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The UPSC Daily


16th May 2017

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In news :The ICJ  denied permission to Pakistan to play a purported confessional video of Kulbhushan Jadhav at a public hearing in the Hague

India moved the ICJ against the death penalty handed down to Jadhav by a Pakistan military court, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Earlier, India's attorney Harish Salve told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that the country fears that Kulbhushan Jadhav could be executed by Pakistan before its arguments are heard.

Mr Salve said, the Indian national, who was arrested on March 3 last year and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on allegations of espionage and subversive activities, had been framed on the basis of confessional statements extracted from him when he was in Pakistan's military custody.

New Delhi has called for immediate suspension of Jadhav's death sentence and accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention by denying its 16 requests for consular access.

As the Hague-based ICJ began hearing Jadhav's case, India argued that human rights treated as basics all over had been thrown to the wind by Pakistan. India told the UN's main judicial body that it wants appropriate legal representation for Jadhav.

India had initiated the proceedings against Pakistan in the Court last Monday saying the death sentenced an egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

After that, on next day, the ICJ, stayed Jadhav's execution. India, in its appeal to the ICJ, had asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.

However, it denies that he has any connection with the government. Pakistan claims to have arrested Jadhav from Balochistan province.


In news:India-Chile expanded PTA to come into effect tomorrow

The expanded Preferential Trade Agreement, PTA between India and Chile will come into effect from tomorrow. Under this trade agreement, both the countries have offered to lower or eliminate duties on a number of items traded with each other.

around 96 per cent of the total bilateral trade has bow been covered by this agreement. The expanded PTA would immensely benefit both sides as a wide array of concessions has been offered by the two countries on a number of products which will facilitate more trade.

Preferential trade agreement:

  • Preferential trade agreement is a trading bloc that gives preferential access to certain products from the participating countries.
  • This is done by reducing tariffs but not by abolishing them completely.
  • PTA can be established through a trade pact. It is the first stage of economic integration.

The line between a PTA and a free trade area (FTA) may be blurred, as almost any PTA has a main goal of becoming a FTA in accordance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade


In news :Uttar Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is committed to fulfill the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- House for All by 2022. The government has started work on 'Sabka Sapana, Ghar Ho Apana'.

Read our article on Housing for all 2022 scheme



1.The Centre  told the Supreme Court that it may come out with legislation to regulate marriage and divorce among Muslims if court holds triple talaq as invalid and unconstitutional.

Read our article on TRIPLE TALAQ


2.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, more than 50 per cent population of the country lives in areas that are vulnerable to calamities like earthquakes, floods, cyclones, droughts and tsunami. (Mains)


3.India has climbed up to twenty-sixth position in World Bank's electricity accessibility ranking in the current year from 99th spot in 2014

4.Kerala has topped the 2017 Public Affairs Index (PAI) in governance indicators, followed by Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra.



1.President Emmanuel Macron has chosen centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as France's new Prime Minister of France.

2.Rafael Nadal  clinch his fifth Madrid Open title.

3.Pawan Kumar Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, has been conferred with the first-ever Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Lifetime Achievement Honour in Public Service by President Pranab Mukherjee