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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 31st October, 2019

1. Terror in Kashmir a big problem: MEPs(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : : Challenges to internal security

The delegation of Members of European Parliament (MEPs), which is on a visit to Srinagar, on Wednesday said “terrorism is a severe problem in Kashmir” and named Pakistan as its source. They felt India’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal issue. “It should not be used [against India],” they said.

2. Jammu and Kashmir ceases to be a State (GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Indian Polity

The bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories came into effect at midnight on October 30. Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur will be sworn in as Lieutenant Governors of J&K and Ladakh respectively at two separate ceremonies on October 31.

3. NPCIL admits malware attack at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Basics of cyber security

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) on Wednesday confirmed that a malware had indeed infected its system at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP), a day after KKNPP officials had categorically asserted that the systems at the plant could not be accessed by anyone outside the network as they were all isolated.

4. Visiting Kashmir: On MEP team visit

UPSC Syllabus : : Governance

Rather than focusing on image-building, the government would be better placed if it works on improving the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which remains grim for ordinary civilians on a daily basis.

5. Free trade over fair trade(GS-2)(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : : Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests

A country serves its own interests by pursuing free trade regardless of what other countries may do”. This is because countries that remove trade barriers unilaterally, like Hong Kong and Singapore did, benefit their consumers, whose standard of living is improved greatly by access to foreign goods. By the same token, a country that raises trade barriers works against the interests of its own consumers. Of course, if all countries tore down their respective trade barriers, the world would be a richer place as goods can freely move around. But in the meantime, unilateral free trade can at least benefit consumers in countries that decide to fully adopt it.

6. Still a developing country: (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Economic development s

The uneven level of development between developed and developing countries in the WTO is a well-recognised fact. Article XVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) recognises that attaining the objectives of this agreement would require facilitating the progressive development of those countries that can only support low levels of development and are at the early stages of development.

7. Impeachment proceedings unveiled: CSAT-1

UPSC Syllabus : Current events of international importance

8. Will Hariri’s resignation end Lebanon’s crisis?: CSAT-1

Explained | What is happening in Lebanon?: CSAT-1

UPSC Syllabus : Current events of international importance

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation on October 29 following two weeks of street protests that brought the capital Beirut to a standstill and led to violence between rival political factions. Mr. Hariri, who failed to placate the protesters despite promises to reform the economy, said on Tuesday, October 29, that he had hit “a dead end” and hence decided to quit

9. October has seen most ghoulish cyber attacks ever, says : (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Basics of cyber security


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