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Daily News Analysis 01-06-2015

S.NO.

NEWS ITEM

SYLLUBUS

ESSENCE OF THE ARTICLE

1.         

 

Modi to be first Indian PM in Israel (Pages 1 and 10)

a)     I.R

a)     External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that PM Modi will travel to Israel, making him the first Indian Premier to visit the country.

2.

Teesta not on agenda for talks with Bangladesh (Pages 1 and 10)

a)     I.R

a)     Ahead of PM Modis visit to Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister Sushma said agreements on contentious issue of sharing of river waters (including that of the Teesta) would not be on the agenda.

3.

Stapled visa issue with China still unresolved (Pages 1 and 10)

a)     I.R

a)     External Affairs Minister Sushma admitted that the issue of China granting stapled visas to Indians from Arunachal Pradesh remains unresolved.

4.

Pranab in Sweden, key pacts to be signed (Page 10)

a)     I.R

a)     President Pranab arrived Stockholm on the first leg of his five-day state visit to Sweden and Belarus (the first ever by any Indian head of State), during which a number of key agreements on sustainable development, scientific research are likely to be signed.

5.

Ashton Carters China remarks draw flak (Pg 12)

a)     International

a)     A new war of words has broken out between the US and China, which had adopted active defence as centre of its military doctrine, in tune with its Silk Road initiatives.

6.

Govt issues controversial land ordinance for third time (Pages 1 and 10)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     Sources said that President Pranab re-promulgated for the third time the Land Ordinance that prescribes processes for acquisition of land for public projects.

7.

Firm, first steps after formation (Page 9)

a)     National

a)     Telangana must show the way not simply for change but for transformation and for social justice and equality moving beyond just identity politics.

8.

Plan to curb tobacco use coming, says Nadda (Page 11)

a)     National

b)     Health

a)     Health Ministry is set to roll out a comprehensive plan to tackle tobacco use, which will incorporate preventive measures.

9.

Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartalabus trial run today (Page 11)

a)     National

a)     Trial run of much-awaited Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus service will begin today. It (aimed at easy movement of people of two Indian States separated by Bangladesh) is likely to be started when PM Modi visits Dhaka.

10.

Solar Impulse begins its toughest stretch (Page 7)

a)     S&T

a)     The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off for a six-day, six-night flight over the Pacific Ocean, the most ambitious leg of its search to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun.

 

S.NO.

NEWS ITEM

SYLLUBUS

BACKGROUND

IMPORTANT POINTS

1.         

 

Modi to be first Indian PM in Israel (Pages 1 and 10)

a)     I.R

a)     India – Israel relations

b)     Non-Aligned Ministerial (NAM) summit

c)     Palestinian issue

a)     External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that PM Modi will travel to Israel, making him the first Indian Premier to visit the country.

b)     Sources said the visit could happen this year itself, with a high-level Indian delegation travelling to Tel Aviv in July for discussions on several bilateral issues.

c)     Sushma also said she would visit Israel, Palestine and Jordan later this year, and will travel to Tehran in June for the NAM meeting. Officials said there is no decision yet on whether Modi will attend the NAM summit in Caracas, Venezuela in Sept this year.

d)     On the govts position on Israel-Palestine, she said it was wrong to interpret any tilt towards Israel in NDA govts policy. As far as Palestine is concerned, our foreign policy has not changed. Israel continues to be an ally country, but we never let down the Palestinian cause.

e)     Meanwhile Israel ambassador has welcomed the announcement that Modi was planning a visit. High level visits between both countries are a natural ingredient of the tightening relationship between Israel and India.

2.

Teesta not on agenda for talks with Bangladesh (Pages 1 and 10)

a)     I.R

a)     India – Bangladesh relations

b)     Teesta water sharing deal

c)     Land Boundary Agreement (LBA)

d)     Fishermen issue with Sri Lanka

a)     Ahead of PM Modis visit to Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister Sushma said agreements on contentious issue of sharing of river waters (including that of the Teesta) would not be on the agenda.

b)     She said that there will be no deal on Teesta this time, because we have to take West Bengal govt on board. The CM of West Bengal is going with the PM for the LBA.

c)     She said that there was no flip-flop by the Modi-govt on relations with Pakistan, stressing that India had underlined that talks will only be held in an environment of peace.

d)     She said all issues will be discussed in a peaceful manner, discussions will only be between India and Pakistan, with no involvement of a third party, and talks will be held only in an environment free of terror. India has been following these principles and will not take the talks forward unless Pakistan takes action against perpetrators of terror like Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Hafiz Saeed.

e)     On the issue of fishermen being arrested by Sri Lanka, she said both countries face the problem, and since it was an issue of livelihood, both sides hope to resolve it on humanitarian grounds.

3.

Stapled visa issue with China still unresolved (Pages 1 and 10)

a)     I.R

a)     India – China relations

b)     Land border agreement

c)     Border disputes

d)     Line of Actual Control (LAC)

e)     e-visas

f)     China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

g)     Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)

h)     Terrorism

i)     UNSC

j)     South China sea

a)     External Affairs Minister Sushma admitted that the issue of China granting stapled visas to Indians from Arunachal Pradesh remains unresolved.

b)     She said this issue (along with the pending ones of the land border agreement, the recognition of the LAC and of sharing hydrological data) had been taken up by PM Modi during his recent visit to China.

c)     Said she was hopeful that the issue of stapled visas would be resolved through dialogue.

d)     Much to Indias anger, China continued to grant stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh, claiming it to be a part of its territory. The issue continued to hang fire despite successive govts taking up the matter with the Chinese and registering their protest.

e)  For its part, India announced the decision to grant e-visa to Chinese tourists during Modis recent visit to China.

f)     She also said India had objections to the CPEC only if it involved activities in PoK.

g)     Asked whether India had taken up the issue of China putting a technical hold on its effort to seek UNSC sanctions against Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, She said India had conveyed to China that terrorism was an issue that concerned them as well and that should be borne in mind when they vote at the UNSC.

h)     India had also told China that there should be freedom of navigation and trade in the South China sea and use of threat was not good.

4.

Pranab in Sweden, key pacts to be signed (Page 10)

a)     I.R

a)     India – Sweden relations

b)     Trade ties

c)     Sustainable development

d)     Urban development

a)    During his 3-day State visit in Sweden, President Pranab will meet PM Stefan Lofven, the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, and the Leader of Opposition, besides number of meetings with King and Queen.

b)     The visit will focus on innovation, sustainable development, urban development and scientific research with both countries exploring ways to enhance mutual exchange in the areas of trade and science.

5.

Ashton Carters China remarks draw flak (Page 12)

a)     International

a)     US – China relations

b)     Chinas Silk Road initiatives

c)     Maritime security

d)     South China Sea

e)     US Pivot to Asia

a)     A new war of words has broken out between the US and China, which had adopted active defence as centre of its military doctrine, in tune with its Silk Road initiatives.

b)     An editorial in the Global Times criticised recent comments by US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Chinas construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea. It said that the aim of Ashtons remarks were to drive a wedge into the cooperation between China and ASEAN countries.

c)     Carter had stressed that the US Congress was likely to authorise $425 million for strengthening maritime security capacity among Southeast Asian states.

d)     Under the US rebalance or Asia Pivot doctrine, 60 percent of American forces would be stationed in the Pacific - a move that is widely viewed in China as an expression of USs China containment policy.

6.

Govt issues controversial land ordinance for third time (Pages 1 and 10)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) Act 2013

b)     Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency

c)     Social Impact Assessment (SIA)

a)     Sources said that President Pranab re-enacted for the third time the Land Ordinance that prescribes processes for acquisition of land for public projects.

b)     Despite Opposition protests, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi recommended to the President the re-issuance of the ordinance on ground that it was necessary for maintaining continuity and providing a framework to compensate people whose land had been acquired.

c)     The govt had moved nine amendments to the UPAs Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in LARR Act 2013. The amendments related to exemption of five types of projects from certain provisions of the Act - quantum of compensation and rehabilitation and resettlement, return of unutilised land, redress mechanism, and provision of employment to a member of the family of farm labourer displaced.

d)     However, the proposed Bill does not include the two crucial provisions for taking consent of the land owner and the SIA of displacement.

7.

Firm, first steps after formation (Page 9)

a)     National

a)     Telangana State formation

b)     Article 371-D

c)     Second State Reorganization Commission (SSRC)

d)     Congress Working Committee

e)     Samagra Kutumba Survey

 

 

a)     Telangana, the 29th State of  the Indian Union came into being on June 2 2014 after a long drawn-out struggle of more than six and half decades. Its birth of ushered in new hope, desire and the wishes of people along with anxieties over its growth and development.

b)     The text of Telanganas Statehood should be read within the context of historical project of State formation of Andhra Pradesh. Now, following a year of its existence, Telangana offers some useful insights and perspectives over the future of federal structure of the Indian state particularly in terms of the internal restructuring of its constituents (States).

c)     State formation is not simply a bureaucratically designed, technical-rational affair but one that is densely located within the social imaginaries and their durable forms. It is instructive to see how these forms acquire ideological legitimacy over time and begin to affect the political processes of State formation.

d)     The demand for Telangana raised issues of inter/intra-State regional inequalities and their associated forms of domination and subordination over people belonging to different regional and subregional locations. The feudal forms of domination and cruelties perpetrated over the marginalised sections (especially tribals and peasants) continue to obstruct equitable resources and funds distribution. 

e)     Unless govt of the day is serious about improving these inequalities, its various schemes and programmes of social welfare and empowerment of disadvantaged sections will remain incomplete in realising the Telangana Sentiment. Telanganas historic struggle has informed how the matrix of socio-economic inequalities can produce new sites of public sphere and of their potential to transform democratic spaces. 

f)     It is in this context that the Telangana State must show the way not simply for change but for transformation; not just for the power of politics but for social justice and equality moving beyond just identity politics.

g)     Within two months after its formation, a Statewide household survey (Samagra Kutumba Survey) was held on August 19 2014 to count and number people of native origins as being historically justified residents of Telangana in order to separate them off from non-natives or outsiders. A move for nativity or indigeneity cant provide legitimate grounds for democratic politics. Territorial rights and identities of people cant be arbitrarily ascribed.

h)     The process of a democratisation of rights is instantly halted once the enumerative logic begins to count, classify and categorise people and their identities to suit the particular interests of the State. Surveys and statistical classifications can help only if the State wants to reach out to the people to provide non-discriminatory benefits of its various developmental policies, programmes and initiatives.

i)     However, the reason of the state in both substantive and procedural affairs must not contradict itself with affinity of people based on their history, language, culture and region. These affinities alert us about formation of newer hierarchies and their forms of inequalities penetrating into the discourses of development and democracy. j)     K. Chandrasekhar Rao (CM of Telangana) should learn from what Chandrababu Naidu (CM of an undivided Andhra Pradesh) did in 1995 in terms of a household survey to determine agenda of economic reform. Let the enumeration not become a channel for the market or corporate rationality.

k)     The special package status under Article 371-D that the Telangana CM demanded from the Centre within a week of its formation must not be to simply   fulfil populistic schemes. The bifurcation has significant implications for resource generation and a flow of funds for both the States.   

l)     Much like the States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand formed in 2000, Telangana too has moved away from language affinity as the sole basis of State formation to a more complex network of socio-economic, political-ideological and regional bases of identities favouring the creation of States in contemporary times.

m)     The resolution of the Congress Working Committee in 2001 for the setting up SSRC was meant to evaluate rationale of demands for smaller States such as Telangana, Vidarbha, Marathwada, a division of Uttar Pradesh and various others. It is now time that the SSRC is constituted by the Central govt to take stock of these demands in a more comprehensive manner.

n)     The period 1953-56 tells us an epic story about the creation of Andhra State and its subsequent reorganisation as Andhra Pradesh in 1956. Not only was the territorial map of the country  reconfigured with the recommendations of SRC but also the federal design and the democratic potential of the Indian state was put into place giving specific powers to the Centre over its units.

o)     Telangana State and its democratic road map will certainly enable the federal architecture of the Indian State to bring in newer promises and wishes of an egalitarian and just social-political order.

8.

Plan to curb tobacco use coming, says Nadda (Page 11)

a)     National

b)     Health

a)     World No Tobacco Day

a)     The Health Ministry is set to roll out a comprehensive plan to tackle tobacco use, which will incorporate preventive measures.

b)     On World No Tobacco Day (May31), PM Modi highlighted the harms associated with tobacco consumption and pressed for reducing the menace.

9.

Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartalabus trial run today (Page 11)

a)     National

a)     India – Bangladesh relations

b)     Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus service

c)     Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati service

a)     The trial run of the much-awaited Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus service will begin today. The service (aimed at easy movement of people of two Indian States separated by Bangladesh) is likely to be started when PM Modi visits Dhaka on June 6 and 7.

b)     This is the first bus service to connect the two north-eastern States through Bangladesh. The Dhaka-Kolkata service was introduced in 1999 and the one between Dhaka and Agartala in 2003.

c)     The two countries recently completed a trial run of the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati service. It is also expected to be opened during Modis visit.

10.

Solar Impulse begins its toughest stretch (Page 7)

a)     S&T

a)     Solar Impulse 2 aircraft

b)     Green energy

c)     Pacific Ocean

a)     The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off for a six-day, six-night flight over the Pacific Ocean, the most ambitious leg of its search to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun.

b)     It is the seventh and longest section of the maiden solar-powered global circumnavigation, an attempt to promote green energy.

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