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The Hindu Editorial Analysis | 27th February ’21 | PDF Download

 

  • Mysuru
  • Ghana
  • Military
  • Vijay Sampla
  • 1976

Q.)  West Bengal Govt made it mandatory for passengers travelling on flights from some states to produce negative COVID-19 reports. Which state is not part of the list?

  1. Maharashtra
  2. Kerala
  3. Karnataka
  4. Andhra Pradesh

Q.) From which year, large hydropower projects (above 25 MW) start to be considered as renewable energy?

  1. 2020
  2. 2019
  3. 2018
  4. 2017

Q.) Article 190 of Indian Constitution deals with?

  1. Vacation of seats from House of Legislatures
  2. Disqulifications for membership in House of Legislatures
  3. Power of the House of Legislatures and their members and committees
  4. Allowances of members of the Legislative Assembly

Q.) The U.K. and other countries have circulated a draft resolution in UNHRC asking for accountability for war crimes in Sri Lanka’s 26 year civil war.

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Israel
  3. Syria
  4. Palestine

Q.) Tiger Woods is associated with which sports/game?

  1. Football
  2. Golf
  3. Polo
  4. Basketball

Outrage over outage

  • Technical glitch hit National Stock Exchange
  • It created a long trading halt
  • Such incident, points towards serious shortcomings on the part of the NSE in managing its technological infrastructure
  • While the market regulator has asked the exchange to carry out a detailed root-cause analysis of the halt and to explain why trade was not migrated to the disaster recovery (DR) site at the earliest
  • The investigation should be followed by stern action that will act as a deterrent to future lapses of this kind.
  • DRs, after all, exist to ensure there is no disruption in trading in such circumstances
  1. Why was the trading not migrated to the DR site immediately?
  2. How did all the telecom links become unstable at the same time?
  3. If there was no impact on the trading system, was the halt really necessary, given that risk management need not be done real-time?
  • The intended extension of trading hours was revealed only when the regular trading session was about to end
  • The exchange also needs to be pulled up for not communicating clearly to investors about restarting trading.
  • SEBI should soon frame rules for compensating investors in such events.
  • Stress test / drill

 

Blood on hands | Pioneer

  • THE WORLD CUP: garners the maximum number of viewers in any discipline of any sporting contest across the globe
  • Qatar is the proud host of the next edition of the World Cup in November 2022
  • Hardships, torture and human rights abuse, ending in death

  • Thousands of migrant workers have died in Qatar since it was unexpectedly chosen as the host for the extravaganza in December 2010.
  • More than 6,500 migrant labourers from five South Asian countries — India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died, on an average of 12 deaths each week, according to the British daily.
  • While 2,711 of those who died hailed from India, Nepali workers accounted for 1,641 deaths, followed by Bangladesh at more than 1,000 and Pakistan 824.
  • The actual toll is likely to be significantly higher given that the analysis did not include deaths from other countries known to send large numbers of workers to Qatar, such as Kenya and the Philippines.
  • It’s time for the Indian Government, as well as the United Nations Human Rights Council, to finally take cognisance of the pitiable working and dwelling conditions of migrant workers in Qatar and censure it severely.

Need to revamp

  • In 2020-21, the agriculture sector is all set to grow at a rate surpassing the records of at least the last decade’s growth when all other sectors of the economy are in dire straits.
  • The contribution of agriculture to the economy is likely to increase to 17% almost by 2 notches.
  • Notwithstanding this fact, Indian agriculture desperately needs to open up in the way the Indian economy was liberalized in 1991.
  • At present, the marketing of agriculture produce is regulated under the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) enabled by the state governments.
  • “The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020“ – deregulating the sale and purchase of agri-produce to outside the state-controlled APMC mandis
  • The farmers are demanding legal MSP
  • Apart from sugarcane, the MSP is not a legal binding – administrative arrangement
  • In 2016-17, the FCI procured 79.7 million metric tonnes of paddy and wheat from 9.6 million farmers which rose to 111.4 million metric tonnes benefitting 16 million farmers in 2019-20 at a whopping sum of Rs 2,15,000 crore.
  • Agriculture and agricultural marketing fall in the state list
  • Role of the Government of India in declaring MSP for 23 agricultural commodities
  • The production and productivity of these commodities vary from state to state and region to region, depending upon the agro-climatic conditions, inputs and technology penetration
  • On top of it, labour wage rates also vary from state to state
  • 86 per cent of farmers in India are small and marginal and therefore net consumers.
  • About two-thirds of India’s population is getting food grains at nominal rates or virtually free of cost, most of them belonging to the farming community itself.
  • As per the report by the high powered committee chaired by Shanta Kumar, about 60 per cent of MSP is incurred by FCI on activities pertaining to procurement, transportation, storage, and the distribution of food grains.
  • Farmer Producer Organizations
  • To get a better understanding of the market, a national nodal agency can be designated for forecasting the world’s crop production scenario which will help the farmers to choose a crop having export potential.
  • All 67 agricultural universities with 600 Krishi Vigyan Kendra and 100 ICAR institutes must be involved extensively in the extension of research from the lab to land so as the real stakeholders reap its benefits.
  • The PhD scholars and other students of agricultural universities ought to be involved in awareness and training of farmers about the latest technologies, state schemes and programmes, use of inputs, marketing and trade of commodities by way of using community radios and on-the-field visits and demonstrations.
  • Capturing correct and updated data on farmers and farming
  • Enhancing the productivity of cattle

NEWS

  • PM Modi to inaugurate The India Toy Fair 2021 at 11 AM today
  • Poll schedule for Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry announced
  • More than 1.37 crore healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated against Covid 19 in country
  • Government extends ban on commercial international flights till March 31
  • UP govt to screen all those returning from Maharashtra and Kerala for Corona
  • New guidelines for social media intermediaries, OTT platforms & Digital Media will bring uniformity: Prakash Javadekar
  • Saras Aajeevika Mela, bringing rural women SHGs under one platform, opens at Noida Haat
  • PM Modi to share his thoughts in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio at 11 AM tomorrow
  • Prez Kovind, PM Modi greet people on Guru Ravidas Jayanti
  • V Prez M Venkaiah Naidu pays tributes to Veer Savarkar on his death anniversary
  • Myanmar permanent representative to UN condemns military government
  • Nine soldiers killed in attack at army base in Mali
  • Armed gang abducts over 300 School girls in attack on boarding school in Nigeria
  • China celebrates traditional ‘Lantern Festival’
  • US carries out air strike targeting Iran-backed militias in Syria
  • Cricketer Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from all formats of game
  • NIP to play critical role in revitalizing economy post pandemic: FM Nirmala Sitharaman
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted that the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) will play a critical role in revitalizing economy post pandemic.
  • She said NIP is not only just central government budgetary expenditure on Infrastructure but also includes infra spending by states and private sector.
  • It was discussed  when countries across the globe have been dealing with the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, the NIP has shown substantial progress.
  • The NIP was launched with 6,835 projects; the project pipeline has now been expanded to nearly 7,600 projects.
  • Around 216 projects worth  Rs. 74,067 crore under central government infrastructure ministries have been completed till third quarter of the current Financial Year.
  • Around 678 projects worth Rs. 6 lakh crore have progressed from the lower stage to the upper stage of project formulation and implementation.

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