Important Newspaper Articles to Read
GS1 Social Issue
- "2020 - Global Report on Food Crises The 2020 edition of The Global Report on Food Crises describes the scale of acute hunger in the world. It provides an analysis of the drivers that are contributing to food crises across the globe, and examines how the COVID-19 pandemic might contribute to their perpetuation or deterioration.
GS2 International Relations
- Fishing in troubled waters during a pandemic(The Hindu) As China seeks to restore its credibility, creating tensions in the South China Sea should be the least of its priorities
- Explained: How oil price crash impacts sugar, what it means for India(Indian Express) All commodities have taken a demand hit from subdued economic activity and lockdowns imposed by many countries to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. But sugar is one commodity that, until quite recently, was on a bull run.
- NGT asks CPCB to ensure compliance of biomedical waste management rules(Indian Express) The CPCB has issued detailed guidelines on handling, treatment and disposal of waste generated during treatment, diagnosis and quarantine of COVID-19 patients.
- Delhi pollution halved during first phase of lockdown: CPCW(The Hindu) The first phase of the lockdown, from March 25 to April 15, reduced particulate matter pollution by nearly half in Delhi, according to a report by the Central Pollution Control Board
- Covid-19 pandemic poses a threat to India’s steady flow of remittances(Mint) In the coming months, slowdown in remittances could emerge as a key pain point for the Indian economy
- Industries cannot be forced to pay wages: panel(The Hindu) The Parliamentary Committee on Labour in it’s report on the Industrial Relations Code, 2019, submitted on Thursday, has recommended that “in case of natural calamities, payment of wages to the workers until the re-establishment of the industry may be unjustifiable”.
- RBI to restart Operation Twist to manage yields(The Hindu) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced simultaneous purchase and sale of government bonds in a bid to soften long-term yields. The central bank will buy ₹10,000 crore of bonds maturing between 2026 and 2030 and sell the same amount of T-bills.
- Govt. to suspend IBC rules for up to one year(The Hindu) Section 7, 9 and 10 of the IBC would be suspended for six months and the suspension time can be extended up to one year. An enabling provision with respect to extending the time would be part of the ordinance, they added. Suspension of these provisions could be extended up to one year based on the economic situation going forward.
- CSIR scientists name new test after fictional sleuth, may cost Rs 500(Indian Express) Developed by a team led by two scientists, Dr Souvik Maiti and Dr Debojyoti Chakraborty, the test is based on a bacterial immune system protein called Cas9. It uses cutting-edge gene-editing tool Crispr-Cas9 system. The team has repurposed it for diagnosis of COVID-19 genetic material.
- "Exploring ‘Super-luminous supernovae exploded rapidly and decayed slowly’ (PIB)" Researchers at the Arayabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) Nainital an autonomous research institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Govt. of India found that SN 2010kd, a super-luminous supernova stands out with the amount of mass as well as Nickel ejected during explosion, which is much more than seen in case of normal core-collapse supernovae.