Summary of The Hindu 14th FEBRUARY 2024

Center rules out MSP law , invited farmers for talk

·         On Tuesday during talks with farmers, the center made it clear again that announcing a guaranteed Minimum Support Price ( MSP ) for farmers will not be possible.

·         The government however offered a third round of talks to the farmers body .

·         The constituents of SKM ( Samyukt Kisan Morcha ) urged PM Modi to intervene and stop using force. .

Center’s stand

·         Union. Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda told that the law on guaranteeing MSP center has to look at all sides of it .

            He also asked farmers to be wary of “ disruptive elements “ in their movement .

Heavy deployment in Delhi

·         Borders that come to Delhi have been barricaded and heavy security arrangements have been made at several locations .

·         Farmers clash with Haryana Police on their way to Delhi .

Congress promises MSP if it comes to power

·         Expressing solidarity with farmers in Delhi , the Congress on Tuesday promised that it would provide a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price ( MSP ) if the INDIA bloc comes to power .

India UAE relations serve as model to world : Modi

·         PM Modi on Wednesday reached Abu Dhabi . He is on a two-day visit to the UAE .

·         PM Modi met Sheikh Abdul  Bin Nahyan , the two sides signed several Agreements , some key agreements are :

     Separate agreements were signed to link India’s UPI and UAE’s AANI .

An agreement was also signed to link India’s Rupay and UAE’s JAYWAN .

JayWan is based on the Rupay stack system .

     A panel is formed to build early understanding over the India Middle East  Economic corridor ( IMEC ) .

     Discussion was also to look into possibilities of buying LPG gas from UAE

     PM Modi took part in gathering of Indians living in the UAE at Sheikh Zayed stadium . The stadium was filled with 65,000 spectators from the Indian community .

     PM Modi on this occasion called UAE as “ partner in progress “ . He told that the partnership was getting stronger in all areas , and reaching newer heights .

Indira Gandhi , Nargis Dutt film awards to be renamed

     The ‘  Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director ‘ has been renamed to ‘ Best Debut Film of a Director

     Nargis Dutt award for best feature film on National Integration ‘ has been renamed as ‘ Best film on Social issues ‘

     The prize amount of these awards has also been increased

     The changes has been made on recommendation of a committee on rationalization of Film awards

Karnataka tables bill making 60% kannada necessary in nameboards

     The Kannada Language Comprehensive Development ( Amendment ) Bill , 2024  , was tabled in the state legislative assembly on Tuesday .

     The bill has provisions that the name boards of commercial , industrial and business undertakings , trusts , counseling centers , hospitals , laboratories , amusement centers and hotels etc should have at least 60 % in Kannada in the upper half of the board .

     Recently Kannada outfits have been campaigning aggressively to promote use of Kannada on signboards .

Ranjan Gogoi receives Assam Vaibhav award

     Former Chief Justice of India ( CJI )  Ranjan Gagoi was conferred Assam’s highest civilian award Assam  Baibhav in Guwahati on Tuesday .

     Assam Vaibhav award was announced by CM Himanta Biswa Sharma in December , 2021 on ‘ Asom Divas ‘ .

     This is the second time a person has been given the Assam Baibhav award , the first Assam Baibhav award was given to Ratan Tata .

     The award contains ₹5 lakh  and free medical treatment by Assam govt .


Pakistan’s leading parties agree to form a Coalition without. imran’s PTI

     Pakistan’s leading political parties minus Imran Khan’s party has agreed on the formation of a new Government in Pakistan .

     PML- N ( Nawaz Sharif’s party ) has proposed the name of Shahbaz Sharif for the Prime Ministership post . Daughter of Nawaz Sharif Maryam Nawaz has been proposed for Chief Minister of Punjab Province .

     The stand of parties in election results is PTI -101  PML – N -75  , PPP -54, MQM – 17  , Others 17

Ethiopian forces massacred at least 45 civilians : rights bodies

     Ethiopia’s government’s security forces killed at least 45 civilians in Amhara state in late January .The information was revealed by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission ( EHRC ) in a statement .

     The statement said that “ the identity of at least 45 individuals who were extrajudicially killed by government security forces “ in the town of Merawi for allegedly supporting an ethnic Amhara militia known as Fano .

     Ethiopian army for months has clashed with ethnic militant group Fano .

US senate passes Ukraine aid bill ,house likely to reject it

     The US senate on Monday approved long delayed funding for Ukraine’s war effort .

     The 95 billion dollar package includes funding for Israel’s military and key strategic ally Taiwan , but the lion’s share – 60 billion dollars would help Ukraine depleted ammunition supplies , weapons and other crucial needs .

     The previous attempt to pass the bill was stalled by Republicans.

Russia declares ‘ Estonia ‘ PM wanted in war memorials spat –

     Russia declared Estonian leader Kajjas Kallas and other US officials as “ wanted” over alleged involvement in destruction of Soviet Era war Memorials .

     Soviet Era war memorials in Estonia , Latvia and Lithuania are seen as symbols of their time under Soviet occupation .

Armenia says four killed in border flare up with Azerbaijan

     Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of opening fire on Thursday .

     This is the first major escalation after the Nagorno Karabakh region being completely occupied by Azerbaijan .

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