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DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS from HINDU, HT, ET, INDIAN EXPRESS 27th July 2017 By JATIN VERMA Educator Unacademy For Daily The Hindu News & Editorial analysis- Visit my Unacademy profile- www.unacademy.com/user/studiousjatin
Editorials to be Discussed Today. I.LEAD ARTICLE :Privacy in the public domain 2. EDIT-I: 3. EDIT-2: 4.OP-ED: Questions of age Poles apart Thirty years of soul-searching- the lasting legacy of 1987.
Page-7:Policy boosts care for blood disorders. Page-7: Policy boosts care for blood disorders. . Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry's new policy to cater to People living with Thalassaemia, sickle cell anaemia and other variant haemoglobins The Ministry recently released a policy on the Prevention and Control of Supported by the National Health Mission, Blood Cell and the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, the guidelines provide for screening of pregnant women during antenatal check- up, pre-marital counselling at college level and one-time screening for variant anaemia in children. haemoglobinopathies in India. haemoglobinopathiesh Health Mission, Blood Cell anmen during antenatal check Thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia are the most frequently encountered rare blood Thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia are the most frequently encountered rare blood disorders' in the country and impose a significant economic burden on families. The policy aims at creating treatment protocol benchmarks, to improve the quality of life of patients. It is also a guide on prevention and control, which includes antenatal and prenatal testing to reduce the incidence of live haemoglobin disorder births (currently pegged at 10,000-15,000 live births a year).
. What Analysts have got to say? 'Provide all drugs' Since not more than 20% of patients can afford treatment, the government should ensure that all patients get it free. h, West Bengal, Odisha and Karnataka besides Delhi, and others should follow suit. All chelation drugs should be made available free because one drug does not suit all . The policy, however, makes no reference to carrier testing for relatives of patients. People with the genetic disorder unknowingly pass it on to their children, as preventive checks are not the norm in India. . In Pakistan, a law making carrier testing compulsory for relatives of thalassaemia patients was passed in February.A similar system is in place in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. I wish it passed in February.A similar system is in place in Dubai,Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.I wish it could be made compulsory here too," she said.
Page-1l: 'India-Israel ties can affect Al Aqsa conflict . India's friendly ties with Israel could 'interfere' with the ongoing Israel-Palestinians conflict over the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, said the envoy of Palestine. The Palestinian Ambassador termed Israel's latest security measures in Al Aqsa compound a religious war' and said Palestine expected a "positive attude" from the Indian government. s war' and said Palestine expected a "positive attitude" from the Indian government. . "India's present government is friendly to Israel. Previous governments were also close to Israel but this government is particularly so. India's friendly ties with Israel could interfere with the present situation in Jerusalem The Al Aqsa mosque is an Islamic place of worship Jerusalem is a city of three religions and we respect all religions.
Page-13 Business Page: CAC adopts Codex norms for three spices . Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) adopted three Codex standards for black, white and green pepper, cumin and thyme paving the way for an universal agreement on identifying quality pepper, cumin and thyme paving the way for an universal agreement oneifying quality spices in various countries. . The CAC cleared these standards at its session held in Geneva recently The adoption of Codex standards for the three spices will help evolve a common standardisation process for their global trade and availability. . Codex standard will bring harmony to the global spice trade and en- sure availability of high . With this,spices have made a definitive entry into the league of commodities having Codex 'Food code":The Codex Alimentarius or "Food Code" is a collection of standards, guidelines and . The Commission is the central part of the joint FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the clean and safe spices to the world. standards, and India played. codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission United Nations)/WHO (World Health Organisation) Food Standards Programme. With the adoption of Codex standards, member-nations would now have reference points and benchmarks to align their national standards for spices with Codex.
Background of Codex: What are the benefits of Codex Standards? Codex standards ensure that foodis safe and can be traded e Codex standards ensure that food is safe and can be traded d | The 188 Codex members have negotiated science based recommendations in all areas related to food safety and quality: [ilfood hygiene; [ii]maximum limits for food additives [ii]residues of pesticides and veterinary drugs; and [iv]maximum limits and codes for the prevention of chemical & microbiological contamination . Codex food safety texts are a reference in WTO trade disputes. . The significance of the food code for consumer health protection was underscored in 1985 by the United Nations Resolution. The booklet "Understanding Codex" was first published in 1999 to foster a wider understanding of the evolving food code and of the activities carried out by the Codex Alimentarius Commission
Page 14: India must free procurement': RCEP Talks Pressure is mounting on India to open up its more than $300 billion-worth public procurement market under the proposed mega Free Trade Agreement (FTA) called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) . Government procurement(GP) broadly refers to the process by which government (at the Central, State and local levels), its agencies/ departments and State- owned enterprises procure goods and/or services only for their own use, and not for sale/resale commercially e Insistence on Binding commitments: An increasing number of countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand as well as a few from the 10-member ASEANN bloc including Singapore and Malaysia, were pushing for binding commitments to mutually liberalise government procurement markets in the 16 Asia Pacific nations, including themselves and India involved in the mega-FTA talks. 16 countries agreed to constitute a Working Group on GP to take forward negotiations on the topic and include it as a separate chapter in the final agreement of RCEP. India would not give in to the demands from these countries for market access and National Treatment (equal treatment of foreign and local firms) pertaining to government procurement in the RCEP agreement, and not even undertake any commitment on a "best endeavour basis"
India's firm stand: Even in India's sep already in force), "market access and national treatment" have been kept out of the government procurement chapter.The maximum extent that India could go to, is to agree to ensure transparency and cooperation in government procurement matters (including information exchange and sharing of knowledge) as part of the RCEP agreement. Though RCEP member countries including Japan, South Korea,Australia, New Zealand and Singapore may not have a "PSU [Public Sector Unit] culture" as such, . India's firm stand: Even in India's separate FTAs with Japan, South Korea and Singapore (that are they had norms that indirectly made it difficult for foreign firms, including from India, to take part in their public procurement process 'Language barrier': Countries like China,Japan and South Korea, may outwardly have an open procurement market, but make it difficult for foreign firms to participate by phrasing requirementsin local language. . India is not a signatory to the Government Procurement Agreement within the WTO framework because it wants to retain its policy space to meet its development needs through public procurement process.
' In May 2017, the Indian government had brought out a policy providing preference in nt procurement to local goods and services suppliers. This was to push the 'Make In India' initiative, ensure greater flow of capital and technology into domestic services and manufacturing, and in turn, boost job creation locally as well as promote small enterprises. . Then in June 2017, it came up with an order restricting or excluding from public procurement tenders in India, the firms from those nations where Indian suppliers are not allowed to participate and/or compete in government procurement process. Boost for India on easy visa norms: I.A few ASEAN countries are also understood to be supporting India's proposal for an RCEP Travel Card to facilitate visa-free multiple short-term entry across the RCEP region for business and tourism purposes. 2. India, which has a vast pool of services professionals, including from IT/ ITeS, sector, had been leading the talks on easing restrictions on temporary movement of professionals.
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