11 June 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News

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

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

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

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

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

India, Uzbekistan to route their trade through Chabahar


SCO has been in news and has gained importance in view of changing dynamics in Iran.

Central Asia is a resource-rich region and can help fill the deficit of important minerals that India doesn’t have.

ISRO’s PRL scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet


ISRO missions and discoveries have constantly made it  to Prelims as well as Mains exam

Read all details about the mission. Becomes important as India has joined a handful of countries which have discovered planets around stars

[op-ed snap] Open data, open government


The application of data and their assimilation with solving social problems, enabling better governance and powering elected governments to serve their citizens better is ushering in a new revolution

Read about Open government data, 5C framework and application of data sciences in governance as it is continuously in news and can make roads to Mains

Low Relevance News

Xi to visit India in 2019 for Wuhan-style informal meet

India and China have expanded on the “spirit” of the Wuhan informal summit

Chinese president accepted PM Modi’s invitation for another “informal summit” in India next year.

Since very fewer details are divulged about the meeting right now, it is not important for UPSC.

Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with heads of SCO member countries

Talks on sidelines of ongoing SCO summit. No major announcements made.

The only important thing to note is SCO member countries.

Plea to make poll offences cognisable

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court to direct the government to make electoral offences cognizable with a punishment of minimum two years in jail

The offenses listed are bribery, undue influence, impersonation, false statement, illegal payments and non-filing of accounts

Till the SC passes a final verdict on the issue, nothing important from UPSC perspective

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