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

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave/ assign lower priority and why).


Low priority news items of the day:

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.

Only important part of this news-card is shared here.

[23thMay 2017] Low priority news items of the day

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave/ assign lower priority and why).


Low priority news items of the day:

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.

 

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

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave/ assign lower priority and why).


Low priority news items of the day:

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.

 

 

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

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave/ assign lower priority and why).


Low priority news items of the day:

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

At CD, we have a strict selection criteria when it comes to news and op-eds which borders on practicality and relevance of the news byte and we always strive to improve upon it.

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave/ assign lower priority and why).


Low priority news items of the day:

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

At CD, we have a strict selection criteria when it comes to news and op-eds which borders on practicality and relevance of the news byte and we always strive to improve upon it.

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave/ assign lower priority and why)


Low priority news items of the day:

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

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Low priority news items of the day:

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

At CD, we have a strict selection criteria when it comes to news and op-eds which borders on practicality and relevance of the news byte and we always strive to improve upon it. That being said, there are times when our internal news filtering does not appeal to our mature readers and we get mails on us not being wholesome, comprehensive, meticulous etal.

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave and why)


Low priority news items of the day:

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.

Click to read this newstrail on the same


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

At CD, we have a strict selection criteria when it comes to news and op-eds which borders on practicality and relevance of the news byte and we always strive to improve upon it. That being said, there are times when our internal news filtering does not appeal to our mature readers and we get mails on us not being wholesome, comprehensive, meticulous etal.

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave and why)


Low priority news items of the day:

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

At CD, we have a strict selection criteria when it comes to news and op-eds which borders on practicality and relevance of the news byte and we always strive to improve upon it. That being said, there are times when our internal news filtering does not appeal to our mature readers and we get mails on us not being wholesome, comprehensive, meticulous etal.

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave and why)


Low priority news items of the day:

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

At CD, we have a strict selection criteria when it comes to news and op-eds which borders on practicality and relevance of the news byte and we always strive to improve upon it. That being said, there are times when our internal news filtering does not appeal to our mature readers and we get mails on us not being wholesome, comprehensive, meticulous etal.

The [Low priority news items of the day] series of posts are aimed at increasing transparency wrt. mature aspirants and educating young aspirants (on what to leave and why)


Low priority news items of the day:

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!

One of these days, we might release the playbook that we follow to make you more comfortable.



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