International relations: The Nepal reset(The Hindu Opinion) Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s visit to India signals an important recalibration of bilateral ties. While the focus of the official pronouncements has been on connectivity, it is the perceptible absence of tensions in public interactions and official meetings, including with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that gives hope that the rupture in ties over India’s reservations about Nepal’s new constitution is being repaired. Tit-for-tat tariff(The Hindu) Whether last week’s punitive tariffs threat by the U.S. on Chinese imports will explode in a full-blown trade war between the two countries is an open question. The answer may depend in part on the Trump administration’s broader aim to counter the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy, which aims to transform China’s economy from a manufacturing base to a world leader in scientific innovation. Good neighbours(Indian Express) India and Nepal reset relations while agreeing to build on the cultural and historic ties. Raja Mandala: India’s China reset and BRI(Indian Express) At the annual Boao forum in Hainan this week, Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to present himself as the new champion of globalisation and castigate the unilateral economic actions of US President Donald Trump Indian Constitution and Polity: Cauvery: SC slams Centre’s inaction(The Hindu) The Supreme Court on Monday rapped the Centre for not framing a water-sharing scheme for the Cauvery and ordered it to prove its “bona fides” by submitting a draft scheme by May 3. Patents and protecting public health(The Hindu Opinion) Patent law grants to the patentees the privilege of enjoying a limited monopoly in order to achieve the objective of public benefit. Thus, the quid pro quo for getting patent monopoly is patent disclosure. PM to address Swachhagrahis in Bihar’s Champaran today(The Hindu) Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address 20,000 Swachhagrahis (cleanliness ambassadors) in Motihari of East Champaran district on Tuesday to mark the concluding ceremony of Champaran Satyagraha centenary celebrations started by the State government last year. The PM is also scheduled to flag off the “Swachhagraha Express” from Bapudham (Motihari) railway station and unveil other schemes and projects. CVC witnesses a dramatic drop in complaints(The Hindu) The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) saw a dramatic drop in the total number of complaints received by it in 2017, keeping in line with the drop in actions by various government departments in cracking down on corruption. The 23,609 complaints received in 2017 by the CVC was less than half of almost 50,000 complaints received in 2016, and the lowest in the previous five years. SC to issue orders in roster case(The Hindu) A day after the Supreme Court’s number two judge, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, attacked the Chief Justice of India’s discretionary powers to constitute Benches and allocate cases, a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Monday decided to pass judicial orders on a petition calling for a transparent and codified procedure for constitution of Benches and allocation of cases in the court. List facilities at refugee camps: SC(The Hindu) The fundamental right to basic amenities and a dignified life cannot be confined to the Rohingya alone, but has to extend to their Indian neighbours living in the same slum.
Economy: ‘Trade friction between U.S., India is over unequal tariffs’(The Hindu) The friction between the U.S. and India on trade issues has arisen due to the unequal tariff regime implemented by the two countries, according to a senior U.S. envoy, even as India is trying to get an exemption from the import tariffs imposed by the U.S. on steel and aluminium.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS
7 PM Editorial: Prime Minister of Nepal’s visit to India: significant and fruitful 9 PM Current affairs brief: 10 PM Current affairs MCQS: