Daily News Prescription 19th July 2019

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Polity and Governance

Child labour in films, TV comes under scanner (The Hindu)

The Union Labour and Employment Ministry has expressed concern over violations of child labour rules in film and television and urged the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to ensure “strict compliance” by the industry with the norms on working conditions for children, as well as the inclusion of mandatory disclaimers when they appear on screen.

Does the anti-defection law serve any purpose? (The Hindu)

The Supreme Court has held that it is the Speaker’s discretion to decide on the resignations of the 15 dissident MLAs belonging to the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government of Karnataka as and when he considers appropriate.

‘74% BJP MPs got over 50% vote-share’ (The Hindu)

An analysis of the winners of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections showed that 341 (63%) winners got 50% or more of the total votes polled in their constituencies, while 201 (37%) won with less than 50% of the votes. The report was released by the Association for Democratic Reforms on Thursday.

Pupils and teachers: the best ratios are in the smaller states (Indian Express)

In its reply to an unstarred question in Lok Sabha this week, the HRD Ministry said the PTR norm in the country has been set at 30:1 for primary level, and at 35:1 for the upper primary level.

Not even 1 in 5 Indian rural households gets piped water, govt tells Parliament (Down to Earth)

Out of 17.87 total crore rural households, around 3.27 crore are currently getting water through piped connections, the Union Jal Shakti Ministry said in a written reply to the House.

International Relation

Aadhaar can take you places, but not to Nepal (The Hindu)

Following a complaint seeking compensation from an airline for refusing to accept Aadhaar card as a valid document for travel to Nepal, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission held that Aadhaar cannot be construed as “any other ID issued by the Government of India” for travel to the country

OIC’s curious record on Xinjiang (The Hindu)

While the bloc has made repeated references to Kashmir, it has been ambivalent about China’s treatment of Uighurs

A reprieve: on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case (The Hindu)

The judgment of the International Court of Justice at The Hague in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case has come as major relief for India, providing space and direction for Pakistan to reconsider the ill-formed process it pursued in convicting and sentencing to death the former naval officer.

Pak. espoused Khalistani agenda: India (The Hindu)

In a dossier to Pakistan, India has mentioned nearly 30 instances in the past four years when Sikh pilgrims visiting the neighbouring country were subjected to “anti-India propaganda” such as espousing the Khalistani cause.

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Economy

Inappropriate template for a legitimate target (The Hindu)

The recently-released Economic Survey either glosses over or ignores many acute challenges faced by the Indian economy — like the severe agrarian crisis; the troubles of loss-making and debt-ridden public sector units; and the issues plaguing public sector banks.

CMs’ panel mulls move to tie State farm reforms to funds (The Hindu)

With a view to usher in sweeping reforms to boost agricultural growth, a panel of Chief Ministers discussed ways to bring State Governments on board including the possibility of linking the adoption of reforms to the Finance Commission’s grants and allocations.

SEBI opposes Centre’s proposal to transfer surplus money to CFI (The Hindu)

The government’s proposal to transfer surplus money with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI) has met with a strong opposition from the regulatory body.

‘Transmission sector needs ₹5 lakh crore investment for future needs’ (The Hindu)

One of the key requirements for a $5-trillion economy is an investment of about ₹5 lakh crore in the power transmission sector over the next few years, in order to cater to the 1.8 lakh crore units of electricity that India is likely to consume by 2025, according to a White Paper released by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Is a universal income transfer scheme viable? (HT Mint)

While this amount would have a negligible effect on the rich, it can significantly boost consumption among the rural poor

Environment

7,000 species added to IUCN ‘Red List’ (The Hindu)

Habitat destruction and hunting by humans are reasons for fall in numbers

CAMPA funds should be used to conserve nature (Down to Earth)

Recently, Forest Survey of India (FSI) released its biennial State of Forests Report 2017 that stated that forest cover in the country has increased by about one per cent, but several other reports highlight that this increase is not due to increase in forest area but is the artefact of increase in agricultural green cover.

Disaster Management

The threat of Ebola (The Hindu)

After holding itself back on three occasions, the World Health Organization has declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Why Assam is prone to floods and what’s the solution (Indian Express)

districts affected, and 36 people killed besides hundreds of animals. This is the first wave of floods this monsoon, and flood control experts expect at least two more

India needs a long-term strategy on floods (Hindustan Times)

While the immediate job now is to rescue people and animals (livestock and those in the wild) in the flood-hit regions as quickly as possible, the long-term work — ensuring availability of adequate drinking water, food, clothes, and medicines; rehabilitation; and rebuilding critical infrastructure such as roads — will also have to be done at a rapid pace

Miscellaneous

Govt. has ignored benefits of cannabis, claims plea in HC (The Hindu)

There is not a single document which shows that cannabis is lethal to human, a social cause litigation has claimed before the Delhi High Court in its pursuit to bring an end to various existing laws in India that prohibit and criminalise its use.

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