Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-09-15

Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-09-15

Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Beyond recompense:
1.Three scientists were arrested on the grave charge of sharing official secrets related to space technology and launch missions with foreign agents.
2.The CBI recommended closure of the case, citing complete lack of evidence and pointing to grave lapses in the police probe, which also used questionable methods and proceeded on nothing but suspicion.
3.For a country where it is not uncommon for those arrested for heinous offences to be exonerated after long years in prison, it is possible to argue that the compensation principle may open the floodgates for innumerable claims.

Power games:
1.This comes just weeks after the Allahabad High Court refused to grant relief to troubled power companies facing action from the RBI.
2.Distressed power companies, and a number of other firms in the shipping, sugar and textile sectors, however, will be relieved as they are spared from bankruptcy proceedings for now.
3.According to a report released by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India earlier this month, lenders could realistically expect to recover less than a tenth of their dues if stressed assets are to be liquidated.

Out of joint:
1.Some international agencies do warn about the contraindications of MoM implants in women of child-bearing age, possibly caused by the unknown effects of metal ion release on the foetus.
2.In its letter, the CDSCO had asked them to circulate the ASR device alert to all members of their respective associations and design a protocol to receive complaints about the implant and ensure patient safety.
3.“This case is a classic example of how an important issue has been brought up by patients while the medical professionals remained silent.” Activists also blame this silence on the deep-rooted doctor-pharma nexus, huge kickbacks on devices, and pharma sponsorship for conferences and seminars.

The Supreme Court trans-formed:
1.Not only was Section 377 used disproportionately against transgender persons, the legal battle also took a new and positive turn from 2014 after the Supreme Court recognised the right to gender identity in NALSA v. Union of India .
2.They were routinely arrested and harassed by police, sexually abused, and had to bear the brunt of criminal threats as they were on the streets forced into begging and sex work.
3.Finally, the Supreme Court, in a five-judge Bench led by the Chief Justice of India, unanimously held in Navtej Johar that Section 377 was unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalises consensual relationships of any kind between adults, and overruled Koushal.

India’s shrinking democratic space:
1.This proposal, which blatantly omits Muslims from the list of communities in the South Asian neighbourhood who are invited to take Indian citizenship, has been widely condemned as unconstitutional because of its exclusivist intent, violating Article 14 mandating equality before the law.
2.Likewise, the pronouncements of Mr. Shah at the recent BJP National Executive meeting on Assam, the issue of illegal migrants, the NRC controversy and the Citizenship Amendment Bill underlined the party’s determination to press ahead with its polarising strategy.
3.There is a vitriolic narrative being fed into the public discourse, aided by an incendiary social media campaign, against journalists and activists, painting them as “urban Naxals”, peddling unsubstantiated allegations of links between these critics of the government and the Maoist insurgency.

Remuneration hike to address grievances of 25 lakh Anganwadi workers: Arun Jaitley:
1.Jaitley said when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Swachhata campaign in his Independence Day Speech of 2014, the rural sanitation coverage of India was 39 per cent.
2.He said when the Prime Minister announced a target that India be made ‘open-defecation free’ when we celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019, some believed that the scheme would be a photo-opportunity with very little progress.
3.Additionally, when the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which provides up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year as hospitalisation expense, is fully implemented, this will change the quality of life of India’s rural population, Jaitley said.

Government doubles NPA recovery for PSBs to Rs 1.5L crore this fiscal:
1.NEW DELHI: The government expects state-run banks to recover Rs 1.5 lakh crore of bad debt during the current financial year , twice the amount that lenders had managed to get out of defaulting companies.
2.We asked banks to match last full fiscal year recovery number by the end of second half,” a senior government official said on Friday.
3.The government has made recovery of bad loans a primary criterion for recapitalisation, hoping this will drive them to move faster.

President of India graces Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Karnatak Law Society and Raja Lakhamgouda Law College:
1.It is a mechanism to assist the cause of justice, to help the poorest and most unfortunate among us, and to build a society and nation defined by adherence to rules, norms and fairness.
2.The time span for an innovation to take place, and for its mass application in society, is shortening very sharply.
3.This will throw up numerous challenges for law – in areas such as genetic engineering, bioethics and artificial intelligence, among others.

PM participates in “Swachhata Hi Seva”,performs Shramdaan at a school in Delhi:
1.Shortly after launching the movement through a video conference interaction with a cross-section of people from 17 locations across the country, the Prime Minister travelled to the Babasaheb Ambedkar Higher Secondary School, at Rani Jhansi Road in central Delhi.
2.He offered floral tributes to a statue of Babasahed Ambedkar, and participated in the cleanliness drive.
3.This school campus had been bought by Dr. Ambedkar himself in 1946, with an aim to advance the educational, social and economic well-being of Scheduled Castes.

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