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Daily News Analysis 08-05-2016







Kathmandu accuses Delhi of backing plot to topple govt (Pages 1 and 12)

a)     I.R

a)     A day after Nepal cancelled the visit of its President to India and recalled its ambassador, the sudden chill in bilateral ties follows a week long battle of nerves during which Kathmandu accused New Delhi of backing a plot to topple the government in the Himalayan country.


China cant have double standards on terrorism, says V.K.Singh (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)    After China blocked Indias bid at the United Nations to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh on May 7th said that Beijing was told that it cannot have double standards on terrorism. The UN had banned JeM but Indias efforts seeking a ban on Azhar after the 2008 Mumbai attack, too, did not fructify as China did not allow the ban.


Sadiq Khan sworn in, promises a better London (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan (the 44-year old human rights lawyer of Pakistani descent) is not only the first Muslim head of London, but set a record by winning 1.1 million votes. With a 45 percent election turnout, he finished with a margin of 13.6 percentage points over Zac Goldsmith of the Conservative Party.


Colombo to study courts RTI suggestions (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     With the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka holding as unconstitutional several clauses in the Right to Information Bill, the government is to study the Apex Courts suggestion before proceeding further. The Court concluded that four clauses of the legislation violated certain Articles of the Constitution. 


As impasse continues in Odisha, Cong. wants Presidents rule (Page 13)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     Even as the impasse continued in the Odisha Assembly over the chit fund scam controversy on May 7th, the legislators of the Opposition Congress urged Governor S.C. Jamir to impose Presidents rule saying there had been complete break-down of the Constitutional machinery in the State.


On death row, dying many deaths (Page 13)

a)     National

b)     Social issue

a)     The Death Penalty India Report shows that the human rights of prisoners in death row are grossly violated. The report says harsh prison conditions and inhuman treatment of prisoners form an integral part of the punishment.


Rate of child marriage decline in India slow: CRY (Page 20)

a)     National

b)     Social issue

a)     NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) said India has the highest number of child brides and the rate of child marriages has declined just by 11 percent in the last 15 years in the country. But it raised concern about the young girls who were experiencing motherhood due to coercion, trafficking and in economic and social deprivation.


Lessons from ancient India (Page 9)

a)     National

b)     Geography

a)     As drought-like conditions have gripped many parts of India this year, the pressure to drill borewells in search of increasingly scarce groundwater has escalated. Many regions are in the grip of a vicious cycle of drilling, causing the water table to sink further. There is an urgent need to explore what benefits water conservation can bring, whether through modern or ancient water storage structures.


Atomic oxygen detected in Mars (Page 20)

a)     S&T

b)     Geography

a)     Scientists have detected atomic oxygen in the atmosphere of Mars for the first time since the last observation 40 years ago. These atoms were found in the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere known as the mesosphere. Atomic oxygen affects how other gases escape Mars and therefore has a significant impact on the planets atmosphere.


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