Daily Newspaper article’s summary14/7/2018

Daily Newspaper article’s summary14/7/2018

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Conferring eminence
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1.The NDA government had the theme of excellence in its 2016 annual budget, with a proposal to make 10 institutions each in the public and private sectors globally competitive.
2.Potentially, this will help the select few rise above the many State, Central and private universities, national-level institutes of technology, science, management and humanities, and attract talent.
3.While it is a creditable achievement, the recognition raises the bar for the chosen few: the IITs at Mumbai and Delhi and the IISc in the public category, and BITS Pilani and the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, which are private.
4.That there is need for urgent reform became clear during the selection process: the empowered committee found that State universities had a low output because some of them had several faculty members recruited on contract basis, with no incentive to do research.
5.At the same time, initiatives by charitable trusts — which have declined due to political support for commercialisation and aid cuts — must be welcomed, as this would help open more affordable colleges and universities.

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Quartermile stone
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1.Received opinion has it that it takes years to master the quartermile and that progress at the highest level is painfully slow.
2.For someone who took to the 400 m just this year and who ran her first individual race as recently as in March, the 18-year-old from Assam has produced one stunning performance after another.
3.“With that sort of progress, I will not be surprised if she breaks the national record — Manjit Kaur’s 51.05 s — and runs something like 50.65 s in next month’s Asian Games at Jakarta and even goes below 50 s in a couple of years,” said Usha, who came close to an Olympic bronze in the 400 m hurdles during the 1984 event.
4.Still, there is a feeling that all this is too good to be true, as it usually takes years of training to produce the kind of timing that Das is clocking now.
5.While other runners appear fatigued with about 50 m left for the finish, she seems to find an extra gear and frequently powers past her wilting competitors.

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Lend me your ears: TV news fellows are all the same
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1.But excuse me why does every bloody nonsense fellow on news channel speak like my ex-colleague one Mr. Dayanantham from Erode.
2.You ask him for one small thing and he will give English medium college drama troupe type dialogue.
3.Or sometimes when we open branch again after New Year everyone will ask manager please give motivational speech during morning meeting.
4.IN YOUR POSITION I WOULD HAVE JUMPED INTO POTHOLE OVER AND OVER TILL INDIA BECAME NUMBER ONE COUNTRY!
5.I will break the world record for maximum time spent inside flat without watching news or talking to other human beings.

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The Congress’s OBC outreach
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1.Scholars of political science have mapped how the BJP stitched together a new social coalition by playing down its hardcore Brahmanism without disavowing it, and by bringing the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Dalits and Adivasis — especially communities that felt neglected by the leading identitarian parties — into the saffron fold.
2.It is today a matter of common sense that for any party which seeks to be a serious player at the State or national level, its electoral fortunes depend on the size of its support base among the OBCs who make up 50-60% of the population.
3.It was a remarkable speech in that it marks the first such attempt in recent times, by a Congress politician, to publicly articulate the interwoven nature of class exploitation and caste oppression in the lived experience of OBC communities.
4.He gave three more examples in the same vein — the widely ridiculed one of the Coca-Cola founder being a shikanji -seller, of McDonalds being started by a dhaba-wala , and of Ford, Mercedes, and Honda being set up by auto mechanics.
5.But these alone cannot counter the Hinduisation of the OBCs that is currently on in full swing — the BJP would like them consolidated into a seamless Hindu vote bank by 2019 — unless they are accompanied by a politicisation of caste-based social exclusion.

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Confident of mitigating Fortis risk: Tan See Leng, CEO, IHH
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1.World’s largest healthcare chain by market cap IHH acquired Fortis after a tenuous bidding war that lasted almost 18 months.
2.As IHH readies its 100-day plan to integrate India’s second-largest hospital chain with its global footprint, its chief executive Tan See Leng spoke to ET how he remains bullish on the sector despite price and regulatory controls.
3.Immediately we will be leveraging on IHH’s superior credit profile and global banking relationships to optimise the debt funding cost.
4.We acknowledge that the road ahead can be long, but given the discipline and prudence we exercised in evaluating this asset and simultaneous effort in strengthening our brand in India, we have learnt from the mistakes of other groups.
5.World’s largest healthcare chain by market cap IHH acquired Fortis after a tenuous bidding war that lasted almost 18 months.

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ET View on Section 377: Will Supreme Court now fulfil its responsibility as guardians of the Constitution?
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1.The Supreme Court has to decide whether upholding a law that concerns itself with sexual conduct between consenting adults is an infringement of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
2.The government’s position on the issue is welcome; the Supreme Court must now fulfil its responsibility as guardians of the Constitution and scrap Section 377 .
3.Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1861 criminalises sexual acts, “carnal intercourse”, considered to be “against the order of nature” and suggests penalties in the form of imprisonment and fines.
4.In concerning itself with the sexual behaviour of individuals above the age of consent, Section 377 infringes the fundamental right to life and personal liberty guaranteed by the Constitution under Article 21 .
5.The Supreme Court has to decide whether upholding a law that concerns itself with sexual conduct between consenting adults is an infringement of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

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