1. Equipping teachers: Pg10
Relevance: Know about the E-9 group and its agenda.
2. High level meetings: Pg11
Relevance: A good read, nothing much to note down.
3. NCTC will not: Pg11
Relevance: A good read.
4. India- Myanmar: Pg14
Relevance: Know in general about the various dimensions of India Myanmar relations like cooperation in Hydrocarbon sector, Kaladan multi modal project, Agricultural cooperation, companies like TATA(Magway plant),$500 million line of credit, power projects like Chimtuipui, lungleng etc.
5. Government keeps: Pg14
Relevance: A lot many times I have given reference to the Ashok Chawla Committee on natural resources.
The crux of the report was that it strongly recommended market based pricing for allocation of all natural resources. Its major recommendations for major sectors can be summarised as:
–>Open acreage licensing for oil and gas blocks, creation of National Data repository for sharing of exploration data, a separate upstream regulator etc
–>set up a platform where block owners can sell their excess coal at market price, need for an independent coal regulator etc
–>bring it to concurrent list, a model water law should be enacted,rationalise water prices etc.
–> all fresh allocations through competitive auctions, no FCFP, single unified telecom licensing, allow spectrum trading etc.
–> Classify forests according to ecological values to remove delays in giving environment clearances, land users have to pay Net Present Value of forest land, reassessment of valuation of land etc.
6. Regional cinema: Pg14
Clue: Know this year’s National Award winners and Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner( Saumitra Chatterjee). Following is the link for this year’s performers:
7. RBI to implement: Pg16
Relevance: Know specifically the changes proposed in Basel III norms.
First, the quality, consistency, and transparency of the capital base will be raised.(Tier I capital of atleast 7%)
Second, the risk coverage of the capital framework will be strengthened.
Third, the Committee will introduce a leverage ratio as a supplementary measure to the Basel II risk-based framework.
Fourth, the Committee is introducing a series of measures to promote the build up of capital buffers in good times that can be drawn upon in periods of stress (“Reducing procyclicality and promoting countercyclical buffers”).
Fifth, the Committee is introducing a global minimum liquidity standard for internationally active banks that includes a 30-day liquidity coverage ratio requirement underpinned by a longer-term structural liquidity ratio called theNet stable funding ratio.
8. Other potential 2 markers and tidbits: Leela Samson, Kalashetra, Rukmani Devi Arundale(Pg9), Jimmy Wales(Pg18), Shoorveer exercise(Pg22).
I found only these items useful in Thursday’s paper. If you could spot some thing more which is relevant to CSE please feel free to post in comments section.