Daily News Prescription 13th July 2019

By Moderator July 13, 2019 08:50

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Polity and Governance

SC refuses to stay HC order on reservation to Marathas

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to stay a Bombay High Court judgment which upheld the reservation provided to Maratha community in education and government jobs in Maharashtra.

A case of confused thinking

The draft National Education Policy lacks the very abilities it emphasises — critical thinking and deeper understanding

Private member’s Bill calls for two-child norm (Indian Express)

The Population Regulation Bill, 2019, introduced by Rakesh Sinha in the Upper House, suggests that people with more than two living children should be “disqualified” from being chosen as an MP, MLA or a member of any body of the local self-government after the commencement of the Act.

It’s not about streamlining, it is about freedom of the Press (Hindustan Times)

The finance ministry’s paternalistic curbs on PIB-accredited journalists must be revoked

India’s progress in health outcomes dismal: UN report (Down to Earth)

While there has been an improvement in poverty rates in India in the last 10 years, progress in health outcomes in the country seems to be lagging, according to the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

One Nation, One Ration Card and the hurdles ahead (Down to Earth)

While this scheme would bring perceptible changes to the lives of India’s internal migrant workers, challenges lie ahead in designing and implementing it

Every third child in the world is poor: UN (Down to Earth)

One in every three children (under the age of 10) is multidimensionally poor in the world, according to the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) recently.

International Relation

Game of chicken that can end in disaster

On July 7, Iran announced that it would begin enriching uranium above a concentration of 3.67% permitted under the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached by Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) on July 14, 2015.

India again abstains at UN vote, draws criticism

India on July 12 abstained at the vote for extending the mandate of an important U.N. official who reports on violence and discrimination against sexual minorities.

India, Russia discuss space cooperation

India and Russia on Friday explored the “possibilities for production of space systems in India” during the discussions between National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the visiting Director General of Russia’s space agency ROSCOSMOS and former Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

Russia’s top missile system has many buyers

The Russian Army began using the S-400 missile defence systems, designed to intercept and shoot down any threat from the sky, in 2007.

U.S. will consider ‘301 probe’ on India, says trade official

The U.S. will consider a “301 investigation”, a probe employed as a precursor to tariffs and other trade measures against a country, against India if the trade issues between the two countries are not resolved quickly, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Jeffrey Gerrish said on Thursday.

Staggered patrols, meetings, new drills lower Sino-Indian border tensions (Indian Express)

The new rules of engagement between the two sides, following the “strategic guidance” provided to the two militaries by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Wuhan summit, have meant that face-offs between soldiers on both sides of the disputed boundary have reduced significantly.

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Anshula Kant is World Bank MD and CFO

The World Bank Group on Friday announced that Anshula Kant, an Indian national, has been appointed its next MD and CFO. Ms. Kant will be the first woman CFO of the Bank.


Failure to conserve wetlands adds to growing water crisis (Hindustan Times)

None of the 29 states and 7 Union territories has notified their wetlands, which are critical for groundwater recharge and storing flood waters during runoff events, as mandated under Wetland Rules 2017, shows government data.

Science and Technology

ISRO’s lunar touchdown has dry run on soil fetched from Tamil Nadu

Chandrayaan-2’s lander and rover were tested on a simulated surface

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