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

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1- Power games at the tri-junction

The current border stand-off suggests India is likely to become bolder in resisting the idea of power disparity.

Q- “India-China relations are undergoing a change”. “China believes that India should acknowledge the power disparity between the two sides and show appropriate deference to China.” Examine

2- Corruption in the era of liberalisation

With its tentacles spreading to every branch of the state, corruption’s salience has never been higher.

Q- Liberalization has ushered in corruption in a much greater variety of forms and on an unimaginably greater scale than anything seen under the so-called licence raj. Critically examine.

3- Is artificial intelligence fuelling natural stupidity?

We are at a stage where the genial news environment committed to truth and public interest is under pressure.

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4- ‘China seen as more innovative in IT than India’

A 7% growth rate is not good enough for India and its IT industry has missed the bus on innovation by sticking to a template that worked 25 years ago, believes economist Soumitra Dutta who co-authors the World Economic Forum‘s annual Global Information Technology report. 

5- Internal insecurity

It is unfortunate that even though we have a strong government at the Centre, the internal security situation of the country has not shown any marked improvement over what it inherited from the UPA regime.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Internal security).

6- LG vs CM in Puducherry: Understanding the question of nomination to UT House

What exactly did the LG do, which precipitated the latest round of confrontation with the Chief Minister? What are the provisions under which she acted? What is the background and context of that law? The Indian Express explains.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (7th July)

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1- Should we grow GM crops?
To hide her nakedness, India has borrowed a ‘fig leaf’ from U.S. regulation of genetically modified orgamisms (GMOs), i.e. in the non-regulation of these novel laboratory organisms. The U.S. invented GMOs and commercialised them despite serious safety concerns expressed by government scientists.

Q- What is GM crops? Enumerate advantages and disadvantages of GM crops .

2- Making of a monumental crisis

India’s monumental heritage is on the brink of a shameful shift. The Central government is poised to introduce an amendment to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, in Parliament, which would remove the security net that exists around our nationally protected monuments.

Q- India’s monuments form an irreplaceable archive of our civilisational heritage. Parliament must resist a proposed amendment that compromises the 100-m no-construction zone. Discuss.

3- Postscript to the proxy war

On June 18, a U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian regime jet after it bombed American-backed rebels in northern Syria — the first time the U.S. has downed a Syrian warplane since the start of the country’s civil war in 2011.

Read it to aware yourself about current happening in world news.

4- Mr. Modi in Israel

While welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Tel Aviv, his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said his country had awaited the visit for “seventy years”. Since the birth in 1948 of Israel, whose admission to the UN India subsequently opposed, Israeli leaders had always sought full diplomatic ties.

Q-  India’s evolving ties with Israel should be based on pragmatism and not based on symbolism.

5- ‘Asia-Africa corridor to respect sovereignty’

The guiding principles of the Asia Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), initiated by India with the backing of Japan, will be to ensure sustainability through respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as boosting regional economic connectivity through the use of responsible debt financing practices, a former top government official said.

Q- What is Asia Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC)?

6- Coins for thought

With over $22.4 billion in market capitalisation, cryptocurrency is rapidly emerging as the new-age disruptive technological currency, transcending itself as a new “medium of exchange” and “store of value”.

Q- Define the terms like Blockchain, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence. How these innovative technologies are going to revive the growth and development?

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (6th July)

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1- India, Israel to set up $40 mn research fund

India and Israel announced a strategic partnership between the two countries after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, and signed seven agreements in the fields of water, agriculture, space, including a $40 million joint fund for research and development in innovation.

2- Speaking the language of change?

Q- Development is not the expansion of economic freedom, but following Amartya Sen, is the removal of all kinds of “unfreedoms” so that governance delivers the three goals of security, growth and equity achieved in ecologically sustainable ways. Examine.

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3- Realise the de facto realities on J&K

The row over the U.S. terming a part of Jammu and Kashmir as being “India-administered” is a bit overdone, if not hypocritical. Especially Ghulam Nabi Azad, a Kashmiri, and a Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, attacking the government for not contesting the American characterisation. Mr. Azad called it a ‘compromise’ as regards national security.

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4- Missile diplomacy

In early January, Donald Trump, then the U.S. President-elect, tweeted that North Korea would never develop a “nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S.”. But Pyongyang appears to have done exactly that, defying warnings issued by Washington.

5- Search for a new inflation normal

Paradoxically, policymakers are toying with the idea of tweaking up the inflation target for the industrialised economies though most central banks have consistently fallen short of the current 2% rate in the last 10 years.

Q- Concerns mount that a prolonged low interest rate scenario could risk stability. Explain.

6- Importance of being simple

What is a good and simple tax and why is the present indirect tax structure bad and complicated? There are several reasons behind the bad, ugly and complicated visage — the constitutional structure, history and legacy, differential treatment of goods vis-à-vis services, multiple rates and exemptions. Exemptions mean loss in revenue.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Tax reform)

7- The real lessons of the July 1997 Asian crisis

Many of the most wildly successful economies in Asia tumbled into a crisis in July 1997. They had to be bailed out by the International Monetary Fund on terms that led to a lot of political angst. India was hit as well.

Its importance is in knowing historical economic crisis.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (5th July)

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1- The terrorisms we overlook

The state’s association with terror — in mob lynchings or in extortion — is not compatible with freedom.

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2- ‘EC’s biggest challenge is parties’ use of tainted money in polls’

The outgoing Chief Election Commissioner on his eventful tenure, the controversy over EVMs, and concerns such as paid news and opacity in electoral funding.

Q- Discuss about the challenges faced by Election commission in India.

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3- Signs of a Persian gulf

New Delhi needs to work with Tehran to resolve bilateral irritants affecting economic ties.

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4- Going beyond cultural heritage

There has been a visible effort by the state in recent times to increase awareness about speciality handloom products and to make them things of aspiration for customers. This is being done through aggressive promotion of the process, the product and the context.

Q- What is meant by ‘hand-loom industry’ ? Handloom industry needs to be freed from the limited narratives linked to preserving cultural heritage and the merger of the industry with individual fashion. Comment

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Indian Economy)

5- UDAY covers 97% of discom debt: Centre

About 97% of the total outstanding debt of all state power distribution companies (discoms) has been covered under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), the government announced on Tuesday.

So far, 86% of the restructurable debt has been revamped under the scheme.

6- My journey to Israel

In the time since 1998, the year of my ‘goodwill mission’, the scope for deepening collaboration and joint ventures has only grown for the two countries.

7- Behind the ongoing stand-off in Doklam, century-old manoeuvres of geostrategy

Until 1959, China made no claims on Bhutan, but now, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs cites the 1890 China-Britain treaty, which states that the border runs west from Doka-La along the ridgeline — that is, south of the Doklam plateau.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (4th July)

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1- The organising principle of lynch mobs

What encourages Indians who subscribe to different religious persuasions, speak different languages, and hold different conceptions of the good to believe that they are equal members of a democratic political community?

Q- Right to life has to be read along with the right to equality and the right to freedom, granted by Articles 14 and 19 of the Fundamental Rights. Explain.

2- The delta miracle

Fresh evidence of loss of forest cover in the Indian Sundarbans, which represent a third of the largest contiguous mangrove ecosystem in the world, is a reminder that an accelerated effort is necessary to preserve them.

3- ‘Manufacturing slows to 4-month low’

Manufacturing activity slowed to a four-month low in June due to challenges posed by the implementation of Goods and Services Tax, a challenging economic environment, and water shortages in parts of the country, according to a private sector survey.

4- PM Modi lands in Israel today, his eyes set on removing more ‘hesitations of history’

When Narendra Modi lands at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport today — the first Indian PM to visit Israel — he will be initiating a historic process of formally changing India’s public and political approach towards dealing with the Jewish nation.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Indo-Israel relations)

Q- “The relationship with Israel, so far, was like the one with a mistress, a clandestine affair”. Comment

5- Sikkim-Tibet border: an historical perspective

Of the entire 3,488km Sino-Indian border, the only section on which both countries agree that there is no dispute is the 220km Sikkim-Tibet section of the boundary. This is because under the Anglo-Chinese Convention of 1890, the Sikkim-Tibet border was agreed upon and in 1895 it was jointly demarcated on the ground.

Read this for historical perspective.

6- NPA resolution: a rough road ahead

The most important takeaway from the latest “Financial Stability Report”, released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week, is that conditions in the Indian financial system are expected to deteriorate further before they improve. There is more pain ahead.

Q- What is meant by NPA? Mentions about the steps taken by RBI to solve the menace of NPA in banking sector.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (3rd July)

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1- Written-off in the hinterland

Our education system has failed to integrate the rural into the larger political community, the nation.

Q- What is meant by ‘hinterland’? The impact of education on rural life has remained consistent since colonial days. Explain.

2- ‘Inequality changes the system’

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century is the most-widely discussed work of economics in recent history. At its centre is the argument that due to the powerful forces generated by the underlying dynamics of wealth, it is most likely that we are heading to a future where inherited wealth will shape economic structures, and lead to widespread inequality.

Link it with Essay paper.

3- Climate-proofed and inclusive

How will future climate change affect the poor and how does one address both poverty and climate change? This is a conundrum faced by policymakers in India and other developing countries.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Climate change)

4- Step back

The boundary stand-off with China at the Doka La tri-junction with Bhutan is by all accounts unprecedented; it demands calmer counsel on all sides.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Indo-China)

5- The missing learning curve

Humans have incredible powers of learning and adaptation. Every few years, looking back, one feels the younger version of oneself was so unwise. But as human life is finite, the lessons of a lifetime often get lost with the individual. Societies, on the other hand, (can) last thousands of years, and much has been written about the accelerating learning curve of the human species.

6- Irrigation tips from an arid country

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel should build on the partnership between the two countries in water management.

Q- It is well-known that India is water stressed. Enumerate how to augment water supplies and water using efficiency?

7- Why are India-Israel ties so special?

Despite Modi’s admiration for Israel’s achievements, the structural differences between Indian and Israeli national security situations, their worldviews and the absence of explicitly shared enemies limit stronger strategic rapprochement.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (1st July)

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1- Midnight makeover

In a landmark reform, India today switches to a new indirect tax system, the Goods and Services Tax. The GST subsumes the multiple Central, State and local taxes and cesses levied on goods and services, unifying the country into a single market, thereby making it easier to do business and ensure tax compliance.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Tax reform)

2- Entering the age of GST

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is in force from today. The reform, touted as a “game changer” and the “reform of the century”, was deemed worthy of a launch on the midnight of June 30 in the Central Hall of the Parliament.

Q- While the implementation of the GST reform is surely a cause to celebrate, one should not get carried away, for over-optimism on its favourable consequences builds expectations which may be difficult to fulfil.

3- In Good Faith: A secular ethics for our times

Time is always moving forward and no force can stop it. At every moment, we have the option of using our time constructively or negatively. The choice we make will determine whether our world becomes a peaceful one or continues to be engulfed in conflict and tension.

Q- Education can contribute to inner disarmament. It must instil human values that promote compassion, warmth and an appreciation of the necessity of dialogue. Discuss.

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4- GST launch: 40-year journey to a common market

GST rollout: Launch of VAT was announced with effect from April 1, 2002, but the date was pushed back to April 1, 2003 in the face of severe resistance from traders, especially in BJP-ruled Delhi and a few other states.

5- Digital India needs a cybersecurity reboot

The Indian government has embarked on a programme to turn the country into a digital economy. It has unveiled a series of initiatives—from introducing Digital Locker, which eliminates the need for people to carry hard copies of documents issued by the government, to demonetization, which has spurred the use of digital payments across the country.

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Q- The move towards a digital economy is likely to help trigger a fresh wave of economic growth, attract more investment, and create new jobs, across multiple sectors along with threat of cyber security. Comment!

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (30th June)

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1- Should the sedition law be scrapped?

Q- It is not in rates of conviction but in the criminalisation of dissent that the expediency of sedition law rests. Comment

2- The task before the sentinel

The expansion of Aadhaar continues. The effort is now emboldened by a Supreme Court judgment that has stuck a band-aid on a gaping wound, which required stitches if not surgery.

Q- What are the tools available with the Parliament and judiciary to control the tyranny of executive?

3- Making the House rules

The Indian Constitution specifies the powers and privileges of Parliament in Article 105 and those of State legislatures in Article 194. In brief, they (a) provide freedom of speech in Parliament subject to other provisions of the Constitution and standing orders of the House; (b) give immunity for all speeches and votes in Parliament from judicial scrutiny; and (c) allow Parliament (and State legislatures) to codify the privileges, and until then, have the same privileges as the British Parliament had in 1950.

Q- Discuss about the privileges enjoyed by member of parliaments and legislative assemblies.

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4- A welcome sale

With the Union Cabinet’s ‘in-principle’ approval for the sale of Air India and five of its subsidiaries, a long-standing demand on the reform checklist has been ticked.

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5- Cutting tribunals to size

The controversy over the Finance Bill, 2017, being passed as a money bill may have died down, but questions about the legality of the merger of several tribunals remain alive.

Link it with GS Paper 2(Quasi-judicial bodies)

6- Why we need nuclear power

Earlier, the government announced an agreement with international companies to set up 7,000 MW of nuclear plants for Rs 70,000 crore based on our domestic technology. Its wisdom has been questioned by many commentators.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Energy and Environment)

Q- Write down advantage and disadvantage of Solar and Nuclear power.

7- GST: A game changer for the Indian Economy

Mint studies the implications of the seminal Goods and Services Tax for companies and consumers in the $2.4 trillion Indian Economy.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (29th June)

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1- Promises in the Rose Garden

In a well-calibrated programme, Prime Minister Modi’s U.S. visit reaffirmed an indispensable partnership

2- The costs of failing on the job creation front

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao had famously confided to his US counterpart George W. Bush that the one issue that kept him awake at night was creating enough new jobs to maintain social stability. It is a concern that has—or at least should have—resonated with Indian leaders as well.

Q- The failure to absorb the growing working-age population as well as the millions leaving farming has important consequences for social stability. Discuss

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3- Fighting an old battle

The disabled have been affected by the high GST rates on essential aids and appliances.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Social issue)

4- Pay to publish

The Election Commission’s order disqualifying Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra for three years is an important step in curbing ‘paid news’ in the electoral arena.

Q- What is meant by ‘Paid-news’ ? Mention the law regarding ‘paid-news’ as electoral offence.

5-Quantifying outrage

How much is too much? How do you measure out in coffee spoons the amount of sorrow you are allowed to display? In surreal fashion, that is what the debate focusses on today after a 15-year-old is lynched.

6- A Gorkhaland West Bengal could live with

The agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state is becoming costly for West Bengal and the country, economically and for other reasons. It must be brought to a swift end through a solution which meets the aspirations of the Nepali-speaking people without hurting the sentiments of the Bengali-speaking majority, which is largely against the division of the state.

Q- What is the procedure given in the constitution for the bifurcation of the state? Discuss the issue between smaller state vs Bigger state.

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7- Read between the US lines

India-US relations in the age of Trump are becoming more transactional, less strategic.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Indo-US).

8- Privilege of legislators: Breach a grey area, harsh punishment rare

Though dozens of people are summoned every year before the privileges committees of Parliament and state legislatures on charges of breach of privilege of legislators, it is rare that punitive action like imprisonment has been ordered.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (28th June)

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1- Indo-U.S. statement focusses on fight against terrorism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump jointly declared on Monday that bilateral ties between India and the U.S. would continue to grow, seeking to dispel notions that the latter’s election to the White House on a nationalist agenda might have a negative impact on the relationship.

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2- Pieces of a complex solution

Over the last year, barely a week has gone by without a regulator announcing new measures to help resolve India’s problem of large and mounting non-performing loans/assets, or NPAs.

Q- What does it mean by ‘haircut’ in Economy? Why are Indian banks having problem of NPAs and what steps govt has taken to reduce this problem?

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3- Warm in Washington

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with President Donald Trump, concern had grown about the future course of the bilateral relationship, particularly whether Mr. Trump would maintain his predecessors’ commitment to its strengthening.

4- Global wave of cyberattacks affects MNCs

Virus idetified as a modified version of the Petya ransomware by some experts

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5- A city laid waste

A new rapid bioremediation process that can remove garbage hills and end their ill effects, promises a low-cost solution to waste management and disposal. It is very important that alternative technologies are carefully evaluated on their merit.

Q- What is bioremediation process? How is this process useful in making ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ successful.

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6- Modi-Trump multiple embraces signals India-US ties on strong footing

The joint statement reaffirmed US-India strategic convergence, but didn’t resolve the question of whether the two countries similarly look at the China challenge – without which US-India defence cooperation could eventually wane.

7- Important lessons for the Smart Cities Mission

The government would do well to learn from the importance the UN’s new urban agenda gives to local governance.

Q- Write about Smart city Mission and New Urban Agenda.

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