Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-10-20

Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-10-20

Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Keep the peace:
1.The riotous scenes in the pathways leading to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala in the last few days ought to persuade everyone, irrespective of where they stand on the Supreme Court’s recent verdict, of the importance of one thing: to keep the peace.
2.The popular protests that have consumed Kerala following the Supreme Court judgment have suggested there is a sizeable section of devotees of both sexes that believes women in the age group of 10 to 50 should not be permitted into the shrine.
3.The State government, the Travancore Devaswom Board and the devotees should discuss ways of implementing the Supreme Court order instead of frittering away their energies on managing protests and conflicts on a daily basis.

Taliban surge:
1.In recent years, the Taliban had shown its capability to infiltrate official meetings and attack any government building, notwithstanding claims by the authorities of heightened security.
2.A year ago, the Kandahar Governor’s office had come under attack by militants, resulting in the death of a Deputy Governor, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates and members of Parliament.
3.Over the past couple of months, the Taliban has repeatedly targeted election offices and gatherings, killing at least 10 candidates and dozens of their supporters.

The petroglyphs of Ratnagiri:
1.At a quarter past six in the evening, in the small village of Devache Gothane, when there is finally some respite from the heat, the two shades converge, casting a soft glow on the lush grass that covers the flat hilltops.
2.In the village of Ukshi in north Ratnagiri, for a large engraving of an elephant, the team worked with local authorities to construct a circular viewing gallery, complete with an inscription that explains the art work’s significance.
3.One of the most complex petroglyphs The Hindu visited, in the village of Barsu at the southern tip of Ratnagiri, was a large image of a man standing with two tigers (etched stylistically with precise geometric shapes) flanking him on either side.

Statesmanship, not brinkmanship:
1.History shows us that forgetting this essential fact and pursuing a maximalist political approach is fraught with danger and can lead to devastating consequences for national security.
2.In fact, even the initial birth of the Kashmir insurgency in the late 1980s can be traced back to Indira Gandhi’s decision to adopt such a maximalist approach.
3.The Congress was seen as abusing its power for political gains; Abdullah was seen as a weak leader because of his failed attempt to walk the tight-rope between fighting the government of India and still remaining pro-India.

L’affaire Khashoggi:
1.The gory, gruesome and ghastly details of the last few moments in the life of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as reported in the government-controlled Turkish media, have reaffirmed the continuing validity of the universal truth: the pen is mightier than the sword.
2.For all we know, the complicity of the highest levels of the Saudi monarchy may never be fully established; already fall guys are being projected which will give Mr. Trump the fig leaf to continue his cozy relationship with the regime.
3.It was felt that India’s national interest, India’s dependence on West Asian energy sources and anxiety not to upset them too much lest they voted against us in meetings of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, or side with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, is what made us cautious.

Prime Minister’s panel wants mandatory R&D funding by companies:
1.NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) wants to make it mandatory for medium and large enterprises in key sectors to set aside funds for research and development after the Economic Survey pointed out the abysmal levels of investment in this area.
2.The office of principal scientific adviser Vijay Raghavan has also weighed in against the finance ministry’s plans to withdraw weighted R&D tax deduction provisions from April 1, 2020, saying this could slow down indigenisation and retard new product generation.
3.The panel has also pushed for an amendment in corporate social responsibility (CSR) rules to allow contributions to publicly funded universities and institutes, national laboratories and autonomous bodies.

SC denies income tax exemption to local authority:
1.NEW DELHI: In a ruling that will have a significant implication on local authorities set up under state legislations, the Supreme Court has held that they are not eligible for income tax exemption , overruling a Rajasthan High Court order.
2.Vikas Vasal, national leader tax at Grant Thornton India LLP, said the ruling provides clarity on taxation of local authorities.
3.The I-T department challenged this decision relying on a recent Supreme Court decision in case of Noida that was in context of the provisions of Uttar Pradesh Industrial Area Development Act, 1976 and also on the SC’s ruling in a case of Agricultural Produce Market Committee, Narela.

PM Condoles loss of lives due to train accident in Amritsar:
1.Press Information Bureau Government of IndiaPrime Minister’s Office19-October-2018 20:58 IST
2.PM Condoles loss of lives due to train accident in Amritsar The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has condoled the loss of lives due to train accident in Amritsar.
3.My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly.

Terrorism is a major threat to peace and stability: Vice President:
1.During his interventions, the Vice President stated that India valued ASEM as a platform that brings together leadership of Asia and Europe to exchange views and address global challenges.
2.The Vice President drew attention of the leaders to the challenge that criminal misappropriation of public assets by economic offenders, was posing threats to the integrity of financial systems.
3.He called on ASEM partners to join the International Solar Alliance, which symbolizes Asia-Europe cooperation, being an initiative launched by India and France.

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