Comprehensive News Analysis – 27 March 2016

Table of Contents:

A. GS1 Related:
B. GS2 Related:

1. Quadrants of a renal quandary

C. GS3 Related:

1. Invasive catfish rules Kerala’s reservoirs

2. India’s rotavirus vaccine launched

D.GS4 Related
E.Important Editorials : A Quick Glance
Others:
Business Standard

1. Lack of skilled labour, credit facilities holding down MSMEs: Report

Economic Times

2. Mizoram, JICA sign pact for promoting sustainable agriculture

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

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Useful News Articles

A. GS1 Related

NO RELATED NEWS TODAY!!

 

B. GS2 Related

1. Quadrants of a renal quandary

Topic: Social Justice

Category: Health

Location: The Hindu, Page 10

 

C. GS3 Related

1. Invasive catfish rules Kerala’s reservoirs

Topic: Biodiversity

Category: Invasive Species

Location: The Hindu, Page 8

Key Points:

  • Generally known as African catfish ( Clarias gariepinus ), the species has been found to thrive well in all the tributaries of the Periyar river
  • Native to Africa and the Middle East
  • It inhabits freshwater lakes, rivers, swamps and urban sewage systems
  • It was introduced all over the world in the early 1980s for aquaculture purposes
  • Features :
    • predatory fish
    • ability to survive in shallow mud for long periods
    • high tolerance for poorly oxygenated water
    • capable of hybridising with other catfish
  • There is an urgent need to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that pose great risk to the environment, economy, or human health

2. India’s rotavirus vaccine launched

Topic: Science and Technology (Also read with Health)

Category: Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

Location: The Hindu, Page 13

Key Points:

    • The Rotavirus vaccine was developed indigenously, under a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Science Technology and the Health Ministry
    • A step closer to universal immunisation
    • India’s first indigenous rotavirus vaccine to combat diarrhoeal deaths launched
    • Diarrhoea caused by Rotavirus is one of the leading causes of severe diarrhoea and death among children less than five years of age
    • The vaccine was being introduced initially in four States — Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha
    • It will also reduce other conditions such as malnutrition, delayed physical and mental development among children
    • Reduced hospitalisation lower the economic burden on the family and the health cost burden on the country
    • Three new vaccines have also been introduced in India’s Universal Immunisation

Programme (UIP) :

    • Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)
    • Measles, Rubella (MR) vaccine
    • Adult Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccine
D. GS4 Related

Nothing here for today folks!

E. Important Editorials : A Quick Glance
Others:
Business Standard

1 .Lack of skilled labour, credit facilities holding down MSMEs: Report

Topic: Indian Economy
Category: Growth and Development / Inclusive Growth
Key points:

    • Report by industry body PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and Avian Media:

Challenges:

      • Difficulties in getting adequate formal financial help
      • Lack of skilled workforce
      • MSMEs still have to rely on other sources of finance other than banks such as money lenders
      • Unsustainable collateral conditions and time-consuming bank procedures act as major hurdles
      • Only 42 per cent of enterprises conducted skill training exercises

Recommends:

    • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) – a potential mass tool to benefit
    • Demands implementing the Goods and Service Tax (GST) amendment and instituting single window clearance procedures across industries
    • Reducing the rate of interest on loans provided to MSMEs
    • Easing of conditions for securing finance from banks
    • Effective policy push to help small entrepreneurs faster adopt new technology
    • Better implementation of current policies

Currently, loans to MSMEs form about 12 per cent of all bank loans.

Economic Times

2 .Mizoram, JICA sign pact for promoting sustainable agriculture

Topic: Indian Economy
Category: Sustainable Growth
Key points:

  • The Mizoram government and Japanese International Cooperative Agency (JICA) signed an agreement on ‘Capacity Enhancement for Sustainable Agriculture and Irrigation Development.’
  • Experts of the Japanese company would undertake technical cooperation project in four rural development blocks in Aizawl, Kolasib, Serchhip and Champhai districts
  • Training programmes would be conducted in Japan both for officials and farmers from Mizoram
F. Concepts-in-News: Related Concepts to Revise/Learn:
  1. Diarrheoa
  2. ROTAVIRUS
  3. Indo-Japan
  4. MSME sector
  5. Invasive Species

Tags

Tags: Goods and Services Tax,

Corporate Social Responsibility,

ROTAVIRUS,

MSME’s

Sustainable agriculture,

Article 110(3), UIDAI,

Catfish

G. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
Q1. Consider the following statements :
  1. The Government of India has launched the country’s first indigenous rotavirus vaccine to combat diarrhoeal deaths
  2. The rotavirus vaccine was developed indigenously under a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Health Ministry

Which among the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 Only

b) Both 1 and 2

c) 2 Only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q2. Which one of the following statement/s is/are true?

a) Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme(PMEGP) is a credit linked Scheme to facilitate participation of financial institutions for higher credit flow to micro sector

b) ASPIRE is a scheme by the Indian Government to promote Innovation & Rural Entrepreneurship

c) Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries(SFURTI) aims at making traditional Industries more productive and competitive by organizing the traditional Industries and artisans into clusters

d) All of the above are true

Q3. Consider the following statements:
  1. National Biodiversity Action Plan regulates the introduction of invasive alien species and their management
  2. Invasive growth of the grass Paspalum distichum has changed the ecological character of large areas of the Keoladeo National Park, reducing its suitability for certain waterbird species including the Siberian Crane

Which of the above statement/s is/are not true?

a) Only 1

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Only 2

Q4. Arrange the following cities of Japan in order from North to South.
  1. Hokkaido
  2. Nagoya
  3. Nagasaki
  4. Osaka

Which one of the following is the correct order?

a) 1,2,3,4

b) 2,3,1,4

c) 1,2,4,3

d) 4,3,2,1

Q5. Consider the following statements regarding the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA):
  1. Dryland Agriculture, Risk Management, Access to Information and Use of Bio- technology are the focus areas of NMSA
  2. National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) seeks to transform Indian agriculture into a climate resilient production system through suitable adaptation and mitigation measures in domains of both crops and animal husbandry

Which of the above statement/s is/are true?

a) Only 1

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) Only 2

d) Both 1 and 2

Check Your Answers

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