Summary of The Hindu 27th DECEMBER 2023

Passengers of Nicaragua flight quizzed in mumbai

After four days of detention of French authorities in France’s Vatry airport , over allegations of Human trafficking an  Airbus A340 of Romanian legend airlines carrying Indian Passenger and Originally destined for Nicaragua , landed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here on Tuesday .

The flight with 276 passengers and 15 crew members landed at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport on Thursday .

It took nearly five hours for most passengers to get clearance from Immigration department and Central Bureau of Investigation .

Most of the passengers  avoided  media and did t give any answer to their questions.

“ non European client hired the pane for Indians “

Lawyer of  Romanian flight told “ The Hindu “ that it was “ non European “  client has facilitated the journey of 303 Indians on the flight that was grounded in France and has returned to Mumbai .

“ French authorities got an anonymous signal and they took the signal extremely seriously  as they suspected  human trafficking “ being involved .

Investigation is still going on to confirm  how the flight carried only Indians , and to ascertain whether any conspiracy was involved .

Fiscal deficit may breach 5.9% of GDP

India’s fiscal deficit may breach the 5.9% of GDP year target this year and could hit 6% .

India ratings and Research has said .

The reason behind this is lack of disinvestment and increased revenue spending .

Revenue spending exceeded by Budget estimate by ₹2 lakh crore .

Budget estimate for expenditure was ₹45 lakh crore , of which Capital expenditure was 10 lakh crore and Revenue expenditure was 35 lakh crore .

In 2022 Fiscal deficit was 6.4% , govt target in Budget 2023 was to bring it within 5.9% .

Anti Militancy operation in Pir  Punjab reach sixth day

Security forces continued the anti Militancy operation in the Poonch Rajouri sector in Pir Panjal for the sixth day , on Tuesday to trace those behind December 21 attack .

Helicopters and Drones are being used to find out clues around Dera Ki Gali . Mobile internet services has been snapped and traffic on few routes has been suspended .

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the area on Wednesday .

Militants turn Pir Panjal valley as the new battle ground

Militants in Jammu and Kashmir has shifted their battleground from urban areas to jungle of Rajauri and Poonch .

Official figures shows that 28 soldiers have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year in nine fierce encounter in  dense jungle of Pir Panjal .

Army has got inflicted more compared to other militant wing .

Security agencies  see it “ as stark shift from militant attacks in urban areas to jungle warfare “ .


Returning my Khel Ratha , Arjuna Award : Vinesh Phogat

World Championship medalist Vinesh Phogat in a letter to center announces that she was returning her Khel Ratna and Arjuna award to the government protesting against election of Brij Bhushan Singh  loyalist Sanjay Singh to be elected as Wrestling Federation of India ( WFI ) chairman .

He announced her decision in a letter to PM Modi .

India Russia Ink key pacts related to Kudankulam nuclear power plant

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is in Russia , he met here Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dennis Manturov on the bilateral Economic Cooperation , during which they witnessed signing an agreement on nuclear power . Other areas on which they signed the agreement are on medicines ,Pharmaceutical substances and medical devices .

The Kudankulam nuclear power plant , India’s largest is being built in TamilNadu with the Technical Assistance of Russia , the plant is running since 2016 ,  it will run at its full of 1000 MW capacity by 2027 .

India is now playing key role in solving global problems , says Modi

Addressing a gathering on the occasion of Veer Bal Diwas at Bharat Mandapam PM Modi’s said that , Now India is playing a key role in tackling global problems  of economy , science , research , sports and diplomacy .

“ This is India’s time , next 25 years will show India ‘s capability .”

Veer Bal Diwas – it is celebrated to commemorate martyrdom of Baba Fateh Singh and Zorawar Singh the two Sahibzaade of 10th Sikh Guru Guru govind Singh .

Ministry sends social media sites advisory to curb Deepfakes

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said on Tuesday that it had sent another advisory on social media , forms to comply with the Information. Technology ( Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code )Rules 2021 .

The advisory is aimed at getting social media firms to crackdown more forcefully on photos and videos of “ Deep Fake “ clips made with help of Artificial intelligence .

IT minister Ashwaini Vaishnaw said that “ If and when required “ The IT rules can be further amended .


US air strike on pro Iranian forces in Iraq kill at least one

US air strikes targetting pro Iranian forces in Iraq claiming at least one life and drawing angry response from Baghdad .

Iraq condensed it as “ clear hostile act “ saying it killed one security Personnal and and wounded 18 security personnals.

Washington has repeatedly targetted sites used by Iran and it’s proxy forces in Iraq and Syria in response to dozens of attack on American and Allied forces since October 7 start of Gaza war .

Currently about 3000 military including is present in Iraq .


Sweden’s NATO bid gets Turliye first nod

A key committee in the Turkish parliamnet has approved Sweden’s bid for NATO membership . The agreement will be put in Parliamnet now for voting , Erdogan’s party is in Majority in the parliament .

Turkey is vetoing Sweden’s induction to NATO till now . If Turkey parliament gives assent Sweden is expected to soon be inducted in NATO .

Russian naval ship in Crimea damaged in Ukraine air strike

A Russian Naval Ship in Crimea was damaged in an air strike by Ukrianian forces , Russia.defense minsitry said on Tuesday .

The landing ship Novocherkassak was hit as a base in a city called Feodossia by a plane guded launched missile ,Russian defense ministry said .

It  added  that two Ukrianian fighter jets were destroyed by anti aircraft fire during the attack .

Azerbaijan expels two French envoys over unworthy action

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry ajs said that two French Diplomats had been ordered to leave over actions “ incompatible with their diplomatic status “ .

The two nations is having tense relations as Baku has accused France of being biased towards Armenia .

Taiwan expands Russian sanctions to stop tech being used for arms

Taiwan’s economy ministry has expanded the list of sanctioned good from Russia and it’s ally Belarus .

Taiwan has been critic of Russian attack on Ukraine ,


Law of numbers

The government should not use its majority to rush through Legislation

The editorial is about the recent   parliament  session  in which 18 bills were passed mostly in absence of opposition members .

The winter session  was unique in many ways .

It saw security breach in Parliament after which opposition members demanded statement by Home Minister Amit Shah , due to unruly behavior and showing placards .

146 MPs were suspended , 46 from Rajya Sabha and 100 from Lok Sabha .


The editorial says that Parliamentarians would have done better , by taking part in debate 

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