Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-08-06
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Change gears: amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act:
1.The passenger transport sector operating within cities and providing inter-city services has grown amorphously, with vested interests exploiting the lack of transparency and regulatory bottlenecks.
2.The effort to curb institutionalised corruption at Regional Transport Offices by making it possible for dealers to directly register new vehicles, and enabling online applications for driving licences is welcome.
3.There are some new provisions to harness technology, including CCTV monitoring, to improve road safety, but these cannot produce results when there is no professional accident investigation agency to determine best practices.
1.And having just about won the support of her own Tory party MPs, Ms. May and her Cabinet colleagues are now taking the show on the road, hoping to sell the plan to individual European leaders.
2.However, beyond offering vague language on “regulatory alignment”, it is unclear how Britain proposes to achieve this while exiting the EU Customs Union and Single Market.
3.A Brexit deal must ideally be in place before a European summit in October; otherwise Britain is at risk of crashing out of the EU in March 2019.
Anatomy of an outbreak:
1.This outbreak, on May 8, was based on two samples testing positive — made possible by a prompt sharing of information by Equateur officials about 21 cases of fever with haemorrhagic signs and 17 deaths on May 3.
2.Again, on July 28, the North Kivu health division shared information about 26 cases of haemorrhagic fever, including 20 deaths, which led to four samples testing positive and the announcement, on August 1, of there being a fresh outbreak.
3.In 2014, when Ebola had struck three West African countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), these measures were delayed and were responsible for the spread and high mortality.
Citizenship and compassion:
1.It took the normalcy of a governance project and turned it into a panopticon, classifying citizens through a system of surveillance, creating a sense of sovereignty where the bureaucrat plays god, deciding who is in and who is out.
2.One needs to understand that once our civics accepts the detention centre and the internment camp as routine, we are creating gulags of the mind, where one can begin with an ordinary act of classification and erase a people.
3.Mr. Shah’s response was a giveaway because it puts the idea of security within a populist framework, where demographic and cultural anxiety becomes the raw material for emerging vote banks.
ICRA feels that steep interim hike in wage rates for tea estate workers will result in higher cost pressure for the tea trade:
1.In a report issued on Monday, it said that as per an order by the Governor of Assam dated July 03, 2018, it has been decided that the state government will notify an interim enhancement of wages of tea plantation workers by a minimum amount of Rs.
2.While formal notification of the interim hike is pending, ICRA understands that large tea players have commenced pay-out of wages at the increased rate from 1st August 2018.
3.Apart from daily wages, tea plantation workers receive a host of other benefits, which include free housing, medical facilities, ration and firewood.
India’s summer crop sowing down on lower rainfall:
1.MUMBAI: Indian farmers have planted summer-sown crops on 85.456 million hectares as of Aug. 3, down 1.8 percent from a year earlier, government data showed.
2.India’s monsoon rains, a crucial element for the country’s farm output , are likely to be below average in 2018, after the country experienced tepid rainfall during the first half of the season.
3.Some numbers have been rounded, and the table does not include all crops.
Ports May Acquire Controlling Stakes Indredging Corporation of India Limited:
1.Press Information Bureau Government of IndiaMinistry of Shipping06-August-2018 16:27 IST
2.Ports May Acquire Controlling Stakes Indredging Corporation of India Limited In a meeting chaired by Secretary (Shipping) with Chairmen/Chairmen I/C of Major Ports, held on 18 th June 2018, the disinvestment proposal of Dredging Corporation of India Ltd (DCI) was discussed and it was suggested that Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT), Paradip Port Trust (PPT) and New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT), based on the availability of surplus fund lying with them may strive to acquire shares of DCI given the linkage of dredging activity with the Ports.Acommittee to understand the modalities with regard to this has been constituted.
3.This information is given by the Minister of State for Shipping,Road Transport and Highways and Chemical & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh L Mandaviya in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
MP and Chairman of Bangladesh Tariqat Federation meets MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju:
1.The Member of Parliament and Chairman, the Bangladesh Tariqat Federation, Mr Al Haj Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary, met the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju here today.
2.During the meeting, both sides discussed various issues of bilateral interest in social, political, cultural & economic domains and security related matters.
3.On the NRC issue in Assam, Shri Kiren Rijiju informed that it is a process undertaken under the supervision and direction of Supreme Court of India.
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