Must Read News Articles I 17th February 2020

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Will stand by decision on Art. 370, CAA: Modi

PM Modi has said that despite international pres­sure, the government will continue to stand by its deci­sion to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and in­troduce  the  Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

New Accord divides Bodos

The Centre had signed third Bodo accord with all factions of the National Democratic front of Boroland (NDFB) and two other organisations on Jan 27. It appears to have unsettled another set of extremists who signed the second accord in Febru­ary 2003 and went on to rule the Bodoland Territo­rial Council (BTC).

Madhya Pradesh grapples with spiralling neonatal deaths

According to National Health Mission, Madhya Pradesh has record­ed the highest percentage of newborn deaths of 11.5%against the total admissions to government­run sick new­ born care units (SNCUs) in the past three years across the country. The country’s average is 7%.

Staff crunch, low community referrals, absence of a spe­cial neonatal transport ser­vice to health centres, and the  non­availability  of enough units to cater to in­creasing institutional deliver­ies had contributed to the spike in the percentage of deaths.

India inks 14 MoUs with Russia for defence support, spares

India and Russia have signed 14 MoUs for setting up joint ventures covering a range of defence support equipments. The MoUs were signed during the 5th India Russia military industry conference held during the Defexpo 2020 in Lucknow. It will help in addressing the issue of regular spares and support for Russian military equipment with the armed forces

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Wayanad Tiger Reserve proposal fails to find favour

The Kerala Forest Department had push forward the proposal to notify Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary a Tiger Reserve. However, the State Wildlife Advisory Board has rejected the proposal, citing public resistance.

The state of Kerala has two tiger reserve – Periyar Tiger Reserve and Parambikulam Tiger Reserve.

ISRO making preparations to launch GISAT­1 in March

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is pre­paring to launch a new earth observational satellite GISAT­1 in the first week of March.

It is an earth observational satellite. It will be placed in geostationary orbit of around 36000km. It has high-resolution camera and can be used to keep a constant watch on borders.

Perverse Zeal

The article highlights the detention of Dr. Kafeel Khan under the National Security Act by the UP govt. It says that the NSA’s misuse to suppress political dissent is a blot on India’s democratic credentials

India rejects Guterres mediation offer

The government has reject­ed the latest offer by UN Se­cretary General Antonio Gu­terres to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, saying that it would only discuss the mat­ter bilaterally.

We are not growing at the rate needed to reach the $5 trillion target

Reaching a $5 trillion economy will require a GDP growth of9% and revival of private investment, which the Union Budget does not address, says former Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

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