Daily News Prescription 9th July 2019

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Polity and Governance

Maratha quota: SC to hear plea against High Court order (The Hindu)

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to urgently hear a petition filed by an NGO against a Bombay High Court order, which upheld the reservation provided to the Maratha community in education and government jobs in Maharashtra.

Majority of Tamil Nadu political parties oppose 10% quota (The Hindu)

A majority of political parties on Monday reiterated their opposition to the 10% quota in higher educational institutions for economically weaker sections (EWS) within the general category.

National repository of photographs mooted (The Hindu)

The Central government wants to create a “repository of photographs of criminals in the country,” and wants to put a system in place to track “missing children and unidentified dead bodies,” through facial recognition

Reinforcing caste hierarchies (The Hindu)

The description “backward” to define communities is yet another colonial relic which we, as a collective, embrace with such enthusiasm, that we almost forget what it is supposed to mean.

The importance of democratic education (The Hindu)

A persistent concern exists about democracy’s failure to fulfil our expectations. While our votes are forceful ‘paper stones’, effective in getting rid of governments we dislike, they are powerless to give us effective, efficient, good governments.

A myopic view of foreign-made generic drugs (The Hindu)

Allegations of widespread fraud concerning generic drugs manufactured overseas, especially in India, were recently highlighted in the U.S. Much focus was on the contamination found in one drug made by Ranbaxy.

UAPA Bill ‘draconian, not based on logic (The Hindu)

The Union government on Monday introduced the National Investigation Agency (Amendment), Bill 2019 and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha amid protests by the Opposition.

INS seeks waiver of duty on newsprint (The Hindu)

The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has requested the Centre to withdraw the 10% customs duty imposed on newsprint, uncoated paper used for printing of newspapers and lightweight papers used in magazines.

Congress opposes Jallianwala Bagh Bill (The Hindu)

The Bill was moved by Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel and states that it seeks to “delete” the mention of “President of the Indian National Congress” as a trustee. A similar one was brought by the previous government but it could not get parliamentary nod and lapsed.

2 in 3 schools have electricity; 5 Northeast states in bottom 10 (Indian Express)

Less than two-thirds (63.14%) of the country’s schools have electricity connections, according to data from the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) for 2017-18 (provisional) tabled in Lok Sabha on Monday.

International Relation

Netanyahu expected in Delhi in Sept. (The Hindu)

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to travel to India in September just days before he faces elections, official and diplomatic sources confirmed to The Hindu

A shot at economic logic (The Hindu)

The 12th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) which concluded on July 8 at Niamey, the capital of the Niger Republic, saw 54 of 55 of its member states signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) for goods and services. Of these countries, 27 have already ratified it.

Towards a free trade agreement (The Hindu)

Trade turmoil has been putting at risk the U.S.’s strategic partnership with India. In the last two months, the U.S. has withdrawn from India preferential tariff benefits under its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme, and India has imposed retaliatory tariffs in response to tariffs that the U.S. applied last year on steel and aluminium.

UN report ‘legitimises’ terror, says India (The Hindu)

The UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) on Monday said India and Pakistan had failed to improve the situation in Kashmir and not taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised in its earlier report.

When countries moonwalk (Indian Express)

There is renewed global interest in the moon. India must leverage its space legacy to gain lunar advantage.

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Economy

FPIs press the panic button on tax surcharge (The Hindu)

The government may well have targeted high-income individuals while proposing a tax surcharge but that has taken a toll on foreign investors in the Indian capital market.

RBI board finalises ‘Utkarsh 2022’ (The Hindu)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board, which met in New Delhi, finalised a three- year roadmap to improve regulation and supervision, among other functions of the central bank.

Spectrum auction: TRAI sticks to position (The Hindu)

In a setback to the operators, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has stuck to its earlier recommendation on the forthcoming spectrum auction, including on base price and valuation of spectrum to be put on sale.

How Air India sale can spur govt’s divestment agenda (HT Mint)

The government plans to sell Air India to a strategic investor this fiscal. Such a sale of a state-owned unlisted company could give a fillip to the government’s divestment programme and spur stock markets in India.

Environment

Where to plant a trillion trees to save planet: study maps all land available (Indian Express)

Researchers have quantified how much land around the world is available for reforestation, as well as the extent of carbon emissions these would prevent from being released into the atmosphere.

On the water front (Indian Express)

Farmers can be given monetary rewards for saving electricity and water. Water-guzzling crops need to shift to geographically sustainable areas.

Anxiety, angst and anger in the High Arctic (Down to Earth)

Over the years, the Northern Sea Route (NSR) has become an important ‘strategic corridor’ for connecting the once-isolated Arctic region with the centre of global geopolitics, namely, Asia and Europe. However the significance of the NSR also depends partly on climatic conditions which facilitate the melting of ice along with the use of ice breakers.

Digital solutions could be key to end hunger in Africa: Report (Down to Earth)

Strategic use of digital technologies can be a game changer in accelerating sustainable agricultural transformation in Africa as well as ending hunger in the continent, according to a new report.

Disaster Management

No major deficiency in 1,352 dams inspected, says report (The Hindu)

The latest report on dam safety has stated there are 297 dams in Maharashtra with “rectifiable deficiencies” which need immediate attention and another 1,055 have minor issues.

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