30 June, 2020

  • Legitimate concern (Editorial) (Internal Security)
  • In 24 hours, Palestine faces an existential threat (Editorial) (International Relations)
  • Grain aplenty and the crisis of hunger (Editorial) (Economic and Social Development)
  • The STARS project needs an overhaul (Editorial) (Education)
  • Share public data with the public (Editorial) (Internet and Social Media)
  • India, Bhutan sign pact for first joint hydel project
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    LEGITIMATE CONCERN – EDITORIAL   

    There have been rumblings of discontentment to be reported among the Naga separatist groups. The discontentment stems from the delay in finalising the long awaited agreement that would, when signed, lead to the successful termination of the longest running insurgency facing this country. Ironically, it is the manner in which the Central Government proceeded to modify Article 370, to abrogate the separate Constitution and flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir that is central to the concerns of the Naga separatist leaders.

    • Declaring Naga Independence – August 1947
    • Naga National Council (NNC)
    • Creation of Naga State – Nagaland – 1963
    • Signing of Shillong Accord IN 1975
    • NSCN split into two factions – 1988
    • NSCN (IM), led by Swu and Muivah,
    • NSCN (K) led by Khaplang
    • Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG)
    • Framework Agreement” with the NSCN (IM) – 2015
    • Mainstreaming of Naga insurgents

     

    IN 24 HOURS, PALESTINE FACES AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT – LEAD ARTICLE

    Jews have been persecuted in Europe owing to their religion and hence a movement started in 19th century to escape persecution and establish a state solely for the Jews. The place identified for this purpose was Palestine (Ancestral homeland for Jews). This idea gained currency among Jews and they started migrating and settling in Palestine.

    • Homeland for Jews
    • Zionist Movement
    • Impact of disintegration of Ottoman Empire
    • Sykes Picot Agreement – Middle East
    • Persecution of Jews elsewhere led to their inflow in Palestine
    • Referring the matter of Jews settlement to United Nations
    • Division of Palestine into 3 parts of 2 countries
    • Arab state, a Jewish state and the City of Jerusalem
    • Plan accepted by Jews but rejected by Arabs
    • Situation post UN Resolution
    • 1948 Arab-Israel war
    • 1967 Six Day War
    • Intifada – Arabs
    • Settlements - Jews

     

    GRAIN APLENTY AND THE CRISIS OF HUNGER – ARTICLE

    The COVID-19 has led to widespread disruption of the livelihood of all the poor and vulnerable sections of Indian society. Hence, in order to mitigate the impact, it is absolutely necessary to ensure food security for the people. In this regard, this article raises a number of concerns with respect to the Government's poor response in strengthening the PDS system.

    • Concerns on Food Security
    • Inadequate response of the government
    • One Nation One Ration Card scheme
    • Burgeoning Food stocks
    • Minimum support price
    • Central issue price
    • Food Subsidy

     

    THE WORLD BANK’S STARS PROJECT NEEDS AN OVERHAUL – ARTICLE

    The World Bank has renewed its partnership with India’s school education through its STARS program. World Bank has been partnering in India’s school education since 1990s through its funding contributions in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan which ended in 2018. Now the bank’s IBRD has extended a $500 Million loan towards school education through the framework of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan. The STARS Program will be implemented in 6 states including Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha.

    • Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for StatesProgram
    • World Bank – Partner in India’s school education
    • IBRD has extended a $500 Million loan towards school education
    • Focus Areas of STARS Program
    • Concerns Highlighted

     

    SHARE PUBLIC DATA WITH THE PUBLIC – ARTICLE

    Lack of reliable data in the public domain has hampered the search for policy alternatives on every issue encountered in the last three months from revealing COVID cases and deaths, details on migrants in different cities as well as reality of fiscal package announced by the Prime Minister of India. In this regard, the article highlights the importance of Open Government Data (OGD) by revealing non-sensitive data by implementing the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) as the initiative was taken way back in 2012.

    • Open Data Charter
    • Open Data Initiative – Indian Government – NIC
    • National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP)
    • Concerns regarding Open Data Framework
    • National Data and Analytics Platform (NDAP) released by NITI Aayog
    • Way Forward
    Comments

    Solairaja 1 month ago

    Is the option 1 of question number 4 is correct? As in the pdf it is said that the food subsidy is the difference between MSP AND CIP.