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Daily News Analysis 26-08-2014








Britain offers help to usher in good times (Pages 1 and 10)

a)     I.R

a)     Indo – UK relations

b)     Indo – British trade relations

c)     G20

d)     EU

e)     M777 howitzer

f)     WTO

g)     Climate change

a)     British Deputy PM said that his country was ready and able to help India achieve its aspiring growth plans. The discussions included retrospective amendments concerning Vodafone and Cairn Energy.

b)     Mr. Clegg is on a three-day visit to India leading the first high-level British trade mission to New Delhi since the formation of the new government.

c)     The delegation includes businesses from retail and education sectors and aerospace giant BAE systems, which is expected to push for the sale of the M777 howitzer.

d)     He said that India invests more in the UK than in the rest of the European Union combined and no country in the G20 invests more in India than Britain.

e)     Modi called for greater collaboration between India and the UK in the areas of education, skills development, clean energy, infrastructure development and cleaning of rivers.

f)     International issues relating to the WTO and climate change were also discussed.


NJAC review only after ratification as law: SC (Page 11)

a)     Polity

b)     Judiciary

a)     NJAC Bill

b)     Constitutional Amendment Bill

c)     Collegium system

d)     PIL

e)     Judicial review

f)     Parliament

g)    Supreme court

a)     The Supreme Court has said it is too early to interrupt the ongoing legislative process and examine the constitutionality and National Judicial Appointments Commission Bills before they were made law.

b)     SC refused to entertain a bunch of PILs that termed the six-member NJAC a threat to judicial independence and a violation of the basic structure of the Constitution.

c)     The Bills now passed by Parliament, if made into law after ratification by State legislatures and following approval of the President, give politicians an equal role in the appointment of judges to the highest judiciary.


DRDO to develop portable anti-tank missile (Page 11)

a)     S&T

a)     SRSAM

b)     BVRAAM

c)     ICBM

d)     PTA

e)     Agni-V

f)     Astra

g)     Nirbhay

h)     SU-30

a)     The DRDO has started producing five different types of missiles including a man-portable anti-tank missile and a short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) in the next three to five years.

b)     Scientific adviser said that the SRSAM to be given to the Army would have two vehicle configurations – one for searching and tracking the target and the other for firing multiple missiles. It would be a powerful missile and could be given to the Air Force too.

c)     The long-range cruise missile Nirbhay would be test-fired in a month while Astra, the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile (BVRAAM) would be launched from SU-30 against a Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) in this year.

d)     He said the canister-based trial of Indias Inter-continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V would be conducted later this year.


Centre to go full throttle against Rubella (Page 11)

a)     Health

b)     S&T

a)     Rubella

b)     Rotavirus

c)     Japanese Encephalitis

d)     Polio

e)     Measles

f)     UIP

a)     After Polio India is now set to remove out Rubella which has been identified as one of the major causes of inborn defects in babies.

b)     Recently Modi announced the introduction of four new vaccines in July as part of the Countrys Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) – Rotavirus, Rubella, Polio and Japanese Encephalitis for adults.

c)     The Union Health Minister has decided to launch a campaign against the Rubella that is known to cause blindness, deafness and heart defects in babies.

d)     An official said that even as there are no accurate figures on the estimated numbers that are affected, the disease when contracted by an expectant mother has serious consequences. Apart from causing inborn defects, Rubella can also lead to miscarriages.

e)     Rubella virus symptoms are like that of measles.

f)     Official said that the Rubella vaccination drive is expected to cover children between the age group of nine months and 15 years.


SC puts on hold 140 projects cleared by wildlife board (Page 11)

a)     National

b)     Biodiversity

a)     NBW

b)     Wildlife Act 1972

c)     National Parks

d)     Wildlife sanctuaries

e)     Tiger reserves

f)     Project Tiger

g)     Project Elephant

a)     The fate of about 140 projects cleared by the newly-constituted standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBW) is pending with the Supreme Court finding that the panels constitution is not in compatible with the Wildlife Act 1972.

b)     The NBW of which the chairperson is the Prime Minister, is the top body under the 1972 Act and its standing committee headed by the Environment Minister reviews projects which fall in and around national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves.



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