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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 17th October, 2019

1. Refusing to recuse: On Justice Arun Mishra (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Functioning of the Judiciary

2. Taking national data seriously (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Indigenization of technology and developing new technology; cyber security

In a digital economy, data is the central resource. The Prime Minister recently compared data to property at the advent of the industrial era. Data is being considered as a nation’s new wealth. How data will be employed fruitfully, and its value captured, will decide a nation’s rank in the emerging new global geo-economic and geo-political hierarchies. The global digital or artificial intelligence (AI) economy is currently a two-horse race between the U.S. and China. It is feared that all other countries, including the European Union (EU) and major developing countries such as India, will have to become fully digitally dependent on one of these two digital superpowers. This will considerably compromise their economic and political independence, something referred to as digital colonisation.

3. The operative word must be bilateralism (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : International Relations

Global politics is changing at a fast pace. Thus a setting where there was a chariot of peace, joint co-operation, multilateralism and liberalism whose strings were controlled by institutions such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the International Court of Justice has now become one of warhorses pulling in different directions to embrace unilateralism, protectionism and isolationism

4. Agents of change: On investing in women’s education (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population; women empowerment

There is evidence of the overall benefits that accrue from investing in women’s education

Development economists have long studied the role that education of girls plays in enabling them to emerge as agents of change. Empirical work in recent years, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen reasons, has clearly shown how the relative aspect and regard for women’s well being is strongly influenced by women’s literacy and educated participation in decisions within and outside the family. In the late 1990s, Tamil Nadu along with the Danish International Development Agency, launched a mass rural literacy project in Dharmapuri, then considered backward, riding largely on local leaders, most of them women. Evaluation showed overall salubrious effects on the community within a short while. Implemented largely through the employ of the local arts, one measure of success, as recorded then, was an increased outpatient attendance in primary health centres.

5. Restoring maritime commons(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : India and its neighborhood- relations.

At a time when the threat of interdiction along Asia’s strategic maritime passageways is becoming a currency of geopolitical contestation and control, Mamallapuram was a reminder of an earlier golden age of sail when Asia’s seas were a common heritage of mankind. Each sovereign entertained a vested interest in preserving the freedom of Asia’s waterways and none sought to dominate. Beginning with the Capture of Malacca by the Portuguese in 1511, that norm died a slow death at the hands of state-controlled violence introduced into Asia’s seas by Westerners.

6. U.S. House passes Hong Kong Rights Act(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : International Relations

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on October 15 sought by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong that aims to defend civil rights in the semi-autonomous territory, prompting an angry response from China. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which will now move to the Senate before it can become law, has drawn rare bipartisan support in a polarized Congress.

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