Daily News Prescription 3rd July 2019

By jatin July 3, 2019 08:28

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How suicide count varies among the states, across age groups (Indian Express)

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, had the 11th highest suicide count. UP had 3,902 suicides in 2015 while Tamil Nadu had four times as many at 15,777, second only to Maharashtra’s 16,970.

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Polity and Governance

Union Minister opposes U.P. move to shift 17 OBCs to SC list (The Hindu)

The Uttar Pradesh government’s move to relist 17 OBCs (Other Backward Classes) in the Schedule Caste list is unconstitutional and it is a transgression of Parliament’s jurisdiction, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Tamil Nadu CM rules out 10% EWS quota without consensus (The Hindu)

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Tuesday ruled out implementation of the 10% quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) among the open competition category in medical admissions sans political consensus.

Govt. bats for sharing biological research data (The Hindu)

A draft note from the government on use and sharing of biological data requires researchers who collect such data and use public funds for the same, to ensure that this data is made public within two years at the latest.

Reclaiming the space of non-violence (The Hindu)

Civil society must reinvent Gandhi as a political philosopher in the struggle against violence that has crushed solidarities

Teachers and quotas (The Hindu)

Bill on reservation in central academic cadre provides relief to disadvantaged sections

Healthcare’s primary problem (The Hindu)

The deaths of 154 children in Bihar due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) has laid bare the precarious capacity of the State’s healthcare apparatus to handle outbreaks. AES has been linked to two factors: litchi consumption by starving children and a long, ongoing heat wave

Why policemen kill themselves (The Hindu)

These are just a few instances of suicide in the police. Over 940 police personnel committed suicide in the five years till December 2018. This includes personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces

International relation

Trump in North Korea (The Hindu)

U.S. President Donald Trump made history on Sunday when he stepped on to North Korean soil from the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas.

No home even a decade after the war (The Hindu)

A recent order of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, directing 65 refugees from Sri Lanka to apply for Indian citizenship, has again brought into sharp focus the need for the two countries to resolve a long-pending problem.

Senate Bill grants India NATO ally-like status (The Hindu)

The U.S. Senate has passed a legislative provision that brings India at par with America’s NATO allies and countries such as Israel and South Korea for increasing defence cooperation.

How Modi turned the Gulf to his favor (ORF)

Ultimately, the success of Modi’s West Asia outreach had a good setup thanks to Indian diplomacy over the past decade, but perhaps more so to the changing headwinds of global economic, and by association political power structures forcing new geo-political realities to be highlighted in the Gulf capitals

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Not by wishful thinking (The Hindu)

A $5 trillion Indian economy may be attainable if domestic saving and investment are stepped up

Why the world is debating data flow (Indian Express)

The IT Ministry’s Bill on data protection is scheduled to be introduced in Parliament during the current session. Worldwide, the data flow debate is playing out at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and G20.

Fund-starved NBFCs seek dedicated liquidity window (Indian Express)

Hit by liquidity crunch and high cost of borrowings, non-banking finance companies on Tuesday sought short-term and long-term measures from the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), including a dedicated liquidity window for NBFCs through banking channels, a permanent refinance window for NBFCs on the lines of National Housing Bank and access for small and medium sized NBFCs to avail refinancing from MUDRA.


Kondapochamma work nearing completion (The Hindu)

As the construction of Kondapochamma reservoir is nearing completion, officials are now focusing on digging connecting canals that would supply water to the fields.

How global warming could impact jobs in India (Indian Express)

The report, ‘Working on a warmer planet: The impact of heat stress on labour productivity and decent work’ anticipates an increase in “heat stress” resulting from global warming. It projects global productivity losses equivalent to 80 million full-time jobs in 2030, and the projection of 34 million jobs would make India the worst affected.

How a social justice tool became a means to grab land in India’s forests (HT)

Since Independence, waves of forest encroachments have been regularised on one pretext or another, and this unfortunate trend seems to be continuing. With a recent United Nations report warning that one million species of plants and animals are poised on the brink of extinction, we need to take all forest destruction very seriously

Electric dreams Inside the stand-off (Mint)

The top executives of a leading two-wheeler maker have been urging the government for a phased transition rather than a blanket ban.

Wide-spread non-compliance as thermal power plants don’t meet water use norms (Down To Earth)

An excerpt from an ongoing study by non-profit Manthan Adhyayan Kendra brings out widespread non-compliance by thermal power plants with legally binding limits on how much water they are allowed to use

Defence and Security

What India must do to promote national security (HT)

It will need to equip, modernise and restructure the armed forces to credibly deter Pakistan and dissuade China from aggression, all while building its potential

By jatin July 3, 2019 08:28