1. Nepal army takes charge: Frontpage
Relevance: An important development towards restoring peace and constitutionalism in Nepal.
Know about the constitutional deadlock in Nepal, the basic issues involved like integration of maoist combatants in army, proposed rehabilitation package, five point deal signed in 2011, historic Seven party alliance signed in 2005, question on federal structure, people like Prachanda, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai, Jhalanath Kanal, GP Koirala etc. Also know about the major political parties like CPN(M), CPN(UML), NC, Madhesis etc.and the role India can play in ensuring peace and stability in the Himalayan nation.
2. 14 Innovation universities: Pg5
Clue: Know about the concept of ‘inclusive innovation’, innovation universities, National and State Innovation Councils, India Inclusive Innovation fund, Decade of Innovation, Global Innovation Index, 5 pillars of innovation given by INSEAD, National Knowledge Network, INSPIRE programme of Dept of S&T, Innovation Intensity(i.e. the percentage of revenue derived from products/services which are less than 3 years old) etc.
3. Crime and punishment: Pg7
Relevance: According to the 2001 census there are about 12.6 million child labors in India out of which 12 lakh works in the ‘hazardous’ occupations. This an important fact.
Also read about the Child labor act 1986, National policy on child labor 1987, Gurupadswamy committee recommendations, Art 24, National Child labor project, INDUS programme, IPEC programme of ILO, proposal to establish District Child labor Rehabilitation cum welfare scheme, Integrated Child protection scheme, UN Convention of rights of child 1989, Beijing rules on Juvenile Justice etc. Refer India Year Book for the details.
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4. When the tide couldn’t: Pg9
Clue: Look for RMS Titanic, its route from Southampton to Newyork, white star line, Olympic class ocean liners, MS Balmoral, Disaster Tourism etc.
5. RIC to debate: Pg10
Relevance: RIC ministers meet is an emerging platform for holding key discussions on wide ranging issues varying from trade to the global political developments. Try to relate it with yesterday’s article(http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3297589.ece) on the prospectus of BRICS as a counter to the West.
The future role of RIC is also comprehensively examined in the below article.
6. Press council: Pg11
Relevance: ‘Role of media and the extent of regulation is the theme of the ongoing debate. Read as much literature as possible on this issue which can be asked in mains, both in GS and optionals like Pub Ad.
Clue: Know about the constitutional status of media, interpretation of Art 21 in Maneka Gandhi, AK Gopalan case, Ar 191(a) v/s Art21 debate, role of Press Council of India etc.
In the above article there is a mention of ‘Vishaka Guidenlines’, do you know about this important case of Vishaka v/s State of Rajasthan in the context of sexual harassment of women at work places?
Also, do you know about the Justice A N Ray and the infamous ADM Jabalpur v/s Shivkant Shukla case (Habeas Corpus case)?
7. Mali interim: Pg12
Relevance: Keep updating yourself on the Mali crisis.
8. Sibal launches: Pg14
Clue: Clue: Prepare a general literature on the evolution of mobile telephony from 1G to 4G, EDGE, VSAT, GPRS, HSDPA, LTE etc.
9. Other potential 2 markers and tidbits: Operation Greenhunt(Pg3), Sahel region in Africa(Pg9), Diancounda Trioare(Pg12),Differences between Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram, Janani Suraksha Yojana and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana(Pg18), Nag missile(Pg18).
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.