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14th February 2017: Editorial Analysis of The Hindu and other Newspapers
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Today's lesson covers the Editorials from The Hindu, Indian Express and Livemint. The topics discussed are - North korea missile test, undertrials, and defense budget.

Deepanshu Singh is teaching live on Unacademy Plus

Deepanshu Singh
Faculty- Indian Polity and Current Affairs| UPSC CSE Reserve list 2015| Consultant-G.O.I. Loves Geography Teaching since 2015

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I dont think India should increase defence spending, India has many more serious problems to tackle than spending huge amounts on defence. Already India is worlds largest defence equipment importer, on the other hand spending on health and education is negligible in comparison. Yes India has tensed environment due to nuclear powered neighbours and this might threaten the lives of our countrymen in future. But what about tuberculosis, leprosy, cancer, malnutrition due to which millions of Indians are losing lives on daily basis. I believe when 1.25 billion Indians are healthy and educated then no foreign country would dare to indulge in war with us, we can do away with zero defence budget :P
Malahat Jahan
3 years ago
indeed. one aspect is this too and a good one.
I find a striking similarity between your articles in Unacademy and the oped-snap articles from Civilsdaily :P
North Korea , China , Pakistan dangerous triangle , may open gate for 3rd world war
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  1. EDITORIAL ANALYSIS OF NEWSPAPERS IN LESSTHAN 10 MINUTES Presented B 14th February,2017 chrome


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  3. QUESTION FOR ANSWER WRITING PRACTICE .What are the challenges in achieving our renewable energy targets and suggest suitable measures in overcoming them. Critically analyse. [Course] February 2017- Editorial Analysis of The Hindu and Other Major Newspapers / Test preparation UPSCIAS general-awareness The Hindu and Other Major w..ompleted deepanshu.n.singh Pinned Topics unacademy.com Unsceleny 201 Newspapers. The course will bring you in-depth analysis of Important editor norm leadng newspapers like The Hindu Indian Express Livemint etc which are relevant for Government examinations. These will help you in your Mains as wels as prelims preparation PReply


  4. EDITORIALS COVERED IN TODAY'S LESSON THE HINDU o NORTH KOREA LOBS A MISSILE CHALLENGE INDIAN EXPRESS o BE THE SOLUTION o NOT ON A WAR FOOTING


  5. INTERESTING ARTICLES THE HINDU FINANCE AND FACADE


  6. Onsong TH: NORTH KOREA LOBS A MISSILE CHALLENGE GS-2 Hoeryong The launch of a medium-range ballistic missile by North Korea on Sunday CHINA provocation by its leader KimJ Manpo Hyesan o Continued Provocation-Last year, the Kim regime tested at least a dozen Kangye Kiju missiles and even vowed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the U.S. NORTH KOREA Sinuiju Hyangsan o The UN Security Council has already imposed a host of sanctions on the East Se (Sea of Japan) PYONGYANG san Gulf of country. But neither sanctions nor warnings issued by other powers have had any West konea impact on North Korea's bellicose behaviour. Kumgang. Haeju Kaeso SOUTH KOREA o A particular method 'Madness a hidden pattern behind the aggressive posturing and frequent violation of international law. The latest missile test, the first after Donald Trump became the U.S. President, comes at a time when he was hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This is not the first time North Korea is challenging a new U.S. President with a weapons test. In 2009, Pyongyang conducted an underground nuclear blast. Mr. Obama saw it as a provocation and responded with the tightening of international sanctions on the country China North Korea : Pyongyang 38th Parallel Seoul , Mr. Trump is now facing his Obama moment. North Korea was not one of South Korea his top priority areas.


  7. o But it has now stormed into the President's first set of foreign policy North Korea's ballistic missil s challenges. His immediate reaction was marked by measured restraint, in sharp contrast to his response to the recent missile test by Iran, which has been "put on notice" by his administration o Why stakes are high? yongyang C okyo os Angeles N. Korean is a nuclear power and a close ally of China. o he doesn't have many options to address the Pyongyang challenge. Hawai Sanctions are already in place. The regime is already isolated. War is out of the question as North Korea could directly target America's allies in East Asia o The recent test of a solid fuel engine based missile raises the concerns as Length (Estimated range (km) oration-rm as g-6- 500 it takes far less time to refuel than conventional liquid fuel-powered 4,000 missiles, and they give the missiles greater power and range. 40 o Further sanctions won't work One less explored and apparently feasible o Further sanctions won't work- One less explored and apparently feasible CHINA Missile landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone idea is to get China, which still has some leverage over Pyongyang, on board and engage the Kim regime diplomatically, without removing the sanctions. The first lesson in international diplomacy is to deal with nation states as rational Sea of Japan NORTH KOREA actors. JAPAN Missile launch ste 200 miles


  8. IE: BE THE SOLUTION (GS-2) Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's missive to all high court chief justices to review" cases of undertrials who A plethora of data highlights the seriousness of the problem have been incarcerated for long and to take suo motu action for their release" Statistics: National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows that of the over 2.82 lakh people in jail in 2015, about 67% were undertrals More than 65% of the undertrials spend three months to five years in jail before getting bail Past records: Calls to rectify matters have been made before The issue of undertrials found mention during the imbroglio over the appointment of judges last year But very often the plight of those languishing in jails entered the argument only to make a case for the urgency of the appointment of judges The delay: 1. An overburdened judiciary is a major reason for the delay in justice 2. The understaffed judiciary compounds the problem 3. Section 167 of the Code of Criminal Procedures mandates that judges can extend a detainee's custody for a period of 15 days at a time


  9. 3. For that to happen, the detainees have to be produced regularly before the courts 4. This rarely happens; proceedings don't take place in time and the undertrials are shuttled from court to court 5. While issuing his directive to the judges, the law minister asked all the stakeholders - the government and judiciary - to take collective responsibility" to ensure that that the "institutional mechanism" works "seamlessly to ensure access to justice for the undertrials 6. Other shortcomings in the criminal justice system too require urgent redressal 7. Police and prison officials, for example, often fail to fulfill their roles, leading to long delays in trials o Equality in court corridors: 1. Most of the undertrials come from disadvantaged social groups- several surveys have shown that 50-55% of the undert aus are from minority communities and Dalits NCRB data shows that 70% of them are illiterate Lack of resources constricts their ability to seek out lawyers and hostile police and prison authorities are rarely of help Despite a 1980 Supreme Court ruling that Article 21 of the Constitution entitles prisoners to a fair and speedy trial as part of 2. their fundamental right to life and liberty


  10. IE: NOT ON A WAR FOOTING Gs-2 Having made no reference to the defence budget in his budget speech last year, much to the chagrin of many, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made an almost passing reference to it when he presented the 2017 Union budget on February 1 Many defence analysts, and even the standing committee on defence, have been rooting for defence outlays to be pegged at 3% of GDP o Underpinnings of the issue: 1. It would adversely affect modernisation of the armed forces 2. Unfortunately, repeated underutilisation of the capital budget weakens the case for higher allocations for new acquisitions 3. Underutilisation of the capital budget is because of the finance ministry's machinations, which wouldn't let big contracts be approved, so it could withdraw huge sums from the MoD to meet the fiscal target 4. Underutilisation of the capital budget is likely to be close to Rs 7,000 crore; for the last year, it was double 5. There is no doubt the allocated amount would be insufficient if all contracts in the pipeline get signed during the next fiscal 6. But apparent inadequate allocation for maintenance of equipment currently in use is an important concern 7. There is an immediate requirement for funds for this purpose 8. Similar is the case with war wastage reserves, including ammunition stock