Daily News Prescription 22nd July 2019

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Polity and Governance

Little room for SC/ST scientists in biotech bodies (The Hindu)

Scientists from Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) are grossly under-represented in scientific institutions funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), a Right To Information query by a researcher has found.

The tremor of unwelcome amendments (The Hindu)

“Amendments” have haunted the Right to Information (RTI) community ever since the RTI Act came into effect almost 14 years ago. Rarely has a law been so stoutly defended by activists. It is not possible to pass a perfect law. But it was a popular opinion strongly held by most RTI activists that a demand for progressive amendments could be used as a smokescreen by the establishment to usher in regressive changes.

Ignoring the proportionality principle (The Hindu)

The Bombay High Court last month handed down a judgment upholding the validity of Section 376E of the Indian Penal Code, which authorises the award of either a life sentence or the death penalty to perpetrators upon a second rape conviction.

One party has access to 90% of poll funds: Manmohan (The Hindu)

There is a need to discuss State funding for elections at a time when a single party has access to 90% of the election funds, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday at the birth centenary celebrations of CPI leader Indrajit Gupta.

NITI Aayog health index suffers from skew (The Hindu)

An analysis of the NITI Aayog’s “Healthy States, progressive India” report released on June 25 shows that the usage of estimated figures in place of reported numbers, to calculate certain health indicators, has adversely impacted the final index score of certain States while boosting that of others.

When a juvenile is tried as an adult, when not (Indian Express)

The Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 was amended in 2015 with a provision allowing for Children in Conflict with Law (CCL) to be tried as adults under certain circumstances.

International Relation

An ally, a partner and American unilateralism (The Hindu)

There are major differences but also similarities in the U.S.’ response to Russia’s S-400 deals with Turkey and India

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Economy

Amaravati: ‘Govt. of India withdrew request for aid’ (The Hindu)

Three days after it emerged that the World Bank (WB) “dropped without reasons” its plans to finance the Amaravati Sustainable Infrastructure and Institutional Development Project, the bank has stated that the Government of India withdrew its request regarding the project.

Sucking up surplus (The Hindu)

A regulatory agency that is at the government’s mercy to run its financial and administrative operations cannot be expected to be independent

From Plate to Plough: A win-win deal (Indian Express)

Replacing subsidies with direct cash transfers to farmers’ accounts will empower them as well as consumers.

Railway roadmap: Govt to invite private players to run routes (Indian Express)

The powerful trade unions have raised concerns about the “privatisation” of the Railways, and its impact on their members. But Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has clarified that the government is only thinking of “corporatising” some units, and that “there is no question of privatisation”.

Regulating medical devices sector a ‘priority’ in Health Ministry’s five-year plan (Indian Express)

The Ministry is now planning stakeholder consultations to understand how to implement an expert advisory body’s recommendations to make sure medical device companies are accountable for the safety and quality of their products here.

Why bad loans are low under MUDRA scheme (HT Mint)

Non-performing assets expressed as a percentage of MUDRA loans were at 2.68% in 2018-19, up 16 basis points from 2.52% in the previous year.

The 1969 bank nationalization did India more harm than good  (HT Mint)

The Indian financial sector underwent a tectonic shift 50 years ago this week, when the Indira Gandhi government nationalized the 14 biggest commercial lenders on 20 July 1969.

Environment

The growing threat of climate change in India (HT Mint)

Extreme events that have an immediate impact and long-term effect of rising temperatures are endangering lives and crippling economic activity

Government spots constraints on renewable energy projects (Down To Earth)

Land constraints, insufficient transmission facility and DISCOM defaults on payments are the leading impediments to renewable energy adoption in the country. This has been unanimously agreed upon by both the industry and government stakeholders.

Defence and Security

Revamp of Army Headquarters to get under way by month-end (The Hindu)

The Army’s attempt at major restructuring will begin with the draft government sanction letter (GSL) for reorganisation of the Army Headquarters (AHQ) expected by month-end, Army sources said.

An invasive and inefficient tool (The Hindu)

The AFRS will use images from sources like CCTV cameras, newspapers, and raids to identify criminals against existing records in the Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and System (CCTNS) database.

Science and Technology

Moon mission to try landing on Sept. 7 (The Hindu)

The loss of a week due to the aborted launch of India’s second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, on July 15 has not hampered the mission’s targeted landing date on the moon’s South Pole with ISRO aiming to make up for the lost time by adjusting the module’s Earth and Moon-bound phases.

50th anniversary of Apollo 11 (Down To Earth)

It’s the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 mission, when humans stepped on the surface of the moon for the first time. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has “stitched together” images from the Apollo landing sites and turned them into panoramic shots.

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