12,December,18 Daily newspaper article’s summary

12,December,18 Daily newspaper article’s summary

Summary of newspaper articles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Northern comfort:
1.For a party that had appeared to be lost in the political wilderness over the past few years, the Congress has plenty to cheer about following the results in the recent round of Assembly elections.
2.In the three Hindi-speaking States, where it was locked in a direct contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress has performed more than creditably, raising hopes of a revival of fortunes as the country gears up for the general election in 2019.
3.Farmers suffered disproportionately and for longer following demonetisation, and small traders in urban areas have felt handicapped by the straitjacket of the Goods and Services Tax.

Providing health for all:
1.Japan has been leading the international efforts towards UHC, including its inclusion in the sustainable development goals and G20 agenda under our chairmanship next year, because health is one of our fundamental rights.
2.Today, Japanese and Indian doctors are exchanging ideas and expertise at a research and control centre on diarrhoea established by Japan in Kolkata, and precious lives of newborns are being saved daily in a children’s hospital constructed in Chennai.
3.We aim to pursue our cooperation in various fields, such as honing skills of doctors in surgery of trauma as well as providing technical training for Indian nurses studying in Japanese caregiving facilities.

Unstoppable in Telangana:
1.The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), led by K. Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, has registered a huge win in the Assembly elections .
2.Primary among worries has been the issue of jobless growth, and the only recruitments made by the TRS government were of police constables and school teachers.
3.Further, the Congress’s alliance with the Telugu Desam Party and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s campaign looked more like an electoral calculation than an attempt to provide a suitable alternative.

Never waste a good crisis:
1.Urjit Patel exhibited this quality in ample measure when he announced his decision to walk out of his job as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday.
2.It is true that the Centre has been more assertive in its relationship with the RBI in recent times, but it has some genuine grievances such as on the issue of providing liquidity for non-banking finance companies and a less stringent capital norms regime for banks.
3.The outgoing Governor’s resignation has trained the spotlight so sharply on the festering issues between the RBI and the Centre that it is extremely difficult for his successor, Shaktikanta Das, to act on any of them in favour of the latter, even if it is merited.

Signs of a revival:
1.He outlined a three-point approach for the newly appointed office-bearers of the party, a cohort that is a refreshingly diverse, and demonstrably young — strengthen the organisation, honour the worker and ensure ‘social justice’, meaning an outreach to the lower rungs of society.
2.In Rajasthan, PCC president Sachin Pilot’s perseverance and tenacity breathed fresh life into a dead organisation, but the tensions between him and veteran Ashok Gehlot broke the momentum.
3.Therefore, the challenge before Mr. Gandhi is to raise his own bargaining power vis-à-vis potential partners to buttress the position of the Congress as an alternative to the BJP — in vision and in governance.

A fiercely contested landscape:
1.If celebrations have broken out in Congress offices across the country, few will grudge it considering that its success in the Hindi heartland comes after four years of defeats, self-doubt and a feeling of being under siege by a perennially turbo-charged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
2.The one winner without a shadow of doubt is K. Chandrashekar Rao of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, who decimated the Mahakutumi, or the mega alliance formed by the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as a possible model for future Opposition strategy.
3.The defeat of the Mahakutumi, if not an irretrievable set-back for the Mahagathbandhan efforts nationally, certainly means that Rahul Gandhi and N. Chandrababu Naidu, the TDP leader, will have to go back to the drawing board to rework alliance strategy for 2019.

FIEO urges new RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das to ensure smooth flow of credit to exporters:
1.Exporters body FIEO Wednesday urged new RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das to ensure smooth flow of credit to the sector as decline in the funds will hit outbound shipments.
2.He also said that while exchange rate is market driven, RBI’s intervention is essential to stem extreme volatility in rupee as it is not beneficial for exporters or importers.
3.”A movement of rupee in narrow band of 5 per cent would be more appropriate for export sector as near predictability in rate would reduce the cost of hedging as well,” he added.

Urbanisation process needs to be extremely innovative, sustainable: Amitabh Kant:
1.NEW DELHI: India’s urbanisation process has to be extremely innovative as well as sustainable, and the country should not repeat mistakes of western world, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Wednesday.
2.Cities account for just 3 per cent earth’s landmark but they account for 84 per cent of world GDP, Kant said while addressing delegates at ‘ ITC Sustainability Awards 2018 ‘.
3.The Niti Aayog CEO also noted that the world is looking for the sustainable products and willing to pay higher price for sustainable products, so India will be spearheading renewable energy.

91,85,937 Employees benefitted by PMRPY:
1.The terminal date for registration of beneficiary through establishment is 31 st March, 2019.
2.This scheme has a dual benefit, where, on the one hand, the employer is incentivised for increasing the employment base of workers in the establishment, and on the other hand, a large number of workers will find jobs in such establishments.
3.This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Government has taken many steps to increase female labour participation rate:
1.Central Government has targeted the issue by taking various prominent steps to increase female labour participation rate which includes the enactment of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 which provides for enhancement in paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks and provisions for mandatory crèche facility in the establishments having 50 or more employees; issue of an advisory to the States under the Factories Act, 1948 for permitting women workers in the night shifts with adequate safety measures.
2.A number of protective provisions have been incorporated in various labour laws for creating congenial work environment for women workers.
3.This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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