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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 5th December, 2019

1. Govt. procured only 3% of pulses, oilseeds proposed for this season : (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Minimum support prices; PM-AASHA

The Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA) Scheme is aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018.

Minimum Support Price (MSP) is a form of market intervention by the Government of India to insure agricultural producers against any sharp fall in farm prices. The minimum support prices are announced by the Government of India at the beginning of the sowing season for certain crops on the basis of the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP)

In formulating the recommendations in respect of the level of minimum support prices and other non-price measures, the Commission takes into account, apart from a comprehensive view of the entire structure of the economy of a particular commodity or group of commodities, the following factors:

In formulating the recommendations in respect of the level of minimum support prices and other non-price measures, the Commission takes into account, apart from a comprehensive view of the entire structure of the economy of a particular commodity or group of commodities, the following factors:

1. Cost of production

2. Changes in input prices

3. Input-output price parity

4. Trends in market prices

5. Demand and supply

6. Inter-crop price parity

7. Effect on industrial cost structure

8. Effect on cost of living

9. Effect on general price level

10. International price situation

11. Parity between prices paid and prices received by the farmers.

12. Effect on issue prices and implications for subsidy

2. Another quota question: On creamy layer for SCs: (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Mandal Commission;

Article 15; a fundamental right prohibys the discrimination by the state against any citizen on grounds 'only' of religion, caste, race, sex and place of birth. The use of world only means that discrimination on other grounds is not prohibited.

Creamy layer is a term used in Indian politics to refer to the relatively forward and better educated members of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), who are not eligible for government-sponsored educational and professional benefit programs.

3. The many structural flaws in India’s higher education system (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Education

The “Green Line” — the 1949 armistice line that separates Israel from the West Bank — is a figment of the imagination of those who support the two-state solution. It was replaced by a greater Israel, ruled by the Israeli nationality law passed in 2018 that states that only the Jews have the right of self-determination all over historical Palestine, sanctions the continued colonisation of the country and upholds its apartheid system.

4. Climate­related disasters on the uptick : (GS-3) & CSAT-1

UPSC Syllabus : Bio-diversity and Climate Change

Prelims: Global Climate Risk Index is published by environmental think-tank Germanwatch. It has rated Japan as the most-affected country in 2018, while Germany was in third position.

5. Cabinet okays bond ETFs : CSAT-1

Bharat Bond ETF will be a basket of bonds issued by central public sector enterprises/undertakings or any other government organization bonds. (Initially, all AAA rated bonds.)

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