Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-09-26
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Voters’ choice: on Maldives presidential polls:
1.The interim results of Sunday’s presidential election in the Maldives have given the joint opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih a resounding victory in the direct contest with the incumbent, Abdulla Yameen.
2.Fortunately, the outcome has belied the worst fears about the election, and after meeting with Mr. Solih, President Yameen conceded defeat and vowed to ensure a smooth transition.
3.Mr. Yameen responded to India’s criticism of the emergency he declared this year by clamping down on visas to Indian job holders, hundreds of whom await some movement in the matter after the new government takes over.
Language matters: on Amit Shah’s ‘termite’ remark:
1.The process of filing claims and objections by persons left out of the draft National Register of Citizens in Assam began on Tuesday, in an atmosphere fraught with uncertainty about the documentation needed and possible recourse for those who may ultimately not clear the final list.
2.These persons will have many levels of appeal as next resort — but India needs to officially give the assurance that it will not condemn undocumented immigrants, who lack wherewithal and are the most unfortunate victims of poverty and South Asia’s complicated history, to their own devices.
3.This weekend, at a public meeting in Delhi, the BJP president, Amit Shah, rallied the crowd by referring to infiltrators allegedly in the country, claiming they were eating away at India’s future.
What is ecological succession in ecology?:
1.This refers to the progressive changes that happen to the biological structure of an ecological community.
2.Over time, there are changes that take place in the composition of species that constitute an ecological community.
3.As a general rule, it is believed that ecological communities move from possessing very little species diversity to a more stable state where they house an array of species.
Talking films at every corner:
1.Minutes after we watched Roma and interacted with its maker Alfonso Cuaron, the guy sitting in front of me at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto turned back and suddenly confessed to have wept copiously through the film.
2.On the last day of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), while taking my order of avocado toast and mango chia seed pudding, the young attendant made me feel bad for having missed Peter Strickland’s In Fabric.
3.Animated debates and discussions are de rigueur, and the energy and engagement of Torontonians is palpable across venues — in Scotiabank, in the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, and in Ryerson University.
Editing our genes:
1.In the book she co-authored, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution , Doudna recounts the dream, and acknowledges the “truly incredible power” of the technology, “one that could be devastating if it fell into the wrong hands.”
2.Crispr, an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, harnesses the natural defence mechanisms of bacteria to alter an organism’s genetic code.
3.The elegance of this editing tool has transformed medical research, and gives rise to the question: can a faulty gene be deleted or corrected at the embryonic stage?
A change in the Maldives:
1.After the results came out, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said Sunday’s election marked “not only the triumph of democratic forces in the Maldives but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called Mr. Solih, underscoring his support for better ties between the two countries.
2.Mr. Yameen not only fully endorsed China’s ambitious Maritime Silk Road initiative but also made the Maldives the second country in South Asia, after Pakistan, to enter into an FTA with China.
3.The opposition accused the Yameen government “of allowing a Chinese ‘land grab’ of Maldivian islands, key infrastructure, and even essential utilities, which “not only undermines the independence of the Maldives, but the security of the entire Indian Ocean region”.
A nationalism that’s anti-national:
1.Savarkar, whose ideology inspired the RSS’s founders and who remains its icon, was released from Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after he wrote four mercy petitions to the Viceroy pledging loyalty to the British empire.
2.Syama Prasad Mookerjee, another Hindu Mahasabha leader, actively collaborated with the British during the Quit India movement while the RSS kept aloof from this biggest anti-colonial uprising.
3.During this delicate phase, the RSS was at best an irresponsible denominational pressure group for the Hinduisation of the Indian state, opposing any and every concession to minorities and advocating a hawkish foreign policy.
Cabinet clears proposal to convert GSTN into government entity:
1.NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Wednesday cleared a proposal to convert GST Network ( GSTN ) into a government-owned company, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
2.Briefing reporters about the decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting, the finance minister said that 50 per cent stake will be owned by the Centre and the remaining by the states on pro-rata basis in the new structure.
3.Currently, the Centre and states together hold 49 per cent stake in the GST Network, the company that provides IT backbone to the new indirect tax regime.
India proposes free trade agreement with Bangladesh:
1.Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is visiting Dhaka, has said that after Bangladesh graduates from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status, it will no longer have duty-free and quota-free access for its products to the Indian market under SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Agreement).
2.“In view of this, he proposed that India and Bangladesh may consider signing a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which would trade in goods and services and investments,” the commerce and industry ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
3.Underlining the potential of jute as a natural and environment friendly fiber, he suggested that a Joint Business Group could examine the issues related to this sector.
Agmark online system is being implemented across the country to conduct quality control functions:
1.Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh today launched the online software for Agmark.
2.On this occasion he said that fulfilling Prime Minister’s Digital India dream and following its footsteps, the application processes related to Agmark certification are being done online by the Directorate of Marketing & Inspection (DMI).
3.The use of modern technologies by the National Informatics Center has made these processes easy, reliable and cost effective by providing online electronic mode.
Shripad Naik lays Foundation Stone of Phase II of All India Institute of Ayurveda at Delhi:
1.Minister of State for AYUSH Shri Shripad Naik has laid the foundation stone of second phase of All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) here today.
2.Addressing the gathering Shri Naik said that the institute will help in imparting skills to Ayurvedic doctors to make them more efficient.
3.The institute was formally inaugurated and dedicated for service to nation by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on the occasion of 2 nd Ayurveda Day celebrated on Dhanwantari Jayanti i.e. 17 th October, 2017.
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