The Hindu: 24th April 2012,Tuesday

1. There is no other: Pg8

Relevance: Know about the major philosophical schools in Hinduism like Samkhya, Nyaya, Vaishesika, Yoga, Mimamsa and Vedanta. Other keywords to search are Advaita by Shankaracharya, Vedas- Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, Atharveda, Vedantas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, Puranas, Smritis like Manusmriti, Patanjali(Yoga), Gautam(Nyaya), Jaimini(Mimamsa), Charvaka, Madhavacharya, Ramanujcharya(Vishishadvaita), Vallabhacharya etc.

These things are important nowadays which can even be asked in prelims. Please refer Spectrum culture book for more details and for getting a comprehensive idea.

2. TB or not TB: Pg10

Relevance: Know about the DOTS, Revised National TB control Programme, isoniazid and rifampicin drugs, Multi drug resistant TB(MDRTB) etc.

3. A tale of two: Pg10

Relevance: Focus on the facts mentioned in the article like various organisations: G20, G7, APEC, IBSA, BRICS, Summit of the Americas etc

4. Warts and all: Pg11

Relevance: Coercive methods of repayment adopted by micro finance institutions especially by SKS in AP hit the headlines last year. Know the issue.

The controversy also generated the debate on regulating the micro finance sector in India. Govt. came up with the Microfinance Sector Regulation Bill which proposed to set up a microfinance development council and made RBI as the sole regulator of the sector. The bill also took note of the YH Malegam committee report which gave some important recommendations like creating a new category of NBFC MFI, putting cap of 24% intereset rate, regulating capital adequacy ratio of MFI’s and other guidelines to safeguard customer interests. Search on net for all these things.

Do you know who is Vikram Akula?

5. Other potential 2 markers and tidbits: Lt Gen Bikram Singh(Frontpage), Director Appachan(Pg7), Binayak Sen(Pg7), Jangalmahal(Pg7), PSLVC19/RISAT1(Pg19), Isla Malvinas issue(Pg10), Base rate system of RBI(Pg14), Cyrus Mistry(Pg14), Coach Gopi Chanda, Parimarjan Negi(Pg17).

I found only these items to be useful in Tuesday’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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