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

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1. For a wider food basket

In the last few decades, with strides in technology, irrigation practices, and extension services, and with progressive agricultural policies, India has seen improvement in food and nutrition security. Agriculture, food grain production, and agricutlural export have grown. This is good news.

2. Should adultery be a crime?

The constitutionality of Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was previously challenged before the Supreme Court in Yusuf Abdul Aziz v. The State of Bombay (1954).

3. Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: India votes against US at United Nations

At the UN, India voted with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives, in favour of the resolution which was passed with 128 votes.

Government sticks to its position

  1. Government on Thursday stuck to New Delhi’s principled position on Palestine followed over the last seven decades
  2. It voted in favour of a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly which opposed and rejected US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
  3. The 193-member body voted to support the long-standing international consensus that the status of Jerusalem – which is claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians as a capital — can only be settled as an agreed final issue in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

About the resolution

  1. The resolution, co-sponsored by Turkey and Yemen, called Trump’s recognition “null and void” and reaffirmed 10 Security Council resolutions on Jerusalem dating back to 1967
  2. These include requirements that the city’s final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians
  3. It also demands that all states comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the holy city of Jerusalem and not to recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions

Difference despite growing relationship

  1. New Delhi’s “yes” vote comes even as the government’s proximity to Israel and the US has grown
  2. Israel’s Prime Minister is expected to visit India next month and PM Narendra Modi had skipped Palestine during his visit to Israel in July this year

India in dilemma over Isreal-Palestine conflict

  1. New Delhi has, as a norm, always voted in favor of Palestine at the UN
  2. But in July 2015 it abstained from a vote against Israel at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
  3. This was seen as a subtle shift in India’s policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian issue

4. What’s darkening Brahmaputra: Landslide, not Chinese machines

The accumulating debris has caused partial blockages at three locations, forming natural dams on 6 km of the river across a 12-km stretch in China.

No Chinese construction activity

  1. Massive landslides caused by a series of earthquakes in Tibet is darkening the Brahmaputra waters
  2. This report comes amidst apprehensions that contamination may have been caused due to the construction of a dam by China on a tributary of the Brahmaputra

Reason for darkened water

  1. Lab tests have established that the water has darkened due to turbidity typically caused by landslides
  2. The accumulating debris has caused partial blockages at three locations, forming natural dams on 6 km of the river across a 12-km stretch in China
  3. A preliminary study by two researchers from Bengaluru-based National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) shows that quake-induced landslides on the river continued for over three weeks, which probably explains the prolonged turbidity
  4. The evidence puts to rest fears that dam construction and tunnelling work upstream the Yarlung-Tsangpo in China were responsible for the darkening of Brahmaputra waters

Three natural dams formed

  1. Three natural dams have formed one behind the other
  2. The dams are significantly smaller than the Yigong dam, which led to catastrophic flooding of the Brahmaputra in 2000
  3. The worry for India is that these three dams may merge and eventually give away to result in a deluge downstream

Brahmaputra river

  1. The Brahmaputra River, also called the Yarlung Tsangpo in the Tibetan language, originates on the Angsi Glacier located on the northern side of the Himalayas in Burang County of Tibet
  2. It is known as Siang in Arunachal Pradesh before it enters Assam and flows southwards to the sea through Bangladesh as the Jamuna
  3. The principal tributaries of the river joining from right are the Lohit, the Dibang, the Subansiri, the Jiabharali, the Dhansiri, the Manas, the Torsa, the Sankosh and the Teesta
  4. The Burhidihing, the Desang, the Dikhow, the Dhansiri and the Kopili join it from left

5. Scam, or folklore? on 2G case verdict

2G acquittals call into question the political, investigative narratives of the past decade

6. The state is writing cheques it can’t cash

India’s poor state capacity is often blamed on inadequate government spending—but government inability to use allocated funds is also to blame.

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