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Daily Digest: Of The Spotlight-less Anna Hazare And A Non-Definition Of Genocide

Our daily news round up also looks at a deal from 10 years ago and the dilemma surrounding public sector banks

Good morning. It has been ten years to the day since Ford sold iconic British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover to the Tatas in a deal which was sweet to a lot of Indians owing to our colonial baggage. This listicle by The Economic Times earlier this month goes the whole hog in trying to explain how Ratan Tata revived the two car manufacturers.

Motoring on, the government does not plan on privatisation or a merger of the public sector banks for at least a year. MoneyControl quotes a bank union official who was apparently at a meeting between Finance Minister Jaitley and heads of 9 unions. At the time when PNB and Nirav Modi’s happy meals and deals became public knowledge, other PSBs have been in the spotlight over bad loans and frauds.

The spotlight has not been on Anna Hazare, however. Today is the fifth day of the 80-year-old’s indefinite fast over farmers’ woes and the Lokpal with Firstpost reporting that aside from those involved with the protest, there were “no celebrities, no student activists, no frenzied photographers, not even an eager bunch of chana sellers.” ET reports that Hazare’s fast shows signs of ‘relenting’ while news agency PTI says the Centre has reached out to the activist and hope to reach a resolution with him today.

While India had ratified the Genocide convention in 1959, the country has not termed either the Sikh riots of 1984 or the 2002 Gujarat riots as ‘genocide’. Last night, The Wire reported that in response to an RTI filed by one Navdeep Gupta, the definition of ‘rioting’ was forthcoming. However, the Modi government did not specify what a ‘genocide’ means.

Thousands of kilometers away, US President Donald Trump continues to live up to his billing as mass entertainer-in-chief. The US ordered for an expulsion of 60 Russian officials in what The New York Times calls a ‘Cold War-style escalation’. The country joined a campaign by 24 others which have hit back after a former Russian spy was in Britian. However, Trump did not condemn what others have seen as Russian intervention. He did congratulate Putin on another term and an election win, though.

In other news, researchers have found that Indians have been the largest consumer of antibiotics across the world between 2000 and 2015. You could give population as the standard excuse but the New Indian Express reports that among Low and Middle Income countries “India saw the highest increase of 103 percent in antibiotic use, followed by China and Pakistan, between 2005-2015.”

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