The Hindu: 4th April 2012, Wednesday

1. Free medicine: Pg8

Relevance: Many informative articles have been written in the last few days on this topic, search previous week’s blogs to get a comprehensive idea.

Also read and extract out all the directive principles that put policy obligations on the state while formulating its public health related policies like Art 38,47,42 etc.

2. Defusing the nuclear: Pg9

Clue: Be very clear over the differences between NPT, CTBT and FMCT.

NPT was signed on 1stJan 1968 which legitimizes the five countries (P5) to have nuclear weapons and made it illegal for any other nation to build military nuclear capabilities later on. The treaty has three main pillars: nonproliferation, disarmament, and the right to peacefully use nuclear technology. India, Pakistan and Israel do not come under the definition of the Nuclear State therefore they are known as ‘de-facto Nuclear states’.

CTBT was floated by the former US President Bill Clinton in 1996 after the failure of PTBT(Partial test ban treaty signed in 1963) which proposed to ban nuclear tests in all forms of environment, an extension to the previous PTBT which prohibits tests only in atmosphere allowing the underground tests freely.

FMCT was the another American attempt to check the spread of nuclear power in the world by putting restriction on the production of Fissile materials required for making nuclear bombs. In this context know about the % of U235 mixed with natural uranium U238 in the LEU and the HEU. Also read about the proposed Nuclear Fuel Bank and the recent Seoul Communique.

India has thoroughly opposed all these treaties as an attempt to infringe upon its sovereignty and called for a non discriminatory, multilateral and a time bound treaty which treats all nations equally.

Other important treaties are SALT I, ABM, SALT II, START I, START II, SORT and the recent New Start Treaty. Also there are many region specific Nuclear Weapon Free zone treaties like Treaty of Bangkok(ASEAN), Treaty of Pelindaba(Africa), Treaty of Tlateleco(Latin America), Treaty of Rarotonga(South Pacific) etc.

Do you know about the organisation named ‘New Agenda Coalition’ working towards the goal of nuclear disarmament?

3. Editors Guild: Pg11

Relevance: A serious issue which needs to be further debated and discussed at various forums. Know about the power of SC as given under the Art 141 and Art142.

This should help:

4. Wind energy: Pg14

Relevance: The total installed wind power capacity in the country is just above 16000MW which is much less than the estimated potential of 2 million MW. Know about the prospectus and challenges of wind energy in India, Muppandal wind farm in Tamil Nadu, companies like Suzlon, issues with land acquisition, carbon credit mechanism, Renewable energy certificate(REC) scheme by GOI, huge scope in TN, Rajasthan etc.

Do you know that India currently is the 5th largest wind power producer after China(63000MW), USA, Germany and Spain.

5. Other potential 2 markers and tidbits: Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla(Pg2), Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw(Pg11, who was the {only}other Field Marshal of India? ), Christian University, California massacre(Pg12), Sher e Punjab’s Indian Hockey League victory(Pg17).

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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3 Responses to The Hindu: 4th April 2012, Wednesday

  1. Krishna says:

    Very beautiful.

  2. Krishna says:

    Your summing up is exceptional.

  3. Krishna says:

    Please do carry on with the good work.

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