Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-09-06
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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What’s in a name?: on the use of the term ‘Dalit’:
1.The advisory from the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry to the media saying they “may” refrain from using the term ‘Dalit’ while referring to members of Scheduled Castes is unnecessary, intrusive and issued with little application of the mind.
2.But a reading of the court’s June 6 order shows it only wanted the Centre “to consider the question of issuing such direction to the media and take a suitable decision upon it”.
3.The term has evolved over a period of time and has come to symbolise different things in different contexts — self-respect, assertion, solidarity and opposition to caste oppression.
Home and away: on the Indian Test team’s recent record:
1.India started poorly, losing the first two Tests, and it was not until the third one in Nottingham that the batting unit collectively showed the application required to survive in tough conditions.
2.Modern-day schedules do not give international teams adequate time for preparation; this is the principal reason that travelling sides tend to start on the back-foot, and often perform poorly.
3.In South Africa earlier this year, he made selection decisions that can best be described as curious, dropping the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Hard times again for the peso:
1.Earlier this week, President Mauricio Macri asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to accelerate the disbursement of a $50 billion loan, on the premise that the money could be used for servicing debt and intervening in currency markets.
2.The taxes are a noticeable departure from the free market platform on which Mr. Macri started his presidency in 2015, a theme that ran counter to years of intervention by his predecessors, Cristina Fernandez de Kirschner (2007-2015) and her husband Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007).
3.Years of populist policies under the Kirchners coupled with controls on the exchange have again unsettled an economy that had benefited from the commodity boom, creating persistent fiscal and current account deficits and high inflation.
An assault on the right to privacy:
1.Among those who had to go through humiliating searches were Anand Teltumbde, Stan Swamy, and Mr. Satyanarayana, all of whom are respected public intellectuals, Dalit pedagogues who have been instrumental in crafting radically new approaches to the understanding of anti-caste philosophies and have resisted the ongoing assault on higher education in enduring ways.
2.Earlier cases reaffirmed by the Supreme Court in 2017 have held that the right to privacy includes the right to safeguard personal intimacies of the home, the family, marriage, child rearing and education.
3.In the case of Mr. Satyanarayana then, there has been a gross violation of the sanctity of the home, marriage, expressive and cognitive freedoms, and bodily integrity through the assaultive gaze of the police even at private moments in daily routines.
CAATSA, a sticking point:
1.They open the possibility of the 2+2 dialogue becoming just another high-optics engagement, one that fails to address the structural issues that could adversely affect the deepening strategic partnership between India and the U.S.
2.One such issue, which has emerged as a major friction point and has the potential to derail the relationship, is the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
3.Earlier, when U.S. officials expressed concern over the S-400 sale, they had assured India that a way would be found by the Trump administration to shield friends and allies from sanctions.
A moral compass:
1.It was Teachers’ Day on Wednesday, and considering the recent arrest of several social activists , I owe one of my most inspiring teachers, Sudha Bharadwaj, a public wish.
2.Ms. Bharadwaj would tirelessly pore over her case files through the night in preparation for a court hearing the next day, after a demanding day spent with a fact-finding team looking into the death of workers in a factory or being part of legal awareness drives about the rights of communities under the Forest Rights Act.
3.But for now, it is with deep apprehension that we wait and watch her having to wrestle with the law, instead of being celebrated for being the moral compass that always points north.
Steps to stop the rot: on dangers of storing foodgrains in the open:
1.In order to export basmati rice, Punjab has, in a public-private partnership, built modern, temperature-controlled grain silos with a storage capacity of 50,000 tonnes — but this is not for the Indian market.
2.According to a World Health Organisation paper, titled “Mycotoxins”, mycotoxins, which are found in mouldy grain/foods, are associated with human disease and produce aflatoxins (cancer-causing), trichothecenes, ochratoxins, citrinin and other toxins.
3.When there is an abundance of steel, cement and other building materials, money and the technological know-how, why is the government not moving on a war footing to store food grains in the proper manner?
All for one, one for all?:
1.While the complete military was poised to strike Pakistan by land, sea and air, the political leadership decided to restrict the conflict to only the Kargil sector and to our own side of the LoC.
2.As the Army returned to its barracks in December 2002, questions were raised whether the military had mobilised without the political leadership having clearly spelled out its objectives and whether this attempted show of force had actually proved counterproductive.
3.It is only after these discussions crystallise that we will be able to arrive at a common understanding of how future wars could possibly play out and the kind of joint structures that are required to best fight this conflict.
Niti Aayog urges states to formulate EV policy:
1.NEW DELHI: Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar urged State governments to formulate their respective alternate fuel policy and share suggestions on modern mobility transition.
2.Furthermore, Niti Aayog will present a paper to the government tomorrow at the Global Mobility Summit , which will cover all aspects of electric vehicles and other fuel options.
3.Niti Aayog is mulling a final framework document on future of mobility and has collected data from experts across the country with focus on
Temasek to invest up to $400 mn in NIIF:
1.MUMBAI: The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) Thursday said Singapore-based Temasek has agreed to invest up to USD 400 million (around Rs 2,750 crore), which may include future potential co-investments with NIIF.As part of the agreement, Temasek will join the government, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), HDFC group, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance and Axis Bank as an investor in NIIF’s Master Fund and as a shareholder in National Investment and Infrastructure, NIIF’s investment management company, NIIF managing director and chief executive officer Sujoy Bose told reporters here today.
2.NIIF, created in 2015, has two operational funds – the NIIF Master Fund that invests directly into companies and a fund of funds that invests in funds that are managed by third parties.
3.It is also looking to launch a USD 2-billion long-term fund to finance various mega projects.
31st meeting of Central Hindi Committee concluded under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister:
1.Today, 31st meeting of the Central Hindi Committee was held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
2.Emphasising upon the need to reduce the gap between the usage of Hindi in government and the society, the Prime Minister said that educational institutions can help in leading this campaign.
3.After the welcome address of Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Secretary (Rajbhasha) presented an account of the progress made on various subjects as per the agenda.
Home Minister inaugurates Defence & Homeland Security Expo and Conference, 2018:
1.The Union Home Minister was inaugurating the 3-day Defence & Homeland Security Expo and Conference – 2018, organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), here today.
2.In his address, Director General, CRPF, Shri Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar gave a detailed presentation on how the Paramilitary force is engaged in providing and ensuring security to the nation and its future requirements.
3.Pertinent issues related to Homeland Security and Defence Modernisation with exclusive partnership from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) segment would be discussed and deliberated upon at great length during the 3-day Conference.
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