Current Affairs > Daily Current affairs

Back
Daily News Analysis 11-02-2016

S.NO.

NEWS ITEM

SYLLUBUS

ESSENCE OF THE ARTICLE

1.         

            

Abu Dhabi Prince arrives, n-deal not on agenda (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces) received a warm welcome when he arrived New Delhi on Feb 10.

2.

Headley can still get death sentence in US (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     In a startling revelation, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam claimed that Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley could still be sentenced to death by the US court for his involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attack if he is found to be lying to the Indian court.

3.

Questions afterthe deposition (Page 10)

a)     I.R

a)     Details from the ongoing deposition of David Coleman Headley have brought back dark memories for India, not just of the horror of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but also of the cold-blooded planning that went into the massacre of over 160 men, women and children.

4.

US, India could have joint patrols in S. China Sea (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     The US and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a US defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.

5.

Netanyahu to fence Israel for protection from wild beasts (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Israels PM Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his intention to surround all of Israel with a fence to protect the country from infiltration by both Palestinians and the citizens of surrounding Arab states, whom he described as wild beasts.

6.

India near bottom of intellectual property index (Page 15)

a)     International

b)     Economy

a)     India was ranked 37 out of 38 countries (with only Venezuela scoring lower) in the US Chamber of Commerce-International Intellectual Property Index.

7.

Was it discretion or mere whim, SC asks Governor (Pages 1 and 12)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     The Supreme Court questioned Governor J.P. Rajkhowas use of his constitutional discretion to advance the sixth session of the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly by over a month, asking whether it was backed by sound constitutional principles or based on a mere whim.

8.

Growth data send conflicting signals (Page 10)

a)     National

b)     Economy

a)     The latest GDP data released by the Central Statistics Office raise more questions than they answer.

9.

In a first, IMD to bring out summer forecast (Page 13)

a)     National

b)     Geography

a)     For first time in its history, the India Meteorological Department (best known for its monsoon forecasts) will issue a summer forecast for April, May and June.

 

S.NO.

NEWS ITEM

SYLLUBUS

BACKGROUND

IMPORTANT POINTS

1.         

            

Abu Dhabi Prince arrives, n-deal not on agenda (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     India – UAE relations

b)     Civil nuclear cooperation treaty

c)     Terrorism

d)     Islamic State (IS)

 

a)     Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE armed forces) received a warm welcome when he arrived New Delhi on Feb10.

b)  On Feb 8, UAE Ambassador Ahmed Al-Banna told that at least 16 agreements (including one on nuclear collaboration) were expected to be signed during the visit of the Crown Prince. However, only initial conversations on the nuclear issue were on the cards.

c) Nuclear issues will be agreed as an area of cooperation. There is no bilateral civil nuclear cooperation treaty under negotiation yet with the UAE. The only agreement that we can confirm right now is the one for visa free travel for Indian diplomats to the UAE.

d)     Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed will also discuss the newly announced Strategic Partnership, where UAEs cooperation on terror is a major highlight. In the past few months, many Indians suspected of IS links have been detained and deported to India.

e)    In a first of its kind deal, UAEs national oil company Adnoc has agreed to store crude oil in Indias maiden strategic storage and give two-thirds of the oil to it for free.  

2.

Headley can still get death sentence in US (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     India – Pakistan relations

b)     Terrorism

c)     Mumbai terror attacks 2008

d)     Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)

a)     In a startling revelation, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam claimed that LeT operative David Headley could still be sentenced to death by the US court for his involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attack if he is found to be lying to the Indian court.

b)   Headley had agreed to plea-bargain with the US govt and was sentenced to 35 years in prison on terrorism charges that would otherwise have attracted the death penalty there. Among the conditions in plea-bargain is a commitment from Headley to depose truthfully before foreign judicial commissions.

c)     The only question now is how India would prove whether or not Headley is lying, as most of evidence and all his handlers are in Pakistan. And even if India had conclusive evidence that Headley was lying in the video deposition, would the appropriate US authorities accept Indias claims?

3.

Questions afterthe deposition (Page 10)

a)     I.R

a)     India – Pakistan relations

b)     Terrorism

c)     Mumbai terror attacks 2008

d)     Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)

e)     Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)

 

a)     Details from the ongoing deposition of David Coleman Headley have brought back dark memories for India, not just of the horror of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but also of the cold-blooded planning that went into the massacre of over 160 men, women and children.

b)     It is certainly important that the Mumbai court has been able to record the testimony of Headley, and make part of Indian court records all that he had told a court in US several years ago. The testimony has not yet revealed much that wasnt in the court records, or in the testimony he gave before National Investigation Agency officials in 2010.

c)     Although the move from the US authorities to arrange the deposition of Headley for the Mumbai court now hearing the 26/11 conspiracy case has come late, it is still no less welcome.

d)     The specifics of how Headley was sent to India, his contacts with LeT leadership and the ISI officers he names for having given him espionage training, and even perhaps locals in India who may have colluded with him, are all vital to the case, and it is hoped that prosecutors will extract more information from Headley in the coming days.

e)   Clearly, the deposition from Headley (who expects a full judicial pardon in exchange for giving it) comes at a cost that must be counted. It has meant that India gives up all chances of bringing the self-confessed terror planner, who scoped out the locations to be targeted as well as the entry and possible exit points for LeT terrorists.

f)     The spotlight on Headley should also convince Pakistan to fast-track its trial of the masterminds of the Mumbai attacks, perhaps even accepting a similar deposition from Headley in the case. Eventually, it is in the interest of India-Pak relations as well as justice for the victims of 26/11 that the trial in Pakistan is brought to a successful conclusion.

4.

US, India could have joint patrols in S. China Sea (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     South China Sea dispute

a)     The US and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a US defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.

b)     However, a spokesman from Indian Navy said there was no change in the govts policy of only joining an international military effort under the United Nations flag.

c)     The US defence official said the two sides had discussed joint patrols, adding that both were hopeful of launching them within the year. The patrols would likely be in the Indian Ocean where the Indian Navy is a major player as well as the South China Sea.

5.

Netanyahu to fence Israel for protection from wild beasts (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Israel – Palestine conflict

b)     Palestinian issue

 

a)     Israels PM Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his intention to surround all of Israel with a fence to protect the country from infiltration by both Palestinians and citizens of surrounding Arab states, whom he described as wild beasts.

b)     He unveiled the proposal during a tour of the Jordan border area in Israels south, adding that the project would also be aimed at solving the problem of Hamas infiltration tunnels from Gaza, a recent source of renewed concern.

c)     He called the border project a part of a multi-year plan to surround Israel with security fences to protect ourselves in the current and projected Middle East.

d)    He said the Israeli govt was also examining ways of sealing gaps in the existing separation wall that runs along large areas of the occupied West Bank.

6.

India near bottom of intellectual property index (Page 15)

a)     International

b)     Economy

a)     International Intellectual Property Index 

b)     Intellectual Property Rights

c)     National Intellectual Property policy

a)     India was ranked 37 out of 38 countries (with only Venezuela scoring lower) in the US Chamber of Commerce-International Intellectual Property Index.

b)     The report comes at a time when the government is close to finalising a National Intellectual Property policy to improve the IP regime, increase IP awareness and strengthen enforcement of rules.

c)     The US was ranked first, followed by the UK, Germany, France and Sweden. Indias peers in the BRICS grouping were all ranked ahead with Russia ranked 20th, China (22nd), South Africa (26th) and Brazil (29th). The 38 economies benchmarked in the 2016 Index accounts for nearly 85 percent of the global GDP.

d)   The Index (produced by the Chambers Global Intellectual Property Center) is based on 30 criteria critical to innovation including patent, copyright and trademark protections, enforcement, and engagement in international treaties. India remains at bottom of the Index for the fourth year in a row.

e)     It said patent protection in India remains outside of international best practices, adding that Indian law does not provide adequate enforcement mechanisms to effectively combat online piracy.

f)     According to the report, Indias score would have increased if the govt had not suspended implementation of Final Guidelines for Computer Related Inventions.

g)     The GIPC report found that among Indias key areas of weakness was the use of compulsory licensing for commercial and non-emergency situations, and the expanded use of CL being considered by the Indian government.

h)     It said Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia introduced or maintained policies that tie market access to sharing of IP and technology. Such forced-localization policies tend to undermine the overall innovation ecosystem and deter investment from foreign IP-intensive entities.

7.

Was it discretion or mere whim, SC asks Governor (Pages 1 and 12)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     Arunachal Pradesh political crisis

b)     President Rule

c)     Governor

d)     Article 174 of the Constitution

 

a)     Supreme Court questioned Governor J.P. Rajkhowas use of his constitutional discretion to advance the sixth session of the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly by over a month, asking whether it was backed by sound constitutional principles or based on a mere whim.

b)     The Benchs questions pertained to the order issued by Rajkhowa on Dec 9 2015 to advance the Assembly session without consulting CM Nabam Tuki and his Council of Ministers under Article 174 (1) of the Constitution.

c)     Instead of calling a floor test, the Governor invoked Article 174 (1) of the Constitution and ordered the session to be advanced for facilitating the House to expeditiously consider resolutions for removal of Speaker. In the order, the Governor claimed complete discretion.

d)     The Governor said he was not bound by the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his Cabinet.

e)     Since Article 174 (1) was silent on whether the Governor should consult or not the State Cabinet before advancing dates of the Assembly session, it was presumed that aid and advice of the Chief Minister and Council was required to be taken.

8.

Growth data send conflicting signals (Page 10)

a)     National

b)     Economy

a)     Indias economic growth

b)     Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

c)     Gross Value Added (GVA)

d)     Central Statistics Office (CSO)

a)  The projection of 7.6 percent growth at constant prices for the fiscal year ending March 31 sounds both attainable and impressive, a closer look at the other sets of numbers (including the third-quarter reading) raises some flags.

b)     The pace of economic expansion is estimated to have slowed to 7.3 percent in the three months ended December, from 7.7 percent (based on an upward revision) in the preceding quarter.

c)  Separately, the GVA growth projections for seven of the nine industry classifications for the full year show a slowdown from the comparable 12-month period, which is a second flag.

d)     The two industries where the CSO expects expansion in the current fiscal to outpace that of last year are agriculture and manufacturing. The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector is estimated to expand 1.1 percent in 2015-16 as against a 0.2 percent contraction, and manufacturing is pencilled to post 9.5 percent growth, from 5.5 percent in 2014-15.

e)   In its latest monetary policy review on Feb 2, the RBI cited slackening agricultural and industrial growth as a prime reason for a loss in economic momentum in the third quarter.

f)     The robust growth estimate brings us to a crucial related question: how reliable are the data as currently calculated, a concern raised by several economists including RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.

g)   The govt has an opportunity later this month to address many of these concerns and clarify on both the data points and the rationale behind its methodology when it presents the annual Economic Survey.

9.

In a first, IMD to bring out summer forecast (Page 13)

a)     National

b)     Geography

a)     India Meteorological Department (IMD)

b)     Monsoons

c)     El Nino

a)     For first time in its history, the India Meteorological Department (best known for its monsoon forecasts) will issue a summer forecast for April, May and June.

b)     In mid-March, the IMD will send out a colour-coded map of India, showing how temperatures in different regions of the country are likely to deviate from whats normal, during summer months. These numbers would be updated every five days.

c)     The IMDs initiative comes even as India bears the brunt of one of the longest and severest El Ninos ever experienced.

d)     Said to be responsible for two consecutive droughts as well awry winter patterns in North India, the El Nino (a meteorological phenomenon marked by an unusual warming of the surface waters of the Pacific Ocean and associated with droughts) is likely to continue for a couple of months more. While this may mean more heatwaves, it would not affect this years monsoon.

Branches

Ashok Nagar Branch
1-10-223/A, Sub-register office Line
Hyderabad
+91 9052 29 29 29, 9052 19 29 29

Madhapur Branch
Plot No.3, 2nd floor, Raghuma Towers
Hyderabad
+91 9052 492929

Delhi:
Old Rajendra Nagar

Send to mail

Request for call