Newspaper Must Read Articles of The Day– 27 September 2015
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relevance to Civil Services preparation
- G4 leaders seek time-bound U.N. reforms – In the wake of negotiating text for reforms in UNSC being adopted by United Nations General Assembly, G4 (India, Brazil, Japan & Germany) push for reforms in their first meeting in decades and urged with changing geopolitics of the world it is necessary to incorporate the biggest democracies of the world in UNSC.
- Astronomy observatory all set for take off – Astrosat, the country’s first astronomy observatory to study distant celestial objects, will be launched on Monday morning; launch vehicle, PSLV-C30; Moving in a near Equatorial orbit 650 km above Earth, Astrosat will study black holes, scan the distant universe, star birth regions beyond our galaxy, binary and neutron starts over at least five years.
- DU Sanskrit meet pushes back period of Vedas to 6000 BC – The Vedas date back to 6000 BC, Sanskrit scholars brainstorming on the dates of the ancient texts at a conclave organised by Delhi University’s Sanskrit department said on Saturday. This amounts to the Vedas getting older by 4500 years compared to what we thought. The innocuous sounding claim has deep political implications.
- UN goals to end poverty in 15 years adopted – World leaders on Friday pledged to end extreme poverty within 15 years, adopting an ambitious set of UN goals to be backed up by trillions of dollars in development spending.
- Mending gender gap could add 60 % to India’s GDP by 2025: McKinsey – In a full-potential scenario in which women play an identical role in labour markets as men, India is likely to witness the highest potential boost at 60 per cent, the report titled ‘The Power of Parity’ said. Economic development enables countries to close gender gaps, but progress on four indicators in particular — education level, financial and digital inclusion, legal protection, and unpaid care work — could help to accelerate progress. In case of India, the share of regional GDP generated by women is only 17 per cent.
- Indian urbanisation ‘messy’, reforms needed: World Bank – Terming India’s urbanisation as “messy and hidden”, a World Bank report called for initiatives at the policy and institutional level to tap the economic potential it offers. There has been difficulty in dealing with pressures that increased urban populations put on basic services, infrastructure, land, housing and environment, fostering “messy and hidden” urbanisation. This, in turn, has helped constrain the region’s full realisation of the prosperity and livability benefits of urbanisation
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