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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (23rd June)

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1- Debunking myths about the cattle rules

The new rules governing cattle markets only attempt to prevent cruelty.

2- Rebooting Indian IT industry

Indian IT companies, led by TCS, Infosys and Wpro, need to accelerate change and address internal structural issues if they want the IT industry to remain future-proof.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Indian Economy)

3- Terror, Virtually
In the aftermath of the London Bridge attack, British Prime Minster Theresa May called for a clamp down on internet companies which she held responsible for providing a safe space for extremist propaganda.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Internal security)

Q- What is virtual terrorism ? How should the world respond to this unconventional war?

4- Missing a strategic culture

Q- External threats to India’s security persist but more worrisome are vulnerabilities on new fronts. Explain

5- Are farm loan waivers really so bad?

In recent months, the pink press has gone to town against a series of announcements by various state governments declaring their intent to waive farm loans to varying extents. It all began with the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Yogi Adityanath, making this his first substantive economic announcement, in keeping with his party’s manifesto, although there was no overt demand from UP farmers then.

Q- The Centre and states need to work together to evolve a farm loan model which protects both farmers and banks without bringing politics into it. Comment

6- The End of the Left and the Right as We Knew Them

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

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1- A moment for realism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump shake hands and perhaps embrace each other next week, the mandatory encomiums about India and U.S. being the world’s largest and oldest democracies, respectively, would have a sombre undertone to them. Both these democracies are passing through testing times.

Q- The India-U.S. partnership has inherent reasons to survive. Explain.

2- The high cost of ageing

The National Health Policy (NHP), 2017, is long on banalities and short on specifics. In a somewhat glaring omission, little has been said about the rapid rise in the share of the old — i.e. 60 years or more — and associated morbidities, especially sharply rising non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and disabilities.

Q- Along with expansion of old age pension and health insurance, and public spending on programmes targeted to the health care of the old, careful attention must be given to reorient health systems to accommodate the needs of old age people. Comment

3- Mental health and the university

The Mental Healthcare Act was approved recently by Parliament. From now on, stigmatising a mentally ill person, and denying him or her the wherewithal for treatment will be illegal. As a teacher, I am interested in a special provision in the Act where public institutions such as universities are urged to treat mental health as a valuable public good in its own right.

4- Jailing a judge

Justice Karnan’s imprisonment should have been avoided to keep the judiciary’s dignity.

Q- What is the impeachment process of Judges of SC and HC?

Link it with GS Paper 2(Judiciary)

5- Too much profit?

Businesses that receive the benefit of paying lower taxes under the new goods and services tax (GST) regime can’t keep it with them. Instead, according to the GST Act, they must pass it on to consumers by reducing the price of the products they sell.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Indian Economy)

6- Sabarmati Ashram: A century witnessed

The Ashram tells us about one man’s dedication, determination and ideals but also reminds us of the road we still need to traverse in order to realise Gandhiji’s dream of an India free from injustice.

Link it with GS Paper 1 (Modern Indian History)

7- Don’t Obsess About Numbers

It’s time policymakers outlined a coherent growth path for the economy.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (21st June)

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1- KCR launches ambitious sheep distribution scheme

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday launched the sheep distribution scheme, one of the flagship programmes of the State government.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (animal husbandry)

2- Bringing GM to the table

The question of whether India should allow commercial production of GM crops has been one of the more enduring public policy debates over the last decade-and-a-half.

Q- What is meant by GM food? List out reasons for its opposition and how will it help in India’s food security program.

3- ‘We have to keep the door open for possibilities’

Read interview to know the views.

4- Farm debt waiver could hurt Punjab most: report

Punjab, which became the latest State to announce a farm loan waiver scheme on Monday, is most vulnerable to a fiscal shock from such debt write-offs along with three other States, while Uttar Pradesh could also overshoot its fiscal deficit goals on the same account, a research report by JM Financial said.

5- The invisible women farmers

An ex-company executive-cum-economist turns to the anchor during a discussion on the farmers’ agitation. “Overpopulation is destroying the farming activity. There are simply too many mouths to feed and the farms are shrinking.

Q- What is feminisation of agriculture? Examine the contribution of women in agriculture.

6- Putting philanthropy to work in India

Last week, Amazon founder and chief executive officer Jeff Bezos tweeted a request for ideas on philanthropic strategy. He noted that much of his work—through Amazon and The Washington Post, for example—was designed for impact in the long term. But for his philanthropic activities, he was interested in working at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.

Link it to the Essay paper.

7- India’s money illusion problem

The recent farmer protests in some parts of the country throw fresh light on an old economic problem. People think in nominal rather than real terms. Price changes matter. The paradox of farmer protests when farm output is at record levels is less puzzling once we take falling food prices into account.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (20th June)

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1- Legislation and legality

In the Aadhaar-PAN case, the Supreme Court has effectively held that policy goals override rights.

Q- What is judicial review? Write the difference between the doctrine of procedure established by law and due process of law.

2- Presidential election 2017: How are the votes calculated?

The electoral college comprises elected Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs and elected members of the 31 legislative assemblies.

Caution: In article, author has mentioned “electoral college comprises all Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs and all the members of the 31 legislative assemblies”. Its incorrect.

3- Lessons for investigating terror

Governments and police forces have their roles cut out. But what about the citizenry? Is it not the responsibility of the private sector and volunteer groups to prepare for the worst-case scenario without waiting for an actual disaster to occur?

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Internal security)

4- Ideas and ivory towers

The Indian readymade garments industry has been a vital enabler of our export trade. Each year it exports to the West, ready-to-wear apparel worth several billion dollars. Trade analysts, in the recent past, have been quite gung-ho about this sector’s prospects.

Q- What is knowledge economy?

5- Raja Mandala: India, US, and an East-of-Suez moment

The effort to construct an India-US strategic partnership in the last two decades was based on the assumption that the American unipolar moment will endure.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Indo-US)

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (17th June)

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1- Infiltration, best countered

At the best of times, it is difficult to make sense of events in Kashmir as these go from street turbulence and stone-throwing to LoC duels and attempts at infiltration. The last two weeks have witnessed infiltration bids all along the LoC in the Valley zone — in fact, more than I can remember anytime in recent years. The Jammu region is quiet in comparison, with a few exchanges of fire across the LoC in Naushera and Krishna Ghati.

Q- Counter-infiltration is one of the most difficult operations. Enumerate the strategy India should follow to prevent infiltration.

2- Undoing the gains

The viral of farm loan waivers is acquiring epidemic proportions. In some ways it is a competitive race to the bottom. This is notwithstanding serious concerns that this can scarcely address the distress of the farming community.

Q- What is fiscal deficit? Macroeconomic stability is contingent on the fiscal position of the general government. How to maintain fiscal prudence?

3- Access to excellence

Read this to mention in Essay paper.

Q- We have failed to provide institutions of excellence for everyone, for people to enjoy growing up in India. Comment

4- Deep-sea dive

Reliance Industries’ and BP’s joint investment of Rs. 40,000 crore in the KG-D6 gas block has important implications for the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors in terms of technological development, supply line infrastructure and pricing policy.

Link it with GS paper 1 (Location of Industries and resources)

5- Digital economy: policy push on anvil

The Centre will soon introduce a slew of policies, including a revamped one on electronics manufacturing and a data protection policy, to achieve the aim of making India a trillion dollar digital economy, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said

Link it with GS Paper 3

6- Why China’s growing footprint in Nepal is a concern for India

Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal at an especially fragile time in the life of the 11-year-old Himalayan republic. Two years after the majority Madhesi population in the Terai blocked several trading points along the southern border with India, there remains deep-seated resentment in large parts of Nepal against the Kathmandu elite.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (India and its neighborhood)

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (15th June)

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1- CPEC: the need for a second look by India

Most narratives on the subject published in India stress that as the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) traverses through Indian sovereign territory in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) which is a part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), India is well within its rights to refuse any participation.

Q-CPEC is a net geo-strategic power addition to the formidable Sino-Pakistan nexus as it exists today. Enumerate solutions which India needs to take to counter this formidable nexus.

2- Qatar’s isolation

The recent diplomatic rift between Qatar and other Arab states — like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt — has again highlighted the geopolitical significance of the region beyond the oil factor.

Q- Examine how the rift between Qatar and other Arab nations can impact India’s interest in long run and short run.

3- Solutions beyond farm loan waivers

Q- Farm loan waivers might help the government quell the farmers protests, but they are unlikely to change much on the ground in the long run. Discuss

4- More than a residual problem

The primary thrust of the 1981 Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act is on industrial and automobile-related pollution. But this doesn’t mean it can’t be used to curb the burning of biomass and crop residue. Indeed, in December 2015, the Ministry of Environment and Forests used Section 18(1)(b) of this legislation to issue directions for Delhi and NCR (National Capital Region), covering the burning of agricultural waste, crop residues and biomass.

Q- Economics is still loaded in favour of farmers burning crop residue. Subsidizing farmers to use better technologies may be a solution. Comment

5- Leaning On The Law

Constitutional evaluation of laws is tricky business. It stands in stark contrast to terming a law or rule as being desirable or undesirable, though it is possible that an undesirable law is also unconstitutional.

Q- Mention the constitutional position related with ban on livestock slaughter and how would it impact Indian primary industry.

6- WPI inflation slows to 2.17%

Wholesale inflation slowed sharply in May to 2.17% from 3.85% in April, as food prices eased — an indication that farm incomes continue to be depressed.

7- India aims to lift ‘doing business’ ranking

Nation was ranked 130 out of 190 countries last year in the World Bank’s report.

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

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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.

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

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1- The road from St. Petersburg

There has been a certain depressing pattern in India-Russia relations over the past decade. Annual summit-level meetings have been marked by expressions of nostalgia for the glory days of Indo-Soviet friendship , declarations of solemn intent to take contemporary relations to new heights and highlighting common perspectives even as the two countries mostly go their respective ways.

Q- In a rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape, India and Russia find a more realistic basis and more compelling reasons to work together. Discuss

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Indo-Russia Relationship)

2- More to it than MSP

The rot in farming

Agricultural distress is often viewed as a short-term phenomenon in which farmers look for support from various quarters on account of being unable to get a gainful return due to price crash, poor marketing facilities, rising credit burden, increasing cost of inputs and frequent occurrence of natural calamities.

Q- Agricultural distress has become a permanent feature due to the failure of not only policymakers but also local institutions such as community or social networks which are supposedly weakening because of increasing individualisation. Explain

3- CPI inflation slows to lowest since 2012

Retail inflation in May, at 2.18%, eased to its lowest level since the Centre began measuring it on a nationwide basis in 2012, driven in large part by cooling food prices, according to a latest government release. Separate data showed industrial output expanded by 3.1% in April.

Q- What is inflation? What is the difference between CPI and WPI inflation measurement?

4- ‘CRMs, the true future of ATMs’

Q- What is cash recycling machines (CRMs) and why are they considered futures of ATMs?

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Science and Tech)

5- Raja Mandala: Engaging an inward looking US

Q- The quest for a multipolar world has been one of the central themes of India’s foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. Comment

6- Should Constitution be amended to make Freedom of Speech a direct Fundamental Right?

Q- India should amend its Constitution and include the Freedom of Press as a direct right in the chapter on Fundamental Rights, rather than a derivative freedom of the Right to Speech and Expression . Critically Examine.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (12th June)

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1- GST Council decides to lower rates on 66 items

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Sunday decided to reduce tax rates on 66 items including cashew nuts, packaged foods such as sauces and pickles, agarbatti, insulin, school bags, children’s colouring books, cutlery, and some tractor components.

2- ‘Neighbourhood First’ in Nepal

India needs to help Prime Minister Deuba clear the way for elections under the new Constitution.

Q- India and Nepal relations have not moved forward with mere govt documents but through the heart of our peoples. Comment (200 words)

Link it with GS Paper 2 (India and its neighbourhood)

3- Six days of war, 50 years of occupation

Q- What is six days of war and discuss its impact on Arab-Israel relationship.

Link it with GS Paper 1 (World History)

4- Economic forecasting is not a science

India lost its tag as the ‘world’s fastest-growing economy’ last month as its fourth quarter GDP growth fell to 6.1%, the slowest in two years.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Income accounting)

5- How does the monsoon affect the economy?

Earlier this year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted the country would get normal monsoon rains in 2017. The state-run weather body last week said India’s annual monsoon rainfall is expected to be 98% of the long-period average (LPA), up from 96% projected earlier, raising prospects of higher farm output and economic growth.

Q- Discuss about Indian Monsoon and its impact of different economic sectors of India.

6- The crops of wrath

When demonetisation happened, many, including this writer, thought the decision, taken at the start of rabi plantings in November, would significantly impact farm production. We were proved wrong. Good monsoon rains, after successive drought years, besides the timely onset of winter conducive to germination, turned out to be strong motivations for farmers to sow, even if this entailed begging or borrowing.

Q- Discuss the positive and negative impact of demonetization in India.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (10th June)

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1- Fault lines in the fields

From a persisting cash crunch due to demonetisation to a price free fall because of a bumper produce, it’s a big bag of woes for farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Mahesh Langa and Jayant Sriram report on the gathering storm as their protests for a fairer deal threaten to escalate

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Agriculture)

2- The arc to Tokyo

Describe India-Japan relationship in perspective of economic, geographical and security parameters.

3- Proper protocol

The revision of antibiotics classes by the World Health Organisation in its list of essential medicines is a welcome step in the global initiative to push back against antimicrobial resistance, the phenomenon of bacteria becoming resistant even to the most potent drugs.

Q- Within the realm of medical practice, the prescription of antibiotics is often guided by such factors as patient demand, competing alternative treatment systems, and even financial incentives. Explain

4- No proof required: Just why are farmers rioting?

It is politics that best explains the phenomena of farmer riots amidst growing prosperity.

5- Farmers will bear the brunt of climate change

By 2050, India is likely to experience a temperature rise of 1-4°C; rainfall will increase by 9-16 per cent. This will have a detrimental effect on farmers in more than half of the country

Collect facts from here to add in Essay paper.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Climate change) and Essay paper.

6- Whats the issue farmers facing

Collect facts and data from here!

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