9 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

[pib] Declaration by the Government of Republic of India relating to Article II and III of the Appendix to the Paris Act (1971)


News discusses about India’s extension of association with Berne convention. Very important from both Prelims as well as Mains perspective

Dhanush artillery gun clears final test, ready for induction


Note technical specifications as well as manufacturers and designers of the weapon. UPSC is now tilting towards these trivial details

Archaeologists find pre-Columbian mass child sacrifice site in Peru


Important from Mains perspective. A link between various contemporary organizations can be asked

In prelims, cities connected to it can be asked in form of places in news and country associated

Germany certain to win UN council seat, but contest in Asia


Contains important details about UNSC structure and the recent election. Note down permanent members and new members elected and do a map practice of those

Low relevance news

Excessive illumination caused VVPAT snags: Election Commission

Preliminary reports on the malfunction of VVPATs during the recent Lok Sabha bypolls have blamed it on excessive exposure of the machines to illumination at polling stations

The preliminary fact-finding reports have indicated that there were two major technical reasons: failure of contrast sensor and length sensor

Nothing important from exam point of view but a good time to go online and read more about VVPAT machines and their use (also note where they were used for the first time)

SC wants panel to monitor shrines

The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to form an independent committee to review whether the “management practices” of shrines across the country are visitor-friendly

It indicated that issues like the harassment and exploitation of devotees by sevaks and staffers “may be common to various other important shrines in the country”

This is just a preliminary intervention by the SC and bears very less relevance for the exam until the court pronounces a verdict on this issue taking in consideration Articles of constitution related to religious practices

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