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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Liquor vends on National, State highways banned:The Supreme Court on Thursday banned States and Union Territories from granting licences for the sale of liquor along National and State highways across the country.

Panel flags ‘slow’ execution of schemes: Flak received from Parliamentary Standing Committee for ‘slow’ implementation of schemes envisaged under the Nirbhaya Fund.

Speed up Vyapam trial, Supreme Court tells CBI: The Supreme Court on Thursday bowed out of hearing the Vyapam scam, and directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete its probe within three months.


INTERNATIONAL


India signals peace on Indus water issue: Conciliatory statement comes after World Bank paused arbitration process. India said there was “no reason” the two countries could not sort out their differences.


Editorial/OPINION


A law for equality: By passing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, the Rajya Sabha has adopted a radically trans-formative piece of legislation that addresses the concerns of arguably the most marginalised section of Indian society.

Death in Aleppo: For too long, we have been a passive society, deaf to Rwanda, Somalia, Syria. Our foreign policy is a piece of empty piety. Maybe Aleppo can be a first step to a more humane India.

Vulnerable in cyberspace: The ‘Legion’ hacks expose the dire state of cybersecurity in India. Frequent data breaches will steadily erode the confidence of Internet users and deter them from using digital gateways.

Rules of an exchange economy: How do we work out the obligations of banks in the post-demonetisation scenario?


ECONOMY


Rupee slips after Fed’s decision: The rupee weakened against the U.S. dollar after the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate, in a widely anticipated move, by 25 basis points.

Include real estate sales and electricity charges in GST: CEA: The sale of land and real estate should be included in the Goods and Services Tax structure, adding that rates should be lower rather than higher as this would help the fight against black money.

Deferred consumption will spur growth: Demonetisation of high-value currency notes will be considered a watershed event in the same manner as the liberalisation of the economy in 1991.


Indian Express


The long-term solution: Knee-jerk reactions can’t give us cleaner air. A slower, evidence-based approach will.


Live Mint


Launching New Delhi-Jakarta bilateral ties anew: Joko Widodo’s visit has marked another step in India’s ‘Act East’ policy of encouraging greater engagement with South-East Asia.

Our failed education policy needs urgent reform: Given the fragile foundation of basic education, the large majority of our workforce cannot be trained for high-skill, high-productivity jobs.


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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


RS passes Disabilities Bill with more benefits: The Rajya Sabha passed the Disabilities Bill with the list of ‘disabilities’ expanded from seven to 21 and the quantum of reservation increased for people suffering from disabilities from three per cent to four per cent in government jobs.


INTERNATIONAL


NSG waiver has attendant risks, govt. tells Lok Sabha: India wants full membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as the current arrangement with the elite club carries “attendant risks”, the government told the Lok Sabha.


Editorial/OPINION


Demonetisation’s deflationary shock?: That the Centre’s decision to withdraw high-denomination banknotes was going to impact economic activity in the short term was never in doubt.

Rights for the rightful owners: On the tenth anniversary of the historic passage of the Forest Rights Act, tribal resistance to defend their rights is growing even as government after government tries to dilute its provisions.


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Cabinet clears Bill to give autonomy to 12 major ports: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the draft Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 to replace the existing Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 in a bid to empower 12 major ports to perform with greater efficiency on account of full autonomy in decision-making.


Indian Express


1971 in 2016India’s relations with Bangladesh have gone well, but countries sharing centuries of history need to be much closer.


Live Mint


The challenges to free movement of labour: As populism reigns in Western economies, India must push back against labour protectionism.

Examining the funding deficit of the judiciary: More judges, more courts, more computers alone may not do much to improve the efficiency of courts or access to justice.

Demonetisation push to labour reforms: Demonetisation has the potential to facilitate an environment that will develop a formal culture in India’s labour markets.


 

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Mains Marathon – UPSC Mains Current Affairs Questions – December 14



Read the following questions and answer them by clicking on the links in not more than 200 words

Time: 40 Minutes


1.With a brief background of quality of urban life in India, introduce the objectives and strategy of the ‘Smart City Programme’. (GS 1)

भारत में नगरीय जीवन कि गुणता कि संक्षिप्त पृष्ठभूमि के साथ, ‘ स्मार्ट नगर कार्यक्रम ‘ के उद्देश्य और रणनीति बताइये ?

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2.Examine the main provisions of the National Child Policy and throw light on the status of its implementation. (GS 2)
भारतीय बाल नीति के प्रमुख प्रावधानो का परीक्षण कीजिए तथा इसके क्रियान्वयन की प्रस्थिति पर प्रकाश डालिए |

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3.Give an account of the current status and the targets to be achieved pertaining to renewable energy sources in the country. Discuss in brief the importance of National Programme on Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). (GS 3)
देश की नवीकरणीय ऊर्जा के स्त्रोतों के सन्दर्भ में इनकी वर्तमान स्थिति और प्राप्त किए जाने वाले लक्ष्यों का विवरण दीजिये | प्रकाश उत्सर्जक डायोड (एल॰ ई॰ डी॰ ) पर राष्ट्रीय कार्यक्रम के महत्त्व की विवेचना संक्षेप में कीजिए |

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4.To what extent globalization has influenced the core of cultural diversity in India? Explain. (GS 1)

वैश्वीकरण नें भारत में सांस्कृतिक विविधता के आंतरक (कोर) को किस सीमा तक प्रभावित किया है ? स्पष्ट कीजिए |

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The Hindu


Front Page / NATIONAL


Centre to finance digital discounts: Public sector insurers, oil-marketing firms and others not to take a hit for cashless push.

Urjit Patel to appear before House panel on Finance: Members said questions to Mr. Patel would focus on the reasons for the decision, data on just how much black money has actually been wiped out of the system, and the maintenance of status quo as far as interest rates were concerned, despite liquidity flowing into the system.

Venezuela warns about cybercrime: Venezuela, which like India has withdrawn its highest currency note from the market, has cautioned New Delhi about cybercrimes that target the digital economy.


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Why ‘cashless’ may be the new normal: The demonetisation drive is not so much about curbing black money. Consider the likely outcomes of a cashless society, and read back from them the intent behind such a move.

More than a BIT of protectionism: Termination of BITs by India will not impact existing foreign investment in India.

Free flow of wheat: The Centre’s decision to waive import duty on wheat has predictably attracted flak.


ECONOMY


Centre to review IT Act to bolster cybersecurity: The government is mulling a review of the more than 15-year-old Information Technology (IT), Act to strengthen cyber security infrastructure, following the push for digital payments post-demonetisation.

IBSA meet may see pact to boost trade: The proposal for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between India and the two separate customs unions involving Brazil and South Africa – MERCOSUR and SACU respectively – to boost trade and investment ties, is set to get a leg up with New Delhi likely to accord it priority at the forthcoming IBSA Summit.


Science and Technology


‘War against malaria far from over’WHO records 212 million new cases in 2015; India among countries worst-affected.


Indian Express


No proof required: Demonetisation dispassionately demystified: Politicians shouting shrill about demonetisation augur well for the prospects of a new demonetised India. It indicates that the initiative is working.


Live Mint


The perils of the cashless economy narrative: Digitization alone will not justify the political and economic risk attached to the currency swap.

A level playing field for debtors and creditors: The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 can make credit cheaper, its sources wider and engender corporate accountability.

Spare a thought for Big Pharma: Big Pharma, even if it is driven by avarice rather than public good, is our best punter to make the kind of bets needed to fight diseases like Alzheimer’s.


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Read the following questions and answer them by clicking on the links in not more than 200 words

Time: 40 Minutes

 

  1. 1.Enumerate the problems and prospects of inland water transport in India.

    भारत में अंतर्देशीय जन परिवहन कि समस्याओं एवं संभावनाओ को गिनाइए ? (GS 1)

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  3. 2.What was held in the Coelho case? In this context, can you say that judicial review is of key importance amongst the basic features of the Constitution?
    कोहिलो केस में क्या अभिनिर्धारित किया गया था ? इस सन्दर्भ में, क्या आप कह सकते है की न्यायिक पुनर्विलोकन संविधान के बुनियादी अभिलक्षणों में प्रमुख महत्त्व का है ? (GS 2)

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  5. 3.Use of Internet and social media by non-state actors for subversive activities is a major concern. How have these have misused in the recent past? Suggest effective guidelines to curb the above threat.
    गैर-राज्यों अभिकर्ताओं द्वारा इंटरनेट एवं सोशल मीडिया का विध्वंसकारी गतिविधियों हेतु प्रयोग सुरक्षा के लिए एक वृहद चिंता का विषय है | हाल ही में इनका दुष-प्रयोग किस प्रकार हुआ है? उपर्युक्त खतरे को नियंत्रित करने के लिए प्रभावकारी सुझाव सुझाइये | (GS 3)

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  7. 4.What do you understand by the following terms in the context of public service:
    (i) Accountability
    (ii) Perseverance.
    (iii) Empathy.
    (iv) Commitment. Justify your answer with examples. (GS 4)
  8. सार्वजनिक सेवा के संदर्भ में आप  निम्नलिखित शब्दों से क्या समझते हैं:
  9. (i) जवाबदेही
    (ii) दृढ़ता
    (iii) सहानुभूति
    (iv) प्रतिबद्धताउदाहरण के साथ अपने उत्तर का औचित्य सिद्ध करें।

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