Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-08-19
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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1.The unprecedented deluge in Kerala unleashed by heavy rain , overflowing rivers, brimming dams and massive landslips has overwhelmed the State government and rescue agencies, as they struggle to make a complete assessment of the devastation.
2.There is an outpouring of goodwill and support from across the country and even abroad, and the State government has acted quickly to make online contributions to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund possible through a dedicated portal.
3.Support groups from neighbouring States such as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have begun sending relief material, although the disruption to road connectivity has left a lot of it stranded at the inter-State borders.
Continental shifts: On Jakarta Asiad:
1.The Asian Games begin in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang on Saturday, providing Indian sport a bracing opportunity to prove its composite progress at the global level.
2.China continues to be the behemoth, and it is a pointer to its overall excellence that having finished at the top of the table in the last edition, in 2014, at South Korea’s Incheon, it also secured the third highest number of gold medals in the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.
3.The women’s and men’s hockey teams have had an encouraging run leading up to the Asian Games, and they would look to make a statement in style two years ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
The relationship of parents with their grown-up children:
1.They are the victims of living in a welfare-starved country that is surely no land for old people, of suffering from socio-political and economic changes, and (at times) of neglect by children in a global culture focussed on material success and personal ease.
2.The tendency that we have of interfering in other people’s personal lives — the aunties inside us, as one of my characters puts it in my novel, How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position — further complicates matters.
3.Finally, the lack of adequate social welfare structures in India makes the problems of aged parents and the responsibilities of grown-up children far more complicated, especially with joint and extended families dying out due to economic reasons.
‘Vajpayee was nobility personified’:
1.My CBI tenure would not have been half as successful as it was, but for the support which Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee lent me.
2.It was such a pleasure meeting him at least once a month to brief him on the latest developments in the area of investigation of the more important cases.
3.In the Bofors case, after obtaining legal opinion (mainly of Attorney General Soli Sorabjee), I went up to Mr. Vajpayee to convey the news that I was soon going to lay the charge sheet against the accused (including the late Rajiv Gandhi).
No child left behind:
1.Add to this the fact that 190.7 million people in India sleep hungry every night, and over half of adolescent girls and women are anaemic, and the conclusion is obvious — despite a 7% compound annual growth rate over the last decade and the various programmes to improve nutrition, levels of under-nutrition are unacceptably high.
2.The recently announced flagship program of the Ministry of Women and Child Development will be anchored through the National Nutrition Mission (NNM), or Poshan Abhiyaan, with its own specific budget of ₹9,046 crore and a proposed World Bank loan of $200 million, to ensure convergence among the various programmes of the government.
3.The optimistic view says that exploring new models to address the structural and systemic issues on a priority basis, learning from what has worked or not, and single-minded focus on implementation will be critical to delivering better nutritional outcomes and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, to which India is a signatory.
APEDA to seek skilled workers to aid farmers use pesticides:
1.The authority is likely to seek clearance from the agriculture ministry for scientific use of chemicals on crops, cut overuse dosage and ensure adherence to latest global maximum residue level norms, the official said.
2.“After such agencies are established, the government could propagate by providing infrastructure for training and setting up service centres across rural landscape,” AK Gupta, director, Basmati Export Development Fund, an arm of APEDA told ET.
3.At present, export of agricultural commodities, including rice, is facing hurdles due to rampant overuse of pesticides, unscientific practices in dealing with toxic chemicals, and use of fungicides that have been banned in foreign markets.
UPA-1 & UPA-2 clocked highest decadal growth since Independence: Congress:
1.(During the UPA regimes) Inflation was rising and they were unable to check current account deficit, whereas under the Narendra Modi government India has become one of the six largest economies in the world,” he said.
2.An investment banking firm labelled Turkey, Brazil, India, South Africa and Indonesia as the Fragile Five Economies.
3.Taking on the Narendra Modi-led government over the staggering growth rate, he said the current regime inherited an economy that was on the upswing.
We are extending all support for the flood relief measures in Kerala: J P Nadda:
1.“Under the guidance of the Prime Minister, the Health Ministry is extending all support for the flood relief measures in Kerala.
2.The Health Ministry is also coordinating with other States which have committed to providing medicines so as to augment supplies.
3.The State has been given instructions to switch to daily surveillance and monitoring for epidemic prone diseases for detecting early warning signs of an outbreak.
Smt Harsimrat Badal appeals to food processing companies to contribute to Kerala flood hit relief efforts:
1.In a statement here, Mrs Badal said the flood affected people of Kerala, thousands of whom were rendered homeless, needed processed food goods urgently.
2.She said the food processing ministry had nominated two officers to coordinate this effort and that the industries could contact them to make desired donations.-
3.Smt Badal said three lakh biscuit packets had already been delivered to the Kerala government by ITC and Britannia after a request made by her.
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