Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jun 2018 12:46:57









THE United States’ threat of imposing sanctions on India and other countries should they continue importing oil from Iran is unlikely to be heeded by the NDA Government. Iran is a critical source of oil supply to meet India’s growing energy demands. The diplomatic and critically strategic relationship New Delhi practices with Tehran would not allow the Central Government to pander to Mr. Donald Trump’s politically motivated agenda of isolating Iran following the US withdrawal from the landmark Nuclear deal. Such unilateral sanctions are not going to cower down India. A few days ago, the Trump administration’s decision to hike tariff on Indian steel and aluminium exports also met a solid response from the Indian Government in the form of retaliatory tariffs on 29 US products. Mr. Trump’s hard-line against Iran cannot be shared by its allies and other partners. The US President’s erratic ways of dealing with allies and bullying them for support has a limited shelf life. It may look threatening but it will bolster opposition which the Americans cannot afford.


BY RELAXING its stringent ban on use of plastic and related material for three additional months, Maharashtra Government has offered another lee way to the trading community to understand its concern over degrading environment. The relaxation obviously has come in the wake of small and retail traders’ difficulty in doing daily business without the use of plastic bags for packaging. But they must realise, like the common people, that a day will come when there will be no more scope for offering such a lee way. Already cities and towns are choking as a consequence of accumulating plastic and thermocol garbage. Oceans, rivers, rivulets and drains have become dumps for plastic bags and other material taking a huge toll of marine life, causing huge damage to environment. Cities are getting flooded due to choked drains due to plastic material, throwing urban life out of gear. More than the Government, it should be the concern of every citizen. Instead of the compulsion of the law it should be a voluntary effort to shun such harmful material.