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Daily News Analysis 11-10-2015

S.NO.

NEWS ITEM

SYLLUBUS

ESSENCE OF THE ARTICLE

1.         

 

It will be a blunder if Modi visits only Israel: Palestine diplomat (Page 13)

a)     I.R

a)     A Palestine diplomat says that the ruling BJPs Palestine policy is different from that of other major political parties in India, though there is no change in the Indian states approach towards the Palestinians.

2.

Keep off Madhesis, India told (Page 13)

a)     I.R

a)    Two days after Nepal PM K.P. Sharma Oli extended to India his greetings for Vijaya Dashami, questions have been raised by the leading lights of the country over Olis plans to resolve double jeopardy of a perceived economic blockade by India and the explosive political fissures.

3.

Global tensions reinforce Sino-Russian bonds (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Growing tensions between the US and China over the South China Sea and the ongoing crisis in Syria are reinforcing Sino-Russian bonds, with Washington as the focal point.

4.

Russian aim in Syria is defeat of IS, not propping up Assad (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the aim of Russias military operation in Syria is not to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power but to defeat Islamic State militants.

5.

Congress wavers over NJAC ruling Singhvi still not happy with judgment (Page 1)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     A day after welcoming the Supreme Court striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission law, the Congress displayed an ambiguous stand on the judgment.

6.

GM cotton: whitefly attack raises anxiety among farmers (Page 13)

a)     National

b)     Geography

a)     The ineffectiveness of Genetically Modified cotton against the recent whitefly attack in Punjab and Haryana, which witnessed widespread protests by farmers, has raised concern among agricultural experts and farmers over the growing dependency on Bt cotton.

7.

Jaitley pledges a friendly tax regime, 25 percent corporate tax (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)     Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated the governments commitment to bring in a reasonable and globally-competitive tax regime through reduction in corporate tax rate to 25 percent over the next four years.

8.

Godavari to be declared national waterway from Nasik to Rajahmundry (Page 1)

a)     National

b)     Geography

a)     Ministry said the Centre has agreed to include the stretch of the river Godavari from Nasik in Maharashtra to Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh in the revised National Waterways Bill 2015.

 

S.NO.

NEWS ITEM

SYLLUBUS

BACKGROUND

IMPORTANT POINTS

1.         

 

It will be a blunder if Modi visits only Israel: Palestine diplomat (Page 13)

a)     I.R

a)     India – Palestine relations

b)     Israel – Palestine conflict

a) A Palestine diplomat (Husam Zomlot, a senior foreign policy adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas) says that the ruling BJPs Palestine policy is different from that of other major political parties in India, though there is no change in the Indian states approach towards the Palestinians.

b)     He expressed the hope that PM Modi would visit Palestine when he visited the region.

c)     He said the calls made by international forums that both Israel and Palestine abjure violence did not reflect the reality on the ground. Theres no symmetry between two sides.

2.

Keep off Madhesis, India told (Page 13)

a)     I.R

a)     India – Nepal relations

b)     Nepals new Constitution

c)     Madhesis concern

 

a)    Two days after Nepal PM K.P. Sharma Oli extended to India his greetings for Vijaya Dashami, questions have been raised by the leading lights of the country over Olis plans to resolve double jeopardy of a perceived economic blockade by India and the explosive political fissures.

b)     Olis opponent Shekhar Koirala of Nepali Congress says the first need is to restart dialogue with the Madhesis. He also said that Oli would have to take risks while bringing in constitutional amendments for addressing the Madhesis concerns and in dealing with the tricky issue of territorial demarcation of the Madhesi provinces.

c)     He also said Oli has to initiate the amendments which will address the concerns of the Madhesi populations citizenship issues. But the deeper issue of territorial demarcation of the Madhesi provinces will be protracted and tricky which needs a great deal of dialogue both inside Nepal and with India.

3.

Global tensions reinforce Sino-Russian bonds (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     China – Russia relations

b)     South China Sea

c)     US Pivot to Asia

d)     Syrian conflict

a)     Growing tensions between US and China over the South China Sea and the ongoing crisis in Syria are reinforcing Sino-Russian bonds, with Washington as the focal point.

b)     The write-up accused Washington of playing rough against China and stress its hegemony, despite Chinas decision not to make a statement about the expansion of its sovereignty due to the construction work.

c)   With the US as the common denominator, it backed Russias military assertion in Syria to counter terror groups in that country. The write-up described Moscows military involvement in Syria as a sensible strategic move in response to the ineffectiveness of US strategic manoeuvres in the region in the past few years.

d)     While offering diplomatic support, Beijing has made it clear that it was not getting militarily involved in the Syrian conflict.

4.

Russian aim in Syria is defeat of IS, not propping up Assad (Page 14)

a)     International

a)     Syria crisis

b)     Islamic State (IS)

a)     Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the aim of Russias military operation in Syria is not to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power but to defeat Islamic State militants.

b)     Russia began air strikes in Syria in late September, in a move which Moscow says is weakening IS militants but which Western powers say aims to support Assad.

5.

Congress wavers over NJAC ruling Singhvi still not happy with judgment (Page 1)

a)     National

b)     Polity

a)     National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) law

b)     99th Constitutional Amendment

c)     Collegium system

a)     A day after welcoming the Supreme Court striking down the NJAC law, the Congress displayed an ambiguous stand on the judgment.

b)     Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had expressed his disappointment on the judgment day, saying the NJAC should have been given a fair chance. Singhvi continued to show some degree of dissatisfaction with the judgment, picking holes in the collegium system for appointment and transfer of judges.

c)    Singhvi said he was looking forward to reforms to ensure that the collegium was transparent and accountable and that a system was established to address the governments lack of trust in judicial appointments and transfers.

6.

GM cotton: whitefly attack raises anxiety among farmers (Page 13)

a)     National

b)     Geography

a)     Genetically Modified (GM) crops in India

b)     Bt cotton

a)     The ineffectiveness of GM cotton against the recent whitefly attack in Punjab and Haryana, which witnessed widespread protests by farmers, has raised concern among agricultural experts and farmers over the growing dependency on Bt cotton.

b)     They believe it is time for India to actively promote and involve public-private partnership model in GM crop technology and also focus on developing new technologies to fight pest infestation on cotton and other crops.

c)     The whitefly attack on Bt cotton crop is the latest reason for the government to work and develop new crop technologies.

d)     Bt cotton is around 14 years old technology and is effective against specific type of bollworms, but not insects such as whitefly.

7.

Jaitley pledges a friendly tax regime, 25 percent corporate tax (Page 15)

a)     Economy

a)     Tax regime in India

b)     Direct taxation

c)     Corporate tax

 

a)     Finance Minister Jaitley reiterated the governments commitment to bring in a reasonable and globally-competitive tax regime through reduction in corporate tax rate to 25 percent over the next four years.

b)     Emphasising that direct taxation in the country has to be reasonable and globally competitive, he said he would try to bring down corporate tax to 25 percent from the prevailing 34 percent in a staggered manner.

8.

Godavari to be declared national waterway from Nasik to Rajahmundry (Page 1)

a)     National

b)     Geography

a)     National Waterways Bill 2015

b)     Inland waterways

c)     Godavari river

a)     Ministry said the Centre has agreed to include the stretch of the river Godavari from Nasik in Maharashtra to Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh in the revised National Waterways Bill 2015.

b)     The Union Minister stated in a letter that the ministry had tabled the Bill in May for declaring an additional 101 inland waterways as national waterways.

c)     He said the bill was examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture and had recommended that a revised bill be tabled during the next session of Parliament by including stretch of Godavari from Nasik to Rajahmundry as National Waterway.

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