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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 24th October, 2019

1. Rs. 70,000-crore MTNL, BSNL package cleared(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : : Indian Economy and issues relating to growth & development; Public sector undertakings

2. Rabi crop MSP to be hiked for next season (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices

• 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).

• MSP is price fixed by Government of India to protect the producer - farmers - against excessive fall in price during bumper production years. The minimum support prices are a guarantee price for their produce from the Government.

• The major objectives are to support the farmers from distress sales and to procure food grains for public distribution. In case the market price for the commodity falls below the announced minimum price due to bumper production and glut in the market, government agencies purchase the entire quantity offered by the farmers at the announced minimum price.

3. Need for balance (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Right to privacy

4. Minding the gaps in India’s data infrastructure : (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : National Family Health Surveys (NFHS)

The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) is a large-scale, multi-round survey conducted in a representative sample of households throughout India. Three rounds of the survey have been conducted since the first survey in 1992-93. The survey provides state and national information for India on fertility, infant and child mortality, the practice of family planning, maternal and child health, reproductive health, nutrition, anaemia, utilization and quality of health and family planning services

Each successive round of the NFHS has had two specific goals: a) to provide essential data on health and family welfare needed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other agencies for policy and programme purposes, and b) to provide information on important emerging health and family welfare issues.

5. Treading cautiously on the final Naga peace agreement(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Indian Constitution-features, amendments

6. Do public functionaries need a gag, asks SC:(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Right to speech

7. Modi skips NAM summit again:(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : International relations

NAM was formed in 1961, at the initiative of Egypt, India and Yugoslavia. It is telling that of these three, one no longer exists (Yugoslavia), one no longer has the kind of magnetic sway it had in the 1950s and 1960s (Egypt), and the third seems disinclined to favour the idea of non-alignment (India).

8. Doubt over future of Antarctic ocean sanctuary plans CSAT-1

UPSC Syllabus : Biodiversity conservation; International Organizations

CCAMLR: The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, also known as the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, and CCAMLR, is part of the Antarctic Treaty System.

Ross Sea: The Ross Sea is a deep bay of the Southern Ocean in Antarctica, between Victoria Land and Marie Byrd Land and within the Ross Embayment, and is the southernmost sea on Earth. It derives its name from the British explorer James Ross who visited this area in 1841.

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