Comprehensive News Analysis - 08 May 2016

Table of Contents:

A. GS1 Related:
B. GS2 Related:

1. Kerala village to become HIV-literate soon

2. Conservation: Lessons from ancient India

C. GS3 Related:

1. Need to cut dependence on energy imports

D. GS4 Related
E. Important Editorials : A Quick Glance

1. Useful Infographic:

a) Corruption worsens in Arab world: Transparency international

F. Concepts-in-News: Related Concepts to Revise/Learn:
G. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
H. Archives

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A. GS1 Related

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B. GS2 Related

1. Kerala village to become HIV-literate soon

Topic: Governance

Category: Health

Location: The Hindu

Key points:

  • Malayinkeezhugramapanchayat in Kerala is on its way to becoming the second local body in the State to achieve HIV-literate status by implementing the HIV Policy and Guidelines 2012 of the Local Self-Government Department (LSGD)
  • Mankarapanchayat was the first HIV-literate local body in the State
  • Under the policy guidelines, gram panchayats carry out awareness programmes involving schoolchildren, Kudumbasree units, accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers etc. They create awareness about HIV, including its early symptoms, treatment, and social security programmes for affected persons

 

Note:  Discuss the role of Local bodies in creating health awareness.

 

2. Conservation: Lessons from ancient India

Topic: Environment

Category: Conservation

Location: The Hindu

Key points:

  • Ecologically safe engineering marvels of water conservation have existed in India for nearly 1,500 years, including traditional systems of water harvesting, such as the bawari, jhalara, nadi, tanka, and khadin. They are cost-effective alternatives to rejuvenate depleted groundwater aquifers. Some of the best examples of implementation are AgrasenkiBaoli in Delhi, built-in pre-Lodhi era (14th century) by Raja Agrasen, to collect rainwater during the monsoon.
  • Examples for Modern rainwater harvesting techniques are anicuts, percolation tanks, injection wells and subsurface barriers.
  • With government support, the traditional structures can be upgraded and productively combined with modern rainwater-saving techniques
  • Ultimately, water conservation has to be a key element of any strategy to bring an end to India’s perennial swings between drought and flood.

 

C. GS3 Related

1. Need to cut dependence on energy imports

Topic: Economy

Category: Energy

Location: The Hindu

Key points:

  • Energy consumption in India is the fourth biggest after China, USA and Russia. By 2030, India’s dependence on energy imports is expected to exceed 53% of the country’s total energy consumption. The different avenues for energy areGas Hydrates, Shale, Coal bed methane (CBM), Hydrogen Cell But there are challenges associated with their harnessing. There is a need for energy security now.
  • The need for energy security has brought into focus the energy diplomacy (As part of economic diplomacy).PM Modiwill be visiting Iran, Qatar, Mozambique and other African countries, which have deep energy reserves

 Is the need for India’s energy security giving rise to energy diplomacy now?

 

D. GS4 Related
E. Important Editorials: A Quick Glance

1. Useful Infographic:

a)  Corruption worsens in Arab world:  Transparency international

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