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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (22nd May)

Dear aspirants, following are the links of various articles taken from various newspapers. Click the link to read further. To get notification, follow the blog. Thank you!

1- Coal comeuppance: on coal block allocation case (The Hindu)

The conviction of three Coal Ministry officials, including former Secretary H.C. Gupta, marks the first case in which individual criminal liability has been fixed on public servants in the coal block scam.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Governance) and GS Paper 4 (Issue of corruption).

2- India’s initial victory at Hague in Jadhav case: Addressing the court within (The HINDU)

India must use this initial victory at The Hague to appeal to our own finest sense of conscience.

Link it with GS Paper 2 of International Organisation.

3- An opportunity being drained away  (The Hindu)

In recent decades, population growth, accelerated urbanisation and economic development have resulted in an increase in the quantity of wastewater and the overall pollution load being generated. Most of our freshwater sources are under threat. When public awareness of pollution is limited, the cost of pollution to our health and the ecosystem is huge. The victims are generally the poor or socially vulnerable communities, and the end result is a high financial burden on the community and government.

Link it with GS Paper 1 (Urbanisation) and GS Paper 3 (Environment degradation).

4- Gender equality, the freedom struggle way (The Hindu)

In this time of toxic masculinity, we must recognise and learn from the successes of the past. Mahatma Gandhi consciously feminised India’s freedom struggle to win against the brute masculinity of British power.

Question-  Discuss the role of women in the freedom struggle especially during the Gandhian phase. (UPSC 2016- GS Paper 1)

5- Cool down the rhetoric (The Hindu)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusation against India concerning the Paris Accord that “…the U.S. pays billions of dollars while China, Russia, and India have contributed (to pollution) and will contribute nothing” is inaccurate, misleading and unfair. In fact, India has walked with the U.S. from Stockholm to Paris via Rio de Janeiro, Kyoto and Copenhagen. New Delhi has fought for climate justice, equity and fairness all the way, demanding that developing countries should be entitled to maintain and increase their greenhouse gas emissions for survival and developed countries should mandatorily cut their luxury emissions.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Climate change).

6- Green energy target tough, say officials

The government is unlikely to meet its much-publicised target of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 due to the poor progress of the rooftop solar programme.

Collect facts from here and use them in answer writing.

7- India needs an alternative narrative which contests the inevitability of Chinese hegemony (Indian Express)

The successful conclusion of the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing, which India chose to stay away from, has led to a chorus of voices warning that in doing so, India has isolated itself both regionally and globally.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Indo-China relation)

8- From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto (Indian Express)

Read about government performance in agriculture field.

9- Why Ken-Betwa link may have to wait  (Indian Express)

Of the three gatekeepers in the Environment Ministry, the National Board For Wildlife (NBWL) and the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) recommended the Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP) for clearance in 2016. Now with a favourable report tabled at a meeting of the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) last week, the stage is set for statutory green nods for the project.

Link it to GS Paper 3 (Environment)

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