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Daily News Analysis 22-02-2015

S.NO.

NEWS ITEM

SYLLUBUS

ESSENCE OF THE ARTICLE

1.

Arunachal visit breach of consensus (Page 8)

a)     I.R

a)     Chinese official said that Modis visit undermines Chinas territorial sovereignty, right and interests.

2.

Mamata relents on Teesta deal, LBA (Page 8)

a)     I.R

a)     Mamata has told Bangladesh that developmets will be achieved in the Teesta water-sharing deal and the Land Boundary Agreement.

3.

India, Russia sort out differences on project (Page 9)

a)     I.R

a)     India and Russia have generally agreed upon the amount and division of work during the R&D stage of the fifth generation fighter aircraft project.

4.

Colombo to seek UN backing for domestic probe (Page 12)

a)     International

a)     Sri Lankas newly elected govt will next month look to win UNs support for a domestic probe into alleged war crimes under former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.

5.

Pakistans plutonium plant operational (Page 12)

a)     International

a)     Satellite imagery signatures suggest that it would significantly increase Pakistans plutonium separation capability and ability to make nuclear weapons.

6.

Mystery continent holds key to mankinds future (Page 7)

a)     S&T

a)     Scientists said that Antarctica is big and its changing and it affects the rest of the planet and we cant bear to ignore whats going on down there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BACKGROUND

IMPORTANT POINTS

1.

Arunachal visit breach of consensus (Page 8)

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)     Chinese official expressed strong dissatisfaction and opposition to the Indian sides demand on arranging the visit by its leader to the disputed area on the China-India border.

b)     He pointed out that the act by Indian side undermined Chinas territorial sovereignty, right and interests.

c)     He restated that the Chinese govt has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh unilaterally set up by the Indian side.

d)     He observed that Indias action artificially amplified differences between the two countries on the border issue and thus went against the principles and consensus that the two sides reached on properly addressing the issue.

e)     He highlighted that China places importance on developing relations with India. He said the two countries share broad prospects on cooperation at various levels.

2.

Mamata relents on Teesta deal, LBA (Page 8)

a)     I.R

a)     India – Bangladesh relations

b)     Teesta water sharing deal

c)     Land Boundary Agreement (LBA)

a)     West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has told Bangladesh that developments will be achieved in the Teesta water-sharing deal and the LBA, which have been hanging fire since she blocked them four years ago.

b)     The Prime Minister reminded her of the problems being faced by the people living in the territories, referring to the delay in the ratification of the LBA.

c)     She asked the Bangladeshis to repose faith in her to deliver a settlement to the Teesta issue. She said she wanted to act as a bridge between the two countries.

3.

India, Russia sort out differences on project (Page 9)

a)     I.R

a)     India – Russia relations

b)     Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA)

c)     Research and Development (R&D)

d)     Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

a)     India and Russia have generally agreed upon the amount and division of work during the R&D stage of the FGFA project.

b)     HALs share of work was a controversial issue in FGFA project.

c)     FGFA is crucial for Indian Air Forces evolving structure as was recently acknowledged by the air chief recently.

4.

Colombo to seek UN backing for domestic probe (Page 12)

a)     International

a)     Sri Lankas human rights issue

b)     UNHRC

c)     LTTE War

a)     Official said that Sri Lankas newly elected govt will next month look to win UNs support for a domestic probe into alleged war crimes under former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.

b)     It comes after the previous regime resisted a UN inquiry into claims that up to 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed under Rajapaksas command in the final months of a war that ended in May 2009.

c)     Official said that Minister Samaraweera wants to brief the HRC about the new steps that Sri Lanka wishes to take.

d)     The govt has committed a credible, independent investigation that may draw on foreign expertise and experience.

e)     Last week, the UN postponed the publication of a report on an UN-mandated war crimes probe into Sri Lankas brutal separatist war, giving the new govt time to prove its bona fides.

5.

Pakistans plutonium plant operational (Page 12)

a)     International

a)     Plutonium processing plant

b)     Chashma plant

c)     Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)

d)     Khushab plant

e)     Rawalpindi plant

a)     According to recent satellite imagery, Pakistan may now be on the fast track to weaponising spent nuclear fuel through its plutonium reprocessing plant in Chashma in Punjab.

b)     In its report, the ISIS said that while the operational status of this reprocessing plant was yet to be confirmed, satellite imagery signatures suggest it would significantly increase Pakistans plutonium separation capability and ability to make nuclear weapons.

c)     Last month, another ISIS report had hinted that Pakistan may have accelerated its secret nuclear weapons development programme and made operational a nuclear reactor structure located at its Khushab plant.

d)     Although it came online to reprocess plutonium after Pakistan brought into operation its first Khushab reactor in 1998, the three additional reactors there were possibly producing more irradiated fuel than the Rawalpindi plant could handle, encouraging the secret construction of the Chashma plutonium separation plant.

6.

Mystery continent holds key to mankinds future (Page 7)

a)     S&T

a)     Antarctic Peninsula

b)     South Shetlands

c)     Deception Island

 

a)     Earths past, present and future come together on the northern peninsula of Antarctica (the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents).

b)     In the middle of the chilly Antarctic summer, scientists from different fields searching for alien-like creatures, hints of pollution trapped in ancient ice, leftovers from the Big Bang, biological features that potentially could lead to better medical treatments and perhaps most of all, signs of unstoppable melting.

c)     Antarctica conjures up images of quiet mountains and white plateaus but the coldest, driest and remotest continent is far from inactive.

d)     About 98 percent of it is covered by ice and that ice is constantly moving. Temperatures can range from above zero in the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula to the unbearable frozen lands near the South Pole. As an active volcano, Deception Island is a pool of extreme conditions.

e)     Scientists said that Antarctica is big and its changing and it affects the rest of the planet and we cant bear to ignore whats going on down there.

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