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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (31st May)

Dear aspirants, following are the links of various articles taken from various newspapers. Click the link to read further. To get notification, follow the blog. Thank you!

1- Don’t tax the tiller

For peasants, the Mughal Empire was fundamentally an extractive state; a protection racket run riot. Typically, the land revenue share of a crop varied between 33% and 50%, depending on fertility, with a further 10-25% paid to the zamindar for his efforts. Its replacement by the East India Company and later the British government provided little respite.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Agriculture economy)

2- GST no panacea

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is being flaunted as the single-biggest economic reform since the economic liberalisation of 1991. Even critics of the tax, who complain about its complex four-slab rate structure, agree that it is a step in the right direction. The primary reason is that it does away with the present system of multiple Central and State taxes, replacing it with a much simpler tax system.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Tax reform)

3- Thought for food

We need to hasten efforts to prevent food waste, at the consumer household level and in the supply chain

Link with GS Paper 4 (Ethical issues involved in food wastage)

4- With fears of the impact of El Nino receding, India must make the most of a good rainfall

Click here to know more about El-Nino A, B, C, D of El Nino

Link it with GS Paper 1 (Indian monsoon- Geography)

5- To counter OBOR, India and Japan propose Asia-Africa sea corridor

The two governments hope that the project would be cheaper option and have a smaller carbon footprint when compared to China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative.

Link with GS Paper 2 (International issue)

6- Why nuclear power still makes sense for India

As a clean energy source, nuclear power is best suited to gradually replace coal for India’s core energy demand.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Clean energy- Environment)

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

Dear aspirants, following are the links of various articles taken from various newspapers. Click the link to read further. To get notification, follow the blog. Thank you!

1- Marks and standards (The Hindu)

Our school system needs a better evaluation mechanism for students.

Link it with GS Paper 2(Education) and Essay paper

2- The flow of funds in India (The Hindu)

At its heart, capitalism is a financial system. Every entity in the economy, whether an individual, a household, a business, or a state institution faces monetary constraints in its operations and must constantly balance the exigencies of cash inflows and cash outflows. Thus, money flows, including the accumulation of debt and the acquisition of financial assets, are the very lifeblood of the system.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Economy- Forex)

3- Can banks create their own money? (The Hindu)

Banks are commonly viewed as financial institutions that accept deposits from savers and lend them out as loans to borrowers. It is believed that by offering loans at a higher interest rate than what they need to pay depositors, banks make some profit for their shareholders.

4- SEBI targets participatory note norms (The Hindu)

SEBI plans to further tighten norms for issuance of offshore derivative instruments (ODIs) and participatory notes (PNs) as part of its overall effort to reduce the exposure investors take via such instruments in the Indian equity market.

What is Participatory Notes?
P-Notes or Participatory Notes are Overseas Derivative Instruments that have Indian stocks as their underlying assets. They allow foreign investors to buy stocks listed on Indian exchanges without being registered. The instrument gained popularity as FIIs, to avoid the formalities of registering and to remain anonymous, started betting on stocks through this route.

What are govt & regulator’s concerns? The primary reason why P-Notes are worrying is because of the anonymous nature of the instrument as these investors could be beyond the reach of Indian regulators. Further, there is a view that it is being used in money laundering with wealthy Indians, like the promoters of companies, using it to bring back unaccounted funds and to manipulate their stock prices.

5- Ignore the jobs doomsayers (Indian Express)

Only 0.7 per cent and 11 per cent of India’s labour force work in information technology (IT) and manufacturing and yet, many pundits predict that India’s IT and manufacturing employment has peaked — let’s call it the jobs doomsday prediction — because of automation, robots, the immigration backlash and anti-globalisation driven-trade barriers.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Employment)

6- Raja Mandala: European liaisons (Indian Express)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s travels this week to Russia, France, Germany and Spain provide an opportunity to recalibrate India’s approach to European geopolitics.

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

7- The Aadhaar legal framework is broken (Livemint)

The regulations are weak on grievance redressal and completely absent in the case of authentication and data security.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Security)

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

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1- Zika virus: State steps up surveillance

Related to Science and Technology, Paper 1 prelims and Paper 3 Mains.

Zika was a rare tropical disease associated with mild symptoms. It takes its name from the Zika forest in Uganda where it was first identified by scientists in the 1940s. It is spread by mosquitoes, and so is called an “arbovirus”, in the same family as West Nile and dengue fever.

  • It attacks the nervous system and can lead to potentially fatal paralysis.
  • Zika is spread by the Aedes genus of mosquito, which transmits the disease when it bites a person infected with Zika, then bites another host.
  • The two most common mosquitoes to transmit the disease are the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species.
  • Usually, Zika’s symptoms include fever, red and bumpy rash, joint pain and pink eye. However, many patients with Zika have no symptoms at all.
  • There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.
  • It is believed that Zika is linked to a foetal deformation known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with abnormally small heads.

 

2. Black box of Su-30 recovered

Related to Science and Technology, Paper 1 prelims and Paper 3 Mains.

The Sukhoi Su-30 is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.

Color of Black Box is orange and it used to fix in tail of the aircraft. Here flight data used to record.

3. Strategic ties with foreign OEMs

Related to Paper 3 economy and internal security

Private sector majors will be selected as the strategic partner for each segment and they will tie up with the foreign OEMs. A composite structure in the Ministry will be needed roll out the policy quickly unlike the present system

4. Country’s first underwater metro tunnel nears completion

Important for Paper 1 prelims economy

This tunnel is under the Hooghly river, the first such under-river project in the country, to provide metro connectivity between Howrah and Kolkata. The tunnel will be a crucial link for the Railway’s 16.6-km-long East-West Metro project in Kolkata.

5. All animals are equal

Related to Paper 2 and paper 4mains, Polity and Governance issues, Ethics

PCA act is modified to treat animals almost at par with humans. Is it a right move?

6. Centre’s spending improves after budget date advanced

Related to Paper 1 prelims and paper 3 Mains. Economy

The Budget date was advanced to February 1st and there have been positive effects due to this move.

7- Lessons from the ’70s: How we tackled the food shortages

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Food security)

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

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1- New curbs on cattle slaughter

The Centre has banned the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets across the country.
Under a notification, titled the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, those who wish to sell cattle — bulls, cows, buffaloes, steers, heifers and camels — may do so only after they formally state that the animals have not been “brought to the market for sale for slaughter”.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Government policies)

2- 1,000-year-old ‘Narasimmee’ comes back to Tamil Nadu

A 1,046-year-old stone idol of Narasimmee, stolen from the Vriddhagiriswarar temple in Vriddhachalam nearly 15 years ago, has returned to Tamil Nadu.

Important for Prelims purpose.

3- Abolishing the FIPB is just symbolism — to attract FDI, more reform is needed

The FIPB was set up in the early 1990s as an inter-ministerial mechanism to vet investment proposals from abroad. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Commerce Ministry is now expected to formulate a standard operating procedure to process foreign direct investment applications in 11 sectors that are still not in the automatic FDI approval list.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Ease of doing business)

4- Hope to see consolidation among government-owned banks in 2-3 years

Read this interview for bettter clarity of present bank condition.

5- China-India-US cooperation in Afghanistan could have huge potential

India’s decision to boycott China’s Belt and Road Forum has reinvigorated the much-needed debate on the strategic relationship between the two Asian giants.

6- The cycles of distress in Indian agriculture

It is now 100 years since Mahatma Gandhi mobilized the indigo cultivators of Bihar’s Champaran district. This was his first mass political protest after his return from South Africa. It is also 50 years since the peasants of Naxalbari in West Bengal began their violent uprising against landlords.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Agriculture)

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

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1- Bail or jail: on bail law reforms

That bail is the norm and jail the exception is a principle that is limited in its application to the affluent, the powerful and the influential. The Law Commission, in its 268th Report, highlights this problem once again by remarking that it has become the norm for the rich and powerful to get bail with ease, while others languish in prison.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Judicial reform)

2- The bleak new academic scenario

Liberalisation has eroded the institutional capacity to train young people who might pursue liberal values.

Link it with Essay paper

3- Should agricultural income be taxed?

This is important as many economists are asking for taxing of rich farmers.
Read full debate in above article.

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

4- Global treaties, Major Gogoi and the ‘human shield’: How facts stack up

Read this just to know treaties. No need to over read.

5- The mega challenge of job creation

The challenge of creating jobs has moved to the centre of the political stage all over the world, and India is no exception. However, the scale of the problem in India is not easy to measure. The latest National Sample Survey (NSS) data for 2011-12 show unemployment was only 2.2% of the labour force, which is very low.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Unemployment) and Essay paper

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (25th May)

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1- A flawed rescue act

The buck stops with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)! This is the crux of the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance of May 4, 2017, which empowers the RBI to take decisions on the settlement of non-performing assets (NPAs) and a consequent cleaning up of bank balance sheets.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Banking reform)

2- Lessons from the new French Revolution

The marked preference for individuals over parties has not proved too felicitous for democracy.

Link it with Political Science and Public Administration optional paper as well as GS Paper 2 (Political parties and advocacy group)

3- Say no to GM mustard

The manner in which the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recently cleared the proposal for genetically modified (GM) mustard is extraordinary to say the least. It makes a mockery of the commitment in the Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto that “GM foods will not be allowed without full scientific evaluation on the long term effects on soil, production and biological impact on consumers”.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Biotechnology).

4- Govt. to widen coverage under UDAN

The Central government has proposed widening the scope of its UDAN scheme for regional connectivity by making more flight operations eligible for a host of concessions, including viability gap funding. Soon, all routes which do not have flight services at present may become part of the Scheme.

Click me to know more about UDAN scheme.

5- Govt approves phasing out of 25-year-old Foreign Investment Promotion Board

What is FIPB?

The FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) is the designated institution which considers the FDI proposals that require government approval. It also grants composite approvals involving foreign investment/ foreign technology. FIPB is located in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.

Till now FIPB can give recommendations of FDI proposals below Rs 5000 crore to the Minister of Finance for consideration.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Ease of doing business)

6- The sword of global justice

In Jadhav case, ICJ shows creativity by balancing its powers with principle of state sovereignty and consent.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (International organisation)

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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (24th May)

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1- Continental ties – India’s outreach to Africa

The African Development Bank’s decision to hold its annual general meeting in India this month is a signal of the importance African countries attach to New Delhi’s growing role in its development.

India must become a growth engine: PM

‘India, Africa can shape the future’

Link it with GS Paper 2 (International relations and organisation)

2- Maharajah of debt: On Air India’s revival

It is not worth spending more government funds on Air India’s revival.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Debt in Indian Economy) and PSU chapter of Public Administration optional paper.

3- The GST train chugs along

India now joins some 160 other countries that already have a Goods and Services Tax (GST). The only large economy exception without a GST is the United States. Most other countries have this consumption tax as a key component of their indirect taxes.

To know more about GST, Click – What is the Goods and Services Tax (GST)?

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Tax reform)

4- RECP: India upset over slow progress on services talks

India, which is in talks for the proposed mega-regional Free Trade Agreement (FTA) along with 16 other Asia Pacific nations, has expressed disappointment over the inadequate progress in talks on services trade liberalisation especially for facilitating easier movement of professionals for short-term work in these countries.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Trade-Economy)

To know more about RCEP –
Click Significance of RCEP for India?

5- India’s Human Rights report at the UN

The final conclusions of UPR on India, like all such reviews, need to be read not in cold print, but between the lines. At the outset, it must be remembered that when it comes to the implementation of universal rights and norms on human rights, the “United Nations” must in fact be read in reverse – it is “Nations United”, countries against their peoples.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Human rights).

6- The hazards of farm loan waivers

Research provides evidence that a blanket farm loan waiver scheme is detrimental to the development of credit markets.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Agriculture economy)

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

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1- The Paris Climate Agreement recognises that all countries have responsibilities. However, the developed world needs to shoulder the major funding requirement (The Hindu)

The Paris Climate Agreement (PA) was signed in December 2015 in an attempt to limit the release and the effects from greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Climate change)

2- Minimum government? (The Hindu)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 with the lofty promise of “minimum government, maximum governance”.

Read about the steps taken by government to minimize the interference of govt and where govt needs to take step.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Governance).

3- No room for India yet in NSG: China (The Hindu)

China said it would oppose India’s unilateral entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), pending the consensus on membership of nuclear weapon states which had not signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Link it with GS Paper 2 (International organisation).

To know more about NSG, click following articles.
India and the NSG

The fee for NSG membership

NSG, NPT, MTCR, IAEA etc

4- RBI outlines action plan for resolving stressed loans (The Hindu)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has outlined a broad plan to resolve stressed assets at lenders in the wake of the amendment of the Banking Regulation Act earlier this month.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Indian Banking)

5- Smallest nation joins solar alliance (The Hindu)

The world’s smallest republic, the tiny island nation of Nauru — has become the sixth country to ratify the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework pact initiated by the Indian and French Governments at the climate change summit held at Paris in 2015.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Climatic change)

To know more about Solar alliance, click below.

Building the International Solar Alliance

6- Banking ordinance opens up Pandora’s box (Livemint)

The recently promulgated Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance is aimed at resolving the non-performing assets (NPA) crisis in the banking sector. It creates an illusion of state action, and does little by way of addressing the real concerns. We highlight some of the problems created by the ordinance.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Indian Banking).

7- A short history of the relationship: China-Pakistan, bhai-bhai (Indian express)

The countries describe their friendship as being ‘higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, sweeter than honey’.

8- Gandhi, The Economist (Indian express)

His idea of trusteeship needs to be revisited in times of growing inequality.

Link it with GS Paper 4 (Ethics case studies).

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

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1- Coal comeuppance: on coal block allocation case (The Hindu)

The conviction of three Coal Ministry officials, including former Secretary H.C. Gupta, marks the first case in which individual criminal liability has been fixed on public servants in the coal block scam.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Governance) and GS Paper 4 (Issue of corruption).

2- India’s initial victory at Hague in Jadhav case: Addressing the court within (The HINDU)

India must use this initial victory at The Hague to appeal to our own finest sense of conscience.

Link it with GS Paper 2 of International Organisation.

3- An opportunity being drained away  (The Hindu)

In recent decades, population growth, accelerated urbanisation and economic development have resulted in an increase in the quantity of wastewater and the overall pollution load being generated. Most of our freshwater sources are under threat. When public awareness of pollution is limited, the cost of pollution to our health and the ecosystem is huge. The victims are generally the poor or socially vulnerable communities, and the end result is a high financial burden on the community and government.

Link it with GS Paper 1 (Urbanisation) and GS Paper 3 (Environment degradation).

4- Gender equality, the freedom struggle way (The Hindu)

In this time of toxic masculinity, we must recognise and learn from the successes of the past. Mahatma Gandhi consciously feminised India’s freedom struggle to win against the brute masculinity of British power.

Question-  Discuss the role of women in the freedom struggle especially during the Gandhian phase. (UPSC 2016- GS Paper 1)

5- Cool down the rhetoric (The Hindu)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusation against India concerning the Paris Accord that “…the U.S. pays billions of dollars while China, Russia, and India have contributed (to pollution) and will contribute nothing” is inaccurate, misleading and unfair. In fact, India has walked with the U.S. from Stockholm to Paris via Rio de Janeiro, Kyoto and Copenhagen. New Delhi has fought for climate justice, equity and fairness all the way, demanding that developing countries should be entitled to maintain and increase their greenhouse gas emissions for survival and developed countries should mandatorily cut their luxury emissions.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Climate change).

6- Green energy target tough, say officials

The government is unlikely to meet its much-publicised target of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 due to the poor progress of the rooftop solar programme.

Collect facts from here and use them in answer writing.

7- India needs an alternative narrative which contests the inevitability of Chinese hegemony (Indian Express)

The successful conclusion of the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing, which India chose to stay away from, has led to a chorus of voices warning that in doing so, India has isolated itself both regionally and globally.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Indo-China relation)

8- From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto (Indian Express)

Read about government performance in agriculture field.

9- Why Ken-Betwa link may have to wait  (Indian Express)

Of the three gatekeepers in the Environment Ministry, the National Board For Wildlife (NBWL) and the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) recommended the Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP) for clearance in 2016. Now with a favourable report tabled at a meeting of the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) last week, the stage is set for statutory green nods for the project.

Link it to GS Paper 3 (Environment)

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

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1- Madhya Pradesh to devise Happiness Index (The Hindu)

Happiness, its pursuit and examining its essential nature have been considered the domain of philosophy, an ephemeral rather than tangible value. The Madhya Pradesh government, however, has tasked the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur with finding a quantifiable answer to that eternal question — what constitutes happiness and how happy are people really.

Link with GS paper 4 and Essay

2- As important as the three ‘R’s (The Hindu)

Above article talks about digital literacy.

3- A history of histories (The Hindu)

The past is not one singular thing, but an interpretation that has a history of its own.

Link above article with Essay paper.

4- Moon orbiting solar system’s third largest dwarf planet found (The Hindu)

Scientists have discovered a new moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, that resides in the frigid outskirts in our solar system. With this discovery, it appears that most of the known dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt larger than 965 kilometres across have companions.

Link it with GS Paper 3 in Science and Technology section.

5- Can a wall containing a spider ( in its web) lizards and other insects which are attracted towards the light be called an ecosystem?

Link it with GS Paper 3 of Environment section.

6- Pharma effluents promoting drug resistance?

The pharma industry in Hyderabad is polluting the environment with antimicrobials which in turn may contribute to a rise in drug-resistant infections, a new study published in the journal Infection alleges.

Link it with GS Paper 3 of Science and Tech.

7- In NTD (Neglected Tropical disease) fight, the end in sight

Around the world, nearly 1.6 billion people are affected by a group of diseases so ignored that the term used to refer to them is called neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These are a cluster of 17 diseases affecting the poorest people living in the least developed pockets of the world.

8- Indira Gandhi, the environmentalist (The Hindu)

Read above article for the history of Environment laws in modern India started from 1972.

Link this with GS Paper 3 of Environment section and Essay paper.

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