Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-08-25
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Trouble in the hills: on Western Ghats ecology:
1.Madhav Gadgil, who chaired the Union Environment Ministry’s WGEEP, has said the recent havoc in Kerala is a consequence of short-sighted policymaking, and warned that Goa may also be in the line of nature’s fury.
2.The role of big hydroelectric dams, built during an era of rising power demand and deficits, must now be considered afresh and proposals for new ones dropped.
3.Public consultation on the expert reports that includes people’s representatives will find greater resonance now, and help chart a sustainable path ahead.
Musical chairs: on Australia’s new Prime Minister:
1.The overall package, which aims to reduce energy prices and comply with emissions standards, won broad backing from the Opposition centre-left Labour Party and the business community.
2.But the ruling Liberal-National coalition’s efforts at a consensus were hamstrung by hostile backbenchers led by Peter Dutton, who launched an abortive bid for leadership and resigned as Minister for Home Affairs.
3.Last October, Canberra decided to phase out subsidies for renewable energy from 2020, under a policy that ostensibly sought to balance reductions in greenhouse gas emissions with the need to deliver reliable and affordable electricity.
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.
Kerala floods rescue: A chopper, a boat, and a prayer:
1.A motley crowd of flight engineers, technicians, and pilots on a break between sorties are going about their chores outside the Sea King hangar when I bump into Captain P. Rajkumar, attired in flying overalls, speaking on his mobile phone.
2.So we tied gas cylinders together and put them afloat to transport ailing people,” says Roopesh, as the Gemini carries us to the narrow bylanes of the panchayat, the bottom of its motor scraping the ground with a sputter where water has receded considerably.
3.Raji, 31, who is eight months pregnant, her husband Aneesh, a paint worker, and their seven-year-old son were airlifted by a Navy Chetak helicopter from Kurumassery school in the badly hit Parakkadavu panchayat on August 18.
Battleground Madhya Pradesh:
1.There are some signs that sections of the electorate, especially farmers, are unhappy, but that may not be enough for the Congress to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power.
2.The electorate could be inclined towards voting for the Congress, evident from a survey conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) a few months ago.
3.Despite the Vyapam scam being highlighted in the media, the Congress has failed to make it an issue that resonates with the common man.
India’s greatest ‘scoop-man’:
1.The following day, its editors came up with the reasoning: many more readers now access the newspaper on their mobiles than the desktop; we adore our reporters, but their bylines on top of the summary isn’t the best way to display a story digitally.
2.He is India’s greatest “scoop-man” ever, our teacher, B.S Thakur, would say to his pupils, most of whom had strayed into his journalism class after failing to get into something more worthwhile, to teach them that “scoop” also meant something sweeter than a mere dollop of ice cream.
3.His earlier books, Between The Lines , India: The Critical Years , Distant Neighbours , had also brought him greater intellectual heft than those above him, “in spite of being a mere reporter”.
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.
You’re tagged: RFID to make toll passage faster, cashless:
1.By October end, the toll set-up in Delhi will adopt radio frequency identification , and 65 dedicated lanes at border points will employ the technology.
2.“This additional feature is not part of the existing FASTag system, which primarily focuses on whether the RFID tag has sufficient monetary value to pay the toll.
3.SDMC official disclosed that the scheme contractor will collaborate with a Spanish company specialising in RFID toll which has worked in more than 40 countries.
Kharif planting gathers steam in last leg due to fresh spell of rains:
1.Planting covering 995.62 lakh hectares so far this season is 1.28% less than a year earlier, data from the Agriculture ministry showed.
2.Coarse cereals, cotton , rice and pulses have seen a fall in acreage, while oilseeds and sugarcane have reported an increase.
3.Planting has picked up in the rain-fed parts of the country in the wake of fresh spells of rains across western, central and southern India.
Doctors must be trained to be more sensitive to the sufferings of patients: Vice President:
1.The Vice President lauded the contributions of former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who laid foundation for the institution and remembered his memories with the leader.
2.AIIMS Bhubaneswar is one of the six new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences established by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna which was announced in the year 2003, to address the regional imbalances in tertiary healthcare.
3.Highest priority has to be accorded to strengthening primary healthcare and tertiary .We need to increase the number of doctors available at health care centres residing in rural area.
Ministry of Corporate Affairs calls for entries for first National CSR Awards; 30th September 2018 is last date for filing nominations:
1.Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) is rendering technical and logistics support to the Ministry in conduct of the Awards.
2.The framework laid down under the Section 135 along with rules therein, the CSR mandate under the Act is an attempt to infuse corporate innovations in the form of approach, usage of technology, expertise etc to developmental challenges faced by the country.
3.CSR Projects undertaken by companies are expected to throw up innovative solutions to specific problems in the domains of social, economic and environmental challenges.
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