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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (14th June)

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- The best of times, the worst of times

The ongoing farmers’ agitation has taken on a shockingly violent form. Discussion has revolved around an apparent paradox: why are farmers rioting after a bumper crop? But any student of economics knows that prices fall after bumper harvests, which is good for consumers but terrible for farmers.

Q- The problem with Indian agriculture is that we are still stuck with the so-called Green Revolution of the 1970s without improving anything over it. Comment

Link with GS Paper 3 (Agriculture)

2- Moroccan Spring?

The shadow of the 2010-11 Arab Spring still hangs over Morocco, as its authorities scramble to contain the latest political turmoil. The trigger for the current troubles was the gruesome death last October of a fisherman while retrieving allegedly illegal catch from the police in the Mediterranean port town of al-Hoceima.

Take atlas and found the state sharing the boundaries with Morocco. Find nearby water bodies, straits, deserts  etc.

3- New labour survey to generate quarterly and annual data

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has started a Periodic Labour Force Survey, which will provide quarterly labour and employment data for urban India and annual data for rural India.

Important for Prelims purpose.

4- India ratifies ILO pacts on child labour

India on Tuesday ratified two core conventions of International Labour Organisation on child labour — a global commitment to end the worst form of child labour and to ensure minimum basic education to children.

Q- What is child labour? What has Indian govt done to prohibit child labour? Mention some child rights and child related articles in Indian constitution.

5- Not worth the tax

Forget agriculture, it is more prudent to collect taxes from the service sector where the bulk of black income is generated.

Q- There is debate on topic ‘whether agriculture income needs to be taxed or not’. Give your view in favor as well in opposition.

6-Inflation 2.18 per cent: Why the low, and how long

Q- Inflation has declined over the last three years, the fall particularly noticeable over the last one year. Enumerate the reason for fall in inflation.

7- India’s pursuit of energy transformation

India must balance between complementing generation capacities rather than pushing for preferred technologies

Link with GS Paper 3 (Energy)

8- Reorienting India’s trade policy

India’s commerce ministry is conducting a mid-year review of its trade policy to closely align it with the roll-out of the goods and services tax (GST) on 1 July. Truth be told, GST is important but probably too narrow a peg to hang India’s trade policy from; it might make more sense to re-anchor the policy in the shifting framework for global trade and the rapidly evolving nature of globalization.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Trade)

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