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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 1st November, 2019

1. Govt. questions WhatsApp after spyware is used for snooping(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : : Basics of cyber security

Pegasus: Pegasus is spyware that can be installed on devices running certain versions of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system, developed by the Israeli cyberarms firm, NSO Group.

The Centre has sought an explanation from messaging platform WhatsApp after the Facebook owned company confirmed that some Indian users of its app came under surveillance using an Israeli spyware.

2. Core sector output falls 5.2% in Sept (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Economic Development

Output of eight core infrastructure industries contracted by 5.2% in September, indicating the severity of the economic slowdown

LGs take charge in J&K, Ladakh

UPSC Syllabus : Indian Polity

Jammu & Kashmir became the first State of the Indian Union to be reduced to a Union Territory (UT), with former IAS officer Girish Murmu being sworn in as its first Lieutenant Governor (LG) on Thursday.

4. Hyderabad figures in UNESCO list : CSAT-1

UPSC Syllabus : : Governance

Hyderabad, the city of biryanis, kebabs, haleem, kallu, shikampur and chowki dinners, has now been officially designated as a Unesco Creative City of Gastronomy.Hyderabad is among the 66 cities named by the Unesco in the list of new Creative Cities, which aims at pushing the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative thinking and action

5. Sex ratio improves in country; birth and death rates dip(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : : Population and associated issues

India has registered an improved sex ratio and a decline in birth and death rates with non-communicable diseases dominating over communicable in the total disease burden of the country, according to the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence’s (CBHI) National Health Profile (NHP) 2019.

6. Army to continue to try its personnel for adultery: (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Indian Polity

7. Substance across the Arabian Sea: (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : International relations

Even by its volatile standards, our Southwest Asian sub-region has lately been unusually turbulent, as reflected in issues ranging from India-Pakistan tensions to the approaching denouements of crises in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. The oil market, too, has been inclement. Against this disorderly context, it is no small wonder that India-Saudi Arabia relations have not only remained steady, but kept their positive trajectory.

New bilateral council: Setting up of a bilateral Strategic Partnership Council (SPC) to be co-chaired by the Indian Prime Minister and the Saudi Crown Prince is a defining development. Given the centralised nature of executive at both ends, it would, hopefully, expedite the decision-making process. The SPC would be a permanent bilateral platform with two verticals jointly serviced by the two Foreign and Trade and Industry Ministries

The World Bank’s recently published “Ease of Doing Business” rankings included both India and Saudi Arabia in its ten “most improved economies”.

8. Twitter bans political advertisements: (GS-4)

UPSC Syllabus : Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration

9. RBI creates new verticals for supervision and regulation : (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Indian Economy; Reserve Bank of India

Two new departments, with specialised cadre on supervision and regulation within the Reserve Bank of India, will start functioning from November 1, indicating the changes in the central bank’s approach to these two crucial issues of the financial system that has dominated public discourse in recent times.


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