Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-08-08
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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M. Karunanidhi, 94:
1.A five-time Chief Minister, and the longest serving legislator, winning 13 terms in the Assembly and not losing even once, Karunanidhi was the engineer of many of the progressive measures adopted by the State since Independence.
2.In his home State, he ran the DMK with an iron hand; at the same time, he provided some space for the second rung, even indulging the odd dissenter now and then, as long as there was no threat to his leadership.
3.Karunanidhi will be remembered for being an astute politician, one with a quick wit and ready repartee; an able administrator with an uncanny eye for detail and a keen sense of the occasion; and as an elder statesman who could take the long-term view of events and issues.
1.Setting up a ministerial group to look into the problems faced by MSMEs since India moved to the GST regime last July is a signal that the government is not brushing aside the implementation issues that still trouble smaller players.
2.There may be more room for the ministerial panel to recommend further easing of compliance for micro firms with turnover far below ₹5 crore and enhancing the ₹50,000 threshold for mandatory use of e-way bills to track movement of taxable goods.
3.While a few States had reservations about the rate cuts at the last meeting, this time their concerns on a proposal to push digital payments by offering a cash-back to consumers using RuPay cards or the UPI platform have been incorporated.
Remembering Karunanidhi’s wit:
1.Despite his close proximity to many national leaders, Karunanidhi chose to remain in Tamil Nadu; he was content with State politics.
2.Once, he was sitting in the front row at a function to mark the release of the digitised album of the film Parasakthi, for which he had penned the dialogues.
3.The organiser of the function, former Minister Parithi Ilavmvazhuthi, requested him to move to a seat in the centre of the row.
Contemplating no Brexit:
1.A second referendum, latest opinion polls indicate, could lead not just to a soft Brexit, but possibly to a dropping of the idea of quitting the EU altogether.
2.Now in her nineties, she wistfully recalled how, along with others, she went to Germany in 1946 to help its people cope with the disaster of defeat, vowing that such a conflict should never be allowed to recur, and that the solution lay in Europe pulling together.
3.With great prescience he successfully cast India as a union — not as a federation — of States with a strong Centre, enabling us to hold together.
What is ‘Lamarckian inheritance’ in biology?:
1.This refers to the hypothesis that an organism can pass on the different characteristics that it acquired during its own lifetime to its offspring.
2.It is argued that the various changes that happen to the body of an organism in order to enable it to adapt to changes in its environment can actually be passed on to its offspring.
3.The Lamarckian inheritance of acquired characteristics, apart from Darwin’s famous theory of natural selection, has been used to explain the natural process of evolution of species.
Confrontation in Dhaka:
1.He went on air and pointed out that the protests, while about traffic safety, also indicated a far wider set of concerns — ‘the looting of banks, the gagging of the media, extrajudicial killings, disappearances, bribery, corruption’.
2.They washed my blood-stained Punjabi [kurta] and then made me wear it again.” Mr. Alam, a recipient of the Shilpakala Padak, one of Bangladesh’s prestigious awards, was now on a seven-day remand.
3.On Tuesday, the High Court ordered that the remand be suspended and that Mr. Alam be transferred to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for care.
End of an epoch:
1.But militancy is no solution… Secession will never be countenanced by Sri Lanka… And it will never be given up by Prabhakaran… We grope in the dark.” And then doing a fast-forward: “Yet, we have to keep trying for our Tamil kin’s urimai (rights) there.” The insights continued for some 10 more minutes and then he rose to conclude the call, saying, as if in a summing-up: “Prabhakaran will never have a change of heart.” As I thanked him and prepared to leave, he gave the advice I started this tribute with, very softly, “ Jakkirathaiya irunga .”
2.But the one I got at Gopalapuram that afternoon covered every facet of the Sri Lankan scene in brief sentences, replete with historical, geopolitical and diplomatic nuances, topped with an intuitive sense of urimai being the long-shot aim and jakkirithai an immediate concern.
3.On it — all generations of it — falls the privilege and the challenge now to stay and work together, to take the legacy of this extraordinary statesman further afield and make it a force for Tamil Nadu’s redemption from localism, myopia and the power of floating cash.
Average per capita income in last 4 years higher at nearly Rs 80,000:
1.NEW DELHI: India’s average per capita income in the last four financial years was higher at Rs 79,882 as compared to the preceding four fiscals, Parliament was informed.
2.”The average Per Capita NNI (net national income) in the country during 2011-12 to 2014-15 is estimated at Rs 67,594 whereas average Per Capita NNI in the country during 2014-15 to 2017-18 is estimated at Rs 79,882,” Minister of State for Statistics Vijay Goel said in a written reply to Lok Sabha .
3.The minister was replying to a question on whether India’s average per capita income during the last four years has been much higher than the average per capita income of previous four years.
Government may bring next draft of e-commerce policy in 10 days:
1.NEW DELHI: The government is trying to bring out the next draft of the ecommerce policy within the next 10 days, a senior commerce department official said on Wednesday.
2.The sellers highlighted the draft policy’s proposal to allow 49% foreign direct investment ( FDI ) in inventory model as long as Indian goods are sold, which is currently banned.
3.The meeting comes in the wake of industry and individual companies raising concerns over clauses related to data localisation, contradictions in Press Note 3, deep discounts, preference to RuPay and digital products in the draft ecommerce policy.
NITI Aayog and CII Launch Partnership on SDGs:
1.Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, in his address highlighted the high pace of urbanisation of India at a time when the countries such as USA and Europe are almost through with this process.
2.Given our population, Shri Kant emphasised, the only way to grow and develop sustainably is to use technology to leapfrog: use new and renewable energy and push for R&D and innovation to generate demand for electric vehicles, hydrogen cars, etc.
3.Speaking at the occasion, Mr Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator, said that ‘conditions in India are favourable due to its nature, history and demography, to come up with solutions towards a sustainable and circular economy for the world to emulate.’
Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puraskar Pao Contest: Shreshth Sahu, Satish Mewada and Gopal Prajapati Win Prizes in the First Fort Night:
1.Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puraskar Pao Contest: Shreshth Sahu, Satish Mewada and Gopal Prajapati Win Prizes in the First Fort Night The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation announced the winners for the first fortnight of the Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puraskar Pao contest that was launched on 10 th July 2018.
2.Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puraskar Pao contest was launched by the Ministry in collaboration with the MyGov portal of the Government of India with the objective of spreading awareness about water conservation.
3.The participants are being judged on the basis of elements of creativity, originality, technical excellence, quality of videos and visual impact etc.
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