Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-09-16
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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1.Three scientists were arrested on the grave charge of sharing official secrets related to space technology and launch missions with foreign agents.
2.The CBI recommended closure of the case, citing complete lack of evidence and pointing to grave lapses in the police probe, which also used questionable methods and proceeded on nothing but suspicion.
3.For a country where it is not uncommon for those arrested for heinous offences to be exonerated after long years in prison, it is possible to argue that the compensation principle may open the floodgates for innumerable claims.
1.This comes just weeks after the Allahabad High Court refused to grant relief to troubled power companies facing action from the RBI.
2.Distressed power companies, and a number of other firms in the shipping, sugar and textile sectors, however, will be relieved as they are spared from bankruptcy proceedings for now.
3.According to a report released by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India earlier this month, lenders could realistically expect to recover less than a tenth of their dues if stressed assets are to be liquidated.
Out of joint:
1.Some international agencies do warn about the contraindications of MoM implants in women of child-bearing age, possibly caused by the unknown effects of metal ion release on the foetus.
2.In its letter, the CDSCO had asked them to circulate the ASR device alert to all members of their respective associations and design a protocol to receive complaints about the implant and ensure patient safety.
3.“This case is a classic example of how an important issue has been brought up by patients while the medical professionals remained silent.” Activists also blame this silence on the deep-rooted doctor-pharma nexus, huge kickbacks on devices, and pharma sponsorship for conferences and seminars.
The Supreme Court trans-formed:
1.Not only was Section 377 used disproportionately against transgender persons, the legal battle also took a new and positive turn from 2014 after the Supreme Court recognised the right to gender identity in NALSA v. Union of India .
2.They were routinely arrested and harassed by police, sexually abused, and had to bear the brunt of criminal threats as they were on the streets forced into begging and sex work.
3.Finally, the Supreme Court, in a five-judge Bench led by the Chief Justice of India, unanimously held in Navtej Johar that Section 377 was unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalises consensual relationships of any kind between adults, and overruled Koushal.
India’s shrinking democratic space:
1.This proposal, which blatantly omits Muslims from the list of communities in the South Asian neighbourhood who are invited to take Indian citizenship, has been widely condemned as unconstitutional because of its exclusivist intent, violating Article 14 mandating equality before the law.
2.Likewise, the pronouncements of Mr. Shah at the recent BJP National Executive meeting on Assam, the issue of illegal migrants, the NRC controversy and the Citizenship Amendment Bill underlined the party’s determination to press ahead with its polarising strategy.
3.There is a vitriolic narrative being fed into the public discourse, aided by an incendiary social media campaign, against journalists and activists, painting them as “urban Naxals”, peddling unsubstantiated allegations of links between these critics of the government and the Maoist insurgency.
15% houses completed in urban areas under Centre’s flagship PMAY scheme in 3 years:
1.A senior official of Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, which is mandated to implement the scheme, however, said that construction work is going on in full swing and it is exploring use of new technologies to ensure faster completion.
2.On the CLSS under PMAY (U), Noida Extension Flat Owners’ Welfare Association (NEFOWA) said that the central government needs to make people aware about the eligibility for the scheme.
3.The ministry had last month told Lok Sabha in a written reply that keeping in view the roadmap for achieving the goal of housing for all by 2022, states and Union territories have been asked to strategise fast tracking in submission of project proposals to saturate their entire demand by 2018-19.
States set to miss FY19 fiscal targets; borrowing to jump to Rs 5.3 trillion: Icra:
1.MUMBAI: Funding of farm loan waivers, poll-related spending and other populist measures are likely to ensure that states are set to miss their fiscal consolidation targets budgeted at the beginning of the year, says a report.
2.The unforeseen expenditure on flood relief in states like Kerala and Karnataka, which may not be fully offset by higher grants or other revenue mobilisation measures, can exert pressure on their fiscal balances, he said.
3.In contrast, higher-than-budgeted revenue, which is likely following the recent amendments related to IGST and GST compensation cess , and a back-ended pickup in headline SGST collections, will be an encouraging development,” Jayanta Roy of Icra said in the note.
Swachchta hi Sewa: Health Minister Shri J P Nadda offers Shramdaan:
1.Prime Minister, sanitation has become a mass movement where widespread awareness has been created among the people towards keeping their surroundings clean.
2.Sanitation is a key determinant of health, he said, and a clean and hygienic environment shall hugely contribute to preventing many diseases.
3.This does not apply only to physical cleanliness, but to develop and put in place systems and procedures for activities such as bio-waste disposal or protocols etc.
Air force association Celebrates Annual Day:
1.The Annual Day of Air Force Association began in the morning with the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate today in the memory of those who laid down their lives for the motherland.
2.It is an occasion when the valour and heroic deeds of gallant Air Force personnel, who had made supreme sacrifice in the past to defend our country, are remembered.
3.The Annual Day also provides opportunities to the serving and the retired Air Force personnel to strengthen the bonds of comradeship, brotherhood and espirit-de-corps.
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