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Editorial in MDM

India's economic growth rate is giving cause for concern,  says former Reserve Bank Governor and well-known economist Raghuraman Rajan.  India's growth rate during 2018-19 was just 6.8 per cent, marking the lowest rate since 2014-15.  The government estimates this year's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth rate at 7 per cent,   but according to Raghuram Rajan that is an overestimation.

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The statement by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh that India sticks to its No-first-Use (NFU) policy on nuclear arms,  but it may change in future according to the circumstances,  has led to responses which were not unexpected.  The minister made this pronouncement during his speech on the occasion of the first death anniversary of  former prime minister Vajpayee at Pokhran where two atom bombs were tested.  His statement “Till today, our nuclear policy is ‘no first use’.

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The failing of Omanakuttan, the refugee in flood relief centre, in Ambedkar Community Hall in Kannikad, Alappuzha,  is that in a world of hypocrites,  he had a clean heart.   When bosses duty-bound to run matters propertly, sat in their cosy offices and were doling out supplies of grocery from civil supplies premises as if it were their mercy,  Omanakuttan delivered them directly to the camp.  But because he collected Rs 70 towards the autofare for that service,  some cronies of officials betrayed Omanakuttan.  No sooner did a potential breaki

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It was a long speech that prime minister Narendra Modi from Red Fort on Independence Day.  The eloquence that lasted an hour and a half served to reinforce the conceptions of BJP government about the country's future.  The focus of the address – punctuated by praises,  declarations and dreams - merits particular attention of the country.  

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Bilateral talks have been going on over the last one year in the Qatari capital, Doha between US and Taliban to end the war waged between US forces on the one side and Taliban fighters on the other.   But news from Doha tell that the talks have been adjourned without any firm decision about a truce or a peace deal.  

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Volunteers at Kavalappara landslide site

News coming from the disaster-hit areas of Wayanad and Malappuram are of a moving tragedy.  Even now the scale of devastation that came as shock to the land has not been accurately logged. Relatives of the missing and the locals in Puthumala in Wayanad say several of them are yet to be located. The landslide in Kavalappara, Malappuram is really frightening.  63 people from 43 houses are submerged in the soil, as per panchayat authorities of Pothukallu.  

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Malabar region,  which bears the brunt of the devastation, is literally thunderstruck.  Train services have been suspended,  and road journey is not at all safe,  with motoring being made impossible by broken bridges.  Blackout caused by widely disrupted power supply is making the situation more complicated.  In addition to Malabar,  in Kottayam,  Ernakulam and Idukki districts also, non-stop showers have hit peole's lives.

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On Tuesday 6 August,  in Kottuli,  part of Kozhikode city,  a scooter slipped into the pothole on the road,  and the rider,  KC Ajitha from Malaparamba Housing Colony died after she was knocked off and run over a lorry coming from behind.

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The Public Service Commissions of the country are statutory institutions functioning with autonomy like Election Commission and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).    PSC were  directly constituted as enshrined by the constitutio, as opposed to through legislation by the parliament or state legislative assemblies.   Behind this concept is the long-term vision of the architects of the constitution that a special mechanism independent of the executive is required to carry out the task assigned to it fairly and impartially.

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Rahul Gandhi's comment on the division of Kashmir into two union terrotories via social media ran  'The country is made by its people,  not plots of land'.  This amounts to saying that the bill introduced in parliament by home minister  Amit Shah, writing off Kashmiris entirely at the same time rounding up all people's representatives of the valley,  is one that does not heed popular aspirations.

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