Must Read News Articles – June 21, 2018

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Mains Test Series


GS 2

U.S. quits UN human rights body

The UNHRC has been among the targets of President Donald Trump’s politics against global organisations and treaties. Under his presidency, the U.S. has withdrawn from the U.N. climate treaty and the UNESCO.

Trauma at the border

As part of its “zero-tolerance” approach to dealing with undocumented migrants, the Donald Trump administration in the U.S. has been separating parents and children within migrating families, leading to outrage over the burgeoning number of minors lodged in foster care.

Right on Kashmir’s rights?

India has said that the report violates its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” as it has used terms such as “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” and “Gilgit Baltistan” to describe the part of the State under Pakistani control.

Kim, Xi agree on resolution of key issues

North Korean leader promises cooperation on securing ‘true peace’ in the region

Sanctions act passes, sans any waiver provision

The U.S. Senate has ignored the Donald Trump administration’s request for inclusion of waiver provisions in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

Oli’s China visit to focus on connectivity

Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s visit to China, which began on Tuesday, will focus on advancing cross-border connectivity, including through a railway corridor to Kathmandu, which could be extended to India in the future.


GS 3

‘Pattiseema scheme will help revive Krishna delta’

The Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme will help revive the Krishna delta to its past glory and infuse life back into the Krishna that has dried up completely

Shillong bags Smart City tag

As the Smart Cities Mission enters its fourth year, the Centre has finally announced the 100th and the last city which will be part of the project: Shillong.

India’s first river interlinking project caught in U.P.-M.P. tussle

Disagreements over water-sharing and difficulty in acquiring non-forest land impede the Rs18,000-crore Ken Betwa river interlink project.

Transmission troubles

Customers of Indian banks continue to foot the bill for banking system inefficiencies

Neither new nor undesirable

The lateral entry decision is based on the assumption that since our civil servants, especially those of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), are generalists and hence ill-suited to deal with policy implications of new technologies and new modes of thinking, the country is in dire need of domain experts.

The seeds of sustainability

In early June, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced that the State would fully embrace Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), a chemical-free method that would cover all farmers by 2024.

Beating plastic pollution

The focus must be on waste management and recycling

Defining death

India needs clear standard operating procedures as well as a legal definition of death

How high altitude shapes human body

Living the high life — growing up, in other words, at extreme altitude — forces a developing human body to conserve energy, and that can translated into shorter arms, according to a study published on Wednesday.

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