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News Analysis:06-01-2018

National News

General Studies-II : Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary

Constitution Bench to decide validity of criminalising adultery

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  • The Supreme Court on Friday referred to a Constitution Bench a petition to decide if the pre-Independence provision of adultery in the Indian Penal Code treats a married woman as a commodity owned by her husband and violates the constitutional concepts of gender equality and sensitivity.
  • The petition wants Section 497 (adultery) IPC to be dropped as a criminal offence from the penal code.


Source-The Hindu



General Studies-II : Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.


Haj policy is not discriminatory, Centre tells SC

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The Centre on Friday defended its new Haj policy, saying it is not discriminatory and the allocation of subsidy for pilgrims is based on the objective criterion of Muslim population in each State.

The Centre was responding to allegations made by the Kerala State Haj Committee that the policy, which allots subsidised seats based on the Muslim count in each State, robs Muslims from smaller States like Kerala an opportunity to make the pilgrimage.


Source-The Hindu



General Studies-II : Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.


Women to be inducted in Territorial Army

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  • Clearing the path for induction of women in the Territorial Army, the Delhi High Court on Friday observed any provision that bars them from joining the Force was against the fundamental rights provided under the Constitution.
  • Not allowing women to join amounted to “institutionalised discrimination” and went against the Constitution’s spirit, the petitioner claimed the state has a duty to ensure no discrimination is practised by anyone in the country.

Territorial Army:

  • Territorial Army is an organisation of volunteers who receive military training in order to be mobilised for the country‘s defence in case of an emergency.
  • It is known as the second line of defence after the regular Army.
  • At present, TA recruits only males (gainfully employed),reflecting  institutionalised discrimination
  • It also helps in maintenance of essential services in situations where life is affected or the security of the country is threatened



Source-The Hindu,PIB



General Studies-III : Government Budgeting.

‘India plans budget boost for tourism’

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  • India is planning to cut taxes on travel and tourism in next month’s Union Budget and give more incentives to the $210 billion sector, government sources said, hoping to boost economic growth and create more jobs.
  • The move could add to a domestic tourism boom in the world’s second most populous nation, where low inflation and rising incomes are changing lifestyles and consumption patterns of an estimated 250 million middle-class Indians.
  • According to an industry report, tourism employs 40 million people in India and could add 10 million jobs in a decade.
  • The budget was likely to “significantly” raise allocations for tourism infrastructure and raise income tax exemptions on investments in new hotels.


Source-The Hindu


General Studies-III : Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.


GDP growth seen slowing to 4-year low of 6.5% in 2017-18

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Friday forecast that GDP growth in the current financial year ending March 31 will slow to a four-year low of 6.5%, from the provisional 7.1% pace seen in 2016-17, dragged down by deceleration in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.


Source-The Hindu


International News:


General Studies-II : India and its neighborhood- relations.

In regular touch with Pakistan: Centre

The government has maintained the channels of communications open with Pakistan, including through respective diplomatic missions, and regular contacts between the border guarding forces on both sides,” said a reply from the Ministry quoted in the action-taken report by the government on the committee’s 16th report on “Indo-Pak Relations

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  • It has been made clear to Pakistan that a meaningful structured Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue would be possible only in an environment free from terror and violence,
  • The channel of communications between the two NSAs was set up during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then-PM of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif when they met on the sidelines of the Paris climate change summit
  • Although the Pathankot attack in January 2015 had derailed dialogue between India and Pakistan, the NSAs are understood to have been in touch over the telephone regularly, and frequently through the High Commissioners in Delhi and Islamabad, especially on issues relating to the spike in ceasefire violations, the Pathankot attack investigation and the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
  • It contains several references to the challenges to better ties between India and Pakistan, including the rise in firing at the LoC and International Border, infiltration, and support to terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen.
  • The government had been successful in ensuring that the groups had been condemned in statements by the BRICS, the U.S. in its South Asia policy statement and the EU and Japan in joint statements with India


Source-The Hindu,PIB


General Studies-II : Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests


China tightens North Korea trade limits under UN sanctions

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  • China tightened limits on critically important oil supplies to North Korea on Friday and stepped up other trade restrictions under intensified U.N. nuclear sanctions.
  • Beijing will limit exports of crude oil and refined petroleum to the North and ban sales of steel, industrial machinery and vehicles, the Commerce Ministry announced
  • China accounts for nearly all Pyongyang’s energy supplies and trade, making its enforcement key to sanctions
  • Analysts see North Korea’s need for Chinese oil as the most powerful economic leverage against Pyongyang.
  • But Chinese leaders have warned against taking drastic measures that might destabilize Kim’s government or send a wave of refugees fleeing into China.


Source-The Hindu



General Studies-I : Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc

Four reported killed as ‘bomb cyclone’ pounds eastern U.S.

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A giant winter “bomb cyclone” walloped the United States east coast on Thursday with heavy snow and freezing cold making travel conditions treacherous and causing bone-chilling misery.

The event a "bomb cyclone," their nickname for a phenomenon known as "bombogenesis," in which a weather system experiences a sharp drop in atmospheric pressure and intensifies rapidly, unleashing hurricane-force winds.


Source-The Hindu


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