8 June 2018 | High relevance vs Low relevance news

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

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High relevance news

DAC approves procurement of radars, air cushion vehicles

Contains details about radars and vehicles being procured. Should be given a read as UPSC is now also asking technical specifications in Science & tech questions in Prelims

[op-ed snap] Averting Ponzi schemes

Gives complete details of Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018. A question can be expected in Mains based on this

[op-ed snap] Sustaining earth for the future

Mentions 2 very important terms: Anthropocene era & Half Earth project. Has a high chance of appearing in UPSC Prelims just like ‘Sixth Mass Extinction’ question of 2018

India not yet ready to sign the Hague treaty

The government has declined the Hague treaty on the inter-country abduction of children by parents fleeing a bad marriage

The government has long held the view that the decision could lead to harassment of women escaping marital discord or domestic violence

Low relevance news

60% work on landslide mapping over: GSI Director-General

Geological Survey of India [GSI] has completed 60% of its flagship landslide mapping programme. By 2020, the GSI plans to map out the landslide-prone hilly terrains of 18 States

No important points from exam point of view

Pakistan team not allowed for conference in India

The External Affairs Ministry has said that the ‘state of relationship’ with a country determines visit of its citizens to India

It objected to Pakistan’s participation in an academic conference

News shows diplomatic stance from India’s side but nothing important from exam point of view

Canada Senate votes in favour of legalising recreational marijuana

Canada’s Senate has voted to legalise recreational marijuana, clearing a major hurdle that puts the country on track to become the first Group of Seven nation to permit the national use of the drug

There are also demands to legalise marijuana in India but this news is not important from UPSC perspective