Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (13th October)

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- U.S., Israel quit UNESCO

The U.S. announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), accusing it of “continuing anti-Israel bias.”

MCQ. Five major programs through which UNESCO pursues its objectives includes

  1. education and culture
  2. natural sciences
  3. social sciences
  4. all of above

2- ‘EU, India are natural partners based on values’

Important for India-EU relationship (GS Paper 2)

3- Will India get over its obsession with godmen?

Q- Popular media, either consciously or unconsciously, promotes and reinforces irrationality and superstition. Examine.

4- Saving child brides

By ruling that marriage cannot be a licence to have sex with a minor girl, the Supreme Court has corrected an anomaly in the country’s criminal law.

5- Averting disaster

In recent times, Category 5 hurricanes in the Caribbean and in the American mainland; record floods across Bangladesh, India and Nepal; and drought emergencies in 20 countries in Africa have damaged these regions, killed hundreds, and ruined the lives of millions.

Q- Poverty, rapid urbanisation, poor land use, ecosystems decline and other risk factors will amplify the impacts of climate change OR vice-versa. Comment.

6-Living in denial 

Economic deceleration is real. Acknowledging it is the first step to recovery.

7- If safety is not to be derailed

Derailments on the tracks of Indian Railways have always been a big technical and management challenge. In recent years, there have been a spate of “derailments”.

8- Why the economic slowdown, and how to fix it?

The slowdown in the economy is headline news. Growth in gross domestic product (GDP) has plummeted by 3.5 percentage points in just six quarters, from 9.2% in January-March 2016 to 5.7% in April-June 2017.

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