Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this
We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not
Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.
Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam
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High relevance news
[pib] Development without Felling/Cutting of Trees
With Climate Change threat, felling of trees can’t be afforded at any cost. Note the problems posed by urbanization and NBCC. Important for Mains & Pre respectively.
[pib] NITI Aayog to Release First Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme
Aspirational districts program is a turning page in development of Naxal hit areas. Note about delta ranking too.
Centre proposes new body to replace UGC
Higher education has been a focus area for reforms. Note all of them for Mains. A comprehensive question can be asked based on them.
[pib] Additional 6.5MMT Strategic Petroleum Reserves at Chandikhol in Odisha and at Padur, Karnataka
Note the places where the reserves are being built and nearby wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Can be asked in Prelims.
Low Relevance News
Kharif sowing on, but no word on MSPs
The monsoon has arrived in northern India and is expected to cover the whole country in the next few days, but farmers are still waiting for the announcement of the minimum support prices (MSP) for major crops
MSPs for 23 major crops are announced at the beginning of sowing season, which for the kharif (summer) season is signalled by the onset of the monsoon
Nothing important from exam perspective.
Nordic ambassadors tell India: Show political will on FTA
India needs to show greater political will to conclude the long pending Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU), ambassadors of some of the Nordic countries in India observed
Only important detail in news: The first India-Nordic summit was held this year in Stockholm during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sweden. The Nordic countries include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden