The Hindu: 1st march 2012, Thursday

1. Pakistan to switch: Frontpage

Relevance: Indo-Pak trade relations.

Track the important decisions made during the commerce minister’s historic visit  including the proposal for a new liberal visa regime, Pak’s in principle agreement for providing the MFN status to India, opening of new gate and an integrated check post at Wagah, new trading posts in Rajasthan etc.

2. North Korea: Frontpage

Relevance: An important development for the world peace. Know about the North Korean nuclear programme, Six party talks, Kim Jong II, Kim Jong Un, 38th parallel, Yeonpyeong incident, China North Korea relations etc.

3. Privacy right: Pg4

Relevance: A good read on the issue. Do you know about the HIV Sentinel Surveillance project, NACP III, NACP IV, Anti retro viral therapies like HAART, oral substitution therapies, stem cells therapies , MDG 6, UNAIDS, ELISA test, most effected regions and population groups etc?

Go through the NACO’s website for further details:

By the who is Francoise Barré-Sinoussi?

4. Syrians pay the price: Pg8

Relevance: A good read though nothing much to write.

5. Chasing a mirage: Pg8

Relevance:Know about the concept, benefits and drawbacks of such initiatives, interlinking of rivers v/s micro water management like check dams, Ralegaonsiddhi project etc, National Water development agency, Financial cost, Rehabilitation cost and the Environment cost of the projects etc.

Also know about some of the important link projects like Ken Betwa link, Par Tapi Narmada PTN link, Damanganga- Pinjal link, Godavari Krishna link, Ghaghar- Gandak link etc. Read Ch 27: water Resources IYB for more details.

6. Historical, political: Pg11

Clue: Take a moment out and read a bit about the Naga insurgency, 1918 Naga club, NNC, sub tribes like Angami, Ao, Sumi etc, people like Phizo, Isak Swu, Th Muivah and Khaplang, Shillong Accords, NH 39 blockage, separate statehood given in 1963 etc.

Though one can easily skip reading the article.

7. Double speak on diversity: Pg12

Relevance: Even though the article as a whole doesn’t makes much sense but it does contains some important factual information. Know about the scheduled COP11 of CBD 1992 in Hyderabad (Please note it’s different from the COP 17 of UNFCCC held recently in Durban), COP10 and Aichi Targets, Nagoya Protocol and ABS mechanism signed between the members, GMOs and Cartegena Protocol, Biodiversity Act 2002 and the mandate of National Biodiversity Authority, ICAR’s National Gene Bank, pros and cons of Bt products etc.

Also look for the famous Indian Environmentalists like Vandana Shiva, Sundarlal Bahuguna, Sunita Narayan, Baba Amte, Rajendra Singh etc.

8. Other potential 2 markers and tidbits: Vinod Rai (Pg7), BEE under Ministry of Power(Pg12), Problems in Xinjiang(Pg13), Mr JS Sharma(Pg14), RV Kanoria(Pg14), e- auction route of coal ministry (Pg14), NMIZ, ECB(Pg14 how it is different from FCCB), ICRISAT and CAZRI(Pg15), Vigyan Prasar’s Science@mobile(Pg16), Ashwini A, Sini Jose, Priyanka Pawar, T Mary Thomas(Pg18).

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.

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