Comprehensive News Analysis - 08 March 2016

Table of Contents:

A. GS1 Related:

1. An emerging centre of new discoveries

B. GS2 Related:

1. CFTRI’s box of goodies may be answer for malnourished children

C GS3 Related:

1. Indians could face a higher risk of diabetes-induced lung ailments

2. E-mail inventor Tomlinson dead

3. Pakistan fishing boats in Sir Creek: Security officials on tenterhooks

4. Six or more anchor banks likely to lead consolidation

5. Labour Ministry to give housing subsidies to workers using Aadhaar

D.Important Editorials: A Quick Glance

The Hindu:

1.Time to deliver on Women’s Bill

Indian Express:

1. May The Force Be With Her Much needs to be done to make the police gender-friendly

Others:

1. The Economic Times: Farm growth hinges on power reform

E. Concepts-in-News: Related Concepts to Revise/Learn
F. Practice Questions
G. Archive

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Useful News Articles

A. GS1 Related

1. An emerging centre of new discoveries

Topic: history

Category: pre-history

Location: The Hindu, Page 9

Key points:

  • North Kerala is fast emerging as the centre of new discoveries on Stone Age cultures
  • Findings such as the typical Palaeolithic hand axe from Vanimel river basin (Kozhikode) and pointed choppers and side scarpers from Anakkayam and Cheerkkayam river basin of Chandragiri (Kasaragod) are some of the first-time evidence of Palaeolithic implements in these districts.

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B. GS2 Related

 

1. CFTRI’s box of goodies may be answer for malnourished children

Topic: polity

Category: child welfare

Location: The Hindu,Page 7

Key points:

  • Rice mix, high protein rusk, energy food, nutri chikki with Spirulina, nutri sprinkle, sesame paste, and fortified mango bar containing macro and micro-nutrients were distributed by CFTRI to preschoolers in Anganwadis in Mysuru
  • This is a first-ever such intervention to address malnutrition among children

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C. GS3 Related

1. Indians could face a higher risk of diabetes-induced lung ailments

Topic: S&T

Category: Health

Location: Hindu, Page 13

Key points:

  • Diabetes may be impeding the normal functioning of lungs and common medicines that are used to treat diabetes (insulin resistance) may actually be exacerbating conditions such as asthma
  • The International Diabetes Federation showed that nearly 6.9 crore people in India were suffering from diabetes in 2015 and their ranks are expected to swell to 12.5 crore by 2040

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2. E-mail inventor Tomlinson dead

Topic: S&T

Category: Inventions

Location: The Hindu, Page 12

Key points:

  • Ray Tomlinson, the U.S. programmer credited with inventing e-mail in the 1970s and choosing the “@” symbol for the messaging system, died at the age of 74
  • Tomlinson invented direct electronic messages in 1971.

 

3. Pakistan fishing boats in Sir Creek: Security officials on tenterhooks

 Topic: Security

Category: border issues

Location: The Hindu, Page 12

Key points:

  • At least 8 pakistani boats have been recovered in the creek area in Gujarat in the past 4 months
  • It is suspected that the ageing vessels are used for drug-trafficking or illegal fishing

 

4. Six or more anchor banks likely to lead consolidation

Topic: Economy

Category: social sector schemes

Location: The Hindu, Page 15

Key points:

  • The government will identify six to ten public sector banks which will drive the consolidation process among the state-owned banks, according to bankers
  • Called the anchor banks, they will be identified by October 31, 2016
  • The view emerged in Gyan Sangam’bankers’ retreat at Gurgaon
  • Top finance ministry officials, bankers and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) officials were present during the discussions.

 

5. Labour Ministry to give housing subsidies to workers using Aadhaar

Topic: Economy

Category: social sector schemes

Location: The Hindu, Page 15

Key points:

–Labour Ministe has approved a scheme to offer higher housing subsidies to 75 lakh beedi workers and miners working in non-coal mines using Aadhaar

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E. Important Editorials : A Quick Glance
The Hindu

1. Time to deliver on Women’s Bill

Topic: social justice

Category: gender issues (Essay Potential)

Key points:

  • On the international women’s day there is again a call for reviving the Constitution (108th) Amendment Bill to reserve for women one-third of seats in Parliament and the State legislatures
  • The Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha in March 2010
  • The govt. is now in a position to get the Bill passed
  • To have more women in legislatures and the government is a big step towards empowering women in society
  • The experience of several village panchayats that have women as effective leaders bears testimony to this fact
  • Affirmative action of this kind is the best way to usher in social and gender justice.

 

Indian Express:

1. May The Force Be With Her Much needs to be done to make the police gender-friendly

Topic: social justice

Category: gender issues (Essay Potential)

Key points:

  • It has been conclusively proven human development takes place only in those countries where women have been made equal partners in planning, budgeting and implementation of diverse
  • The police department, too, has been a beneficiary of this trend
  • Within the police, women, who initially focused on issues related only to women and children, are now taking on investigation of serious offences
  • A recent study undertaken by the Centre for Police Research (CPR), Pune, shows women in police do not find the police department to be gender-friendly
  • The study analyzed the responses of women police officers on four counts — work environment, gender respect, gender equality, and cooperation
  • According to the study, officers admit attitudinal changes are needed much more than short training courses
  • both the physical and the cultural atmosphere of a police station need a drastic overhaul
  • An increase in the number of women officers will prove to be the tipping point. As a society, should we wait for that “point” or take concrete steps to tip the scale?
  • We expect the police to help women in distress, but are they responding to their own in uniform

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Others:

1. The Economic Times: Farm growth hinges on power reform

Topic: Economy, paper III

Category: social sector reform

Key Points:

– The Budget seeks to double the income of farmers over the next five years

– The trick to achieve this is to secure for the farmer a larger share of the price paid by the consumer, cutting out layers of inefficient

  • The Centre’s plan that envisages a common e-market platform in 585 selected wholesale markets nationwide can be gamechanging
  • we need modern integrators and logistics providers to procure fruit and vegetables in the countryside and supply these directly to retailers including e-retailers in urban centres
  • The Budget rightly calls on state governments to amend their Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts to join the proposed e-platform
  • There are other parallel steps required, such as better farm inputs, cold chains and agro-processing
  • The crop insurance scheme announced by the government is welcome
  • The Centre’s move to allow 100% FDI in food marketing is welcome but is not likely to make any immediate difference
  • For further qualitative change, India needs reliable and continuous power supply in rural areas and quality rural roads. Policy is moving in the right direction.

 

F. Concepts-in-News: Related Concepts to Revise/Learn:

i.   CFTRI

ii.  Sir Creek Dispute

iii.  Affirmative action

iv.  JAM trinity

G. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
Question 1: Which are true about ICDS?
    1. it provides food, pre-school education, and primary healthcare to children under 6 years of age
    2. These services are provided from Anganwadi centres established mainly in rural areas
    3. India could not meet the MDG of reducing IMR in India

a)1 Only

b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) 1, 2 and 3

Question 2:Which are true about Janani Suraksha Yojana?

1) JSY is a safe motherhood intervention under the National Rural Health Mission

2) It aim to decrease the neo-natal and maternal deaths happening in the country by promoting institutional delivery of babies

3)  ASHAs are employed to implement the scheme

a) 1 and 2

b) 1 ,2 and 3

c) 2 & 3 only

d) All the above

Question 3: Which of the following statements are true about Beti Bachao Beti Padao Yojana?
  1. the scheme addresses the issue declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR)
  2. 100 districts have been identified on the basis of low Child Sex Ratio as per Census 2011 covering all States/UTs.

a) 1&2

b) 2 only

c) 1 only

d) None of these

Question 4:Which of the following statements are correct about Central Food   Technological Research Institute?

 

1.It is a large and diversified laboratory established under the aegis of CSIR

2.It is headquartered in Delhi

  1. the institute is engaged in research in the production and handling of grains, pulses, oilseeds, spices, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and poultry

 

a) 1&2

b) 1 &3

c) 2&3

d) All the above

Question 5: Which of the statements below are true:

1.Sir Creek is a  tidal estuary on the border of India and Bangladesh

2.The long-standing dispute hinges in the actual demarcation of maritime boundary between the two countries

3.The creek itself is located in uninhabited marshland

4.During the monsoon season, the creek floods its banks and envelops the low-lying salty mudflats around it. During the winter season, the area is home to flamingoes

a) 1&2

b) 3&4

c) 1,2 &4

d) All the above

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