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U.S. places India at Level 2 in its new travel advisory for citizens

News

The United States on Wednesday issued a new travel advisory for countries including India, which its officials said is “user friendly” as it is based on ready-to-understand level of advice ranging from one to four.

Beyond News

  • India has been ranked Level 2 (exercise increased caution) while Pakistan has been places in Level 3 (reconsider travel).
  • Level 1 advises travellers to exercise normal precaution, while Level 4, which has countries like Afghanistan, recommends “Do Not Travel“.

Impact of Terrorism.

  • Placing India on Level 2, the State Department identified “crime and terrorism” for Americans to exercise increased caution.
  • However, it asks Americans not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir, except for eastern Ladakh and Leh and not to venture within 10 miles of the India-Pakistan border due to the “potential for armed conflict“.
  • Ranking Pakistan on Level 3, the State Department asked Americans to reconsider travel to this country due to terrorism.
  • Americans are also advised not to travel to Pak-Occupied Kashmir due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict.

Ban on use of national flag made of plastic

News

The Central government urged everyone not to use a national flag made of plastic and asked the states and Union Territories to ensure strict compliance of the Flag Code in view of the Republic Day celebrations ahead.

Beyond News

  • An advisory from the Union Home Ministry said that the “national flag represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of the country and hence should occupy a position of honour”, but since plastic flags are not biodegradable like paper flags, ensuring appropriate disposal of a national flag made of plastic is a practical problem.

Section 2 of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971

  • As per Section 2 of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, whoever in any public place or any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defiles, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

The advisory said that on important national, cultural and sports events, flags made of paper only are to be used by the public, and after the event such flags are to be disposed of in private, consistent with the dignity of the flag.

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Mullaperiyar dam: SC asks Centre, TN, Kerala to set up panels to prepare disaster management plans

MULLAPERIYARNews

Despite assurances from the Union government that the 122-year-old Mullaperiyar dam is “safe,” the Supreme Court directed it to set up a special committee to exclusively prepare disaster management plans.

Beyond News

  • A three-judge Bench also directed Tamil Nadu, which owns the dam, and Kerala, where it is situated, to set up similar committees.
  • It said the three committees would work in harmony.
  • The Bench said the step was taken to allay the fears of thousands of people who live downstream or in the vicinity of the dam.

It clarified in the order that the special committees have nothing to do with the lifespan or safety of the dam.

Their brief is restricted to disaster management plans to prevent a calamity or contain the loss of life and damage to property in case a tragedy hits the dam.

The Bench noted that a committee had been formed to cover the aspects of safety and lifespan of the dam as ordered by a Constitution Bench of the court in May 2014.

Gujarat to count elusive tigers

tiger periyarNews

Gujarat, which houses a rich population of lions, will now see an exercise to find out if tigers also inhabit the State.

Beyond News

  • The last time a tiger was spotted in Gujarat was way back in 1985.
    Now, over three decades later, a census has been planned next month to ascertain the presence of the striped animal in the forest of Dang district.
  • The State forest department earlier sent a proposal to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for the census after some media reports suggested the presence of tigers in Dang.

The proposal was approved by the NTCA, a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

  • Till the early 1980s, there were tigers in Gujarat, mainly inhabiting the forests of Dang, Narmada and Sabarkantha districts.
  • “The last tiger died in a road accident in Dang in 1985. No tiger was seen in the State after that.
  • The forest department sent a team in July last year to survey the area to ascertain the presence of tigers, but the report was negative.

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Syllabus area: Changes in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Q1: Analyse the impacts of national waterway project on aquatic life of Ganga(150 words)

Source: The Hindustan Times

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General Studies -02

Syllabus area: India and its neighborhood-relations

Q2: Differentiate LoC with PAK and LAC with China.Make a brief note on border disputes associated. (250 words)

Source: The Indian Express.

Reference:EDITORIAL MODULE-January 11 (Page 4)


General Studies -03

Syllabus area: Economic developments.

Q3: What do you mean by FDI?Discuss the proposed changes in FDI norms and its significance to indian economy.  (250 Words)

Source:The Business standard.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 11(Page 6)


General Studies -04

Syllabus area: Ethical dilemmas/concerns government & private institutions.

Q4: Its argued that mandatory linking of aadhar with ration card resulted in large scale exclusion from benefits guaranteed under NFSA. Analyse the ethical issues associated.(Answer in 150 Words)

Source: The Indian Express

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 11(Page 9)


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2017 was second hottest year on record

hottest years

News

Last year was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016 with signs of climate change ranging from wildfires to a thaw of Arctic ice, a European Union monitoring centre said.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service, the first major international weather agency to report global 2017 temperatures, said they averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.

Findings in the Report

  • Last year was slightly “cooler than the warmest year on record, 2016, and warmer than the previous second warmest year, 2015,” the report said.
    Temperature records date back to the late 19th century.
  • The measurements back up a projection by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in November that 2017 would be second or third warmest behind 2016, as part of a long-term trend driven by man-made greenhouse gases.

Sweltering temperatures in 2016 were also boosted by a natural El Nino event that happens every few years and releases heat from the Pacific Ocean.

  • Last year was the warmest year on record without the influence of an El Nino, according to Copernicus, run by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.

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India, U.K. to ink illegal migrants pact

India UK diaspora

News:

India will sign a pact with the United Kingdom for a return of illegal Indian migrants within a month of them being detected by British authorities.

Beyond News:

The U.K has consistently raised the issue of return of illegal migrants said to number in thousands with India.

The memorandum of understanding comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit in March.

During her maiden visit to India on November 7, 2016, British Prime Minister Theresa May had said the U.K. would consider an improved visa deal “if at the same time we can step up the speed and volume of returns of Indians with no right to remain in the U.K.”

An Indian delegation, led by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, is visiting the U.K. this week.

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India to regain top spot with GDP pegged at 7.3% in 2018-19: World Bank

News

The World Bank is estimating India’s economy to grow by 6.7 per cent in the current fiscal year, higher than the 6.5 per cent estimate by the Government of India.

Beyond News

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is expected to rise to 7.3 per cent in 2018-19, making India again the world’s fastest growing economy, according to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report released .

The report dropped the growth estimate for 2017-18 by 0.1 per cent from its projection June 2017, because of the disruptions to the economy from the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
But it raised the growth forecast for 2018-19 by 0.1 per cent from the June figure.

The bank has forecast a GDP growth of 7.5 per cent in 2019-20 and 2020-21. It saw benefits down the road from the GST.

Food Security Act: Team to probe bungling in Odisha

News

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has decided to send its high-level team to Kandhamal to inquire into allegations of irregularities in implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in this underdeveloped district.

Beyond News

According to the order passed by the commission on January 8, the high-level committee will go to Daringbadi in Kandhamal to look into the matter and submit its report to the OHRC within 15 days.

The OHRC took this decision in view of serious objections raised by the petitioner convenor of ‘Banabasi Suraksha Parishad’ Narendra Mohanty against the report filed by the Kandhamal collector before the commission.

Mr. Mohanty said that, following an agitation by the tribals and Dalits living in the remote pockets of the district in 2016, the administration had declared issuance of around 1,000 new ration cards to beneficiaries.
But it was alleged that the real beneficiaries did not receive the ration cards and the subsidised food items.

State to unveil ‘Electricmobility policy’ soon

News

With electric power-based locomotion becoming the preferred mode of transport sooner than later, the Andhra Pradesh government will soon come up with an ‘Electric mobility policy’.

Why this news Important

This makes Andhra Pradesh the first State to not only identify and tap the potentially emerging sector, but also make a vision plan in tune with its policy of promoting clean energy.

Beyond News

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister made the announcement after laying foundation stone for the ultra modern global scale manufacturing facility of the Apollo Tyres at Chinna Pandur in Satyavedu, the tail-end constituency abutting Tamil Nadu.

He called electric-powered mobility as the next generation mode of transportation that must be adopted at the earliest.

He also said that,emphasis would be laid on Research and Development (R&D), creating demand and improving the charging infrastructure.

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Syllabus area: Role of women; Salient features of Indian society.

Q1: Despite of rising educational levels,patriarchal attitudes are limiting women’s work which in turn hurts economy and society. Analyse the statement with suitable examples. (150 words)

Source: The Indian Express

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE-January 10 (Page 2)


General Studies -02

Syllabus area: Global groupings & agreements involving India and /or India’s interests.

Q2: It is argued that the paris agreement is an example of what is wrong with current framework. Discuss the achievements in last 25 years from UNFCC adoption.(250 words)

Source: The Financial Express.

Reference:EDITORIAL MODULE-January 10 (Page 4)


General Studies -03

Syllabus area: Issues related to direct & indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices.

Q3: What do you mean by MSP in primary sector? Discuss the major reasons that made farm income unattractive & the need for reforms. (250 Words)

Source:The Hindu.

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 10(Page 7)


General Studies -04

Syllabus area: Ethical dilemmas/concerns government & private institutions.

Q4:  “Roads are needed but roads through wildlife corridors are not.”-Comment(Answer in 150 Words)

Source: The Hindu

Reference: EDITORIAL MODULE- January 10(Page 10)


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SC modifies order, says playing of national anthem in cinema halls is not mandatory

NewsNational anthem in theatre

The Supreme Court modified its November 30, 2016 interim order and made it optional for cinema halls to play the 52-second national anthem before every show.

Beyond News

A Bench, clarified that it is not mandatory to play the anthem before screenings in cinemas.
It left the choice of whether to play the anthem or not to the discretion of individual cinema hall owners.

However, if the anthem is played, patrons in the hall are bound to show respect by standing up.
The court clarified that the exception granted to disabled persons from standing up during the anthem “shall remain in force on all occasions”.

At PIO Parliamentarian Conference, PM urges leaders of Indian origin to come forward to join hands in changing India

News

As part of its intensified outreach to the Indian diaspora, the Government of India launched a conference of legislators and political leaders of Indian origin from all over the world.

Beyond News

The “First PIO [Person of Indian Origin] Parliamentarian Conference” was inaugurated in New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reminded the participants that the event is aimed at reconnecting them with their ancestral land and spirit.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said 124 parliamentarians and 17 Mayors of Indian origin have come to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Mr. Modi specially mentioned the presence of former Guyanese President Bharat Jagdeo in the celebration and noted that from Mauritius to Guyana there are several Indian origin individuals who have become leaders of their countries.

Prime Minister also said that, India was experiencing aspirational and societal changes. An ‘irreversible change’ was sweeping the country and leaders of Indian origin should come forward to join hands.

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Chemical ban has helped closing up of ozone layer hole !

Chemical ban

News

With the declining levels of ozone-destroying chlorine, scientists have for the first time observed less ozone depletion.

Importance of Ozone

Stratospheric ozone protects life on the planet by absorbing potentially harmful ultraviolet radiation that can cause skin cancer and cataracts, suppress immune systems and damage plant life.

Beyond News

The findings showed that an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons(CFCs) has resulted in about 20 per cent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter from 2005 to 2016.

Specifically, chlorine levels declined by an average about 0.8 per cent annually.

The change in ozone levels above Antarctica from the beginning to the end of southern winter- early July to mid- September – was computed daily from the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) aboard the Aura satellite every year from 2005 to 2016.

The researchers said that,Antarctic ozone hole should continue to recover gradually as CFCs leave the atmosphere, but complete recovery will take decades.

India unveils Pratyush, its fastest supercomputer yet.

Indian fastest computer

News

India’s supercomputing prowess moved up several notches after it unveiledPratyush,an array of computers that can deliver a peak power of 6.8 petaflops.

Beyond News

One petaflop is a million billion floating point operations per second and is a reflection of the computing capacity of a system.

According to a statement by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM),Pratyushis the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world dedicated to weather and climate research, and follows machines in Japan, USA and the United Kingdom.

It will also move an Indian supercomputer from the 300s to the 30s in the Top500 list, a respected international tracker of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

The government had sanctioned Rs. 400 crore last year to put in place a 10-petaflop machine.

Uses

A key function of the machine’s computing power would be monsoon forecasting using a dynamical model.

This requires simulating the weather for a given month say March and letting a custom-built model calculate how the actual weather will play out over June, July, August and September.

With the new system, it would be possible to map regions in India at a resolution of 3 km and the globe at 12 km.

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Safe havens to terrorists in Pakistn not acceptable to US: CIA

News

CIA chief Mike Pompeo has said that Pakistan continues to provide safe havens to terrorists which is not acceptable to America.

Beyond News

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director said that,U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan to “cease” being a safe haven for terrorists that threaten the U.S.

The U.S. has suspended about $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan for failing to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani terror network and dismantle their safe havens.

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Railways to deploy drones to monitor projects

News

Drones would now monitor railway projects, aid crowd management and oversee maintenance works across its zones, the West Central Railways was the first zone to procure such drone cameras.
The move assumes significance in the backdrop of the Elphinstone station road bridge tragedy in Mumbai, in which 23 people had died in a stampede on September 29 last year.

Why this news Important?

The West Central Railways, headquartered at Jabalpur (MP), is the first zonal railway to procure the drone cameras and it has already conducted a trial run of the cameras last week in all of its three divisions.

What is a Drone?

A drone is essentially a flying robot which can be remotely handled through software-controlled flight plans embedded in its system, working in conjunction with GPS.

Uses

The cameras (UAV/NETRA) would be used for various activities, especially project monitoring and maintenance of the tracks and other railway infrastructure, the national transporter said in a statement.

Directions have been given to the zonal railways to procure such cameras. This is in line with the railways’ desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations.

Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones would be deployed to monitor relief-and-rescue operations, projects, progress of important works, the condition of the tracks etc., the statement said.

These would also be used to assess the preparedness of the non-interlocking (NI) works, for crowd management during fairs, to identify scrap and also for an aerial survey of the station yards, it added.

The cameras would be instrumental in providing real-time inputs as regards the safety and maintenance of the tracks and other railway infrastructure.

Boost to gravitational wave study

News

David Reitze, executive director of Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) said that ,India’s role in studying gravitational waves touted as one of the most important discoveries of the recent past will increase once the proposed gravitational wave observatory is set up in the country.

Beyond News

The observatory is expected to start functioning by 2025.

Gravitational waves are ‘ripples’ in the fabric of space-time, caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe such as merger of black holes or neutron stars.
Already, several physicists from Bengaluru-based International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) are an active part of the LIGO project.

At present, the LIGO detectors are sensitive to about 70 to 80 megaparsec (280 million to 300 million light years) for binary neutron stars and for binary black holes, the sensitivity is about 2 gigaparsec (approximately 3 billion light years).
With improved sensitivity, these detectors will be able to fetch information from farther distances in space.

Fatal crossings: tigers in 26 reserves under threat

News

On New Year’s eve, a fast-moving vehicle on Maharashtra’s National Highway 6 killed Bajirao, one of Bor Tiger Reserve’s charismatic, dominant male tigers.

Beyond News

The same day, a team of scientists published the findings from their latest research, roads with high traffic are sounding the death knell for the tiger in this part of the country.
Unplanned expansion of national highways without mitigation measures (such as underpasses created for wildlife) could greatly increase the probability of tiger extinction in Central India’s protected areas, home to one of the largest tiger populations.

According to the National Highways Authority of India, the country’s road network, at approximately 33 lakh km, is the second largest in the world.
Many of these roads including national and State highways cut through at least 26 tiger reserves, says a draft guidance document of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), framed to reduce the impact of roads and railway lines on wildlife.

Leopards, snakes, deer, desert fox, golden jackals, civets and critically endangered amphibians are among the wildlife that perish on roads in States as far flung as Assam, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

After effects

For tigers, like many other species, traversing large areas to move across habitats involves crossing of roads.
This is the only way they can ensure genetic diversity, which is vital for species survival.
When scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and other organisations extracted genetic material from the scat of 116 tigers to study genetic diversity across 11 protected areas, they found that human settlements and traffic intensity — which restrict tiger movement between populations , decreased genetic exchange the most.

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