Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-11-19
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Theresa May’s toughest week:
1.Instead, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is facing a possible vote of no confidence , orchestrated by her own deeply divided Conservative Party, over the modalities of a future relationship with the EU.
2.At the heart of this bitter dispute is the withdrawal deal with the other 27 nations in the bloc, which would leave the country largely bound to current regulations, with diminished influence over policy formulation.
3.But they are opposed to the proposed compromise arrangement in return, which could lock Britain into a customs union with the EU for an indefinite period and constrain its ability to strike trade deals.
Cyclone Gaja: Being prepared against extreme events:
1.Even so, the effort to professionalise disaster management through a dedicated national and State organisation initiated more than 15 years ago appears to be paying off, with bureaucracies acquiring higher efficiency in providing early warning and in mitigating the impact of cyclones.
2.The lead taken by the State Disaster Management Authority in issuing a stream of alerts ahead of Gaja helped coastal residents move to camps and adopt safety measures.
3.Today, if any pressure on the government machinery is necessary, it is to secure without delay the financial relief of ₹10 lakh that has been promised for families of the dead, compensation for lost crops, trees and livestock, provision of emergency health intervention and rehabilitation assistance to rebuild lives.
Further stressed by thermal power:
1.The projected water demand of the energy sector makes it an important point for the NITI Aayog to consider while bringing out future iterations of the CWMI.
2.Such information will also help in implementation of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Notification (dated December 7, 2015), which mandates specific water consumption norms for existing and new thermal power plants.
3.The NITI Aayog alludes to this while describing the CWMI: “This Index is expected to establish a public, national platform providing information on key water indicators across states.
Centre-RBI tussle: Balance of power, in the balance:
1.And then, there is the brahmastra of Section 7(1) which confers powers on the Centre to issue directions to the RBI “from time to time” in the public interest after consultations with the Governor.
2.The present board includes N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Dilip Shanghvi, MD of Sun Pharma, and Manish Sabharwal, founder of Teamlease.
3.Enough dirty linen has been washed in public in the past month and it is time for the Centre and the RBI to behave like the mature entities that they are, uphold time-tested conventions, and act with mutual respect and a spirit of accommodation.
Indian mills produce 11.63 lakh tonnes of sugar till mid-Nov says ISMA:
1.According to Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), India’s sugar production till November 15 was 11.63 lakh tonnes as compared to 13.73 lakh tonnes produced during same period of previous year; down by about 15% due to delayed start of crushing operations in Uttar Pradesh .
2.In case of Maharashtra, sugar mills started their crushing operations earlier this year, in latter part of October.
3.Last year, 6 mills were operating, which produced 17000 tons till November 15, 2017.
Revenue department plans linking e-way bill with FASTag, logistics data bank to check GST evasion:
1.NEW DELHI: The revenue department is planning to integrate e-way bill with NHAI’s FASTag mechanism and DMICDC’s Logistics Data Bank (LDB) services, to facilitate faster movement of goods and check GST evasion.
2.The proposal, being worked out by the revenue department, will also help in preventing goods and services tax (GST) evasion by unscrupulous traders who take advantage of the loopholes in the supply chain, an official told PTI.
3.Similarly, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor’s (DMIC’s) container tracking services, also called LDB programme, would be integrated with the e-way bill to improve the logistics ecosystem.
Union Home Minister chairs High Level Committee meeting for Central assistance to Karnataka:
1.Union Home Minister chairs High Level Committee meeting for Central assistance to Karnataka The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) here today to consider the additional Central Assistance to the State of Karnataka (affected by floods/landslides during 2018-19).
2.The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba and senior officers of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance and Agriculture and NITI Aayog were present in the meeting.
3.The HLC approved the additional assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) of Rs.
Deep Depression over Southeast Arabian Sea weakened into a depression:
1.(i) The Deep Depression over Southeast Arabian Sea moved westwards with a speed of 22 kmph during past 06 hours, weakened into a depression and lay centered at 1130 hrs IST of today, the 19 th November, 2018 over Southeast Arabian Sea near latitude 11.2°N and longitude 65.8°E, about 730 km west-northwest of Agatti and 1300 km east-southeast of Socotra.
2.(ii) The well marked low pressure area over central parts of south Bay of Bengal persisted over the same region at 1130 hours IST of today, the 19 th November, 2018.
3.The fishermen are advised not to venture into Southwest Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Mannar and along & off Tamil Nadu coast on 20 th & 21 st November 2018.
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