The Hindu: 2nd March 2012, Friday

1. India, China: Frontpage

Relevance: A good read, can be asked as a five marker.

Clue: Know about the multilateral forums shared by both China and India like BRICS, BCIM, BIMSTEC, Kumning Initiative, East Asia Summit, SCO, RIC ministerial meets, WTO, ADMM etc.

2. Seeds of discontent: Pg8

Relevance: Take out the factual information like BRAI Bill, National Green Tribunals, Polluter pays principle etc.

Do you know it was the MC Mehta v/s Union of India case when for the first time concept of green benches emerged in India?

3. With all due respect: Pg10

Relevance: The problem in India is that water is a state subject. India’s water woes will continue to haunt its policy makers until a permanent mechanism to solve the inter state disputes is sorted out. Last year Ashok Chawla committee recommended that it should be moved to the concurrent list which was fiercely opposed by the MM Punchi commission seconded by the Ministry of water resources. In all, a very informative article covering the crux of the issue.

4. Torpedo, Akash: Pg13

Clue: Read about the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, Ballistic missiles, Cruise missiles, hypersonic, subsonic and supersonic missiles, Surface to surface missiles (Prithvi, Agni, Surya, Shaurya), Surface to Air(Trishul, Akash), Air to Air(Astra), Nag, Nirbhay, Pinaka, Prahar, Brahmos etc.

Also know about the important technologies used in missile development like Fire and forget, Stealth technology, BVRAAM etc.

Do you know the maximum range of the Brahmos missile was deliberately kept at 290km (10 less than 300km) to avoid any conflict with the norms of Missile Technology Control Regime(MTCR)?

5. Health to be allotted: Pg13

Relevance: The article briefly covers the important recent initiatives taken in the health sector. Read Health chapter of the India Year book for further details.

6. Cabinet nod: Pg15

Relevance: An important development with some serious politico economic implications.

Clue: Know the problems and prospectus of Fertilizer sector in India. Do you know about the Nutrient based subsidy approach introduced in 2010, what is the current N:P:K ratio, uniform freight subsidy scheme, Fertilizer monitoring system, total amount of fertilizer subsidy, urea production in India, DAP, IFFCO etc.

7. Cabinet clears: Pg15

Relevance: The govt is trying different ways to achieve its target of generating Rs 40000 crores by diluting its stakes in various PSUs. PSU share buy back is one such mechanism in which PSUs will purchase back the govt owned shares. Similarly, IPP is another innovative way introduced by SEBI where companies(especially promoters) can directly sell their equity holdings through an open sale in order to comply with the norm of minimum 10% public holdings required for a listed company.

8. Other potential 2 markers and tidbits: INTACH(Pg2), Romila thapar(Pg2), Fali S Nariman, Pulok Chatterjee( Pg13), Ayatollah Ali Khammeinei(Pg14), Mary Kom(Pg19), Olive Ridley Turtles, Gahirmatha(Pg20).

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.

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