Comprehensive News Analysis - 27 January 2016

Table of Contents:

A. GS1 Related:
B. GS2 Related:

1. Arunachal: President approves President’s Rule

2. President’s rule in Arunachal: Improper?

C. GS3 Related:

1. Widening health insurance scheme

D. Important Editorials: A Quick Glance

The Hindu:

1. GST: India’s most transformative tax reform

Indian Express:


1. Mint: Hidden Hunger in India

2. Bit on Oil: India should worry!

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



Useful News Articles

A. GS1 Related:

— Nothing here today, folks! —


B. GS2 Related:

1. Arunachal: President approves President’s Rule

Topic: Internal Security, Constitution

Category: Border States, Federalism

Location: Hindu, IE,  Headline news

Key points:

arunachal president.

C. GS3 Related:

1. Widening health insurance scheme

Topic: Insurance

Category: Health Insurance

Location: IE, page 15

Key points:

bima yojana


D. Important Editorials: A Quick Glance

The Hindu:

1. GST: India’s most transformative tax reform

Topic: Economy, Paper III

Category: Taxation

Key points:

– Nice overview article – read it after watching the video:


Indian Express:


1. Mint: Hidden Hunger in India

Topic: Economy, Paper III

Category: Poverty, Health

Key points:

– World Health Organization (WHO): there are three goals a country’s health system must aim for: to improve health, to be responsive to legitimate demands of the population and to ensure no one is at risk of serious financial losses because of ill health.

– Taking its cue from NFHS-4 and the recently published India Health Report and Global Nutrition Report, the Indian health system needs to address its structural and operational deficiencies. In the latter instance, millets and fortified food should be incorporated in midday meals to tackle the problem of hidden hunger (micronutrient deficiency). Fortification enhances the nutrients present in salt, rice, wheat, milk and so forth, and millets have higher nutrient levels than cereals.


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

i. Economic Contagion

ii. Hidden Hunger + Malnutrition

iii. GST process

iv. RSBY + Insurance + Health

v. Federalism + President’s Rule Mechanics


F. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
Question 1: Consider the statements about Financial Contagion:
  1. The term Financial contagion was coined early in 1825.
  2. Financial contagion refers to “the spread of market disturbances mostly on the downside from one country to the other.
  3. The global Great Depression caused by the 1929 U.S. stock market crash, can be considered as the striking example of the effects of contagion on an integrated global economy.

Which of the above statements are correct about Financial Contagion?

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 1 and 3 only

c. 2 and 3 only

Question 2:The Goods and Services Tax Bill or GST Bill is officially known as The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Second Amendment) Bill, 2014, proposes a national Value Added Tax to be implemented in India. Is this statement true/false?

a) True

b) False

Question 3:Which of the following statement is/are true about RSBY?

i. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) is a “State Health Insurance Programme”.

ii. It was launched in 2015 under the Ministry of Labour and Employment and then transferred to to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

iii. The re-structured RSBY will be rolled out in the year 2017-18 under a new name.

a. i only

b. ii only

c. iii only

d. All of the above.

Question 4: Consider the following statements about Federalism in India, which is correct:

a) Part XI(11) of the Indian constitution defines the power distribution between the federal government (the Centre) and the States in India.

b) Unlike the federal governments of the United States, Switzerland or Australia, residual powers remain with the Centre

c) The power of the states and the Centre are defined by the constitution and the legislative powers are divided into three lists.

d) According to the Article 356 of the Constitution of India, states must exercise their executive power in compliance with the laws made by the Central government.

e) All of the above

Question 5: Which of the below mentioned schemes doesn’t fall under the Ministry of Health in India?

a) The Integrated Child Development Scheme

b) National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)

c) Mother and Child Tracking system (MCTS)

d) National Urban Health Mission (NUHM)


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