The Hindu analysis – 2.October.2016

Selfie for safety: Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung launched ‘Senior Citizen Mobile App’. Like ‘Himmat’, the app for women’s safety, senior citizens too will be able to call the police at the click of an SOS button in the app. This will connect the caller to the senior citizen helpline number 1291, even as simultaneous alerts in the form of an SMS will be sent to the area SHO and beat officer. Within seconds, the police will have the location details of the senior citizen who made the Continue reading →

The Hindu analysis – 4.October.2016

Vultures in Telangana: There is an increase in number of vultures in Bejjur forest range in Telangana mainly attributed by practice of cattle slaughter. The long billed vultures are listed under the ‘critically endangered’ category by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Major reasons for decline of vultures in India: Presence of ‘Diclofenac’, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug in cattle. food scarcity as vultures do not feed on live animals and dead animals are hard to procure. Source The Hindu – Restricted sale Continue reading →

The Hindu Analysis – 1.October.2016

Swacchagraha: ‘Swachhagraha’ — an initiative for cleanliness to get the country dirt-free on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Satyagraha’ that freed us from British rule. According to PM Modi, Cleanliness is not something to be achieved by budget allocations. It is rather, something that should become a mass movement. Re-use and recycling of waste should be technology driven and there should a focus on the concept of “waste to wealth” so that revenue models could be developed around cleanliness. Source The Hindu: Endemic Flowers: Continue reading →

Limiting the age and attempts would lead to an urban bias in the civil service exams

MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Monday urged the Centre to withdraw its decision to reduce the upper age limit for civil service aspirants as it would decrease the representation of candidates with rural background in the All India Services. Read More =>

Clean Ganga Mission

This year a Clean Ganga Mission was high on the BJP’s election agenda. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is the Lok sabha member from Varanasi, based on the banks of the river, has pledged to clean the river and also set up a separate ministry headed by Uma Bharati. On a trip to the US earlier this month, he sought the help of NRIs in doing this.Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will monitor the implementation of Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission (Namami Ganga), the dream project of Continue reading →

Govt likely to repeal 987 outdated laws, bill coming in winter session

By his own admission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “happiest” showing the door to laws that are of no use. Accordingly, his government has put in motion a plan to repeal as many as 987 obsolete laws.     The law ministry will bring a new bill in the winter session of Parliament to repeal 287 obsolete laws and junk about 700 Appropriation Acts that have lost relevance. An Appropriation Act is passed by Parliament during budget session to allow the government to withdraw money from the exchequer for a Continue reading →

‘G-All’: New Modi-ism in UN Address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s penchant for coining new phrases, often described as “Modi-isms”, saw the term G-All debuting at the UN today. “While we speak of an interdependent world, have we become more united as nations? Why can’t we have a G-All grouping? Why is it that despite having a wonderful platform like the UN, we still operate in various Gs with different numbers?” PM Modi wondered in his 32-minute speech in Hindi at the UN General Assembly in New York. “The names of groupings Continue reading →

PM ‪‎Modi‬ Addresses the United Nations General Assembly – Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York in Hindi. Mr Modi is on a five-day tour of the US; he will address a gathering at the Madison Square Garden on Sunday and meet President Barack Obama for bilateral meetings. Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s address: As India’s Prime Minister, it is a great honour to address you for the first time I am aware of hopes and aspirations of people of India. I also know what Continue reading →

Nawaz Sharif raises J&K issue at UNGA, blames India for ‘another missed opportunity’

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly here and blamed India for “another missed opportunity” to address outstanding issues by cancelling the foreign secretary-level talks. Asserting that a “veil” cannot be drawn over the “core” issue of Kashmir, he said Pakistan is ready to work for resolution of this problem through negotiations. “Our support and advocacy of the right to self- determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is our historic commitment and a duty, as Continue reading →

Why border stand-offs between India and China are increasing

After a two-week standoff, India and China have agreed to pull back troops from their disputed border, but such incidents have been increasing and are unlikely to go away, says analyst Harsh V Pant. Minor incursion by troops are common on the ill-defined 4,057km (2,520 miles) border between China and India. There are differing perceptions on where the border lies and overlapping claims about the lines up to which both sides patrol. As a result, both Indian and Chinese troops routinely transgress into areas claimed Continue reading →