Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-10-08
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Too easily offended: the Konark temple case:
1.Sending someone to the “safety” of a prison is no answer to questions raised by a prosecution under stringent laws that involve restrictions on free speech on grounds of maintaining public order and tranquillity.
2.Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s arrest in New Delhi by a police team from Odisha for his comments and some other tweets is another instance of the rampant misuse of two sections of the Indian Penal Code — 153A and 295A — on the charges of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion.
3.The entire episode flags a larger concern: provisions that ought to be invoked only under serious circumstances — a grave threat to public order and tranquillity, for instance, or, in the case of Section 295A, when a purported insult to religion has been done with malicious and deliberate intent — are being misused in a routine manner.
Oldest friends: India and Russia:
1.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Putin also addressed a business summit, in an attempt to diversify ties and increase bilateral trade, currently below $10 billion.
2.Though the two sides didn’t announce an agreement between ONGC Videsh and Gazprom as expected, several billions of dollars worth of investment and energy deals are in the pipeline.
3.In any case, accepting a waiver will implicitly commit India to reducing its intake of Russian military hardware.
Living in the past:
1.A visitor to Kolkata today may find this odd and will be left none the wiser if she is shown the newly-sprouted replica of Big Ben as proof, but the ghosts of the Raj are breathing, in the vast green commons of the Maidan, in the grand European-style buildings, in what remains of the tramways.
2.Gilmour’s anecdotal narrative does not look beyond the mores, into the heart of the Englishman in India — and this is the space Deborah Baker haunts in The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire .
3.Michael Spender and John Auden feel in their sinews the injustices perpetuated in India by their countrymen who pride themselves on their sense of justice, but only on their own turf.
1.This refers to extreme anxiety or other unpleasant emotions caused in a person due to the prospect of getting rejected by others.
2.While there is no clear evidence on what causes rejection sensitivity, the condition has been traced by some researchers to rejection by parents or peers during a person’s early years.
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Playing the caste card:
1.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has embarked on an all-out caste mobilisation drive in Uttar Pradesh, even though the prospect that it might face a united Opposition in the State in 2019 remains far-fetched.
2.Speaking to Lodhs, Mr. Adityanath honoured their tallest leader, Kalyan Singh, for the Babri Masjid demolition that happened on his watch, and for providing the Ram Janmabhoomi movement a “new direction and awakening the national consciousness”.
3.Stung by those defeats and now dealing with an unpredictable ally, Om Prakash Rajbhar, the BJP knows that it can only compete with a combined Opposition if it commands the largest vote bloc in the State, that of the backward classes, who form over 40% of the electorate.
Shifting the burden of shame:
1.The IS has elaborate written protocols on the buying, selling and care of these slaves ( sabaya ), including complex valuation models such as what made a girl more or less valuable, which fighters would get a sabiya as an incentive and who would have to pay.
2.Ms. Murad describes her ordeal without flinching — the brutality, the gang rapes as punishments for trying to escape, and sometimes even the bewildering romance that older men tried to infuse into their relationships with young slaves, dressing them up and posing for photographs as though with a partner or spouse.
3.She recounted her experiences in great detail all the way up to the United Nations and in doing so, to a large extent, helped lift the cloak of shame from the bodies of the survivors and lay it instead on the shoulders of the perpetrators.
Misogyny in a modern idiom:
1.The idea that women have secret powers which they are prone to using for evil purposes, including revenge, is common enough to make the recent film Stree successful at the box office.
2.Psychoanalytic insight combined with an examination of myths and folklore demonstrates how sons end up, by the time they become adults, feeling hopelessly dependent on their mother who, at a deep layer locked in early childhood memories, frightens them.
3.Lessons on gender disparity mention prejudices and stereotypes, but they seldom include the ones embedded in religious practices and festive rituals.
Data localisation: Arun Jaitley meets RBI Deputy Governor, IT Secretary:
1.The Reserve Bank in April gave six months time to global payment companies to store transaction data of Indian customers within India.
2.Global financial technology companies have reportedly sought an extension of the October 15 deadline.
3.The RBI further said data should include the full end-to-end transaction details, information collected/carried/ processed as part of the message/payment instruction.
No going back on fuel price deregulation: Dharmendra Pradhan:
1.Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said there was no question of going back on deregulation of fuel pricing despite the government asking state owned firms to subsidise petrol and diesel by Re 1 per litre.
2.Even before the excise duty cut, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh had last month reduced VAT to cushion consumers for a spate of price increases.
3.The reduction in excise duty, only the second in four years of BJP-led NDA rule, will dent central government revenues by Rs 10,500 crore and was aimed at cooling retail prices that had shot up to an all-time high.
“Relationship with environment must be based on cooperation”: Dr. Mahesh Sharma:
1.He added that the number of each animal species is dictated by nature and pointed out that it is the human beings who have invaded the forests that are home to wildlife.
2.He emphasized that though India has only 2.5 per cent of land of the world, it is home to about 18% of wildlife population and added that tiger, lion, rhinoceros and crocodile are surviving and thriving in the country.
3.The Minister also planted a sapling in the premises of National Zoological Park and also carried out a cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan along with the children.
Buyers from West Europe to source F&B from India:
1.The Indusfood-I, held in early 2018, was a big success that saw international buyers from 43 countries and 320 Indian exporters, from 12 categories of Food and Beverage industry, generating an estimated business of $650 million.
2.TPCI is committed to promote value added packed Indian consumer products in the F&B segment by establishing direct contacts with the major retailer chains of the world.
3.Over 75 global retailers with high regional penetration and market size such as Panda of Saudi Arabia, Magnet of Russia, BIM of Turkey or Rewe of Germany and many more will be present during the show with their purchase teams which will givedirect access on the international platform to Indian brands.
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