Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-10-15

Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-10-15

Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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1.Upon his return to Delhi from an overseas official trip on Sunday, he went on the offensive by dismissing the long string of charges of sexual harassment made against him by former women colleagues as a tissue of lies.
2.While it is true that not every one of the dozen or so women have claimed they were physically assaulted, the overall picture they have painted is that of a systematic pattern of sexual harassment.
3.Surely, the Prime Minister had more than enough time to sift through the charges, take stock of Mr. Akbar’s alleged misdemeanours and conclude whether he should continue in the Cabinet.

Resisting resistance:
1.Even as antibiotics lose their efficacy against deadly infectious diseases worldwide, it seems to be business as usual for governments, private corporations and individuals who have the power to stall a post-antibiotic apocalypse.
2.To tackle the first source, India classified important antibiotics under Schedule H1 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945, so that they couldn’t be sold without prescriptions.
3.As far as veterinary use goes, India’s 2017 National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance did talk about restricting antibiotic use as growth promoters.

When the judiciary rewrites a faith:
1.The Supreme Court’s majority decision in the Sabarimala case has rewritten the constitutional dispensation on freedom of religion, equality and untouchability, in contrast to Justice Indu Malhotra’s no-less-admirable dissenting judgment.
2.From the Shirur Mutt case (1954) to now, the Supreme Court has been concerned with testing whether and where these laws infringed upon the guaranteed rights of management, belief, practice and propagation (Article 25, 26).
3.Lakshmanan rightly noted in his dissenting judgment that the dance was essential to the practice, though a balance had to be worked out with the need for public order, morality and health.

Reading about Her:
1.Alongside untangling developments such as the global and domestic #MeToo campaigns, and the backlash against it (that for many manifested itself in the recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court), the question of how to prepare future generations of boys and girls has been utmost on the minds of many parents.
2.These hard back, beautifully illustrated books focus on some of the most prominent names — from Mother Teresa to activist Rosa Parks to aviator Amelia Earhart and painter Frida Kahlo — telling the story of their lives, challenges and achievements in simple, evocative terms.
3.Next year, Stories for South Asian Supergirls ,featuring everyone from the Second World War spy Noor Inayat Khan to the world’s first woman head of government Sirimavo Bandaranaike is set to be published (including in India).

The imperative of impact assessment:
1.However, law-making in India is still largely conducted in silos which ensures that there is little consciousness of how these might potentially impact, either directly or indirectly, aspects of the economy, ecology, development and society in ways that might be wholly unintended by their framers.
2.We believe that establishing and following a PLIA framework in both letter and spirit would allow us to identify optimal law and policy changes and ensure that preferred options are those that are economically feasible, operationally viable, and socially acceptable, among several other considerations.
3.Shalini Iyengar is with Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology; Balakrishna Pisupati and Anirudh Chakradhar are with the Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance, Chennai

1.This refers to a digital encoding technique that is used to achieve the deliberate distortion of digital signals in order to prevent an unauthorised reception.
2.Scrambling helps telecommunication service providers to offer their services only to customers who are willing to pay, thus helping them sustain their business models.
3.Signals that are distorted by the sender need to be unscrambled through the use of an appropriate descrambling device.

Bonding with Africa, in partnership:
1.That is, if they reject the media-hyped argument that China, eyeing Africa’s natural resources, is seeking to ensnare the continent into another round of political serfdom through carefully laden “debt traps”.
2.Ahead of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg in July, when Mr. Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Rwanda almost at the same time, Chinese Foreign Ministry put out the message that New Delhi and Beijing should vigorously pursue the ‘China-India Plus One’ or ‘China-India Plus X’ model in engaging with Africa.
3.But someone, preferably a post-Wuhan India, must pick up the threads and weave a potent emerging economy narrative for bonding with Africa, triggering a structural shift of global significance.

Helping the invisible hands of agriculture:
1.Moreover, government flagship schemes such as the National Food Security Mission, Sub-mission on Seed and Planting Material and the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana must include women-centric strategies and dedicated expenditure.
2.Farm machinery banks and custom hiring centres promoted by many State governments can be roped in to provide subsidised rental services to women farmers.
3.Seema Bathla and Ravi Kiran are Professor and research scholar, respectively, at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Journalism after #MeToo:
1.Going by the numerous agonising accounts of women journalists, about some male colleagues and editors abusing power and crossing the line, it appears that sexual harassment is no media outlet’s exclusive story.
2.A week after a flurry of allegations against him began emerging, the government and the Ministry of External Affairs continue to maintain deplorable silence, casting doubt on the likelihood of any process of inquiry.
3.The spate of reactions from some (usually male) quarters to the allegations that have surfaced now, suggesting that the women “trivialise” more aggravated cases of sexual harassment involving physical violence, is a stark indication that we still have a long way to go in understanding what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour.

Unease of doing business makes $26-billion US giant Flex look out of India:
1.Last year, India jumped 30 places ahead in World Bank ‘s Ease of Doing Business rankings, powered by numerous reforms introduced by the government.
2.The $26-billion Flex , one of the world’s top contract manufacturers for electronics, has threatened to move its production from Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu to Malaysia if promised concessions are not granted, TOI reported.
3.Flex claims there has been no movement on its request, made in August, to allow its Chennai factory to source duty-free products from its second unit within a special economic zone (SEZ) at the same location, says the report.

NCLAT stays proceedings against IL&FS, group companies:
1.The appellate tribunal order came over an urgent petition moved by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs after the Mumbai bench of NCLT had turned down its plea for 90 days moratorium over the loans taken by the IL&FS and its subsidiaries.
2.A two-member NCLAT bench headed by Justice S J Mukhopadhaya has asked the top five lenders of IL&FS to submit their replies over the government’s plea for 90 days moratorium.
3.The government had requested the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to restrain other creditors of IL&FS from filing suits, in the case of non-repayment of loans.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan says India has to continuously engage with the global energy community to steer its own course of a new energy future:
1.Two weeks back as part of the International Solar Alliance gathering in New Delhi, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi mentioned that ISA can potentially replace OPEC as the key block of supplier of energy in the world.
2.As Hon’ble Prime Minister had mentioned last year, like horses in Sun God’s chariot, India will harness all sources of available energy -solar, wind, hydro, coal, oil, gas, nuclear, bio-fuels etc.
3.Mentioning about the recent progress made on the reforms and implementation of initiatives, Shri Pradhan said that in our efforts towards providing universal access of clean cooking fuel to residences, we have the Prime Minister Ujjwala Scheme, under which we had kept a target of reaching 50 million households in 3 years’ time.

DRDO pays tribute to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his Birth Anniversary:
1.Addressing the gathering, Raksha Rajya Mantri said, Dr Kalam believed in a strong nation – one that is scientifically superior and always used to inspire people for putting their total commitment towards the mission in hand.
2.Raksha Mantri Smt Sitharaman also launched a DRDO website dedicated to the theme ‘The Kalam Vision – Dare to Dream’ for engaging young minds in emerging technologies namely Artificial intelligence, Cyber security, Robotics, Automonous Systems, etc.
3.The aim of inviting young minds was to motivate them with diverse and great qualities of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, who had special affinity for students and youth of the country.

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