The Hindu: 22 March 2012, Thursday

1. Celebrating 60 years: Pg2

Relevance: Prepare your general literature on India Japan relations like bilateral trade,CEPA , Malabar exercises, 2+2 dialogue, cooperation in East Asia Summit, G4, South china sea disputes, India’s help during Fukushima incident, Delhi Mumbai industrial corridor and funding by JICA, Nalanda project, proposed Buddhist circuit, companies like Toyota, Sony, Honda, impact of movies of Akira Kurosawa, proposed Civil nuclear deal etc.

2. A different poverty: Pg10

Relevance: A good read.

3. How to ignore: Pg10

Relevance: The London Conference on Somalia must be appreciated for taking a holistic picture of Somalian problem which is the genesis of piracy in the Indian ocean.

Note the factual information like London Communique, Transitional Federal Govt, Al shabab etc.

4. Other potential 2 markers and tidbits: Saumitra Chatterjee(Pg7), Biometric ration cards(Pg8), Global hunger Index(Pg11), Abel prize(Pg13), IGCAR and the ninth mission under NAPCC(Pg17), Palk strait(Pg22, where is Bass strait?), Some important bird species in India(Pg22).

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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3 Responses to The Hindu: 22 March 2012, Thursday

  1. Anonymous says:

    Whats ur take on Sainath’s article?? Would be nice to take note of other side of “record” data..

  2. Uday says:

    It is indeed a cause of concern for country like india that despite record breaking production of grains every successive years the per capita availability (PCA) is decreasing that can only be attributed to RELATIVE fall in production compared to population (as the data shows) which P. Sainath does not agree (read “the population claim does not fly”). Secondly, i do not think there could be any other reason for decrease in PCA given two facts.
    Aman ji, what is your opinion?

  3. amaniitg says:

    it’s a bitter truth that our agricultural productivity is no where near the western countries or even for that matter near the south east asian countries like south korea, singapore n even china…p sainath has only given his facts to substantiate it….but i m more concerned with the solutions…
    .if you look into the past public investment in agriculture declined monotonously from 1980s till 2005s when govt came up with programmes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and other incentives under XIth FYP….but still a lot has to be done….in this context allowing FDI in retail will open up new avenues which should be taken up seriously….current FCI capacity is abt 41 million tonnes n it’s procuring much above this…d consequence is sheer wastage…which in turn adversely effect PDS system….
    then there is the issue of water management….even labor shortage created by MNREGS is a big problem for farmers today…
    in such a scenario i think Technology(GM, BT crops, sprinkler irrigation, precision farming) along with the appropriate incentive mechanisms ( fair pricing mechanisms, attracting both public and private investments, labor reforms etc) hold the key
    .

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