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Must Read Daily Newspaper Articles - 26th September, 2019

1. Modi pitches for India’s NSG entry(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Energy

The NSG controls most of the world’s nuclear trade. While the U.S. and other countries support India’s entry into the NSG, China has opposed it saying India has not signed the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. India and the U.S. announced in March that six U.S. companies would set up nuclear power reactors in India.

2. Impeachment inquiry against Trump begins(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Indian Polity; Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other.

The U.S. House of Representatives will launch a formal impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump over reports he sought foreign help to smear a political rival, setting up a dramatic clash between Congress and the White House that could spill into the 2020 presidential campaign.

3. PM’s economic advisory council reconstituted (GS-3) CSAT-1

UPSC Syllabus : Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister

The Government of India has reconstituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) for a period of two years with effect from September 26, 2019. The government on Wednesday announced that it had reconstituted the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council for a period of two years.

4. Punjab takes steps to check stubble burning (GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Conservation of environment

With paddy harvesting picking up in Punjab, the State government has ordered impounding of combine harvester machines operating without the Super Straw Management System (super SMS) in an attempt to curb stubble burning.

5. Zero budget natural farming can solve farmers’ issues’(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Conservation of environment

Noted agriculturist Subhash Palekar, who has pushed for adoption of ZBNF, apprised the farmers of his research on forest vegetation and the techniques for natural growth of trees at the six-day-long camp, which is the first one devoted to natural farming in the State. About 6,000 small and marginal farmers from Rajasthan and other States are attending the camp.

6. New IPCC report warns of dire threat to oceans(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Conservation of the Environment

The report updates scientific literature available since 2015 — when the IPCC released its comprehensive 5th Assessment Report — and summarises the disastrous impacts of warming based on current projections of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations

7. Drug regulator cautions against over-the-counter use of ranitidine(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Health

Indian doctors have advised patients here to avoid over-the-counter (OTC) use of popular antacid ranitidine, following concerns over its contamination by cancer-causing substances, with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) now having started the process of “checking for any adverse reactions of the drug”.

8. Meghalaya tests medicine delivery using drones(GS-2)

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

Access to life-saving drugs such as anti-venom vials has been a major issue in Meghalaya. The number of snakebite cases is one of the reasons behind trying out drones for carrying medicines to remote areas,

9. The real deal: On India-U.S. trade deal(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : International relations

Trade negotiations are never easy and for them to succeed, both sides have to believe in a policy of give and take. It does not help if one side tries to bulldoze the other into submitting totally to its interests. At this point in time it does seem that even a limited trade deal between India and the U.S. is some distance away..

10. Different peas in different pods(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

The fruits of applied research will only come when we start investing in basic research without asking for quick returns. While continuing and increasing the share of funding in basic research, the government should encourage and incentivise the private sector to invest substantially in applied research. Compared to the developed economies (the United States), biotechnology research in India is mainly funded by the public exchequer. Unless the private sector starts supporting applied research and engages with academic institutions, the innovation in applied and translational biotechnology will be minimal.

11. The meaning of oneness in ‘one nation’(GS-2)

UPSC Syllabus : Essay Paper.

The oneness in ‘one nation’ is the kind of oneness talked about by Narayana Guru, Shankara, the saints in the Bhakti movement and the Sufi poets. It is the oneness between the humans and the world, and oneness between each one of us independent of the language we speak or the religion we practise. Those who talk about ‘one nation’ must realise that the true meaning of oneness lies in its quality of unity and togetherness. It does not arise through measurable and majoritarian views but only as a quality that comes through recognising the common humanity in all of us, independent of our gender, caste, class and religion..

12. Tax rate cuts likely to trigger fresh FPI flows(GS-3)

UPSC Syllabus : Economic development; FPI.

The cut in corporate tax rates announced by the government last week has provided the much-needed trigger for foreign investors to look at fresh investments in Indian equities.


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