Uniform civil code need of the hour
- Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda said on Tuesday that a uniform civil code (UCC) was the need of the hour and a step should be taken in that direction in the interest of the nation.
- He added that the government would not move on the issue without due consultation and consensus, not just within the government but with all stakeholders and further stated that
- The Preamble of our Constitution and Article 44 do say that there should be UCC, but it is a very sensitive issue, needs wider consultation, across communities and party lines.
- The BJP considers three issues to be its core ideological issues — the UCC, the abolition of Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
India plans big project along Bangladesh border
- The Cabinet Committee on Security cleared a massive infrastructure project for the Bangladesh border last week. Projects worth Rs. 4,400 crore were cleared by the CCS headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, but no announcement was made by the government.
- Cross-border migration has been high on the agenda of the NDA government and it was one of the major poll issues before it came to power. Till August this year, the Border Security Force intercepted 1,731 Bangladeshi nationals trying to cross over to India.
- The CCS has cleared around 200 km of fencing along the border. Sanction has also been given to construct a 400-km road in the border areas.
- The Cabinet Committee on Security has given an extension to the border fencing project till 2019 as the March 2014 target could not be met due to various issues like land acquisition, forest clearance, rough terrain and public protest, according to a senior official.
- In May this year, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh wrote to the respective Chief Ministers asking them to expedite land acquisition so that fencing could be completed in these States.
Govt to commission study on impact of FDI in pharma
- The government is likely to commission a study soon to assess the impact of foreign direct investment in existing pharmaceutical companies in view of concerns expressed on the issue by a Parliamentary panel.
The study is likely to be carried out by an independent expert.There are apprehensions that takeovers by MNCs have impacted the generic medicine industry of the country.
- In many countries, takeovers are not allowed in strategic sectors like pharma. For India, affordable healthcare is a challenge and for that access to medicines is important.As per the current policy, 100 per cent FDI is permitted in the existing pharma companies through the approval route.
WPI inflation marginally up in September
- Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation rate was -4.54 per cent in September, with pulses, vegetables and onion turning costlier even as the overall deflationary trend persisted for 11th month in a row.
- The rise in retail inflation as well as the marginal upward movement of wholesale inflation is unlikely to have a bearing on the monetary policy of the RBI. The Central Bank has signalled that it would wait for sometime before cutting interest rates.
The WPI-based inflation was -4.95 per cent in August. It has been in the negative zone since November.Food inflation inched up to 0.69 per cent in September, from -1.13 per cent in August.Onion and pulses turned costlier with inflation at 113.70 per cent and 38.56 per cent, respectively during September, as per official data released.