10,December,18 Daily newspaper article’s summary

10,December,18 Daily newspaper article’s summary

Summary of newspaper articles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Current account woes:
1.The latest trade figures published by the Reserve Bank of India confirm the damage caused by high global oil prices in the last few months.
2.The government, however, may not be too worried about the widening CAD figures as the major factor that was behind the phenomenon has abated; global oil prices have dropped sharply since early October.
3.A widening current account deficit per se should not be a cause for worry as long as foreign capital inflows into the economy are brisk enough to fund its huge import needs.

Death in the air:
1.India’s national standard for ambient fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, is notoriously lax at 40 micrograms per cubic metre, but even so, 77% of the population was exposed to higher levels on average.
2.Similar gains would accrue nationwide, but it is regions with low social development, reflected partly in reliance on solid fuels for cooking, and those with ambient air pollution caused by stubble-burning, construction dust and unbridled motorisation such as Delhi that would benefit the most.
3.The potential of domestic biogas units, solar cookers and improved biomass cookstoves has to be explored, since they impose no additional expenditure on rural and less affluent households.

Tyranny of the majority:
1.On the one hand is the party in power that has visited ill-being on the people through demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), harassment of universities, sabotage of institutions, violations of fundamental rights, the sanction of public lynchings, and now murder of a policeman.
2.He affirmed an axiom that had already been articulated by Rabindranath Tagore: “Patriotism is the opposite of nationalism.” In the audience were U.S. and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, respectively, two leaders who have adopted muscular nationalism as their political credo.
3.These worlds are inhabited by impoverished farmers, insecure workers in the informal sector who lost their jobs after demonetisation and the imposition of GST, minorities who are increasingly rendered irrelevant, the so-called lower castes who are deprived of security, and women who are subjected to hateful stereotypes.

Unimplementable orders:
1.Similarly, while some were debating how implementable the recent verdict on the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple is, the order fixing timings for bursting of firecrackers during Diwali this year was flouted with impunity.
2.If someone sees a crime, the tendency is to avoid getting into trouble by deposing about it to the police or the court, which may invite reprisal by the party against whom the witness gives evidence.
3.The scheme mentions providing police escort to the courtroom, temporary safe houses and relocation of the witness.

A party at the crossroads:
1.In a way, the use of language as a strong mobilisational tool for oppressed communities is a reminder of a similar instance in Maharashtra in the 1970s with the Dalit Panthers.
2.All these factors have led to the BSP facing a situation wherein it could emerge stronger or shrink further and lose its position as a political party of significance.
3.For example, in Karnataka, it formed an alliance with the Janata Dal (S), though its Minister quit the JD(S)-Congress coalition government recently.

Delhi and Paris: A tale of two cities:
1.The text had been propelled by Eleanor Roosevelt as chair of the drafting committee, and honed by some of the finest minds, scholars, legal and political idealists, visionaries.
2.But, given that of the 58 member-nations, as many as 10 including the Soviet Union, South Africa and Saudi Arabia abstained or did not vote, the delegates must have understood that a document as idealistic as theirs would run into conceptual difficulties and be chronically short in application.
3.But they could not have imagined that on the Declaration’s 70th anniversary, Paris, the Declaration’s birthplace, would be the venue of a flaming stir, with cars burning along the Champs-Élysées, bringing life in the French capital to a stop.

Oilseeds, pulses procurement progressing at a snail’s pace:
1.NEW DELHI: The prime minister’s pet scheme to ensure higher income for farmers through robust procurement in coordination with states is moving at a snail’s pace, with just about 11% of the target achieved in the first two months, officials said.
2.“The arrivals are delayed and quality of the crop is not good, hence the procurement is slow,” said Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, managing director at Nafed.
3.“The arrivals are delayed and quality of the crop is not good, hence the procurement is slow,” said Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, managing director at Nafed.

Central govt teams in 6 states assessing drought situation: Agri Min:
1.Central government teams have been deputed to assess the drought situation in six states – Andhra Pradesh , Maharasthra, Rajasthan , Gujarat , Jharkhand and Odisha , a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday.
2.Barring Odisha, the other states have submitted a memorandum seeking funds from the central government.
3.However, the dry spell during September led to damage to agriculture crops, the official said, adding that the state has demanded a relief of Rs 2,434 crore.

Indian Railway employee conferred with prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel “Marom” in Santhali language:
1.The novel highlights the situation emerged after the two main industrial development of the Santhal area after Independence i.e Masanjore Dam at Dumka and Railway locomotive workshop at Chittaranjan.
2.Two of his creative literature ‘Dullar khatir’ & ‘Damin Riya (udas) Kahani Ko’ are part of syllabus for Post Graduation in Sidhu Kanhu University.
3.He has been conferred many awards at the state level & also Dr Ambedkar Fellowship by Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Academy in the year 1992.

India Day inaugurated as Partners ‘Forum 2018 takes Centre stage:
1.Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) inaugurated the ‘India Day’, an official side event organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the development partners in the run up to the Partners’ Forum 2018, here today.
2.Speaking at the function, Ms Preeti Sudan stated that flexibility has been at the core of all our initiatives in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent (RMNCH+A) programme and a major contributor to its success.
3.Speaking at the function, Shri Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, stressed on the various aspect of RMNCH+A and stated that the Government recognizes the crucial significance of the first 1,000 in a child’s life.

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