1. Supreme Court: Frontpage
Relevance: Focus on the factual aspect of the news rather than the political. Know about the Unified Access Spectrum license, frequencies of 2G, 3G bands, MNP, Ashok Chawla committee’s recommendations on spectrum allocation, proposed Spectrum Management commission, TRAI, CAG report etc.
Clue: Prepare a general literature on the evolution of mobile telephony from 1G to 4G, EDGE, VSAT, GPRS, HSDPA, LTE etc.
2. Statistics speak: Pg10
Relevance: Do you know the net work participation rate has decreased in recent times, over 50% people are self employed, 90% workforce is in unorganised sector, 71% women and 63% men are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods? These all facts were revealed by the NSSO Survey on Indian workforce conducted last year.
Clue: Know about the steps taken by the GOI for the welfare of people working in unorganised sector like Unorgansed worker’s social security act 2008, National social security board, Rashtriya swastha bima yojana, Janashree bima yojana, Shiksha sahyog yojana, Indira Gandhi National Old age pension scheme, bilateral social agreements signed with Belgium, Switzerland etc., National Social Assistance Plan, Annapurna, National Famliy Benefit Scheme, Aam Admi bima Yojana etc. Refer India Year book and the concerned ministry websites.
3. Justice Ganguly: Pg11
Clue: Do you about the ADM Jabalpur case also known as Habeas Corpus case, Justice AN Ray (who died last year), Justice HR Khanna, Justice MU Beg, Art 358 and Art 359? Also look for the preventive detention laws that once prevailed in the country like MISA, TADA, COFEPOSA, UAPA, POTA etc.
4. Paid news: Pg11
Relevance: A good read on the issue. Can you think of ways to control this menace? Frankly I’m out of my wits. 😀
5. Football Bloodbath: Pg17
Clue: Know about the Egypt, aftermath of Arab Spring : Supreme Council of Armed forces, Mhd Hussein Tantawi, Muslim Brotherhood, Trials of Hosni Mubarak etc.
6. End of weekly: Pg18
Relevance: An important development. Do you know according to a CRISIL study, Indian households spend Rs 5.8 lakh crores extra in last 3 years due to inflation? Know about the changes in WPI introduced last fiscal, CPI(AL), CPI(IW), CPI(UNME), CPI(rural), CPI(urban) etc. Please note that it’s the Ministry of commerce and industry which gives the WPI and CPI s given by the CSO.
7. Other potential 2 markers and tidbits: Binayak Sen(Pg2), Earth hour(Pg3), Joseph Lelyveld(Pg11), Ore Oru Gramathile judgement (Pg12), Marshall Plan (12), Buxa tiger reserve(Pg15), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Pg22).
I found only these items useful in Friday’s paper. If you could spot some thing more which is relevant to CSE please feel free to post in comments section.