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In the present day: Serological survey to find out unfold of Covid-19 to start in Delhi; La Liga: Celta Vigo vs Barcelona. Tomorrow: PM Modi’s month-to-month radio broadcast; Two-week Guwahati lockdown begins; China more likely to enact Hong Kong safety legislation

1. Is there a playbook to counter China?
1. Is there a playbook to counter China?
  • Why is Xi…? Consultants say China’s manoeuvres alongside the Line of Precise Management (LAC) are aimed toward securing strategic features within the space, because it invests closely within the China-Pakistan Financial Hall — a BRI venture — that snakes by way of Aksai Chin and Pak-occupied Kashmir in the direction of Gwadar, close to the Persian Gulf.
  • Which means talks aimed toward disengagement, although essential, can solely obtain a lot. India wants a long-term technique to counter China — one which requires companions and thus multilateralism (as in opposition to protectionism).
  • Quad? The battle will probably carry New Delhi nearer to Washington, Tanvi Madan of Brookings Establishment writes on Overseas Affairs. However there could possibly be hesitations in New Delhi about “placing all its eggs within the American basket”, she provides. The final expectations are, the casual “quad” group comprising US, India, Japan and Australia could possibly be strengthened.
  • However… Quad continues to be not a proper alliance, and there’s no army safety (not like NATO). Therefore, some warn in opposition to anticipating an excessive amount of from it, no less than within the present type. There are additionally variations between India and the US, over commerce, Russia and Iran. “Will the US give India the room it wants”, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, the previous chief of the Centre for Coverage Analysis, asks right here.
  • Donald Trump’s transactional strategy to international coverage can also be a priority. An explosive tell-all by John Bolton, Trump’s former nationwide safety adviser, alleges that the US President was “pleading with” Xi Jinping to extend agricultural purchases from the US to enhance his electoral prospects within the farm states. Additionally, in an interview with Axios, Trump mentioned he held off on sanctions in opposition to China over the Uighur challenge as a result of “we had been in the midst of a significant commerce deal”.
  • Magnificent 10? Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, at the moment pursuing PhD on China below Xi Jinping at Oxford College, requires a powerful 7 or 10 to counter China by strengthening multilateralism. He says European nations of Germany, France, and the UK, and within the Asia Pacific, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, India and Australia, plus Canada and Mexico ought to pool their “diplomatic, monetary and political capital” to triage worldwide establishments. Rudd cites Shinzo Abe’s Japan as a mannequin — sustaining financial relations even because it opposes China’s territorial claims over Senkaku Islands. Japan, although, has the US army assure.
  • Biden? Consultants say this ‘multilateralism vs China’ could possibly be Joe Biden’s playbook, if he’s the following US President.

The most recent on India-China right here

2. In six days, India’s caseload races from 400,000 to 500,000
2. In six days, India’s caseload races from 400,000 to 500,000
  • India sped previous the 500,000 mark in Covid-19 instances on Friday, simply six days after the nation’s caseload had crossed 400,000. Recent day by day infections touched one other new peak, surging previous 18,000 for the primary time. Additionally, there have been 381 day by day deaths — the primary time in 4 days that the toll had dipped beneath 400. To date, India has recorded 509,377 Covid-19 instances and 15,681 deaths, whereas over 295,000 sufferers have recovered, per knowledge collated from state governments.
  • 18,572 new instances had been reported nationwide on Friday, surpassing the day past’s file of 17,870. This was the seventh new peak in day by day instances reported within the final eight days. And Friday’s depend was once more led by Maharashtra, which reported over 5,000 instances in a day for the primary time. It added 5,024 new instances, taking its whole previous the 150,000 mark, to 152,765. The state additionally reported 175 deaths, which meant the fatality depend crossed the 7000-mark, to 7,106.
  • Delhi recorded 3,460 contemporary coronavirus instances, taking the tally within the metropolis to over 77,000, whereas the loss of life toll from the illness mounted to 2,492. Sixty-three fatalities had been recorded within the final 24 hours, a Delhi well being division bulletin mentioned. Infections in Tamil Nadu additionally spiked for the third day working, at 3,645 contemporary instances. The loss of life toll rose to 957 with 46 extra deaths.
  • Subsequent, the Supreme Court docket on Friday permitted the Centre and CBSE to cancel the remaining Class X and XII examinations that might not be carried out because of the pandemic and accredited the Board’s scheme to award marks to college students for the cancelled papers, primarily based on their efficiency in earlier exams held earlier than the Covid state of affairs worsened. The outcomes will probably be out by July 15. Extra particulars right here.


  • Lastly, the DGCA prolonged the suspension of worldwide flights until July 15 from this month-end. It, nevertheless, mentioned schedule companies “could also be allowed on choose routes on a case-to-case foundation”. The worldwide schedule flights that could be allowed will probably be below the journey bubble idea that India had mentioned on Tuesday it was creating with nations just like the US, UK, France and Germany. Passengers will probably be allowed to journey straight on these routes and observe the quarantine guidelines of the vacation spot nation, say sources.


3. Monsoon wets complete nation practically 2 weeks prematurely
3. Monsoon wets entire country nearly 2 weeks in advance
  • The India Meteorological Division (IMD) mentioned the Southwest Monsoon coated the whole nation on Friday, 12 days earlier than its common date of July 8. “The Southwest Monsoon has additional superior into the remaining elements of Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab and thus it has coated the whole nation right now, June 26,” the IMD mentioned. Director basic M Mohapatra added that after 2013 the monsoon has coated the whole India so quickly this 12 months.
  • The monsoon’s easy advance has led to a rain-surplus over the nation in June, with practically 22% increased than regular rainfall to this point. That’s excellent news for greater than two-thirds of the nation that’s depending on the agricultural sector. And expectations of a bumper crop will elevate spirits after the Covid-19 pandemic battered the financial system.
  • Cyclone Amphan hurried monsoon winds over Andaman Islands, the primary main milestone in its progress in the direction of the nation, 5 days earlier than its common date. Though this was anticipated to gradual the onset over mainland India by just a few days, Cyclone Nisarga offset the delay and introduced it to Kerala on its regular date of June 1.
  • Central India led the cost with 44% above regular rainfall. All different subdivisions confirmed an above regular monsoon rainfall as effectively. A La Niña phenomenon — related to an above-normal rainfall for the Indian subcontinent — can also be anticipated to type within the latter half of the monsoon season this 12 months.
  • Final 12 months, monsoon winds had been delayed by as much as two weeks over most areas, with rainfall in June ending with a file 33% deficit. This prompted the IMD to revise their regular onset and withdrawal dates for many elements of the nation. Until 2019, the conventional date for the monsoon overlaying the whole nation was July 15, which was introduced ahead to July 8.
4. Liverpool win Premier League to finish 30-year drought
4. Liverpool win Premier League to end 30-year drought
  • Liverpool ended a 30-year look forward to the English title as they had been topped Premier League champions, following Manchester Metropolis’s 2-1 away loss at Chelsea late on Thursday. Jürgen Klopp’s facet had defeated Crystal Palace 4-Zero on Wednesday night needing simply two factors from their remaining seven video games to win the title. However with second-placed Manchester Metropolis now 23 factors behind with seven matches remaining after the defeat at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool have an unassailable lead on the high of the standings.
  • The Reds’ final league win got here in 1990, when Kenny Dalglish’s facet received the outdated Soccer League championship. (The Premier League was launched in 1992.) And Klopp — the very first German supervisor to win the English top-flight title in its 131-year historical past — joins Bob Paisley, Invoice Shankly and Dalglish in Liverpool’s pantheon of managerial greats in successful a league title. The 2019-20 crown means Liverpool now have 19 titles to their title, one behind Manchester United.
  • Liverpool put collectively a record-equalling run of 18 consecutive wins from October by way of to Feb. 29 and have received each league match at dwelling this season, making it a file 23 on the bounce. In addition they set a membership file of 44 matches with out defeat, stretching again to final season. They led the standings for the reason that second week of the season, and suffered their first and solely league defeat in February — a 3-Zero loss away to Watford. And now, Liverpool have clinched the title sooner than another Premier League champions, breaking the earlier file of 5 video games left shared by Man Metropolis and Manchester United. All information right here. Klopp’s workforce can also be on target to beat Man Metropolis’s file factors whole of 100 set in 2017-18.
5. This 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case convict suffered from schizophrenia.
  • Clue 1: The 57-year-old was accused of permitting his flat and storage at Al-Husseini constructing in Mahim for terrorist actions.
  • Clue 2: After the TADA courtroom in Mumbai sentenced him to life in 2007, he was first shifted to the Aurangabad jail and later to Nashik.
  • Clue 3: His brother Essa was additionally sentenced to life, whereas one other — Yakub — was hanged in 2015; ‘Tiger’ and Ayub stay absconding.

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6. Why Modi, Yogi are speaking jobs for UP
6. Why Modi, Yogi are talking jobs for UP
PM Narendra Modi’s launch on Friday of the ‘Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rozgar Abhiyan’ isn’t nearly politics but additionally realpolitik and actuality. Right here’s why:

  • Rising jobless: Even earlier than the lockdown commenced, on March 25, UP, which is essentially the most populous state, was in dire straits with the variety of unemployed individuals within the state rising by a whopping 60% nearly in simply two years — from near 21.Four lakh in June 2018 to just about 34 lakh in February this 12 months, as per a written reply by the state’s labour minister Swami Prasad Maurya to the state meeting.
  • See-saw swings: Based on the Nationwide Statistical Workplace (NSO), UP’s unemployment charge within the city areas was the very best within the nation, at 16% as of December 2018 — a lot increased the all-India determine for city areas at 9.9%. Final 12 months, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economic system (CMIE) mentioned the state’s unemployment charge grew to 9.95%, as in opposition to the nationwide common of seven.7% — and practically doubled over the 2018 unemployment charge of 5.91%. This 12 months, its unemployment charge greater than doubled inside 2 months — from 10.1% in March to 21.5% in April.
  • The wrongdoer: Whereas the lockdown and the closure of industries — not simply in UP however in different states as effectively — has actually exacerbated the unemployment downside, the problem has been festering for some time. In actual fact, when the Yogi Adityanath authorities got here to energy in March 2017, the state’s unemployment charge stood at 2.4%. Based on this report by Financial Occasions, a state BJP chief ascribed the rising unemployment numbers — previous to the lockdown — to the elevated registration on the state’s job portal by unemployed youth, whereas providing no clarification as to why so many youth had been unemployed within the first place.
  • The homecoming: Even because the state was but to determine a technique to sort out its unemployment downside, the lockdown resulted within the return of 25 lakh migrant staff from different states throughout India as industries closed down and day by day wage jobs dried up, leading to lack of jobs and wages.
  • Saving grace: The unemployment charge in UP — which, by the way, is dwelling to Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi — isn’t solely decrease than the nationwide common of 23.5%, as of April, but additionally lower than half of its neighbouring states of Jharkhand, Bihar and Haryana, at 47.1%, 46.6% and 43.2% respectively. The highest unemployment charge is in Tamil Nadu, at 49.8% with Tripura rounding up the highest 5 unemployment membership, at 41.2%.
7. Monsoon additionally brings unhealthy information…
7. Monsoon also brings bad news...
  • In Tinsukia, Assam, the cleanup operations on the Baghjan oil area has been affected as “it has been raining repeatedly and closely”, Oil India Ltd (OIL) mentioned in an announcement on Friday. OIL has been struggling to comprise the damages brought on by the blowout on the facility practically a month again. Information company PTI experiences that the connecting path to the power is inundated, and a bridge broken. “The developments are severely affecting the progress and planning of labor for capping the Nicely Quantity 5,” OIL mentioned.
  • The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) had on Thursday imposed an interim tremendous of Rs 25 crore on OIL for inflicting ecological harm to the world because of the blowout and subsequent fuel leak. The OIL website is lower than a kilometre from the Dibru Saikhowa Nationwide Park and solely 500 metres from the wetlands of Maguri-Motapung Beel. Extra on the ecological harm right here
  • In Bhurbandha, Assam, over 100 households have been pressured out of their properties because the Brahmaputra swelled and inundated adjoining areas, The Sentinel experiences. Within the 9 districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, and Tinsukia, 189,314 individuals have been affected and 19,430 hectares of cropland submerged, it added.
  • Landslides triggered by incessant rains killed three, together with a two-year-old, in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian Specific reported. Based on the World Deadly Landslide Database, India accounted for 16% of all rainfall-triggered landslides on this planet between 2004 and 2016. Of those 77% occurred throughout the summer time monsoon.
  • Then there may be the specter of lightning strikes, as reported in Friday’s e-newsletter. Bihar and Uttar Pradesh revised their loss of life tolls from Thursday’s lightning strikes to 93 and 30, respectively. Deaths had been additionally reported from Jharkhand.
8. What’s the ‘color’ of the cash in Swiss banks?
8. What’s the ‘colour’ of the money in Swiss banks?
  • Double decline: For the second consecutive 12 months, the quantity of cash held in Swiss banks fell, this time by nearly 6% to CHF899.46 million (₹6,625 crore) — the third lowest stage in over three a long time, in line with the 2019 annual banking statistics report by the Swiss Nationwide Financial institution (SNB). In 2018 too, the amount of cash held by Indians in Swiss banks had declined by 5.4% to CHF955 million (₹6,757 crore). The consecutive declines come after a file enhance by greater than 50% seen within the 2017 deposits held by Indians in Swiss banks — from CHF676 million (about ₹4,500 crore) in 2016.
    Declining deposits (1)
  • Nitty gritty: Of this, buyer deposits represent CHF550 million (over ₹4,000 crore), quantity held by way of different banks represent CHF88 million (₹650 crore), quantity held by trusts is CHF7.Four million (₹50 crore) and ”different quantities because of prospects”, comparable to securities or another monetary devices are CHF254 million (₹1,900 crore). All of those elements additionally registered a decline final 12 months. India’s rank, by way of cash held in Swiss banks, additionally dropped three locations, to 77 with the quantity of ‘Indian-owned’ cash constituting 0.06% of the full cash parked in Swiss banks. UK retained its pole place, constituting nearly 27% of all international cash deposits in Swiss banks.
  • Is it ill-gotten? Whereas the phrase ‘Swiss checking account’ has typically been related to ill-gotten wealth, aka black cash, all deposits held by Indians in Swiss banks is probably not undisclosed wealth. For one, the quantity disclosed by SNB contains the figures reported by numerous banks to the SNB and likewise contains deposits held by Swiss financial institution branches in India. Secondly, these figures don’t replicate the quantity held through third-country entities in Swiss banks by Indians or NRIs whereby cash within the accounts could possibly be routed by way of tax havens. It could be famous that whereas India and Switzerland have been sharing tax-related data since January 1, 2018 — as per the automated change of knowledge (AEOI) treaty signed in 2017 — the finance minister Nirmala Sithraman had final 12 months informed the parliament that the federal government had no genuine data concerning the quantity of black cash in Swiss banks. That’s in fact aside from the federal government’s refusal to offer particulars of Swiss financial institution accounts of Indians, citing “confidentiality” provisions of the Indo-Swiss tax treaty.
9. Are we paying an excessive amount of tax on gasoline?
9. Are we paying too much tax on fuel?
  • Up, up, up… Gas costs had been hiked for the 20th day in a row on Friday with each petrol and diesel costs crossing the Rs 80-mark within the nationwide capital for the primary time in no less than two years. Petrol worth in Delhi was hiked by 21 paise to Rs 80.13 per litre whereas diesel charges had been elevated by 17 paise to Rs 80.19. The cumulative enhance for the reason that oil firms began the cycle on June 7 now totals to Rs 8.87 for petrol and Rs 10.Eight in diesel.
  • Taxes, not us: “In the present day practically 70% of the gasoline costs are taxes and different fees comparable to transportation which might be roughly mounted. We take care of solely 30% (the bottom worth) that’s benchmarked to worldwide charges,” says Sanjiv Singh, chairman of India’s largest refiner-retailer, Indian Oil. The final two hikes in excise obligation gave the Centre Rs 2 lakh crore in further tax revenues.
    Fuel taxes around the world (in %)
  • Us, not them: After the steepest ever hike in excise obligation final month on diesel and petrol, the incidence of taxes on pump worth of the 2 fuels had risen to 69%, the highest on this planet. Whereas the share of taxes has come down marginally, that’s solely as a result of the costs of the 2 fuels have risen considerably.
  • Not now however… In contrast to prior to now, the large hike in gasoline costs hasn’t turn out to be a sizzling political challenge as a result of a lot of the financial system continues to be in gradual lane. With public transport choices restricted and never a lot of the workforce commuting to work because of the Covid-related restrictions, the hikes haven’t had a direct affect on a bulk of the inhabitants. Nevertheless, as (and if) the financial system opens up additional, individuals will really feel the pinch.
10. When Kashmir’s winter makes you sweat in Delhi’s summer time
10. When Kashmir’s winter makes you sweat in Delhi’s summer
  • Kashmir Bar Affiliation president Mian Abdul Qayoom moved the Supreme Court docket on Friday difficult his detention below Public Security Act after August 5 final 12 months, when particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir was scrapped, and made an uncommon request — provision for summer time clothes in Tihar jail, the place he’s lodged.
  • Showing for Qayoom, senior advocate Dushyant Dave informed the courtroom that when the detenue was packed off to Tihar from Kashmir, he had introduced with him solely winter garments and is experiencing quite a lot of discomfort within the warmth and humidity of Delhi. “Please permit his household to offer him summer time clothings,” Dave pleaded.
  • The courtroom issued discover to the Centre and mentioned, “The Jail authorities (would do effectively) to urgently look into this challenge to make sure that applicable clothings together with day by day necessities are made obtainable as could also be required for his profit”.
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Yusuf Memon. The Mumbai blasts convict died on Friday at Nashik Highway Central Jail in Maharashtra, confirmed Nashik police commissioner Vishwas Nangre-Patil. Reportedly, Memon had complained of chest ache and respiratory issues within the morning and was taken to the district civil hospital the place he died throughout therapy round 10:45 am. The reason for loss of life was but to be ascertained and the physique could be despatched to a hospital in Dhule for post-mortem.

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