Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-08-24

Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-08-24

Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Where guilt lies: on Manafort conviction:
1.Second, Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty on charges of bank and tax fraud relating to his role as a political consultant for pro-Russian entities in Ukraine.
2.While he faces a separate criminal trial in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on possible Russian collusion in the 2016 election, his conviction pertained to undisclosed income and bank accounts, and illegal borrowings associated with his Ukrainian operations.
3.Even if the House of Representatives comes under the control of Democrats after the November mid-term elections, there is little doubt that a Republican-controlled Senate, where a two-thirds “super majority” is required to convict a person being impeached, would expediently nix any such proceedings or acquit Mr. Trump.

Accepting help: on UAE’s aid to Kerala:
1.The clearest indication so far that India would turn down offers of financial assistance from foreign governments for relief and rehabilitation work in Kerala came on Wednesday.
2.The spokesperson added that only PIOs, NRIs or international foundations could send money from overseas to the Prime Minister’s or Chief Minister’s relief fund.
3.But as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan indicated, this clarity about existing policy is missing in the Central government’s National Disaster Management Plan.

What is Sleeping Beauty problem in decision theory:
1.A coin is then tossed and Sleeping Beauty is woken up on Monday if it lands heads up.
2.However, if the coin lands tails up, she is put back to sleep on Monday with her memory erased and woken up the next day.
3.At the end of the experiment, Sleeping Beauty is asked about the probability of the coin having landed heads and tails up.

Another step in the battle against leprosy:
1.The biased provisions in these statutes were introduced prior to medical advancements; now, modern medicine (specifically, multi-drug therapy) completely cures the disease.
2.It is in keeping with the UN General Assembly Resolution of 2010 on the ‘Elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members’ that it was introduced.
3.The Law Commission of India, in its 256th Report, ‘Eliminating discrimination against persons affected by leprosy’, had also recommended removing the discriminatory provisions in various statutes against leprosy patients.

Get over the superpower syndrome:
1.The current debate on whether foreign assistance should be accepted for relief and reconstruction work following the devastating floods in Kerala is an unnecessary distraction for the Central and State governments at a time of a grave crisis.
2.It was felt that India should demonstrate that it had the strength to withstand and counter calamities and also help its neighbours, as it did in the case of the December 2004 tsunami and piracy attacks in the Indian Ocean.
3.Since permanent membership of the Security Council entails additional financial commitment on its part, India’s low level of mandatory contribution to the UN, calculated based on its capacity to pay, was also a matter of concern at that time.

Culinary parochialism:
1.That entrepreneur-guru Baba Ramdev and celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor cooked and ladled out 918 kg of a north Indian version was symptomatic of the appreciation for only one kind of khichdi.
2.Indians abroad are generally willing to adapt to foreign-made rules and customs but remain steadfast to some parts of their culture — caste, religion and attire, and also kitchen utensils, pickles and spices.
3.Goan fish and meat dishes find a corner in menus and their parodies, such as mushroom xacuti and vegetable vindaloo, are served to vegetarians.

Should Article 35A be scrapped?:
1.Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was an integral part of the Dominion of India, according to the Instrument of Accession which was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh on October 26, 1947 and subsequently ratified by the Constituent Assembly of J&K.
2.Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee firmly believed that the issues relating to J&K could be resolved following the principles of insaniyat (humanity), jamhooriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat (Kashmiri values).
3.The schedule attached to the Instrument of Accession specified that the Dominion of India could only make laws relating to Defence, External Affairs, Communications, and ancillary matters.

Why history matters so much:
1.The outcome was a richer understanding of the constraints that a poorly functioning system of education places on a society’s capacity to cope with its present difficulties and imagine sustainable solutions.
2.These categories flatten out the complexity and richness of India’s history, wasting the opportunity of studying it with the aim of arousing curiosity and imparting tools of inquiry.
3.The fear that incoming migrants would push the regional language into minority status or hurt the State’s cultural identity shows how poor the State’s trust in education is.

High borrowing costs, weak rupee to impact India Inc: Report:
1.According to Arun Singh, Lead Economist, Dun & Bradstreet India, while the borrowing costs for companies are rising, a weak rupee has also added to the corporate woes.
2.Corporate India is facing increasing borrowing costs given the rise in bank lending rates, potentially dampening industrial production and revival in domestic demand going forward, says a report.
3.The report said the government should focus on strengthening the “macro economic stability of India” largely owing to the rising current account deficit and stress in the banking sector.

Arunachal tea variety fetches Rs 40,000 per kg:
1.In July, an Assam tea variety was sold at Rs 39,001 per kg at an auction here.
2.We hope that these specialty teas will make us achieve our past glory in the world map,” Bihani said in the statement.
3.The liquor of this special tea is bright golden in colour, sweet to taste and has a rich aroma, Bihani said.

37TH Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) Meeting of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban Sanctions A Total Of 1,12,213 Houses from 8 States:
1.37 TH Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) Meeting of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban Sanctions A Total Of 1,12,213 Houses from 8 States Andhra Pradesh Gets 37,719 Houses, Haryana-19,858, Madhya Pradesh -18,375, Maharashtra – 12,238, Chattisgarh – 10,632, Karnataka – 8,761, J&K – 4,442, Arunachal Pradesh – 188
2.Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of 1,12,213 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
3.Press Information Bureau Government of IndiaMinistry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation24-August-2018 16:47 IST

‘Gift a Skill’ – An Appeal by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship:
1.In an effort towards women empowerment, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has appealed to the nation to ‘Gift a Skill’ to sisters on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
2.Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, emphasizing the importance of women’s contribution in the economic growth of our country, appealed the following in a video released on his social media account
3.The New India, as envisioned by Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, places women in the centre of our quest for economic growth.

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