1. France wins Indian deal: Frontpage
Relevance: It was a high profile defence deal having both economic and political ramifications. Even USA has conveyed so many times its disappointment over not getting the contract. It’s likely to cast shadow on the coming Indo-EU summit as countries like UK, Germany, Italy etc were understandably disheartened.
Look for Rafale Dasualt, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Pilatus on wiki.
Clue: If you can take out some time, reading about how these five generations of fighter jet aircrafts evolved might pay you in the exam.Also know about Sukhoi, Mig, Raptor F22, C130J, C17 Globemaster etc.
2. Sanction for prosecution: Frontpage, Prosecution: Pg12, Ninety days: Pg13
Relevance: A milestone in the ongoing drive against corruption.
Clue: Know about the legal framework for fighting corruption like Prevention of corruption act 1947, amendments done in 1964, 1988. Refer ARC II report 4: Ethics in governance.Also look for Santhanam committee, Vineet Narain judgement, CVC, NN Vohra Committe etc.
There is also a mention of Art 14. Do you know the meanings of the terms “equal protection before law”, “equality before law”, “Rule of law”,”Procedure established by the law” and “the due process of law”. Read Fundamental Rights from DD Basu or Vajiram’s notes for these details.
3. President Rajpaksa: Frontpage
Relevance: Just update yourself.
Clue: Know about the 13th amendment approach, Indo-SL accord 1987 and recent development works undertaken by the GOI in Srilanka.
4. Food Security: Pg12
Relevance: The article exposes significant drawbacks in our approach towards ensuring Food security. For a country with over 200 million undernourished citizens, food security can’t be achieved unless a very basic principle of distributive justice is ensured. It’s this big leap ‘from food security to food justice’ which we have to make to combat the twin violence of hunger and injustice. Know about the innovative programme of ‘Sangha Krishi’ being deployed in Kerala, surprisingly the God’s own country with so many undernourished.
5. On a wing: Pg12
Relevance: Aftermath of Arab crisis.
Clue: Know about the NTC, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Mhd. Jibril, Benghazi, Zawiya, Tripoli, Misrata, Sabha, UNSC Resolution 1973, Operation Harmattan, Operation Odyssey Dawn etc.
6. Arctic: Pg13
Relevance: An excellent article covering the whole issue by Shyam Saran. Already asked in this year’s mains.
Clue: Know about the Antarctic Treaty and the Arctic Council. Locate Bosphorous Strait, Sea of Murmura, Aegean Sea, Black sea, Mediterranean Sea, Sea of Azov and Northwest Passage on the map.
7. CRIS: Pg14
Relevance: A new rating index which gives the comparative ratings of the countries is good for boosting sentiments of investors.
Clue: Know about the BIG-3 credit rating agencies: Moody, S&P and Fitch. Do you know who Deven Sharma is? Also look for CRISIL and CIBIL.
8. China: Pg18
Relevance: A landmark decision by WTO. Do you know WTO contains an exclusive dispute settlement mechanism apart from trade facilitating ones under the Marrakech Agrrement(1995) signed after the Uruguay Round of talks.
Clue: I suggest you to prepare a general literature on WTO.
9. Rangarajan: Pg18
Relevance: A good read.
Clue: Know about the FRBM Act 2003, in case you don’t know it before.
10. Other potential 2 markers: AK Damodaran (Frontpage), Teejan Bai, Dr. L Subhramanium, Pt. Jasraj (Pg2), Vallarpadan (Pg6), Dharmadhikari Panel (Pg16), Route60 (Pg17), Brahmos(Pg22).
I found only these items useful in Wednesday’s paper. If you could spot some thing more which is relevant to CSE please feel free to post in comments section.