Daily Newspaper article’s summary 2018-11-22
Summary of Newspaper artciles from ‘The Hindu’, ‘Economic Times’ and PIB
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Justice, 34 years on:
1.Yashpal Singh, a goods transporter, has now been sentenced to death, and Naresh Sehrawat, the local postman when the mob attack took place, to life.
2.The trial court has rightly brushed aside minor discrepancies in evidence and technical objections to the fresh investigation being taken up, and concluded that the testimony of key witnesses, who were themselves injured, was cogent and reliable.
3.Investigation into the 1984 riot cases has been severely hampered by the fact that large sections of the police connived with the rioters, who included Congress functionaries and supporters.
War without end?:
1.The attack on a religious gathering in Kabul that killed 55 people , including several scholars and clerics, is another signal of Afghanistan’s descent into chaos.
2.But beyond the specific reasons behind the attack, the fact that a major religious gathering in the Afghan capital can be so easily assaulted by terrorists is worrying.
3.The question is whether the government can seize the moment, strengthen its own counter-insurgency measures and negotiate from a position of strength, with backing from international actors.
Limits of CBI jurisdiction:
1.There was even an instance in Sikkim, when the State withdrew its consent after the CBI registered a case against former Chief Minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari, and before it could file a charge sheet.
2.The decision by Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal has come amid concerns being voiced by Opposition parties that Central agencies such as the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department are being used against them.
3.However, as decided by the Supreme Court in Kazi Lhendup Dorji (1994), the withdrawal of consent applies prospectively and therefore, existing cases will be allowed to reach their logical conclusion.
Getting justice for Asia Bibi:
1.With fatwas of kufr (apostasy) and threats of assassination hanging over them like a sword of Damocles, the people and secular politicians of Pakistan cannot be expected to boldly speak out against the views of the rampaging clerics.
2.Through these instruments, Quranic verses and Prophetic hadeeses are either arrogantly repealed, semantically stifled, or gratuitously expanded to rationalise narrow sectarianism in the name of preserving the Shariah.
3.Simultaneously, a massive intellectual effort must be mounted to mainstream a concept of Quranic hermeneutics that is consistent with the core values of Islam: justice, fairness, equality, freedom of religion, moderation, kindness and mercy.
The notion of purity:
1.The Sabarimala judgment has sparked a clash between culture and nature, an amplification of a battle cry that began when women started questioning why they were barred from some places of worship.
2.So when Union Minister Smriti Irani questioned whether a woman would carry a “napkin seeped with menstrual blood into a friend’s house,” she was reinforcing ideas of purity that took root in society thousands of years ago.
3.And when U.S. President Donald Trump said in 2015 that journalist Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” after she questioned his misogyny, he was reinforcing a stereotype that women everywhere are now challenging.
The post and the person: on strengthening the EC:
1.With legal back up and the resources to develop and enforce a transparent electoral system, the ECI made free and fair elections a reality.
2.However, with increasing tension among communities, the Assembly feared partisan action in the States and opted for a single national institution, the ECI.
3.But the Assembly disagreed, and provided simply for the CEC to be appointed by the President, leaving it to the legislature to enact a suitable law, which never happened.
Retweeting brahminical patriarchy:
1.Imagine a celebrity Indian CEO going to the United States and having himself photographed with women of colour while holding a poster that said, “Smash racist patriarchy”.
2.Also, it is through male control of female sexuality that what Ms. Chakravarti calls “caste purity, the institution unique to Hindu society”, is preserved and reproduced over time.
3.The term (spelled as ‘brahmanism’ or ‘brahminism’), then, has been in currency for a long time as a descriptor of a social order marked by the graded inequality of caste.
The RBI concedes a vital principle:
1.The angel was in the detail of the terse press note that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued after the meeting of its board of directors on November 19.
2.The other outcomes at the RBI board meeting have to do with increasing the flow of bank credit and easing the problems of borrowers, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
3.The strident demand to enhance flows to non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), which was heard ahead of the meeting, finds no mention in the press note.
Maharashtra’s rabi sowing till mid-November trails by 54%:
1.Separately, wholesale and ex-mill prices of moong, urad, chana and tur pulses have jumped 15% during past two months.
2.Price of jowar, the main rabi crop grown primarily in Maharashtra and Karnataka, has seen the biggest jump of about Rs 10/kg, an increase of about 25% to 35% depending upon the quality, in the past two months.
3.The state government has been supplying drinking water to villages with 715 tankers, as against 89 used in the same period the previous year.
India second-fastest growing innovator among major Asian countries: Report:
1.With patent publication nearly doubling in a decade, India is now the second-fastest growing innovator after China among major Asian countries, a new report said on Thursday.
2.”The sustained growth rate of innovation in India, as represented in patents published, is promising,” Arvind Pachhapur, Vice President, Clarivate Analytics, said in a statement.
3.A few of the top non-resident patent filing organisations include Samsung , Huawei , General Electric and Ericsson, it added.
Shri RK Singh reviews the progress of Buxar Thermal Power Project and directs laying of the Foundation stone of by January:
1.Shri RK Singh reviews the progress of Buxar Thermal Power Project and directs laying of the Foundation stone of by January All tie-ups already in place for 1320 MW project being executed by SJVN
2.Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy Shri RK Singh has directed the concerned officials to expedite the investment approval for the Buxar Thermal Power Project at the earliest so that foundation stone laying ceremony can take place by January, 2019.
3.The Project is being executed by SJVN Ltd (A Mini-Ratna Schedule A PSU under Ministry of Power, Govt of India).
Address by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind At the luncheon banquet hosted by The governor General of Australia:
1.Address by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind At the luncheon banquet hosted by The governor General of Australia I thank you, Your Excellency, for your gracious words of welcome and warm hospitality.
2.Our two countries enjoy warm and friendly relations underpinned by shared values and strong people-to-people ties.
3.We have expanded our ties in defence and security; trade and investment; technology and knowledge; and environment and energy fields.
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