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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 5th November, 2019

1. India storms out of RCEP, says trade deal hurts Indian farmers(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : : International Trade

Seven years after India joined negotiations for the 16nation ASEAN (Association for South East Asian Nations) led RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) or Free Trade Agreement, Prime MinisterNarendra Modi announced on Monday that India was dropping out of the agreement, citing its negative effects on “farmers, MSMEs and the dairy sector”.

2. End stubble burning immediately, orders SC(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : In a bid to save Delhi from air pollution, the Supreme Court on Monday said it would hold the entire State administrative and police mechanisms of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh — from the Chief Secretary to the local policeman — responsible if even one instance of stubble burning occurred in the future.

3. String of deaths: On perilous use of Manja (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : General issues on Environmental Ecology.

The nylon string is also non-biodegradable, making it an environmental hazard. When dangling from high-tension overhead electricity cables, it has also led to electrical accidents. Taking these into account, in July 2017, the National Green Tribunal banned synthetic manja across India. It directed the authorities to book violators not only under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code but also invoke the Environment (Protection) Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and Wildlife (Protection) Act as the case would warrant. .

4. A rights-based framework to theorise poverty : (GS-4)

UPSC Syllabus : Issues relating to poverty and hunger

But poverty cannot be abstracted from society; it is a product of and a signifier of a deeply unjust and unequal society. P is poor because she does not have the resources to go to school, read, indulge in hobbies, watch a movie, go out with her friends and plan a career like other girls. P, note, is not only poor, she is unequal to others because she is unable to do the things they do.

5. Fusing traditional medicine with the modern : GS-2

UPSC Syllabus : : Issues relating to development and management of Human Resources

6. Clearing the air: On Delhi's air pollution: (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Environmental pollution and degradation

The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi, which provides for a ratcheting slew of measures — from stopping construction work to halting private vehicles — isn’t effective when air quality reaches its nadir. It recommends action only after pollutants soar. A Task Force — which comprises top officials of Delhi and the Centre — advises the Environmental Pollution Control Authority, which is in charge of enforcing the GRAP. Rarely does it recommend tough pre-emptive action and when it does, there’s no real pressure on municipal bodies and police to ensure that polluters are punished..

7. Refusing to bite the bullet: (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus: International Trade

On November 4, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on the horns of an unenviable dilemma at the Leaders Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, finally decided to stay out of the 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).


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