Daily News Prescription 13th August 2019

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Polity

An abrogation of democratic principles: The Kashmir move affects the robust nature of Indian democracy in addressing internal conflicts and alienation.

Countering the Right’s hegemony: India has witnessed the rise of the Hindu Right as not just a political but also a cultural force like never before.

The perilous state of academic freedom: The present wave of anti-intellectualism, where informed opinions are ridiculed, poses a serious threat.

Governance

Prosecution nod for 80 officials pending: They have been charged under Prevention of Corruption Act, and files are with various departments.

Social Issues

CBSE cites resource crunch for hiking fee for Class X, XII exams: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)’s decision last week to double examination fees for Class 10 and 12 students, stems in part from its the loss of revenue from other all-India entrance tests for professional courses, which are now conducted by the newly created National Testing Agency (NTA).

Headgear made mandatory for children above four years: In a significant move, protective headgear of prescribed standards has been made mandatory for children above four years while travelling on a motorcycle.

PM’s health insurance scheme will cover cancer treatment also, say officials: If all goes as planned, cancer treatments will soon be covered under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), which is the Central Government’s health insurance scheme that aims to give medical cover to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families of approximately 50 crore beneficiaries, providing coverage of up to Rs. 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

Army plans to raise the age of retirement of skilled staff: The Army has conducted a new study on “age enhancement for retirement” of personnel in specialised areas to retain a skilled workforce, Army sources said.

International Relations 

In Manasarovar, Chinese lend a helping hand to Indian pilgrims: Well­equipped reception centres built by China greet yatris on the arduous trek in Tibet.

The decision on Kashmir doesn’t affect LAC, Delhi tells Beijing: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Monday reassured China that New Delhi’s decision to exercise greater administrative control over Ladakh would have no implications for India’s external boundaries or the Line of Actual Control with China.

Ending J&K’s special status an internal matter, China told: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar told the Indian media on Monday that in his talks, China had raised the question of Aksai Chin — a territory claimed by India, but under Chinese control.

Trump tightens U.S. asylum rules: President Donald Trump on Friday invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans approaches the U.S.

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Environment 

Assam villagers feed elephants to keep them at bay: A cluster of villages in central Assam’s Nagaon district has found a way of keeping crop-raiding elephants off their crops — by setting aside land to create a meal zone for them. 

Haryana board told to evolve a mechanism to recover the penalty from polluting units: The National Green Tribunal directed the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) to evolve a mechanism for ascertaining the environment compensation to be recovered from polluting industries by reviewing its current one.

From Assam to Chhattisgarh, a maiden 1,500-km journey for wild buffaloes: Around the end of monsoon in October, five female wild buffaloes will travel more than 1,500 km crossing five States — the longest such translocation in the country ever — from Assam to the Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary in Raipur district, to help revive the waning population of Chhattisgarh’s State animal and expand its territory across States.

Wildlife sanctuary to expand: The Forest Department has identified 308.84 hectares of revenue land for inclusion in the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) as recommended by the National Board for Wildlife, compensating the land being diverted for setting up Missile Test Launch Facility by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Nagayalanka Mandal in Krishna District.

‘No toxic chemicals in PET bottles’: PET bottles are safe, a comprehensive evaluation by the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore has determined.

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