[22 Jan 2018 | Low Priority News Items of the Day]

Low Priority News Items of the Day:

Scientists ‘deeply pained’ by Minister’s claim

Scientists have come out against the comment of Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is a myth and should be taken off school textbooks. Talking to The Hindu over phone, Sandhya S. Visweswariah, Chairperson of the Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, said: “Evolution is such a fundamental aspect of all biological processes. The time scales that it occurs in are not comprehensible to the human mind.”

The article is related to a recent political-cum-science controversy. Such kind of controversies are not important from the UPSC perspective.

 

The great American arms bazaar

In a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump made up the name of a non-existent fighter plane, “F-52,” while lauding the F-35 fighter sale in a new defence deal with America’s NATO ally. While the gaffe yielded a heavy round of Twitter humour at the expense of Mr. Trump, what has not been adequately noticed is the significance of weapons sales in his diplomatic pitch throughout.

The Op-Ed talks about the US arms market.  The article is very opinionated. These kind of articles are not important from the UPSC perspective. Also, it is not important to know about the US arms market.(not related to syllabus)


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