[27 July 2017] Low priority news items of the day

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Low priority news items of the day:

No transgenders in military: Trump

The United States will not “accept or allow” transgender individuals in the military, President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, reversing a decision taken by the Barack Obama administration last year.

The article is not important because it is not related to India. But still it can be shown as an example of issues related to LGBT community.

 

‘India-Israel ties can affect Al Aqsa conflict’

India’s friendly ties with Israel could ‘interfere’ with the ongoing Israel-Palestinians conflict over the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, said the envoy of Palestine on Wednesday.

No Important information is given in the article, from the UPSC point of view

 

Planet of machines

The prognosis that artificially-intelligent (AI) machines will get to a point where humanity could, in theory, be made redundant

Op-Ed is very technical and is on a hypothetical topic

 

The war within

It’s barely five months before Gujarat goes for crucial Assembly polls. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party since 1998, is already in the thick of things with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the State once a month and party national president Amit Shah holding region-wise conventions of party workers. Notwithstanding anti-incumbency of almost two decades, the party has set itself an ambitious target of winning 150 out of 182 Assembly seats to break the Congress record of 149 seats way back in 1985.

A political Op-Ed, talking about the faulty strategy of Congress against BJP. Not important for UPSC

 

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[26 July 2017] Low priority news items of the day

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Centre plans Rs. 7 lakh crore for highways

The Centre will invest about Rs. 7 lakh crore in developing national highways in the next five years, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry said in a statement.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

Transfer unclaimed accruals to fund: IRDA

Insurance companies can no longer retain unclaimed amounts of policyholders if those accruals are more than 10 years old. Such sums need to be, instead, transferred to the Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund (SCWF) of the Centre. The direction from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has come in the backdrop of the amendment made in April to the Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund Rules. The amendment expanded the purview beyond the unclaimed amounts in small savings and other saving schemes of the Centre, PPF and EPF.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

Crisis in Maldives worsens

Maldivian troops blockaded Parliament and clashed with Opposition leaders for a second day, witnesses said on Tuesday.

This article is not related to India, but yet it could be important for UPSC if any important information were given in it. Because Maldives is a close neighbor of India, and every problem or hostility in Indian neighbors effects Indian Foreign policy.

 

In the age of data

Without strong data protection laws, privacy as a right will be of little value

The topic of the Op-Ed is important but it is little bit more technical. Also, there is no significance of perceptions on this issue(as given in the article), as SC is going to give its judgement very soon. Then, we can expect a good Op-Ed on the issue.

 

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[25 July 2017] Low priority news items of the day

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Keeping safe while cruising in the Arctic

When the Crystal Serenity , a 1,000-passenger luxury liner, sails in August on a month-long Arctic cruise through the Northwest Passage, it will have a far more utilitarian escort: a British supply ship. The Ernest Shackleton , which normally resupplies scientific bases in Antarctica, will help with the logistics of shore excursions along the route from Alaska to New York through Canada’s Arctic Archipelago.

What is important(from prelims point of view) in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

IMF retains India 2017 GDP growth forecast at 7.2%

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) July World Economic Outlook Update retained India’s projected GDP growth rate for 2017-18 at 7.2%, and at 7.7% for 2018-19.

These kind of articles on GDP growth rate(expected) are full of numerical data. This data is of very less relevance from UPSC prespective. We should only go for the reasons behind this ‘up and down’ of expected GDP growth rate.

 

SC for more data on GM mustard

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to stop itself from embarking on any project on, or commercial release of, genetically modified (GM) mustard. A Bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said an injunction order would be passed if it was found that GM mustard affected health and lives for generations.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.
(and we will wait for the final judgement)

 

U.R. Rao, genial genius of ISRO

Udupi Ramachandra Rao, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, acclaimed space scientist acknowledged as the father of Indian satellite technology, is no more. The celebrated cosmic ray scientist with an MIT scholarship and experience with early NASA projects in the 1960s is best remembered as the man who gave the country its first spacecraft Aryabhata from out of modest un-space-like industrial sheds of Peenya in Bengaluru.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

How capitalist is China today?

China began liberalising its socialist command economy in the late 1970s under the leadership of statesman Deng Xiaoping, soon after the death of its socialist leader Mao Zedong.

Op-Ed is not related to India. Therefore, it is not important from UPSC point of view.

 

 

 

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[24 July 2017] Low priority news/op-ed items of the day

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‘India’s approach to U.S. and China differs’

India frequently and assertively tries to shape comments from the United States on Pakistan during crises, but it does not do so in the case of China, said Dr. Joshua T. White, a former White House and Pentagon official in the Barack Obama administration.

The article is written on the personal comments by the former White House official(on India-China relations). These comments cannot be considered as official and therefore, is of very less importance from UPSC point of view

 

Spanish scientists develop ‘anti-Zika drug’

Researchers from a southeastern Spanish university announced the discovery of a molecule that could be used as a potential drug to fight the effects of a Zika virus infection.

Not important. Because research is not completed yet.

 

Arab League, Erdogan warn Israel

The Arab League on Sunday accused Israel of “playing with fire” with new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

Not much important. Because the article is not related to India. But still we can follow these kind of articles if useful information(not given in this article) is given. As, this is a phase of rising Indo-Israel relationship and India have good relations with Arab world too. These issues between Arab world and Israel can effect India’s Foreign Policy.

 

Low priority op-eds of the day

The Vice President’s mien

The contest is between two ideas of India, between the politics of vision and that of power play

The Op-Ed is politically biased. Hence. not important for UPSC.

 

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[22 July 2017] Low priority news items of the day

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Floor price for voice, data not ‘workable’, says TRAI

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said that the industry had reached a consensus that fixing of floor price for voice and data services was not a “workable idea” at the moment, and the current regime of tariff forbearance would continue.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

No proposal for farm loan write-offs: govt.

The government is not considering any proposal to waive farm loans, the Parliament was informed. Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in a written reply to Lok Sabha that no debt waiver scheme for farmers was announced by the central government during the last three years.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

Personal data is integral to right to life: Centre tells Supreme Court

An alliance forged out of immediate self-interest as opposed to shared, long-term goals allows only for fleeting moments of togetherness. The very same high-risk political strategising that drove Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar into the arms of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad is now forcing him to hurriedly disentangle from the tight embrace.

It is a political Op-Ed. Not relevant from UPSC point of view

 

Personal data is integral to right to life: Centre tells Supreme Court

The Centre told the Supreme Court Friday that personal data was part of a person’s fundamental right to life and cannot be shared freely by internet service providers or social networking sites. The development comes at a time when a debate is on about the right to privacy and is contrary to the stand already taken by the government before the Supreme Court in the Aadhaar matter that citizens do not have a fundamental right to privacy.

The Article is about a petition that was filed in SC few days ago. We should wait for the SC judgement on the petition. Petitions are not important for UPSC exam but Judgement on them are.

 

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[21 July 2017] Low priority news items of the day

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DoT, telcos to discuss new policy

The Telecom Department will meet operators and industry associations on Friday to brainstorm on the new telecom policy, according to industry sources.

DoT is discussing a possible policy, we shall wait till they draft one. But you can go through particulars of DoT.

 

Chinese blog post doesn’t see war as an option

In sharp contrast to a spate of Chinese write-ups and web posts exhorting Beijing to adopt a more muscular approach in Doklam, a widely circulating WeChat post is denouncing war as an option to resolve the border crisis with India.

The article do not talk about any official statement by Chinese Government, the article presents views of some normal Chinese people. The foreign policy of any country, China in this case, is not decided by general public point of view. It is decided by any government after assessing consequences and interests of the particular country.

 

The new President

Mr. Kovind may be involved in situations with no set precedent. Also, while the use and abuse of Article 356, and the imposition of President’s Rule, are now monitored closely by the higher courts, as President he will necessarily have to use his own discretion should the Union Cabinet send such a recommendation.

The Op-Ed talks about historical facts, challenges and future responsibilities of the new president. Normal, general  and obvious things are given in the article. Also, much of the important points on new Presidents are already covered in other newcards. Hence, it is of very less importance from UPSC perspective.

 

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[20 July 2017] Low priority news items of the day

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China shows zero tolerance to ‘sovereignty’ threats

China’s insistence on the withdrawal of Indian troops from the Doklam plateau as a precondition for negotiations is consistent with its position on Tibet, Taiwan or the South China Sea — areas of hyper-sensitivity where Beijing perceives that its “territorial sovereignty” is at stake.

Nothing new in this article. Important things on the topic is already covered in many previous newcards.

 

GST will expand tax net, says Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has briefed BJP MPs on the benefits of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, stating that it would expand the tax net, bring down “Inspector Raj” and cut prices of goods. He was making a presentation on GST for the parliamentary party group, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Topic of the article is important but article is showing political perspective of the government. Hence, is of very less relevance from UPSC point of view.

 

Panel for bigger Indian role in Afghanistan

India has a “critical role” to play in breaking the stalemate in Afghanistan, the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Forces has said, calling for enhancing trilateral cooperation between Afghanistan, India and the U.S.

Article is related to India but it is showing US’ point of view on the Indo-Afghan relationship. Every country has different point of views on Global relations, according to their interests. And, it is not very important how a third country sees relations between other two countries, unless it is strategically influential, as in the case with China or Pakistan.

 

Resignation drama

The resignation of Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati from her Rajya Sabha seat on Tuesday provided the high drama in the opening days of Parliament’s monsoon session.

The op-ed is political and opinionated.

 

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[19 July 2017] Low priority news/op-ed items of the day

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‘Nil GST on fabrics not feasible’

Minister for Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley, ruled out any decrease in the tax rate on the Textile sector under GST

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news. Other part of the article has political topics and is not related to the headline.

 

Nagaland CM to face trust vote today

Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu will face a floor test at a special session of the Assembly on Wednesday after the Gauhati High Court on Tuesday dismissed his plea to stay the Governor’s order directing him to seek a trust vote.

The article is not so much important. But try to understand the process of trust vote by connecting it with the news. You can understand the topic of Trust Vote from M Laxmikanth or any other that book you are reading for Indian Polity topic.

 

Low priority op-eds of the day

Erdoğan’s excesses

Last July, hundreds of thousands of Turkish citizens hit the streets to defend democracy when a faction of the military tried to seize power through a coup. It was a rare occasion of unity in Turkey’s otherwise fractious politics, with most parties denouncing the coup bid and Opposition politicians rushing to the government’s defence.

The Article is not related to India. Hence, it has very less relevance from UPSC point of view.

 

No common ground on the Doklam plateau

Many of the points involved in the current stand-off are disputed or disputable. The Sikkim (India)-China border was the only settled segment of the nearly 4,000-km-long India-China border.

Topic of the article is important. But we have already done many newscards on the same topic. Also, there is no important information given in the article, which was not given in other previous articles.

 

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[17 July 2017] Low priority news/op-ed items of the day

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Make full use of Parliament session, says PM

“Mr. Kovind has worked with former Prime Minister Morarji Desai. Now, I will get an opportunity to work with Mr. Kovind,” the Prime Minister reportedly said at the pre-monsoon session meeting of the ruling alliance, which happens to have come just before the election.

Article is full of political statements. Hence, is of no importance for UPSC

 

GM mustard release faces another hurdle

Dissent has crept in among agricultural scientists of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) over the possible release of genetically modified mustard.

Topic of the article is important. But we have already done many newscards on the same topic. Also, there is no important information given in the article, which was not given in other previous articles.

 

U.S. opened door to Iran’s domination in Iraq

When the United States invaded Iraq 14 years ago to topple Saddam Hussein, it saw Iraq as a potential cornerstone of a democratic and Western-facing Middle East, and vast amounts of blood and treasure — about 4,500 U.S. lives lost, more than $1 trillion spent — were poured into the cause.

Article is not related to India. Therefore, has very less relevance from UPSC point of view.

 

Changing contours of the Darjeeling agitation

Fresh in public memory is how many leaders have played the Gorkhaland card for self-aggrandisement. And as if to allay any misgivings over their intent, a “fast-unto-death” programme has been announced by senior leaders, giving a new twist to the turn of events.

Topic of the op-ed is important. But we have already done many newscards on the same topic. Also, the article is little bit opinionated.

 

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[15 July 2017] Low priority news/op-ed items of the day

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Low priority news items of the day:

India overtakes US as Facebook s No. 1 user

India has overtaken the U.S. to become Facebook’s largest country audience with a total 241 million active users, compared to 240 million in the U.S.

It shows India’s increased internet connectivity through out the country. This can also be shown as a minor success for the ‘Digital India’ initiative. But not so much important for UPSC perspective

 

 

‘Sri Lanka has failed to probe war crimes’

Sri Lanka has failed to deliver on its international commitments to prosecute government troops and Tamil rebels for atrocities committed during its ethnic war, a UN expert said on Friday.

Not related to India. Hence, very less relevance from mains point of view. But it can be seen as an example of Human Rights violations happening around the world.

 

 

EU, India set up fund for investments

The European Union (EU) and India on Friday announced the establishment of an Investment Facilitation Mechanism (IFM) for EU investments in India. The mechanism will allow for a close coordination between the European Union and the Government of India with an aim to promote and facilitate EU investment in India. Ease of doing business is a fundamental priority of the Indian Government’s Make in India Campaign and the establishment of IFM for facilitating EU investments in India is another step to achieve this goal.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

 

How Brexit has begun to unravel

With just 20 months to go till Britain is meant to leave the EU, it’s become potentially more of a time bomb. Questions about the viability of Brexit as the government had laid it out — in Prime Minister Theresa May’s crucial Lancaster House speech in January — emerged rapidly after the election and the government’s loss of its overall parliamentary majority.

Op-Ed not related to India

 

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[14 July 2017] Low priority news/op-ed items of the day

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Low priority news items of the day:

Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong to be sold at auction

Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the first lunar landing is being sold at a New York auction.

Nothing is important

 

China investments a worry: SJM

The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioning him against awarding government contracts to two Chinese companies and against commerce with that country in the wake of enhanced hostilities.

Not important because SJM is not a government organisation. But the issue is serious. We can search better data on this topic in future news articles

 

Now, e-visa facility for Uganda

At present, India offers e-visa facility to only 18 of the 54 African nations. Following adverse reports from intelligence agencies, Uganda had been on the list of 36 countries, such as Egypt, Congo, Chad, Ethiopia and Algeria, which were not covered under the scheme.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

SEBI probing MSEI on ‘irregularities’ plaint

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is investigating alleged financial irregularities at the Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India (MSEI) on a complaint received from a whistle-blower.

Not important as such. But one should know the powers exercised by the SEBI, as is done by it in the above case.

 

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[12 July 2017] Low priority news/op-ed items of the day

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GREEN-LD MANJA

The use of ‘Chinese’ kite strings, made of nylon or any synthetic material which is non-biodegradable, was on Tuesday banned by the National Green Tribunal on the grounds that it posed threat to life and the environment. It directed State governments to prohibit the “manufacture, sale and storage” of synthetic manja.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

Border crisis not a first: Jaishankar

Playing down differences with China and the military stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said the situation there had occurred before and could be “handled.”

It is a long border; as you know, no part of the border has been agreed upon on the ground,” Dr. Jaishankar said, adding that, “It is likely that, from time to time, there are differences,” along the 3,500 kilometre boundary.

We have dealt with this topic extensively. Nothing special in this news.

 

India to celebrate Falun Gong

Falun Gong, the ancient Chinese holistic system that is banned in China, will be celebrated in India on July 15 with a parade and Human Word Formation in the capital. Organisers of the event, Falun Dafa Association of India, which has been teaching Falun Gong in India, said the event would highlight the persecution against the practitioners in China.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

Ominous retreat: on weakening bond markets

Bond markets around the globe showed signs of weakness last week, with major central banks hinting at a possible end to years of ultra-loose monetary policy. The yield on German government bonds reached their highest level in 18 months, while that on the 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds reached its highest level in eight weeks.

op-ed not related to India + too technical

 

Paint the united colours of India

The Sangh Parivar’s saffron agenda must not dictate the country’s foreign policy

opinionated and Political op-ed. In a politically neutral exam you cannot use heavy words like Sangh parivar’s vicious agenda.

 

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[9 July 2017] Low priority news/op-ed items of the day

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Stuck with harvest, farmers turn to traders

Lackadaisical govt. procurement forces farmers in Madhya Pradesh them to sell cheap

State specific news

No daily rations in peace stations

As per recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission (SPC) on allowances approved by the government, military officers in peace stations have stopped receiving daily rations. Instead they will get a Ration Money Allowance (RMA) which will be fixed after factoring in the Consumer Price Index.

“Provision of free ration for officers of defence forces shall be discontinued in peace areas. RMA shall continue to be paid to officers of defence forces posted in peace areas. The cash shall be credited directly into the bank accounts of officers,” the gazette notification issued by the government on allowances said.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

Saint Teresa’s blue-bordered sari is Intellectual Property

The famous blue-bordered sari of Mother Teresa, who has been canonised as Saint Teresa of Calcutta by the Vatican, has been recognised as an Intellectual Property of the Missionaries of Charity.

“The Trade Marks Registry, Government of India, has granted the registration of the trademark for that pattern of blue border of sari,” Intellectual Property attorney Biswajit Sarkar said.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

Low priority op-eds of the day

Building solidarity beyond borders

While reactionary forces in Sri Lanka and the region are networking well, resistance remains isolated

This op-ed is moderately important .You can give it a read. However we covered other op-eds which to us looked more important than this op-ed. And because of space/time limitation we ignored this op-ed.

 

Divided island

The UN must quickly pick up the piecesto restart talks on the reunification of Cyprus

Not Linked to India. Generally we cover those IR news/op-ed which deals with issues where Indian interests are effected

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[8 July 2017] Low priority news/op-ed items of the day

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Study probes Greenland sharks’ secret to long life

Greenland sharks, the longest living vertebrates on Earth, which live for up to 400 years, could hold the secret to long life, geneticists mapping their DNA say.

The sharks are believed to have unique genes that could help explain not only their incredibly long lifespan, but life expectancy in other vertebrates, including humans, researchers said.

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

 

Nilgiris pale tiger an ‘aberrant genetic mutation’

While the pale tiger of the Nilgiris has won global attention, it could be just an instance of an aberrant genetic mutation, say experts.

No such animal has been recorded in south India so far; it is not of great conservation value per se, says wildlife scientist

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

‘No objection to Malabar exercise’

China on Friday guardedly reacted to Malabar exercises between the navies of India, the U.S. and Japan, saying it has “no objection” to normal cooperation and hoped that it was not directed against any third country

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

Low priority op-eds of the day

The waiting game: Nitish’s mixed political signals may be a calculated plan

Nitish Kumar’s mixed political signals may be part of a calculated plan

Completely ignore political op-eds.

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[7 July 2017] Low priority news/op-ed items of the day

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Low priority news items of the day:

 

Centre doing ‘all it can’ to help farmers

The Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the increasing incidence of suicide by distressed farmers was a “terrible tragedy” and it was doing “all in its powers” to tide over the agrarian crisis.

Tells Supreme Court that NITI Ayog will suggest a strategy to address concerns over farmer suicides

What is important in this news is covered here in this snippet. No need to go full monty on the original news.

China simulating high-altitude battles

Amid the Sikkim standoff, the Chinese Army is carrying out exercises simulating real battle scenarios at high-altitude areas in Tibet, testing new equipment, including a light battle tank.

The exercises were being carried out at an altitude of 5,100 metres, the Chinese language service of the state-run Xinhua news agency reported from the Tibetan capital Lhasa. Besides testing the new equipment, the exercises involve conducting live firing exercises.

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Indian, Israeli defence firms join hands

On the sidelines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, Indian and Israeli companies entered into agreements to bid jointly for defence contracts for the Indian military and locally build the systems under “Make in India”.

Bharat Forge and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) have signed an MoU to expand the joint venture that the companies are establishing as part of a February 2017 agreement meant to develop, build, market and manufacture selected air defence systems and light weight special purpose munitions.

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Postscript to the proxy war

Tensions threaten to spiral between the U.S. and Iran ahead of the coming battle for southern Syria

Not Linked to India. Generally we cover those IR news/op-ed which deals with issues where Indian interests are effected

Déjà vu in Brazil

With the President caught in a scandal,the country braces for more instability

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SCIENCE-AI-IVF

Scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that may accurately predict which IVF embryos will grown into healthy babies. Researchers trained a computer to identify healthy embryos using images of 482 bovine embryos during their development. The system was reliable and could look for things that the human eye could not see, they said.

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Parliamentary secretaries’ appointment set aside

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday set aside the appointment of four MLAs as chief parliamentary secretaries in the Manohar Lal Khattar government.In the petition, Mr Bhatti contended that under the constitution there was no provision for the post of chief parliamentary secretaries and their appointment. Besides being unconstitutional, it was a burden on the State exchequer and the taxpayer, he said.

State specific news

NGT questions pollution control board appointments

The National Green Tribunal has directed all States and Union Territories (UTs) to explain within a week whether appointments of chairmen and member secretaries in State pollution control boards have been made as per the guidelines stipulated by it.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar warned that if the reply is not filed by them within the requisite time, it would impose a cost of Rs. 25,000 on each defaulting State or UT.

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Before the sluice gates close

The Sardar Sarovar project cannot be complete without resettlement of the thousands displaced or affected.

Article has political overtones.

An anguished farewell to austerity

The tragic fire at London’s Grenfell Tower may well mark the end of a decade of economic austerity

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Drug-resistant TB higher in children: Report

While detection of tuberculosis (TB) in children remains a challenge, it has now emerged that Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB is higher among children than expected. This has been described as a “worrying trend” by the Union Health Ministry.

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CM will come under Lokpal Bill: Amarinder

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that his government would bring the Chief Minister, along with Ministers and bureaucrats, within the ambit of the Lokpal Bill to be enacted soon. “The reforms by the Congress government will help to wipe out corruption and mafia. We are working on a new Lokpal legislation with the powers to act on complaints against the Chief Minister, the Ministers and the bureaucrats,” he said

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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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Open to capital

China opened itself to foreign investors on Monday by liberalising rules that regulate participation in its massive bond market. The new Bond Connect scheme, which was keenly awaited for months, allows large foreign investors such as banks and pension funds to buy and sell mainland Chinese bonds through offshore accounts in Hong Kong.

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India made Bhutan distort facts, says China

Responding to Jaitley’s remarks, Beijing says if India of 2017 is different from what it was in 1962, China too has changed

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Not Jerusalem, Tel Aviv to remain Embassy’s location

Reiterating commitment to two-state solution, Modi says India’s stance on the mission will hinge on the ‘final-status’ agreement between Israel and Palestine.

We will cover this issue in detail in coming days.

Tiger reserves to remain closed during monsoon

Tourism zones falling in the national park areas of the world famous Ranthambhore and Sariska tiger reserves in Rajasthan will remain closed during monsoon this year as the Forest Department has revised its earlier orders for keeping them open.

The decision was taken after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) took up the matter with the State government.

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By Jupiter! NASA’s new revelation

NASA’s Earth-bound Gemini North telescope has beamed back a stunning image of Jupiter showing haze particles over a range of altitudes, as seen in reflected sunlight.

As the Juno spacecraft orbits Jupiter, the Gemini telescope is providing high-resolution images to help guide its exploration of the giant planet.

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The rising clout of mutual funds

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Now, a hard trek via Lipulekh

Amid a face-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the India-China border, the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim has been cancelled.

However, pilgrims travelling through the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand will continue as scheduled, a government official said.

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An innovative firewall to protect smartphones

Scientists have developed an innovative firewall programme that can protect smartphones from malicious codes and security threats.

It can be implemented as a tiny chip.

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Brain chemical tied to learning identified

Scientists have identified a chemical in the brain that can be blocked to boost the learning of music and language in adults. Learning language or music is usually a breeze for children, but the capacity declines dramatically with age.

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U.S. arms sale to Taiwan angers China

Relations between China and the United States soured on Friday as Beijing fumed over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and U.S. sanctions against a Chinese bank linked to North Korea.

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Making the House rules

Parliament must codify the legislature’s privileges to prevent misuse of power

We have covered this topic extensively yesterday.

Heaviest satellite of ISRO launched

The 3,477-kg spacecraft, the heaviest built by the Indian Space Research Organisation, will soon join the ring of 17 working national communication satellites that are already in orbit. It will add to the services they provide for broadcasting, telecommunications, VSAT services, meteorology, search and rescue, among others, ISRO said.

Already covered this news yesterday.

 

This probiotic beer boosts immunity

Beer lovers may soon have a gut-friendly drink to raise a toast to, thanks to scientists who have created a probiotic sour beer that boosts immunity.

The new beer created by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), incorporates the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei L26, which was first isolated from human intestines and has the ability to neutralise toxins and viruses, as well as regulate the immune system

Nothing significant in this news

 

Odisha moots first night safari

Intending to make the best use of large forest stretches available on the edge of Bhubaneswar, the Odisha government has mooted setting up the State’s first night safari.

state specific news

 

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GJM holds BJP accountable to its election manifesto

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), in the midst of an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland State in Darjeeling, said it would continue to hold the BJP accountable to its manifesto for the 2014 elections where the party promised to “sympathetically examine and appropriately consider the long-pending demands of Gorkhas.”

Political news.Not relevant for UPSC exam.

 

Sea pollution blamed for mass fish death along Ganjam coast

Seepage of urea from the fertilizer godowns at Gopalpur port is responsible for the mass death of fish and other marine animals in Ganjam district of Odisha, according to the State fisheries department.

State specific news

 

AI divestment gets Cabinet nod

As per an official statement, the ministerial group will decide upon the “treatment of unsustainable debt of Air India, hiving off of certain assets to shell company, de-merger and strategic disinvestment of three profit-making subsidiaries, quantum of disinvestment and the universe of bidders.”

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Rise in crocodile nestings in Odisha elates ecologists

Forest officials spot 80 nests in wild habitats this year, say there could be more. The steady increase in sightings of salt water crocodile nests in the swampy creeks of the Bhitarkanika National Park on the Odisha coast for three consecutive seasons has elated ecologists, who have hailed this achievement as the outcome of long-term conservation efforts.

State specific news

Uranus’ magnetic field flips on and off: study

Scientists have found that Uranus’ magnetic field gets flipped on and off like a light switch every day as the planet rotates. Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. made the discovery based on data from NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft.

Nothing comprehensive in this news

 

No evidence of alien life yet, says NASA

NASA has no announcements to make about the discovery of alien life, a spokesperson said, dismissing media reports that claimed that the U.S. space agency was about to reveal news on extraterrestrial life.

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Extinction event wiped out marine life

Scientists have discovered a major extinction event that wiped out around a third of marine species and reduced their diversity by 55% between two to three million years ago.The disappearance of a large part of the terrestrial megafauna such as the sabre-toothed cat and the mammoth during the Ice Age is well known.Researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and the Naturkunde Museum in Berlin have shown that a similar extinction event had taken place earlier in the oceans.The team investigated fossils of marine megafauna from the Pliocene and the Pleisto-cene epochs — 5.3 million to around 9,700 years B.C.

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SCIENCE-ROBOT

South Korean scientists have built the first foldable walking robot that pops up when deployed. The robot could be used for future space missions as well as seabed exploration on the earth. The DeployBot is made of eight modules: four for the body and one for each of the four legs.

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Kasturirangan to head education committee

Eminent scientist, former Chief of ISRO and Padma Vibhushan Dr. K. Kasturirangan has been appointed Chairman of the committee tasked with preparing the final draft of the National Education Policy

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DNA used to make nano computers

Scientists have built simple machines out of DNA, which can be used to make nanotech sensors, amplifiers and even a molecular computer.

The DNA machines can relay discrete bits of information through space or amplify a signal, said Yonggang Ke, an assistant professor from Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. “In the field of DNA-based computing, the DNA contains the information, but the molecules are floating around in solution,” Mr. Ke said

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NATGRID can soon access PAN, I-T records

The Centre has empowered the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), the integrated mechanism to keep track of security-related data, to access the Income Tax department’s records on individual taxpayers as well as PAN card holders. NATGRID and the I-T department could sign a pact soon to operationalise the data sharing arrangement.

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INDIA-POPULATION-UN

India’s population could surpass that of China’s around 2024 and is projected to touch 1.5 billion in 2030, according to a U.N. report. India’s population may eventually see a decline after 2050 to 1.51 billion by 2100 but it will still be the most populous country in the world, the report said.

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SCIENCE-GALAXY

Using NASA’s Hubble Telescope, astronomers have discovered a first-of-its-kind compact yet massive, disk-shaped ‘dead’ galaxy that stopped making stars just a few billion years after the Big Bang. The discovery challenges the current understanding of how massive galaxies form and evolve, researchers said.

un-named Galaxies,comets,planets and asteroids are generally irrelevant for the exam.

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Evolutionary secrets help Red Sea corals withstand heat

In the azure waters of the Red Sea, Maoz Fine and his team dive to study what may be the planet’s most unique coral: one that can survive global warming, at least for now.

The corals, striking in their red, orange and green colours, grow on tables some eight metres underwater, put there by the Israeli scientists to unlock their secrets to survival.

They are of the same species that grows elsewhere in the northern Red Sea and are resistant to high temperatures.

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Old notes: banks given more time

The government on Tuesday issued a notification allowing banks and post offices still holding demonetised notes to deposit them with the Reserve Bank of India within 30 days, along with a reason for why they were not deposited with the central bank within the specified period.

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NASA to test flexible solar panel on ISS

NASA will test a flexible solar panel on the International Space Station.

The panel rolls up to form a compact cylinder and may offer substantial cost savings as well as an increase in power for satellites in the future.

Traditional solar panels used to power satellites can be bulky with heavy panels. Smaller and lighter than traditional solar panels, the Roll-Out Solar Array consists of a centre wing made of a flexible material containing photovoltaic cells to convert light into electricity.

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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.

“The number of sheep available in the State would be around 7.5 crore in the next two-and-a-half years and if about 5 crore sheep were sold each at a cost of Rs. 5,000 in the market, the revenue generated would be about Rs. 25,000 crore. They would be the richest Golla Kurama community in the country,” said Mr Rao adding that Telangana should be in a position to export 6,500 truck-loads of sheep . He said the government would set up mobile veterinary clinics and the farmers could avail the services of veterinary doctors at their doorstep by dialling 1962.

State specific news.

 

Cholesterol-cutting vaccine shows promise

A cholesterol-lowering vaccine has shown promise in mice, said researchers on Tuesday who announced they had started early-phase trials to see if it also works in humans.

Such a treatment could offer a welcome alternative to statins, the main pharmaceutical choice today for lowering cholesterol in people at high risk of heart attack or stroke.

The vaccine, dubbed AT04A, reduced cholesterol levels in trial mice by half, and reversed damage done to blood vessels due to plaque build-up by more than 60%, researchers said in a statement.

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Grapes may help fight colon cancer

Compounds found in grapes can kill colon cancer cells and may lead to novel treatments to prevent the deadly disease, according to scientists including those of Indian origin.

Cancer stem cells are capable of self-renewal, cellular differentiation and maintain their stem cell-like characteristics even after invasion and metastasis, researchers said.

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Punjab waives farm loan, AAP says ‘too little’

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced complete waiver of crop loans of up to Rs. 2 lakh for small and marginal farmers with up to five-acre holdings, and a flat Rs. 2 lakh relief for all other marginal farmers, irrespective of their loan amount.

We have extensively covered farm waiver issue in many previous news-cards. Only thing important to be remembered in this news is which state waived farmer’s loan as we have already covered implications of loan waiver in previous news-cards.

Transfer pricing: rule on adjustment notified

The Income Tax Department has come out with rules for operationalising the provisions of secondary adjustment in books of accounts to reflect actual allocation of profits between a company and its arm.

The Finance Act 2017 has inserted Section 92CE in the I-T Act to give effect to the secondary adjustment norms, which are based on OECD’s transfer pricing guidelines for multinational enterprises and tax administrations.

It is also provided that where the excess money available with the associated enterprise on primary adjustment is not repatriated to India within the prescribed time, it shall be deemed to be an advance made by the assessee to such associated enterprise.

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Origins of us

Man’s unrelenting quest to chart out the precise pattern of his ancestry got a lightning jolt of excitement this month. Fossil hunters have dated a tranche of jaw, tooth and skulls (in picture), unearthed at different periods since the 1960s, from a cave in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco. These have been proffered as proof of the oldest known humans. The pair of research papers reported in Nature suggests that science may have grossly underestimated the age of humanity. Until last month, the consensus was that humans were about 2,00,000 years old. This discovery pushes the history of human evolution back to at least 3,00,000 years.

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No Indian fighting in the Philippines’

Security agencies here have denied that an Indian fought alongside the Islamic State (IS) at Marawi in southern Philippines which was seized by the Islamist militant group a month ago.

A Reuters report said on May 30 that “dozens of foreign jihadis”, which included an Indian, “fought side-by-side with Islamic State sympathisers against security forces”.

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BJP non-committal on statehood issue

As unrest continued in the Darjeeling hills over the demand for the State of Gorkhaland, the BJP unit in Bengal remained non-committal.

Speaking to The Hindu , BJP MP from Darjeeling S.S. Ahluwalia — who is also a Minister of State — said that the “demand” of the people of Darjeeling needs to be examined. However, he did not indicate the party’s position on Gorkhaland.

Political news. Not much relevant to UPSC exam.

 

Contest vs. consensus

Whether an enlightened public figure or an active politician, the next President should be one who enjoys the widest possible acceptability. For this to happen, there should be meaningful discussions towards building a consensus among the major political parties ahead of the presidential election.

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CSIR inks deal with Ethiopian institute

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed a $7 million (Rs. 45 crore approx.) agreement with the Metal Industries Development Institute (MIDI), Ethiopia. According to CSIR sources, this is the largest, international deal it has ever signed.

Not much substance in the news.

Yechury calls for annual MSP law

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has called for a legislation mandating the Union government to fix an annual Minimum Support Price (MSP) for all agriculture products, which should be one and half times of the production cost.

Loan waiver is a temporary relief. Only a law to revive MSP annually will bring a permanent solution for the farmer’s problem, he said.

Any statement/demand by politicians(unless he is an expert of that field) is not much relevant for the exam

 

40,000 train coaches to be retrofitted

You will soon be able to enjoy a train ride with modular toilets, LED lights, fire and smoke detection systems among other luxuries as the Indian Railways has begun refurbishing 40,000 rail coaches.

“This is one of the largest retrofitment projects in the world as Indian Railways’ coaches will be refurbished and retrofitted in the next five years.

The new coaches will have more mobile and laptop charging points, Braille signage and ergonomic designs among other features. While 25,000 coaches will be upgraded this financial year, 15,000 new coaches will be manufactured between 2018-19 and 2022-23. The Railways also plans to replace the ICF coaches with German Linke Hoffman Busch (LHB) coaches from April 2018.

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Meghalaya House demands recall of cattle trade order

The Meghalaya Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter and demanded its withdrawal as it would “impact the economy of the State and the food habit of its people”.

state specific news

Three new sites recognised as biodiversity hotspots in Goa

BirdLife International, a conservation organisation, has recognised three new sites in Goa as hotspots for protection. The sites have been added to their list of “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas”.The list has now added Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Navelim Wetlands and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary.

state specific news

 

Draft law seeks Rs. 100 cr fine for polluting Ganga

The National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill 2017, prescribes seven years in jail and a fine of up to Rs. 100 crore for anyone who pollutes the Ganga, blocks its flow, illegally mines its banks or constructs jetties without permission

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Floating solar farm reflects China’s clean energy aims

As the United States was withdrawing from the Paris climate pact, China’s clean energy ambitions were being reflected in the launch of the world’s largest floating solar farm.40 MW structure with 1,60,000 panels rests on lake and is part of Beijing’s efforts to wean itself off fossil fuel dependency

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BRICS should fight against terror’

Without naming Pakistan, the BJP on Sunday asserted that the BRICS grouping, during its summit in September, should deny “narrow self-interests and double standards” the opportunity to hamper the fight against international terrorism.“Terrorism today has become an instrument of state policy for some countries, while a number of rogue terror groups wander around the lawless lands of some other regions of the world,” said Ram Madhav, BJP national general secretary.

Statements of political parties are generally not important from the exam perspective.

 

Snake venom as substitute for aspirin

Scientists have found that a snake venom can provide a safer alternative to drugs like aspirin that help prevent blood clots in heart disease patients.

Anti-platelet drugs prevent blood cells called platelets from clumping together and are used to treat heart disease. Excessive bleeding after injury is a serious effect of current antiplatelet drugs, such as aspirin.

What is important is covered here.

 

NDRF base comes up in Delhi

An elite National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team equipped with nuclear and biological combat gear has been positioned in the heart of the national Capital to quickly respond to dangerous threats to not only the seat of power but also to the local population.Keeping in view the disaster vulnerability profile and high seismic activity in and around Delhi, another special team of the NDRF, in 24×7 operational readiness, has been based in South West Delhi’s R. K. Puram area. A third team to combat chemical or radiological leakage or attack incidents has also been based at the IGI Airport.

 

 

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India, Pakistan admitted to SCO as full members

India on Friday became a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), ending an administrative process that began two years ago. India’s membership at the SCO was announced by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who also welcomed Pakistan as a new member into the organisation.

We have already covered this news earlier.

Iran releases 25 Indian fishermen

Iran has released 25 Indian fishermen, who had been detained with their Bahraini boats since March, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said. The fishermen, hailing from Tamil Nadu, have been repatriated to Bahrain. “I am happy to inform that 25 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were detained by Iranian Coast Guards since March 2017 with five Bahraini boats have been released and repatriated to Bahrain,

What is important is covered here.

Centre sets up 18 sectoral groups for smooth GST rollout

The government has set up 18 sectoral groups, comprising senior members from the Centre and the States, to ensure the smooth rollout of the Goods and Services Tax, it announced on Friday..

These sectoral groups are to ensure a timely response to the problems of their respective sector by interacting with and examining representations received from trade and industry associations, highlighting specific issues for the smooth transition of the respective sector to the GST regime, and preparing sector-specific draft guidance.

What is important is covered here.

 

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Govt liberalises liquor policy

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala has come out with a liberalised liquor policy that permits opening of bars in Three Star and Four Star hotels.

Announcing the new liquor policy, which virtually overturns the hardline policy of the last United Democratic Front (UDF) government, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Thursday that liquor would now be available in domestic lounges of airports and that bar hotels would be permitted to sell ‘quality toddy.’

On the side of restrictions, the government had decided to reduce the working hours of bars by half-an-hour to 12 hours and raise the legal age for buying and consuming liquor from 21 to 23 years.

State level news.What is important is covered here.

 

SC verdict on Aadhaar-PAN link today

The Supreme Court will on Friday pronounce its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the mandatory linkage of Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) under Section 139AA inserted in the Income Tax Act by the Finance Act, 2017.

We will cover it once SC gives the verdict.

The next President

With a consensus unlikely, the opposition has no more than a small window of opportunity

Political op-ed.. Not much relevant for UPSC.

 

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India to join SCO in Astana

Announcing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s weekend visit to Astana, Kazakhstan, where India will be admitted as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the External Affairs Ministry said the fight against terrorism was “incumbent” on all.“We are going to Astana to become full member [of SCO], and we know the obligations and functions of the member states,” said Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay explaining that counter-terror collaboration with members of the SCO, such as China and Pakistan, was also a possibility.

Already covered similar news few days back.

 

Supreme Court sets aside order on PG medical seats in AMU, BHU

Noting that the Allahabad High Court “overstepped” its jurisdiction, the Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside the High Court’s decision to remove the 50% institutional quota for admission to postgraduate medical courses in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

“The High Court did not take into consideration the fact that the State [Uttar Pradesh] had no power to control admission to these universities. Therefore, we are clearly of the view that the High Court overstepped its jurisdiction and the order of the High Court is erroneous and is liable to be set aside,” the court decided in a 21-page judgment.

What is important in this news is covered here

 

CHINA-SCIENCE-MOON

China is planning a manned mission to the Moon, according to officials who announced that the preliminary preparations for the lunar landing had begun.

Just a line or two is important which has been covered here.

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Targeted therapy slows lung cancer

A new kind of targeted therapy slowed the advance of an aggressive form of lung cancer for about two years, or about three times as long as the standard treatment, researchers said on Monday.The Roche-made drug known as alectinib (Alecensa) could become a new tool in the fight against non small cell lung cancer.“Alectinib reduced the risk of cancer progression or death by 53% compared with crizotinib,” the current standard treatment, said the report.

Everyday news on some new discoveries or researches comes in newspaper. If the research is connected or related to India and it is very significant and game changing than it can be considered important for the exam. Rest of them can be ignored.

 

SC reserves order on postgraduate quota for in-house students

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a Allahabad High Court decision setting aside 50% reservation for in-house students for admissions to postgraduate courses in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Once SC gives it judgement we will cover it comprehensively.

 

As July 1 nears, GST interface not ready

GSPs say while they are confident in their own capabilities to meet the July 1 deadline, there are key processes — such as testing the compatibility of the GSTN software with the software run by each of the GSPs — that has not even begun as of now.

“The GSPs have to provide two kinds of services: their own infrastructure, and the readiness to comply with the GSTN,” Piyush Kumar, CEO of Taxmann Technologies, another GSP, said.

“The testing between the GSTN and the GSPs has not even started till now. This needs to be done so that the GSTN finds out the processes used by the GSPs, and then can revert back about whether the software is in compliance or not,” Mr. Kumar said.

What is important is covered here.

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Bitter fighting between Israel, Arab States

Heavy fighting on land and air broke out between Israel and the United Arab Republic today [June 5] and spread from Israel’s southern Negev desert to the holy city of Jerusalem. Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia hurried into the fray, and the Israeli Government ordered general mobilisation. Israel and the U.A.R. each charged the other with starting the ‘war’ after three weeks of mounting tension. Cairo Radio called on the Arab forces to “attack, destroy and liberate Palestine”. Cairo said Israel had started the ‘war’ by launching ground and air attacks early to-day [June 5]. It said Israel’s air strikes were launched on several U.A.R. military airfields and in the Suez Canal area, and on an airbase in the Cairo area.

Paragraph which is important is added here.

First rural LED street lighting project to take off in AP

After cities, energy efficient LED lights will now light up the rural areas of the country. To start with, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the Ministry of Power, is going to retrofit 10 lakh conventional street lights with LED lamp in village panchayats in Andhra Pradesh which is the first project for rural LED street lighting in the country under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Project (SLNP). According to an official release, the project will yield energy savings of approximately 147 million units of electricity annually and lead to a reduction of 12 crore tonnes of CO2.

State specific news.

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Will RBI correct its inflation forecast?

The Reserve Bank of India, which surprised the market by changing its stance from ‘accommodative’ to ‘neutral’ in February due to inflation concerns, may well be on a course correction in the second bi-monthly monetary policy review scheduled on June 7, as price increases have been lower than what the central bank had projected.

Not much relevant to UPSC exam . What RBI will do in future is not important but what RBI does and why is important news for UPSC exam.

 

Maharashtra looks to set up happiness department

Maharashtra government is planning to set up a ‘Happiness Department. The Happiness Department will work under the Relief and Rehabilitation department. The government has set up a seven-member committee and asked it formulate within three months a proposal on how the department should work.

State specific news.

NIA continues terror-fund searches in J&K

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) continued its searches for the second day on Sunday, covering five more places of “secessionist and separatist elements,” besides hawala operators, in the case of alleged terror financing by Pakistan-based terror outfits and the separatists in the Kashmir Valley.

Ongoing news..We have covered it earlier.

 

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Bail or jail

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.

We have already done news card on this issue yesterday.

 

U.N. rejects Pak. charge of attack on observers

The United Nations has dismissed the Pakistan Army’s claim that its military observers came under attack from Indian troops near the Line of Control, saying there was “no evidence” of them being targeted.

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Social boycott for triple talaq

Muslims who resort to instant triple talaq will be socially boycotted by other Muslims, the influential All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) conveyed to the Supreme Court.

“The Muslim community should boycott such persons socially who has pronounced three divorces in one go, so that such incidents may be minimised… This social boycott will be much helpful in decreasing the incidents of divorce,” the AIMPLB decided in a resolution, a copy of which was filed on record in the Supreme Court. The resolution is part of an affidavit filed by the Board in the Supreme Court on Monday.

Everyday some news on Triple Talaq. News related to Legal,constitutional and social aspects of triple talaq is important.Rest of it is a trash.

Death of patronage?

Voters are no longer swayed by freebies and symbolism

op-eds on politics can be ignored.In this op-ed the author tries to prove the point that BJP’s landslide win in UP means that Voters are no longer swayed by freebies and symbolism. Though  this op-ed raises an important point but the content in the op-ed is too much politicized.

 

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Jamsenpa scripts history, scales Everest twice in 5 days

Climber Anshu Jamsenpa from Arunachal Pradesh scripted history by scaling Mount Everest twice within five days .Mother of two becomes first Indian woman to reach mountain top for fifth time

UPSC rarely asks person in news. Important news  for bank/ssc exam.

Railways mulling track cleanliness survey

Widening its sanitation drive, the Indian Railways will now carry out a cleanliness survey of tracks on busy routes and rank its 16 zones based on performance.

Everyday Some Ministry plans some new initiative.We will cover it in detail once Railway actually launches the survey.

A breath analyser to spot diseases

Scientists have developed a low-cost, disposable sensor that can detect disease markers in one’s breath, giving patients an early warning sign to call the doctor.The device is made of a thin square of an organic plastic.

Hardly relevant for UPSC since the breath analyser does not have a specific name.

 

 

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SCIENCE-MOON-PLANET

Scientists have discovered a new moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, that resides in the frigid outskirts of the solar system. The combined power of three space observatories, including NASA’s Hubble Telescope, found the moon orbiting the dwarf planet 2007

Not much important .UPSC hasn,t asked a question on issues like discovery of new planet,new asteroid or new moon in recent years.

Madrasa students to get skill training

Madrasa students in Rajasthan will be trained in modern occupations through mobilisation camps in order to improve their skills in subjects such as computer literacy, Arabic data processing and handicraft export.

News is not of much importance.State specific schemes do not have much relevance for the UPSC exam unless and until it is a landmark scheme like Annapurna Rasoi scheme.

Kudankulam MoU in final stages

The discussions over the next MoU for units five and six of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) are at an advanced stage within the government, According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)

Well this is a very long and ongoing event.Once the MoU will be signed we will cover it in detail.

[18 May 2017] Low priority news items of the day

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If triple talaq is sin, why retain it: SC

Noting that only practices fundamental to religion are protected under the Constitution, the Supreme Court asked Muslim bodies on Wednesday how instant talaq can be both an essential part of religion as well as sinful. “If you yourself say this [instant triple talaq] is the worst form of divorce and sinful, how does it then become essential to religion” Justice Rohinton Nariman asked

Now everyday a new news comes on Triple Talaq. Writing newscard on  same topic everyday is not much helpful for aspirants.Once this whole issue settles down probably we will write a full length article on Triple Talaq Issue.

 

Coastal authority to go digital to clear files

With over 4,000 requests seeking Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances pending, the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA) is moving towards a digital platform for speedy processing of applications.
Applicants will soon be able to upload their applications directly to the website of the authority or through Akshaya Kendras and local panchayats. The new facility, expected to be up in three months, could speed up the process and applicants can digitally track the status of their applications.

News is not of much importance.State news – digitization of clearences is a norm of the day.

Important: Particulars of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ)

Rubber sector in the throes of change

With the Rubber Board unfolding its structural reforms and the Central authorities hinting at plantation policy perspectives, the more than a million rubber growers, most of them small farmers, are an aggrieved lot.The immediate reason for alarm has been the decision to close down the regional office of the Rubber Board at Kottayam and merging it with the one at Changanassery.

 

This article has nothing important except two things:
(i) Proposed plantation export development authority (PEDA)
(ii) The Central authorities are thinking of scrapping the Rubber Act, which in effect will take away the statutory board status from the Rubber Boardty (PEDA) Contradictions

[17 May 2017] Low priority news items of the day

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Tough to solve jobs issue

India’s boom period in the 2000s led to job creation in three sectors that did extremely well, Mr. Subramanian said after a public lecture at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

This included agriculture, construction and the IT sector. “Today, all these three sectors are challenged. We have to work on construction, we have to work on agriculture and of course, IT is now the new problem.”

The news comes straight from the Chief Economic Advisor but has very lil utility in overall scheme of things. Stresses on the same point which readers of Eco Survey would anyway be well aware of.

Haryana launches ‘Operation Durga’ to check harassment

Focus is on ensuring women’s safety and not about moral policing, say police

State specific scheme but a relatively important one. Take a note. That’s it!

State gets its own butterfly

The Southern Bird Wing has been designated as the ‘State butterfly’ of Karnataka.

Mild importance since last year a similar question came from Maharashtra. UPSC is less likely to repeat itself in similar vein.


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Alleged benami deals linked to Lalu, kin: I-T Dept. conducts raids in Delhi, nearby areas

The Income Tax Department on Tuesday conducted raids and surveys on at least 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas on charges of alleged benami deals worth ₹1,000 crore linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and others.

In this article, news is not important e:g: the place of raid( by IT officials), amount recovered. etc. are not important. Important Definition: What are Benami Deals? Hope you know that already

Pranab calls for smooth running of legislatures

Fewer Bills are passed by Lok Sabha compared to the past

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday called for ‘collective thinking’ by political parties and leaders to ensure the smooth running of Parliament and State Assemblies and improving the quality of debates in the legislatures.

In this article, views of Pranab Mukherjee are not of much importance (because they are very general). The data given in the article about the working efficiency of parliament may be important. You don’t have to mug up the data unless you have a knack of numbers. A similar themed question has already been asked in previous years’ mains paper

Over 900 railway stations to have CCTV cameras

In this article, the information given about the installation of CCTV cameras 900 railway station is not important. Important: CCTVs will be installed under the “Nirbhaya Fund”

The Centre had created ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ with a Rs. 1000 crore corpus in its 2013 Union Budget to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in the country. But you already knew it right? We had curated a PIB release on this


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Officials can learn from politicians too: Governor

What one should remember is that the challenge you may face in your job is one of understanding the issues of society. It is always easy to blame the politicians and look down upon them as less educated, but at times the learned official may have to learn from those people, whose education has been provided by the harsh social realities of our times. And, let us not forget that in assessing people’s problems and issues, they could be right.

He said that the role of the civil servant in a democracy is to carry out governance in tune with the policies of the elected government in such a way that his or her actions uphold the law and the provisions of the Constitution.

One of those newscards which cannot be curated. Every word spoken is gold. You may use this in ethics, essay paper so better read this by yourself – click here

Large-scale paddy cultivation tells on groundwater table

As expected, paddy cultivation on a large scale during the just-concluded rabi season of 2016-17 has taken its toll on the groundwater table across Telangana with its exploitation/depletion by over 2 metres in four districts.

This is a state news. To some newbies it may appear important since it marries a general phenomena (monsoon) with agricultural output (rabi crops) and may have some high funda brownie point cross connection factor if such a question were to come in mains.

Oldies know that the cost benefit of such state specific news is next to null. Ignore machha!

India hopes to win Chinese hearts with mangoes

Chairman of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Devendra Kumar Singh, told The Hindu that while talks were on for organising an Indian mango festival in China, not many Indian exporters had shown interest in it.

The only thing worth knowing is about the structure of APEDA. We hope you know that already. CD newscards have talked about that in B2B section. If not, read it from here.

Steps to escape a ransomware attack

In the wake of recent cyber attacks, this news might appear important. For the uninitiated, please don’t waste time on specifics (you will be able to intuitively take a good guess on calling out a name) but you need to know about policy level stuff on cyber security.

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Betel leaf no longer a lucrative crop

Unlike in normal farming where farmers make a joint investment and share the returns after selling the total output, here the farmers divide their land from day one on wards and take care of it like their own baby, literally. The yield is also divided based on the investment. They had prepared the land suitable for betel leaf cultivation by digging small vertical and horizontal channels for better water supply.

Very hard to say if UPSC will go state specific and churn out a universally appealing question, hence we skipped it.

Centre eases norms to file I-T returns

The Union government on Friday granted some relief from its diktat requiring tax payers to link their PAN cards to Aadhaar to file Income Tax (IT) returns and making Aadhaar mandatory for all new PAN card applicants from this July.

Senior citizens above the age of 80 as well as residents of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, and Meghalaya, have been exempted from the ambit of this new provision in the Income Tax Act introduced in the Finance Act of 2017.

Reason is slow enrolment. That’s all.

India’s first uterus transplants soon

A uterus transplant is an extremely complex procedure that will enable women with absent or diseased uteruses to carry a pregnancy to term after a donor uterus is transplanted into them. While there is no debate that womb transplant will be a medical leap for Indian doctors, the question remains about the viability of the procedure.

Viability of this stuff won’t attract UPSC’s imagination.

Big B to lead WHO Hepatitis B fight

By conservative estimates, four to six crore people in India are carriers of the Hepatitis B virus and WHO estimates that two to five per cent of India’s population may be affected by the virus.

UPSC may quiz you on Hep B along with some other diseases. But this is a very much static theory stuff. Hope you have read this listicle on such diseases


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ICJ writ may not be applicable to Pakistan

“Pakistan is a rogue state and India’s concerns are far greater than just the case over Kulbhushan Jadhav. The real issue is that the ICJ may not have the abilities to enforce its final order,” said strategic affairs commentator Brahma Chellany.

Doesn’t matter. At UPSC level, we only wanted to know about ICK and Vienna convention and that we got to know a few days back when we covered this news once.

NASA detects signs of water on distant ‘warm Neptune’

Scientists using NASA telescopes have detected a strong water signature in the atmosphere of a distant Neptune-sized planet, which could help understand more about the birth and development of planetary systems.

Nothing substantial. Ignore. No need to rattofy all new probes and XSFEVEV (acronyms of exoplanets). Hope you know what exo-planets are! We have covered that time and again.

NPA trimming could pave way for fewer PSU banks in mid-term

The government’s fresh push to resolve the problem of banks’ non-performing assets through an ordinance is likely to spike their provisioning costs in the short term as they would need to take significant trimming on bad loans, Fitch Ratings said on Friday.

Fitch, Moody’s etc. all make their ways only in Prelims. That too in a very familiar manner. Read our Prelims listicles (Set of blogs for quick reference) to revise that stuff.

[11 May 2017] Low priority news items of the day

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e-facility to link Aadhaar with PAN launched

The government, under the Finance Act 2017, has made it mandatory for taxpayers to quote Aadhaar or enrolment ID of the Aadhaar application form for filing income tax returns (ITR).

  • Prelims: No new information worth an objective ques
  • Mains: Wait for an op-ed to help you analyse the cons of such a move. Pros are obvious

‘Easing crude prices good for India’s inflation, GDP growth’

Since average crude oil prices are going to be around $ 45 for the next half of 2017 or so, along with the positive macro fundamentals like projection of normal monsoon, lower CAD, continued spectre of low inflation accommodative monetary policy and fiscal discipline, a better growth number in 2017 and 2018 is expected.

  • Prelims: Numbers are never important in such cases. Tech terms might appear over whelming but we would recommend you read Eco Survey by CD to gain more info on that (B2B types)
  • Mains: N/A

Officials from Arctic nations to meet amid drilling concerns

High-level officials from the world’s eight Arctic nations are meeting in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after United States President Donald Trump called for more oil drilling and development.

  • Prelims: The B2B related to Arctic council will be discussed later when we pick the relevant op-ed
  • Mains: This is a meet in offing. International trips (at planning stage) do not merit much eyeballs. Let it happen and then we will see what UPSC can ask out of it via an op-ed analysis

Art of Living event: NGT raps DDA for casting aspersions on panel’s findings

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar took exception to the submission of the counsel for DDA, who questioned the conclusions of the seven—member expert panel.

The DDA counsel said he did not intend to cast aspersions and was just questioning the basis of the findings and technology used by the experts panel.

  • Prelims: If you are clueless about the fundamentals of NGT, go read the static theory books pls
  • Mains: One minor interesting angle – ‘questioning the basics of tools and tech used can poke holes in all studies!’ Interview point maybe but surely UPSC won’t ask speculative questions

SC to examine if triple talaq is fundamental to religion

The Union government has asked the court to reopen the debate whether personal laws can be brought under the ambit of Article 13 (laws inconsistent with or in derogation of the fundamental rights) of the Constitution.

  • Prelims: N/A
  • Mains: This is a long drawn debate with most imp. points already covered in CD. Let this new angle take some shape. Let some intellectual right/left ideology guy write an op-ed, then we will pick it up!

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