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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 10th October, 2019

1. India and its neighborhood- relations(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Conservation, environmental pollution

2. Slowdown effects more pronounced in India: IMF(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Effects of liberalization on the economy

The largest emerging market economies like India are experiencing an even “more pronounced” effect of the global downturn, new International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday, warning that the global economy is witnessing “synchronised slowdown” which will result in slower growth for 90% of the world this year.

3. India’s data localisation plans hang in the balance (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

India’s data localisation plans hang in the balance as it will join the other Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries on Thursday in discussing the e-commerce chapter of the RCEP agreement. The RCEP meeting will take place in Bangkok from October 10-13. If India agrees to the provisions of Chapter 10 on e-commerce, as specified by most of the other countries, it will mean it won’t be allowed to impose data localisation rules on companies looking to do business in India.

What is Data localization?

Data localization is the act of storing data on any device that is physically present within the borders of a specific country where the data was generated. Free flow of digital data, especially data which could impact government operations or operations in a region, is restricted by some governments.

4. Proposed alternative to NH 766 tops in wildlife roadkills (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity

While a directive of the Supreme Court to study the possibilities of developing the Mananthavady- Gonikoppal Mysuru road as an alternative route to the Kozhikode-Kollegal National Highway 766 is a topic of discussion, a recent study has found that wildlife roadkills on the alternative road is one of the highest in the country.

5. Builders, govt. agencies told to spray dust suppressants (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Environmental pollution and degradation

Dust suppressant is a powder which is mixed with water or a polymer and sprayed to form a layer of moisture over surfaces, thus controlling dust being raised into the air.

6. GEMINI system to aid fishermen:(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

he Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), a Hyderabad institute collaborated with Accord, a private company, to develop a box-shaped receiver that has an antenna and in-built battery that can last three to four days, according to a brochure describing the device.

GEMINI works on GAGAN, developed by ISRO and the Airports Authority of India and is an India-made global positioning system and relies on the positioning system by ISRO’s GSAT satellites.

7. Cabinet nod for 5% DA rise for govt. staff(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Inflation

8. Infinite crisis: On Turkish incursion into Syria(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : International Relations

9. Affirmative action at the crossroads(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Right issues

In 2014, a group called “Students for Fair Admissions” (SFFA), founded by a conservative activist, Edward Blum, alleged that Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in the undergraduate admissions process. The lawsuit claimed that Asian-Americans were held to higher standards compared to students from other races, and that Harvard was using an “illegal” quota system, which informally capped the number of Asian-Americans, but gave preferential access to African-American or Latino students.

Students for Fair Admissions: Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) is an organization headed by Edward Blum that seeks to recruit students who have been rejected by selective universities and file lawsuits on their behalf. It has been described as an anti-affirmative action group

10. Maintaining the India-China stride length(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : India and its neighborhood- relations

11. The minimum wage solution(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Governance; Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

12. For a happy childhood(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

13. Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : International relations

14. Chemistry Nobel to trio for work on batteries: (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

15. India slips 10 places in global competitiveness index: (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

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