Tax collections show significant growth.
- Prospects for rationalizing GST rates under review by reconstituted GoM.
- GST Council to meet quarterly, no fixed date yet.
- Indirect taxes increasing but remain around 5% of GDP.
- Modest revenue growth projection for 2024-25, with tax revenues expected to grow at 11.5%.
- Department of Revenue not probing lapses at Paytm Payments Bank; Enforcement Directorate handles money laundering issues.
- Deadline for new manufacturing units to avail 15% corporate tax rate ended in March 2023.
- Approximately 57% of corporate tax income filed at reduced rate of 22%.
Source: The Hindu Epaper
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