The Hindu: 8th Feb 2012, Wednesday

1. Maldives: Frontpage, Pg10, Pg12

Relevance: A stable and democratic Maldives is what India prefers. Know a little bit about the background of democratic movement in the island especially M.Abdul Gayood, Md. Nausheed, 1988 coup attempt, Operation Cactus, Waheed Hassan Manik etc. Also know about the SAARC and Maldives, underwater cabinet meet, Diwehi language, Diyana Saeed’s resignation, Milan exercise etc.

By the way who is Navi Pillai?

2. Towards skill enhancement: Pg6

Relevance: We often read about the India’s Demographic Dividend as a potential growth driver but what is the use of huge illiterate and unskilled masses? Do you know the literacy rate of ST’s in India is 48%, SC’s 55% and ST women 35% (2001 census)? Moreover, it’s not just a matter of being literate or illiterate, the basic question is about getting vocational skills. It’s in this context National Skill Policy was launched. Read about the targets of NSP, 3 tier structure: National skill development council, National skill development board and the National skill development corporation. This link should help:

labour.nic.in/policy/NationalSkillDevelopmentPolicyMar09.pdf

3. Telenor: Pg11

Relevance: The recent SC judgement regarding the quashing of 122 2G licenses has disappointed the international investors and the stakeholders. Just know about the other side of story too. Nothing much to write though.

4. UIDAI: Pg13

Relevance: The much awaited Adhaar linked services has finally took off. A good read.

5. Krishna in China: Pg14

Relevance: Indo China relations. By the way, what do you mean by Hotline?

6. GDP growth: Pg15

Relevance: A good read. I don’t see any point in writing the data instead we must wait for the Economic Survey.

7. Iran agrees: Pg15

Relevance: An important development in Iran oil payment issue. Where is the Halkbank situated and how is it related to the issue?

8. Charles Dickens: Pg14

Clue: Know about his major works like A tale of two cities, David Copperfield, The adventure of Oliver twist etc. Important for PT this year.

9. Djokovic: Pg17

Relevance: Laureas Award is one of the most prestigious award in the sports world. Mark this year’s winners like Joko, Vivian Cheruiyot, FC Barcelona, Bobby Charlton etc. Have you ever heard of Munich Air disaster?

10. UK wants: Pg13

Relevance: Indo-UK defence relations. Know about EADS, AW101 helicopter, Hawk jet, Sentinel system, Indradhanush exercise etc.

10. Other potential 2 markers: Navinchandra Ramgoolam(pg 3),Kuldip Nayar(Pg13), Wattoowala near Derawar fort(Cholistan desert)(Pg14), Ela Bhatt, Desmond Tutu, Gro Brundtland (of Brundland commission)(pg 20).

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.

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