Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-08-30

Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-08-30

Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Shock arrests: on activists’ arrest:
1.If the arrest of five prominent activists by the Pune police in a coordinated operation across four States has resulted in such indignation, it is because of the widespread suspicion that this is part of an orchestrated crackdown on political dissent.
2.The focus will now be on the next hearing of the Supreme Court, but the dramatic development — which has come months after some Left-leaning activists were arrested in a case relating to the Bhima-Koregaon violence — has raised a fundamental question.
3.What began as a controversy over allegedly provocative speeches made at a Dalit conference relating to the 200th anniversary of an iconic battle site has inexplicably morphed into a larger conspiracy involving the CPI (Maoist).

Power play: on troubles of the power sector:
1.The Allahabad High Court on Monday dismissed a plea from private power producers seeking relief from an RBI diktat to banks to take cognisance of a stressed loan if repayments were missed even by a day.
2.With regard to the power sector, in particular, the worry among bankers is that a credible resolution plan may be difficult to construct unless key structural issues such as fuel supply and State discoms’ financial woes are fixed.
3.The government should display greater urgency in tackling systemic issues in different sectors, but there should be no deviation from the IBC path it has embarked on to fix the banking stress, that is hurting the entire economy.

How not to do an environmental assessment:
1.To ensure that they are an accurate account of scientific facts and observations, the law mandates the engagement of an accredited independent EIA consultant to undertake the study.
2.Citizen action and litigation has forced the project proponents and the Ministry of Urban Development to state that they will revise their plans to reduce or prevent tree felling.
3.The Delhi High Court that is hearing this matter must ensure that these redevelopment projects reapply for approvals as a single integrated one, and in accordance with the law.

A time without backspace:
1.It took me back to a writing tip that the late editor of Ananda Vikatan, S. Balasubramanian, gave a bunch of us student reporters interning at the magazine more than 15 years ago.
2.Apart from his clipped accent, and tendency to raise his voice as if he were speaking to a large group of workers, his pithy sentences stood out.
3.Each line delivered a specific idea or thought, taking the listener one step closer to the intended, larger point being made.

Stagnation post-summit:
1.Foremost, the joint declaration issued at the end of that meeting made merely a token reference to the ultimate U.S. objective of North Korea’s unilateral surrender of nuclear weapons.
2.Second, soon after the summit, Mr. Trump offered to suspend what he called “war games”, a reference to the military exercises carried out jointly by the U.S. and South Korea, for the duration of negotiations with the North.
3.Acknowledging the setback, Mr. Trump tweeted that not enough progress had been made to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula and partly blamed China for not doing enough.

The crackdown on civil society:
1.Unhappily, the majority of Indians keep quiet when their own fellow citizens are tortured by the police, stripped of access to resources and livelihoods, lynched, exploited by corporate India, and neglected by the mainstream media.
2.Their role is crucial for democracy because today we are ruled by a government that openly defies ethics and morality, that casts itself in the mould of realism, and that is supremely indifferent to the plight of millions of its citizens.
3.We are ruled by leaders who dismiss the need for civil society because the cadres and the front organisations of its ideological backbone, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, seek to dominate the space between the individual, the market and the state.

Government starts countervailing duty probe on a Chinese synthetic rubber:
1.India has initiated a countervailing duty probe into increased imports of a Chinese synthetic rubber – Fluoroelastomers, following a complaint from Gujarat Fluorochemicals .
2.Gujarat Fluorochemicals has filed an application before the DGTR alleging subsidisation of the product from China and requested for initiation of an anti-subsidy investigation for levy of countervailing duties on the imports.
3.The applicant has claimed that subsidised imports of the product are materially retarding the establishment of the domestic industry.

Indenting firms challenge IGST levy on export services:
1.MUMBAI: Indenting agents of foreign clients have filed a slew of writ petitions in the Gujarat High Court challenging the applicability of 18 per cent IGST on export services.
2.Due to certain provisions in the current GST law indenting agents have to pay tax on services rendered in India but if they open an office in Dubai, Hong Kong or Sri Lanka, they are exempted.
3.An 18 percent cut on an Indian player’s margin not only destroys competitiveness in the international market but also makes it impossible for them to do business in India.

Launch of National Mission on GeM:
1.The aim of the National Mission is to promote inclusiveness, transparency and efficiency in public procurement and achieve cashless, contactless and paperless transaction.
2.During the 6 weeks’ special drive beginning from 6 th September up to 15 th October 2018, the mission will be launched at state headquarters by Chief Ministers and will cover important sectors and flagship programmes, launch of IEC campaign along with training on usage of GeM for buyers and sellers, buyer registration drive to on board government agencies and vendor registration drive with special focus on MSMEs.
3.The GeM has completed two years and as on 26 th of August 2018, it has crossed ₹ 10,800 crore in value terms and 6.96 lakh in volume of transactions through the platform.

New Wage Agreement Signed for Port and Dock Workers:
1.A new wage settlement agreement has been signed for Group C & D category of Port and Dock Workers in Mumbai in the presence of Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.
2.The Overall financial implication of this settlement for all the Major Ports for serving and pensioners is likely to be about Rs.560 crore per annum.
3.Major Ports have become pioneers in taking this initiative, being the first to sign the wage settlement for Group C & D employees.”

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