9 PM Current Affairs Brief – January 18, 2018

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Blue, white, maroon and now orange

Blue, white, maroon and now orange Context The Hindu Explains: Orange Passports What is an ‘orange’ passport? Citizens who fall under the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category will soon have passports with orange jackets, instead of the dark blue that has so far been the colour of all passports under the ECR and non-ECR categories … Continue reading “Blue, white, maroon and now orange”

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Breastfeeding linked to lower diabetes risk (Deccan chronicle)

Breastfeeding linked to lower diabetes risk (Deccan chronicle) Context Women who breastfeed their babies for six months or more may be able to cut their risk of developing diabetes in the future by nearly half, according to a study Tuesday About the study The findings are from a three-decade US study of more than 1,200 white … Continue reading “Breastfeeding linked to lower diabetes risk (Deccan chronicle)”

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Left behind

Left behind Context ASER (Rural) report 2017 Author’s contention Author contends that if there is one strong message from the findings of the Annual Status of Education Report (Rural) 2017, it is that the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act should cover the entire spectrum of 18 years, and not confine itself … Continue reading “Left behind”

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Early menopause results in higher risk of heart disease: study

Early menopause results in higher risk of heart disease: study Context A recent UK study published in Heart, an international cardiology journal, has indicated that women who start their menstruation cycle at the age of 11 or earlier, or enter menopause before 47, have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke About the study The … Continue reading “Early menopause results in higher risk of heart disease: study”

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Make -II promise for arms firms

Make -II promise for arms firms Context Indian industry can suggest projects related to sub-systems for innovation and import substitution under the revised Make-II procedure in the Defence Procurement Procedure, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday Indian industry can suggest projects related to sub-systems for innovation The potential ‘Make-II’ projects will be approved by a collegiate … Continue reading “Make -II promise for arms firms”

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Terror disrupts, says Sushma

Terror disrupts, says Sushma Context Hitting out at the sponsors of international terrorism, India on Wednesday urged for greater consensus among countries for devising a global strategy. Backdrop: Raisina dialogue Theme: “Managing Disruptive Transitions: Ideas, Institutions and Idioms.” The 3rd annual Raisina Dialogue was launched on Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where he … Continue reading “Terror disrupts, says Sushma”

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Talking over a law

Talking over a law Context There should be a frank public conversation on the judiciary — an internal patch-up is not enough Lack of transparency The immediate trigger for the press conference was the apparent arbitrariness of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) in allocating benches for disposal of cases Question arises Assuming such credence, … Continue reading “Talking over a law”

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Four Supreme court judges in talks with colleagues

Four Supreme court judges in talks with colleagues Context Even as the second round of talks between Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and his four senior-most colleagues did not take place on Wednesday, “each of the four judges” — Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph — is “speaking” to … Continue reading “Four Supreme court judges in talks with colleagues”

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MPs panel debates proxy voting for migrant workers

MPs panel debates proxy voting for migrant workers Context If proxy voting is meant to make it easier for NRIs to exercise their franchise and save up on travel costs, then why the same facility shouldn’t be extended to a migrant worker within India? This and many other questions were raised at a meeting of the Parliamentary … Continue reading “MPs panel debates proxy voting for migrant workers”

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Can govt. mandate sharing of biometric data, asks SC

Can govt. mandate sharing of biometric data, asks SC Context The Supreme Court asked whether the state could compel citizens, including children, to part with their biometrics in public interest even as petitioners described the Aadhaar “project” as a “giant electronic leash,” which reduces individuals to mere numbers. Court begins hearing on 27 petitions against … Continue reading “Can govt. mandate sharing of biometric data, asks SC”

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Bonhomie with China back: Rawat

Bonhomie with China back: Rawat Context Chinese troops continue to remain in the Northern part of Doklam in reduced numbers and have built temporary infrastructure, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday. However, he said the border mechanisms were working well in resolving issues even as reports surfaced of Chinese military build-up near the Doklam … Continue reading “Bonhomie with China back: Rawat”

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India needs to focus eastword

India needs to focus eastword Context India has “realised” that its future lies in Asia, said BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, making a distinction from the “American way” of conducting foreign policy, in comments seen as a rare departure from the government’s traditionally close ties with the U.S. and Western allies. ‘American Way’ will no … Continue reading “India needs to focus eastword”

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Spike missile deal back on the table

Spike missile deal back on the table Context Israeli PM says scrapped $500 million deal is being revived. Agreement seen reflecting burgeoning defense, business ties Deal is still on India will buy Israel’s Spike anti-tank guided missiles, the Israeli media quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying, weeks after New Delhi scrapped the $500million defence … Continue reading “Spike missile deal back on the table”

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No extra year

No extra year Context By approaching the court, the Sri Lankan President looked too keen to extend his term By approaching the court, the Sri Lankan President looked too keen to extend his term The Sri Lankan Supreme Court’s ruling that President Maithripala Sirisena’s term will end when he completes five years in office comes as no … Continue reading “No extra year”

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Long game in Syria

Long game in Syria Context The U.S.’s decision to create a new Kurdish-led border force in northeastern Syria to defend the areas captured from the Islamic State (IS) could open a new phase of conflict in in the country. Swathes of territory on the Syrian-Turkish border, mostly populated by the Kurds, are now controlled by … Continue reading “Long game in Syria”

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Link rivers Gadkari urges States

Link rivers Gadkari urges States Context Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has asked officials to work on ways to “better utilise” water from non-Himalayan rivers that are emptying out into the sea Polavaram project example He cited the Polavaram project as an example of where water was being transferred from the Godavari to the … Continue reading “Link rivers Gadkari urges States”

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Bengal’s rivers in a bad shape

Bengal’s rivers in a bad shape A dip in the Ganges is, generally speaking, synonymous with the idea of purification. But that shall no longer be so in Bengal, where the river is so polluted that it is now officially unfit for bathing 17 of them have high levels of bacteria found mainly in human … Continue reading “Bengal’s rivers in a bad shape”

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Google to make AI accessible to every firm

Google to make AI accessible to every firm Context Artificial intelligence is no longer going to remain the secret sauce of giant technology companies Cloud AutoML Google unveiled ‘Cloud AutoML‘’, which is aimed at helping businesses go beyond limitations of machine-learning expertise and start building their own high-quality custom models using advanced techniques provided by … Continue reading “Google to make AI accessible to every firm”

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The price prescription

The price prescription Context Post-GST, we need a more targeted taxation and retail policy on tobacco products What India is the second largest consumer and producer of tobacco-based products — categorised as sin goods or demerit goods — and it has become imperative for policymakers to devise measures to effectively curb their use. Health comes … Continue reading “The price prescription”

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