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Daily News Analysis 21-02-2015

S.NO.

NEWS ITEM

SYLLUBUS

ESSENCE OF THE ARTICLE

1.

China protests PMs Arunachal visit (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)     Modi visited a disputed zone in the eastern part of China-India borders.

2.

Af-Pak ties never better (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Pak official said that Afghanistan and Pakistan will do wonders for the cooperation in the field of counterterrorism.

3.

Ban calls for long-term stability in Bangladesh (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for long-term stability to ensure development in Bangladesh and to find a solution to the ongoing political situation.

4.

A thoughtful Obama (Page 10)

a)     International

a)     President Obamas closing address to the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism could signal a repositioning of the official White House line on the war against global terrorism.

5.

Chinese state media slams US role (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Chinas state media has criticised the US for assuming a leadership role of countering global terrorism.

6.

Health Ministry seeks 50,000 cr allocation (Page 13)

a)     National

b)     Health

a)     Plans to strengthen the delivery of existing schemes and roll out progressive programmes such as the universal health assurance mission to provide a certain quantum of drugs and diagnostics free.

7.

Rajan warns against Appellate Raj (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)     Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission has suggested creating a single appellate authority for all financial sector watchdogs, including the RBI.

8.

Massive cyclones hit Australia (Page 14)

a)     Geography

a)     Tropical Cyclone Marcia strikes into the Queensland coast with its landfall coming just hours after Cyclone Lam hit further north.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.NO.

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BACKGROUND

IMPORTANT POINTS

1.

China protests PMs Arunachal visit (Page 12)

a)     I.R

a)      India – China border disputes

b)     Arunachal Pradesh

c)     Disputed zone in the eastern part of China-India borders 

d)     Mcmahon Line

a)     China expressed its complete opposition to PM Mods visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

b)     Chinese official said that China had claimed strong representation with India, that it was not good to properly resolving and controlling disputes between the two sides, nor in conformity with the general situation of growth of bilateral relations.

c)     He urged the Indian side to take Chinas concerns seriously, meet the Chinese side halfway and commit itself to fairly and properly resolving the bilateral boundary question through negotiation.

d)     Xinhua report said that Modi visited a disputed zone in the eastern part of China-India borders to participate in activities marking the founding of the Arunachal Pradesh, a State that Indian authorities illegally and unilaterally declared in 1987.

e)     The Chinese govt has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and its stance on the disputed area on the eastern part of the China-India border is consistent and clear.

f)     According to Xinhua, the so-called Arunachal Pradesh was established largely on the three areas of Chinas Tibet (Monyul, Loyul and Lower Tsayul) currently under Indian illegal occupation.

g)     These three areas (located between the illegal Mcmahon Line and the traditional customary boundary between China and India) have always been Chinese territory.

h)     In 1914, the colonialists secretly created the illegal Mcmahon Line in an attempt to incorporate into India the above-mentioned three areas of Chinese territory. None of the successive Chinese govts have ever recognised this line. In Feb 1987, Indian authorities declared the founding of the so-called Arunachal Pradesh.

2.

Af-Pak ties never better (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Afghan – Pak relations

b)     Counterterrorism

c)     Taliban

a)     Pak official said that relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have never been better.

b)     He said that Afghanistan and Pakistan are working in close hands and in close cooperation and will do wonders for the cooperation in the field of counterterrorism.

c)     Sources said that Pak Army Chief held talks with Afghan President on increasing security and continuing operations against Taliban militants.

3.

Ban calls for long-term stability in Bangladesh (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Bangladesh political situation

b)     UN Secretary-General

a)     UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for long-term stability to ensure development in Bangladesh and to find a solution to the ongoing political situation.

b)     He remarked that the govt had the responsibility to protect people in general from violence.

4.

A thoughtful Obama (Page 10)

a)     International

a)     Global terrorism

b)     Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

c)     Islamic State (IS)

d)     Syria and Iraq situation

a)     President Obamas closing address to the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism could signal a repositioning of the official White House line on the war against global terrorism.

b)     His speech was a response to the recent wave of attacks by militants from the IS in those countries that are part of the US-led war in Syria and Iraq.

c)     He made an exceptionally strong appeal to cut through the terrorist narrative based on twisted interpretations of Islam that allows groups like IS to act in the name of Islam.

d)     He directed the attention of his audience to the need to transform the environments of economic impoverishment in which young people, trapped without education or any route of advancement, turn rich pickings for terrorist recruiters.

e)     He declared that if we are serious about countering violent extremism, we have to get serious about challenging these economic grievances.

f)     While Obama deserves credit for outlining a view of the social origins of terrorism and a more humane, long-term and inclusive approach to a possible solution to extremism, it would be unrealistic to expect a radical shift in US policy towards this phenomenon.

g)     IS is a deadly danger to the civilised world, with its acts of public brutality designed to radiate terror.

h)     While the US and its allies are compelled to root out this challenge, the important is for the global community to move ahead on issues such as Palestine which could conceivably lend more moral force to anti-IS operations in the Middle East.

5.

Chinese state media slams US role (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Terrorism

b)     Islamic State (IS)

c)     US-led war in Syria and Iraq

d)     Al-Qaeda

a)      Chinas state media has criticised the US for assuming a leadership role of countering global terrorism.

b)     It attacked the US for having a long history of coexisting with extremist individuals and groups.

c)     On the world stage, the US has assumed anti-terror leadership since the deadly Sept 11 attack in 2001.

d)     The Chinese argue that instead of assuming leadership, the fight against global terrorism must be UN-run, premised on global cooperation, based on the UN Charter and a unified standard, is necessary to jointly secure regional and global peace and security.

e)     Among many dangerous and brutal terrorist groups in the world which have been supported by the US govt, al-Qaeda is the one particularly perfect to show that the US foreign policy is based on realpolitik and the short-term action of narrow interests.

f)     It observes that the IS militants drew much of their fighting experience from the West-involved war in Syria, where the Western bloc has supported rebels in their efforts to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

6.

Health Ministry seeks 50,000 cr allocation (Page 13)

a)     National

b)     Health

a)     Universal Health Assurance Mission

b)     National Rural Health Mission

c)     Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram

d)     Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram

e)     12th five year plan  

a)     The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has sought Rs. 50,000 crore as budgetary allocation, saying its record of spending funds has improved over the years and there is demand for expanding the services. 

c)     The 12th Five Year Plan proposed Rs. 1.9 lakh crore for the health sector but in the first three years, the sector received only Rs. 55,000 crore.

d)     Ministry officials asked more to strengthen schemes such as the National Rural Health Mission, the Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram and the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, strengthen district hospitals and distribute drugs and diagnostics free. 

e)     They sought a separate fund for the Universal Health Assurance Mission to cover some components of the scheme.

7.

Rajan warns against Appellate Raj (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)     Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC)  

b)     Appellate authority

c)     RBI

a)     RBI Governor said the country should not end up in Appellate Raj after escaping the License Permit Raj.

b)     The comments assume significance in the wake of the high-profile FSLRC having suggested creating a single appellate authority for all financial sector watchdogs, including the RBI.

c)     The proposal (which was aimed at providing checks and balances for decisions made by the regulators) has been hanging fire for a long time due to opposition from various quarters, including the RBI.

8.

Massive cyclones hit Australia (Page 14)

a)     Geography

a)     Cyclones

b)     Tropical Cyclone Marcia

c)     Cyclone Lam

d)     Elcho Island

a)     Two powerful cyclones hit Australia and left a series of destruction.

b)     Tropical Cyclone Marcia (a category five storm) hit into the Queensland coast with its landfall coming just hours after Cyclone Lam hit further north.

c)     The category four Lam caused extensive damage to remote Aboriginal communities near Elcho Island, some 500 km east of Northern Territory capital Darwin. 

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