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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.

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

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?

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Banking)

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

Link it with Prelims purpose.

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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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (27th June)

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1- A controversial inheritance

Justice P.N. Bhagwati, who died recently, at 95, is perhaps the most influential judge independent India has had.

Read about some important cases mentioned here along with their constitutional history.

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2- Who’s afraid of neutrinos?

Q- Write about the India-based Neutrino Observatory and its benefit in scientific research.

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3- An old new tax

Sixteen years in the making, India is finally set to roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1.

Q- The lingering imperfections, and disregard for economic principles, will limit the GST’s transformational potential. Comment

4- Mending the rift

The fact that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have handed over a list of demands to the Qatari regime should, on the face of it, indicate some progress in the impasse created after they cut ties with Qatar.

Q- What is Qatar crisis? What are the implication of Qatar crisis on India and International community?

Link it with GS Paper 2 (IR)

5- Not for the children

The Annual Status of Education Report conducted by Pratham, an Indian NGO with some credibility, had assessed in 2014 that 75 per cent of all children in Class III, over 50 per cent in Class V and over 25 per cent in Class VIII could not read texts meant for Class II. Further, reading levels for all children enrolled in government schools in Class V showed a decline between 2010 and 2012.

Q- The main problem in our educational system is the abysmal quality of governance, with politics permeating every aspect of educational administration. Discuss

From above article, collect facts on education to use in essay paper.

6- We, the Cows

Who resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, secular, democratic republic on November 26, 1949? We, the People of India, or We, the Cows of some states of India? Does the protection of cow override the fundamental rights of Dalits and Muslims as the citizens of this nation?

Read this to know about constitutionality!

7- When freedom of the press is subject to Assembly privilege

Last week the Karnataka Assembly found two journalists, Ravi Belagere and Anil Raju, guilty of publishing defamatory articles about the Speaker and other MLAs. They have each been sentenced to one year’s imprisonment; if the arrest goes ahead, the two will follow in Indira Gandhi’s footsteps, who in 1979 was expelled from Parliament and imprisoned for breach of privilege, under a warrant signed by the Speaker, K S Hegde.

Q- Without the judiciary to protect FREEDOM OF PRESS, the fights between India’s legislatures and press have been unequal.

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (26th June)

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1- Whose privilege?

The Karnataka Assembly’s resolution imposing a one-year prison sentence and Rs. 10,000 fine on the editors of two tabloids is indefensible and deserving of unsparing criticism.

Q- What is breach of privilege? Explain the privileges enjoyed by legislature.

2- Being smart

The Too Smart City

The Centre would like us to believe that the Smart Cities Mission will transform urban life in the agglomerations that enter the elite club. With the latest inclusions, there are 90 cities in the list, each of which proposes to turn ‘smart’, utilising core funding from the Centre and other resources.

Q- What is smart city? Pollution-free commons, walkability and easy mobility, with a base of reliable civic services, is the smart way to go in our cities. Discuss.

Link it with GS Paper 1 (Urbanization)

3- ‘Super-efficient energy category to be new norm’

The recently-released Energy Conservation Building Codes can save as much as 50% of conventional energy consumption, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) director general Abhay Bakre said in an interview.

Link it with GS Paper 1 (PRELIMS)

4- For a stronger India-U.S. bond

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to the U.S. this week, it is worth recalling that one of President Trump’s first phone calls following his inauguration was to the Indian leader, where he termed India as a “true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world.”

Q- The U.S.-India partnership has historically enjoyed bipartisan support, with successes in defence, security and civil nuclear cooperation over the last two decades. Critically examine.

5- Memories of another June

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inaugural visit with the Trump administration is more than an opportunity to continue the US-India dialogue; it’s an opportunity to improve relations and remove long-standing obstacles.

6- For innovation’s sake

Working together, the US and Indian governments have the opportunity to begin bilateral relationships afresh and move forward in the global economy together. This can only take place if both countries make concrete commitments to fostering innovation.

7- Meaning: Anti-profiteering

As per Section 171 of the CGST/SGST Act, any reduction in tax rate on any supply of goods or services, or any benefit of ‘input tax credit’, must be passed on to the recipient (for example, customer) by the registered person (e.g., trader) through a commensurate reduction in prices.

This anti-profiteering term was in news. Read about it.

8- Role Reversal: As US steps back from global leadership, India steps up

Once a byword for protectionism, India now stands ready to defend the benefits of global trade to a Washington grown wary of it. Take this all in.

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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.

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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.

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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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