Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-10-22
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Anwar Ibrahim: The comeback ‘kid’:
1.The by-election victory of Anwar Ibrahim, the de facto leader of Malaysia’s ruling coalition, marks another milestone in his dramatic comeback, putting him within touching distance of the prime ministership.
2.During a chequered career, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s deputy in the 1990s and later as leader of the People’s Justice Party (PKR), he served jail sentences on charges of corruption and sodomy.
3.In the May general election, the man who has symbolised democratic resistance for years helped break the 60-year political monopoly of his former party, the United Malays National Organisation.
Amritsar disaster: avoidable tragedy:
1.The ghastly Dasara disaster at Amritsar that has left 59 people dead is a harsh reminder, if any were needed, that government departments have not yet taken official protocols for safety at mass gatherings seriously.
2.In the aftermath of the entirely preventable carnage, in which spectators crowding a railway track to watch burning of effigies were mowed down by a train, there is a frantic effort to pin responsibility on agencies and individuals, and, deplorably, to exploit public anger for political ends.
3.The National Disaster Management Authority has responded to these horrors by creating a guide for State governments and local bodies, laying down a clear protocol to be followed for mass gatherings and festivals.
Time to hew a new antiquities law:
1.The prevalent assumption that is constantly alluded to is that every object held by an institution or a collector must have been surreptitiously removed from a shrine or a sacred site.
2.However, vigilante movements claim temple robbery provenance without a shred of proof, emerging as a bullying tactic and becoming the dominant narrative on artefact ownership.
3.An urgent amendment to existing laws is a need of the hour to save our material culture from being examined purely from the prism of religious sentiment and to foster the creation of secular spaces where everyone can enjoy and appreciate our past.
Lip service to labour rights:
1.Lakhs of unskilled and migrant workers live on worksites in makeshift huts (usually made of tin sheets) or on roads, slums and in illegal settlements not served by municipalities.
2.Semi-skilled workers with some education and skills (such as those in diamond cutting and polishing units, power looms and factories) get slightly higher wages and earn some leave.
3.The exodus is cause for concern as it is bound to impact Gujarat’s growth and create resentment among factory owners and other employers, especially at a time when the general election is drawing close.
Potato sowing likely to have a decline in northern Bengal:
1.Crunched between low price realization and inadequate storage facility, large numbers of traditional farmers are likely to remain off from the tuber next season.
2.As Mandal gives his accounts, the cost of production including seed, fertilizer , medicines and manpower goes well above Rs 50,000 per acre.
3.“Development of potato processing units can help out the situation by generating additional revenue and giving respite to the farmers in distress,” said a teacher in Coochbihar Agriculture University.
Andhra Pradesh government to raise Rs 1,000 crore through securities:
1.The Andhra Pradesh government plans to raise Rs 1,000 crore through sale of its securities and the amount will be used for the development of its new capital Amaravati , according to a gazette notification.
2.”The proceeds of loan will be used for financing, particularly of the capital and developmental nature included in the annual plan of the Andhra Pradesh for 2018-19,” the notification said.
3.The government securities will be sold at a coupon rate to be determined by the RBI at the yield based auction under multiple price format.
CBDT releases Direct Tax Statistics:
1.Continuing the practice of placing key statistics relating to direct tax collections and administration in public domain, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has further released time-series data as updated up to FY 2017-18 and income-distribution data for AY 2016-17 and AY 2017-18.
2.There has been continuous increase in the amount of income declared in the returns filed by all categories of taxpayers over the last three Assessment Years (AYs).
3.For AY 2014-15, corresponding to FY 2013-14 (base year), the return filers had declared gross total income of Rs.26.92 lakh crore, which has increased by 67% to Rs.44.88 lakh crore for AY 2017-18, showing higher level of compliance resulting from various legislative and administrative measures taken by the Government, including effective enforcement measures against tax evasion.
Educational Institutions must earmark certain percentage of seats for poorer sections and subsidize their education: Vice President:
1.Calling for a complete overhaul of our education system, the Vice President said that majority of our colleges have become mere breading centres for producing students with degree certificates rather than individuals with critical analytical skills.
2.Also, I would like to congratulate LPU, a young university with enthusiasm and innovative spirit for its commitment to provide quality education and prepare students to face the challenges of the global society in the 21 st century.
3.Curricular reforms through regular revision, development of new teaching methodologies, extensive use of information and communication technology and improvements in the examination and evaluation system are taking place in the country.
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