Comprehensive News Analysis - 10 March 2016

Table of Contents:

A. GS1 Related:
B. GS2 Related:

1. RS passes amendment to motion of thanks: Opposition stands up to be counted

2. Sharp drop in aid to SAARC nations

C. GS3 Related:

1. Countdown for sixth navigation satellite as per schedule

2. Vulture nests in WWS decline

3. Oil prices rise as big producers may freeze output

4. Centre to sign pacts worth over Rs.72,000 cr at shipping summit

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

The Indian Express:

The Hindu:

1. Four corners of a good deal

Others :

1. The Business Line: Battle against hunger is far from over

3. The Economic Times: Welcome opening up of road transport

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



Useful News Articles

A. GS1 Related

— Nothing here today, folks! —

B. GS2 Related

1. RS passes amendment to motion of thanks: Opposition stands up to be counted

Topic: Polity

Category: Legislative Functions

Location: The Indian Express


source: The Hindu


2. Sharp drop in aid to SAARC nations

Topic: International Relations

Category: SAARC

Location: The Hindu



C. GS3 Related

1. Countdown for sixth navigation satellite as per schedule

Topic: S&T

Category: Space

Location: The Hindu

Key points:

  • The 6th of 7 satellites of IRNSS system is to be launched- IRNSS-1F(1425 kg)
  • Launch vehicle: PSLV- C32 ‘XL’ version
  • Payload: Navigation Payload to transmit navigation service signals to users, Ranging Payload to facilitate accurate determination of the range of the satellite with a C band transponder


2. Vulture nests in WWS decline

Topic: Biodiversity

Category: Conservation

Location: The Hindu, Page 11

Key points:

– The nests of vulture population are dwindling in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS), a safe habitat for different species of vultures in South India

  • the government had imposed curbs on the use of Diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug acknowledged to have caused the decimation of vultures in the Indian subcontinent


3. Oil prices rise as big producers may freeze output

Topic: Economy

Category: world economy

Location: The Hindu, Page 17


Key points:

  • Oil prices broke above $40 a barrel on Wednesday, driven by anticipation that the world’s largest exporters may agree as soon as this month to freeze output
  • Producers in and outside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) plan to meet in Moscow on March 20 to discuss an output freeze
  • Nervousness is running high in oil-dependent nations whose budgets have been tattered by weak prices, such as Algeria, which warned the recovery in crude was “very unstable” and could reverse


4. Centre to sign pacts worth over Rs.72,000 cr at shipping summit

Topic: Economy

Category: shipping sector

Location: The Hindu, Page 17

Key points:

  • the Indian Maritime Summit is to be held in Mumbai next month
  • The Ministry of Shipping has identified 109 projects worth Rs.72,864 crore on which agreements will be signed during the event
  • South Korea will be the partner country for the Summit
  • 40 lakh direct employment and 50 lakh indirect employment (opportunities)in five years in the maritime sector are expected through the deals


D. GS4 Related

— Nothing here today, folks! —


E. Important Editorials : A Quick Glance
The Indian Express:
The Hindu

1. Four corners of a good deal

Topic: International Relations

Category: Multilateral engagement

Key points:

  • the quadrilateral relationship between the U.S., India, Japan, and Australia is typically depicted in defence terms
  • The U.S.-Japan-India trilateral has gained momentum in recent years, with regular meetings and a variety of collective exercises.
  • Conversely, the four-way arrangement has made much less progress and has largely been limited to some meetings and naval exercises several years back
  • We must not forget Australia can provide immense energy benefits to India – coal, LNG and Uranium



1. The Business Line: Battle against hunger is far from over

Topic: World Affairs

Category: Asia pacific-social sector

Key Points:

–  490 million people across Asia and the Pacific still suffering from undernutrition —      that’s 62 per cent of all hungry people in the world

  • the road to a ZeroHungerworld will not be an easy one
  • For one, we’ll need to produce more — and more nutritious — food
  • Meanwhile climate change and the increasing frequency of natural disasters — which affect this region more than any other –are creating great uncertainty. This will make farming even riskier
  • knowledge pooling and sharing a common commitment to joint action  will help the region advance down the pathway to Zero Hunger
  • farmers as fully connected players in food value chains will be able to boost their output, earn more, eat better, and act as engines for rural economic growth.
  • we must try out new tactics such as the Blue Growth approach to fisheries and aquaculture which are being widely embraced across the Asia-Pacific
  • Future successes in food production will require creativity — and more research and development.
  • Working together, the region can and will be an international leader in the push to finally eradicate hunger and malnutrition, once and for all.


2. The Economic Times: Welcome opening up of road transport

Topic: Economy

Category: transport sector

Key Points:

  • The Centre has now sought to amend the Motor Vehicles Act to open up the road transport sector to more investment, boost enterprise and step-up passenger conveniences
  • the systematic entry of new players would provide competitive pressures for state road transport undertakings to either increase efficiency or make way for others
  • we need to reform passenger transport
  • Also we need to thoroughly modernize our tax regime for transport equipment and fuel
  • An estimated 3/4th of all capital investment on transportation, infrastructure and construction suffers tax-on-tax, or cascading tax rates. The tax-on-tax system hugely distorts transport fuel prices as well


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


II. Motion of thanks


IV. Diclofenac

V. Sagarmala Project

VI. The Motor Vehicles Act

G. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
Question 1: Which of the statements given below are correct?


  1. IRNSS is an indigenously developed Navigation Satellite System that is used to provide accurate real-time positioning and timing services over India
  2. The space segment of IRNSS  comprises nine satellites
  3. As part of the project, ISRO opened a new satellite navigation center within the campus of ISRO Deep Space Network (DSN) at Byalalu, in Karnataka
  4. It has both civilian and military dimensions


a) 1 and 2 Only

b) 1, 2, and 3 Only
c) 1, 3 and 4 Only
d) All of the above

Question 2:What is true about motion of thanks to President's address?
  1. The President’s joint address of the houses is necessarily followed by a motion of thanks moved in each House by ruling party MPs
  2. It is followed by discussions and conclude with the Prime Minister replying to the points raised during the discussion
  3. After the PM’s reply, MPs vote on the motion of thanks
  4. MPs may move amendments to the address


a) 1 and 3

b) 1, 2 and 3

c) 2, 3 and 4

d) All the above

Question 3: Consider the following statements:
  1.  SAARC includes Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar among other countries as its members
  2. Observers include China, Japan and Australia among others

Which among the above statements is/are correct?

a)1 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 2

d) None of the above

Question 4: Consider the following statements:


1.Sagarmala Project is a GoI initiative to conserve India’ s wetlands

2.Sagarmala Project deals with appending India’s coastline security

3.Sagarmala Project deals with  developing Indian ports

Which among them are correct?

a) 1 Only

b) 2 Only

c) 3 only

d) None of these

Question 5: Which of the following statements are true?

1.The vulture crisis in India was triggered by Diclofenac

2.Diclofenac is a common anti-inflammatory drug administered to livestock and is used to treat the symptoms of inflammations, fevers and/or pain associated with disease or wounds

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 Only

c) 1 only

d) none of the above

Check Your Answers


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