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Daily News Analysis 22-07-2014

DATE :22-07-14

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BACKGROUND

IMPORTANT POINTS

1.

 

India to be more supportive of
Sri Lanka at UN: Swamy

a)     I.R

a)     India – Srilanka relations

b)     Internal issues in Srilanka

c)     13thAmendment

d)     UNHRC

e)     SethuSamudram project

a)     He said that India will be far more supportive of Sri Lankas position at the United Nations Human Rights Council than ever before.

b)     In the March session of the Human Rights Council, India opposedfrom voting on the US-backed resolution that called for an international enquiry into Sri Lankas rights record.

c)     He further said that as a friend he would urge Sri Lanka to address certain issues of the 13th Amendment, which remain unnecessarily unresolved.

d)    On the SethuSamudram project, he said Sri Lanka had the right to have a view on the matter, questioning the propriety of the project.

2.

No Change in stand on Palestine : Govt

a)     I.R

a)     India – Israel relations

b)     Palestine issue

c)     Gaza conflict

d)     BRICS

a)     The Govt stated in the Rajya Sabha that Indias policy on the Palestine issue remained unchanged but delayed demands for complete resolution on the Gaza conflict by the opposition.

b)     India had already given a considered response a day earlier through the joint statement of the BRICS summit in Brazil.

c)     Govt also pointed out that India had established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992 during the P.V. NarasimhaRaogovernment.

3.

Centre notifies rules for Govt staff under Lokpal Act

a)     National

a)     Lokpal Act    

a)     The centre has notified new rules on declaration of assets and liabilities of its employees under the Lokpal Act.

b)     As per the rules, the employees have to file returns with details of Bank deposits, shares, mutual funds, insurance policies and loans taken or given must declared by March 31.

c)     While the Lokpal Act became operational in 2013, rules framed by the then UPA government on some of the provisions were opposed by the BJP.

4.

TRAI recommends sharing of all telecom spectrum

a)     Economy

b)     IT

a)     TRAI

b)     Dept of Tele-communications

c)     Spectrum

a)     TRAI recommended allowing sharing of all categories of spectrum. The new rule was notified in August 2013 by the Department of Tele-communications.

b)     The move is likely benefit major operators such as BhartiAirtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices, helping them reduce costs and at the same time improve service quality.

c)     Spectrum in the bands of 800/900/1800/2100/2300/2500 MHz will be sharable provided that both the licensees are having spectrum in the same band.

5.

Small tea growers want Centre to extend budgetary benefits

a)     Geography

a)     Tea crop regions

b)     Soil management

c)     Irrigation

d)     Climate impact

a)     India has over two lakh small tea growers in Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. They produce green tea leaf, a highly decomposable input which is sold to tea factories for processing into made-tea.

b)     Small tea growers are the lowest level of the tea production eco-system although they are engaged in a series of tea plantation activities such as one-time planting of the tea bushes, its maintenance, application of fertilizer and pesticides, soil management and plucking.

c)     The 2014-15 budget has proposed some measures for the agri-sector, which include soil health card for every farmer, and 1000 crore scheme for irrigation.

d)     With climate change impacting tea production, irrigation is now an important part of tea cultivation.

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