Comprehensive News Analysis - 14 February 2016

Table of Contents:

A. GS1 Related:
B. GS2 Related:

1.India calls U.S. envoy to protests F-16 sale to Pak.

C. GS3 Related:

1. Showcasing India

2. Inching towards a crisis, drop by drop

3. Implement key structural reforms such as GST

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


Indian Express :

1.Can a meteorite kill you?

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



Useful News Articles

A. GS1 Related:
B. GS2 Related:

1. India calls U.S. envoy to protests F-16 sale to Pak.

Topic: International Relations (also read with Internal Security)

Category: Indo-US , Indo-Pak, Terrorism

Location:The Hindu, Page 01

F-16 sale to Pak

Key Points:

• The Pentagon conveyed to U.S. Congress the decision to sell the planes in a $699.04-million deal, and the U.S. government announced the sale to Pakistan

• India was not only disappointed but also upset that its protests over the past year on the issue had gone unheeded

• U.S. says:

Sale was in the U.S.’s “vital national security interests” as it helped Pakistan fight terror groups

• India says:

“We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help combat terrorism. The record of the last many years speaks for itself.” India believes the sale will only strengthen Pakistan’s ability to threaten India.

C. GS3 Related:

1. Showcasing India

Topic: Economic Development (also read with governance)

Category: Growth, FDI, Manufacturing

Location: The Hindu, Page 09

Showcasing India

Key Points:

• Representatives from 68 countries participating in the Make in India Week

From PM’s speech –

• India was blessed with Democracy, Demography, and Demand, and his government had added Deregulation making it a four-dimensional India (the 4D’s)

Harnessing growth –

1. cleaner and greener way

2. zero defect and zero effect manufacturing

3. energy efficiency, water re-cycling, waste to energy, clean India and river cleaning

4. minimum government, maximum governance

• FDI inflows-

• Most of the FDI sectors have been put on automatic approval route

• Initiative had started yielding results, with India achieving highest ever electricity generation, production of motor vehicles, highest software exports in 2015 and had jumped several ranks in global indexes as the most attractive destination for investment 🙂

2. Inching towards a crisis, drop by drop

Topic: Sustainable Environment

Category: Water scarcity

Location: The Hindu, Page 10

water scarcity

3. Implement key structural reforms such as GST

Topic: Economic Development (also read with governance)

Category: Growth

Location: The Hind, P age15

Key Points:

1. Consistency and stability in policy making

2. Successfully implement key structural reforms that can reduce inefficiencies that have a multiplier effect on overall growth. This includes the passage of GST

3. There must be a strong thrust given to the rural economy

4. The implementation of the APMC Act across all states is essential to ensure that farmers get the bulk of the benefits for their efforts by reducing their dependence on middlemen who exploit them

5. Investment in infrastructure

6. Priority on exports to be accorded to make our trade deficit into a trade surplus

7. Create a favourable environment that promotes transparency, entrepreneurship and excellence over a sustained period of time – Long term goal

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


1. Can a meteorite kill you?

Topic: Science & Technology

Category: Space

Key Points:

• What is a meteoroid ?

a small natural object (smaller than a minor planet) is considered a meteoroid when it is outside the Earth’s atmosphere

• What is a meteor ?

a meteor when it is in the Earth’s atmosphere. On entering, it causes a luminous phenomenon called a meteor or a shooting star.

• What is a meteorite?

if the object (or pieces of it) survives the entry through the atmosphere to land on Earth’s surface

• What is a comet ?

A chunk of ice and rock originating from the outer solar system, often accompanied by a tail

• What is an asteroid ?

A rock in orbit generally between Mars and Jupiter. Sometimes the asteroids get bounced towards the Earth

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

i. Make in India

ii. GST

iii. Water Scarcity

iv. Terrorism

v. Reforms

G. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
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