News Articles – May 3rd, 2019

GS 2

Don’t give in to polarisation

In Sri Lanka, the challenge is to turn national mourning into a call for coexistence and democracy

A global label

With Masood Azhar listed as a terrorist, India must work to ensure the mandated sanctions

Lost lives

The death of 15 security personnel in a landmine attack in Gadchiroli on Wednesday is another grim reminder of the Indian state’s continued failure to crush naxalism.

GS 3

Odisha evacuates over 11 lakh

With the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani expected to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri town, on Friday morning, the State government on Thursday evacuated over 11 lakh people from low-lying areas in 15 districts.

Power utilities websites hacked in 2 States

A day ahead of the safety week observed by power utilities from May 1 to 7, the websites of two power distribution companies each of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were hacked which resulted in their computer-based applications coming to a standstill for over three days.

ISRO plans to land a rover on lunar South Pole: Sivan

India’s second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, will be historic for the scientific community as the country’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), attempts to land a rover on the lunar South Pole, a region on the moon to which no one has gone till now, ISRO Chairman K.Sivan said.

Registration of all motor vehicles stopped

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) blocked access to the Transport Mission Mode Project’s pan-India application ‘Vahan’ for vehicle registration on a directive of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Joint Transport Commissioner and Secretary, State Transport Authority, Rajeev Puthalath, told The Hindu.

In-flight connectivity likely in next 3 months

International airlines could start providing Internet onboard over Indian skies in the next three months becoming the first to do so, while domestic passengers may have to wait for another “7 to 9 months” to start sending WhatsApp texts, browsing Twitter, streaming movies and making phone calls.

The gender ladder to socio-economic transformation

Currently, the participation of women in the workforce in India is one of the lowest globally. The female labour force participation rate (LFPR) in India fell from 31.2% in 2011-2012 to 23.3% in 2017-2018.

Is India doing enough to combat climate change?

Global warming above pre-industrial levels has touched about 1 degree Celsius. India is not responsible for the stock of CO2 in the atmosphere, but are we in a position not to do anything? Can we afford to wait for developed countries to make their move or should we aggressively pursue our own measures?

Robust plan in place to import oil: MEA

India has a “robust plan” to import oil from other countries, the Ministry of External Affairs said, even as the deadline for the U.S. sanction waiver for oil imports from Iran expired on Thursday without an extension from the U.S.

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