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The Week That Was:

From: Vartaa Editorial Team on Jan 3, 2016

Pathankot Terror Attack

It was tense week for India as a terror attack and an earthquake kept the nation on tenterhooks. In Pathankot, terrorists allegedly belonging to the Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, stormed the Air Force base on Saturday and were engaged in a battle with security forces. At least 7 security personnel and 4 gunmen were killed in the fighting while 2 terrorists are still believed to be at large and are being hunted by Indian forces. After two days of fighting, security forces are combing the base to ensure total safety. It is believed that intelligence agencies had prior inputs before the attack and were able to sound an alert that prevented the terrorists from reaching close to Air Force aircraft. The attack came in the backdrop of PM Modi's recent surprise visit to Pakistan and raises questions on the dialogue process initiated by the two nations.

Pathankot Aftershocks

The impact of terror was felt in other parts of the country as well. The Lucknow Shatabdi express train was evacuated in the wake of a bomb scare which eventually turned out to be false. In Mohali, three men were arrested with weapons and ammunition and a SIM card from Pakistan.

Northeast Earthquake

An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude on the Richter Scale rocked North-east India yesterday with its epicenter close to Imphal. Initial reports suggest that at least 9 people have lost their lives and more than 200 are injured. The North-east lies at the end of tectonic plate that is in constant friction with the Eurasian plate which led to the recent earthquake.

BCCI Reforms, Step 0

A major development occurred off field in the cricketing world where the Supreme Court appointed Lodha panel gave its final report on reforms in the BCCI. The panel has recommended sweeping changes such as excluding politicians from official positions, limiting tenures of office bearers and bringing the BCCI under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court will now direct the BCCI, a body notorious for stonewalling any reform attempts, to implement the Lodha panel recommendations.

Opinions you must read:

  • What are the implications of the Pathankot attack on Indo-Pak relations and how does the road ahead look? Read this piece on Firstpost here.
  • Are we witnessing the end of reliance on Oil as a the major source of energy? Read this piece in the Indian Express to find out.

Chart of the Week

Who is India's biggest trade partner? What is India's biggest export destination? With whom does India have the largest trade deficit? You can find the answers to these questions from the chart below.