1. Ovr 100 Pakistani: Frontapge
Relevance: Siachen, the world’s highest militarised zone, has been a long pending issue between India and Pakistan over differences on the location of the 110 km long Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) which passes through the Soltoro Ridge and Siachen glacier. Also look for the Operation Meghdoot, Avalanches and how they differ from Earthflow, mudflow, creep,solifluction, slump and a slide.
2. Jairam seeks Pranab: Pg3
Relevance: Focus on the factual details like Integrated Watershed ManagementProgramme( initiated in 2008 encompassing programmes like Hariyali, Desert Development Programme, DPAP and the Integrated wasteland development programme), proposed Neeranchal project, conditions required for Rainfed agriculture and areas covered under it etc.
Also know the 9 fold land classification done by the GOI, this should help:
3. Rajasthan gets two: Pg5
Relevance: This small piece of news covers up the major initiatives undertaken within the DMIC and Dedicated freight corridor projects. Overall, an informative article.
4. Plan panel to: Pg7
Relevance: A good read.
5. Raising higher education: Pg7
Relevance: Poor GER (12.5) in India compared to other countries like China(22), USA(>80) will not only hamper our long term growth prospectus but is also an important indicator which reflects upon India’s continuance failure in democratizing its higher education system to reach out to the masses.
Clue: Know about the proposed Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan and the different initiatives undertaken by the GOI in the education sector like Saakshar Bharat, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan ( Education Guarantee Scheme, Alternative and Innovative Education are its 2 major components), Mid day meal scheme (1995) under the National Programme of Nutritional support to primary education NP-NSPE, Mahila Samakhya Scheme, NPEGEL, KGBV, Bharat Shiksha kosh, Prarambhik Shiksha Kosh, Jan Shiksha Sansthan, National Policy on Education 1986, Programme of Action 1992, National Curriculum Framework 2005, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan etc. Refer India Year Book for the details.
6. Pilot proves Aadhar: Pg11
Relevance: One of the many successful Adhar studies conducted these days, keep some of them on tips to fill any answer.
7. Inclusive growth is key: Pg11
Relevance: A good read, focus on the factual portion like Swabhiman, Swavalamban schemes, Aam Admi Bima Yojana, Nationalisation of Bank 1969 etc.
Clue: Know about the New Pension scheme( a defined contribution based rather than defined benefit based), its structure like Point of presence,pension fund managers, credit rating agencies etc, tier I and tier II accounts, EET method of taxation, minimum contribution of Rs 500 per month and Rs 6000 per annum, Swavalamban scheme( minimum Rs 1000 contribution and maximum Rs 12000 contribution), NPS Lite,Baypayee committee recommendations to further improve NPS etc.
8. Other potential 2 markers and tidbits: Siachen Incident(Frontapge), ITBP(Pg2, formed in 1962, functions etc), Khasi, Garo, Jantia languages, hills and tribes(Pg3), NIAM, Jaipur(Pg5), Agni V(Pg7),Gunter Grass and The Tin Drum(Pg10), Fang Lizhi and Tiananmen Square movement, 1989(Pg10), UAV Squadron(Pg14).
I found only these items useful in Sunday’s paper. If you could spot some thing more which is relevant to CSE please feel free to post in comments section.