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Out of my mind: Pity the rivers (the indian express, )

The Uttarakhand High Court has declared the rivers Ganga and Yamuna to have a human persona. The Honourable Court hopes thereby that the rivers will be better treated, not polluted, and kept clean. I very much doubt it. The Ganga and Yamuna are deep parts of India’s heritage. Many people treat them not as human beings but as divine. They bathe in them, wash their clothes, float dead bodies, cremate their loved ones on the banks and consign their ashes to the waters of these rivers. No doubt industrial and household waste is also lovingly dumped into their waters. If we treat them so badly when they are divine, what hope is there that we will do any better calling them human?
But there is also a larger issue. The Honourable Court no doubt relies on the copious list of rights that humans have as citizens of India. But can anyone hold their hand on heart and say that these rights are enjoyed by the overwhelming majority of the citizens?
Forget the utopian ideals of right to live or to a…

Across the aisle: Celebrating gods, neglecting children (the indian express, )

Our idea of human resource development is minus child development, minus child health and minus child nutrition. In fact, ‘human resource development’ is the new name for ‘education’. Rajiv Gandhi’s pathbreaking and far-sighted idea of an all-embracing Ministry of Human Resource Development was abandoned soon after his death and what we have today is a euphemism for the old Ministry of Education.
We seem to have forgotten that education is for the child. Education will unleash the full potential of the child only if the child is well-fed and healthy. True, we have taken a number of initiatives to educate children, but what is the state of the children we wish to educate and who we hope will bloom into fine adult citizens?
The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2015-16 is the fourth in the NFHS series. It provides the most comprehensive information (and data) on population, health and nutrition for the country and for each state. It is a report that is uplifting on some aspects and …

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 19 January 2017

Q.1- Which of the following ports are matched correctly with their country?

1. Chabahar : Iran
2. Hambantota : Sri Lanka
3. Gwadar : Bangladesh
A. 1,3
B. 1,2
C. 2,3
D. All

Q.2- Which of the following is/are correct regarding msme?

1. Micro enterprise is an enterprise whose investment in plant and machinery is upto 10 lakes
2. Medium enterprise is an enterprise whose investment in plant and machinery is in between 5 crores and 10 crores
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None

Q.3- Which of the following is correct regarding Regional connectivity scheme?

1. Airport Authority of India will be the implementing Agency for the Scheme.
2. The Central Government will support the RCS Scheme by levying an excise duty of only 2% on Aviation Turbine Fuel purchased.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None
Answer 1-B,2-B,3-C

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 20 January 2017

Q.1- Which of the following is/are correct regarding Debt recovery tribunal?

1. They are setup under Recovery of Debt Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993.
2. There are 12 Debt recovery tribunals across country.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None

Q.2- Consider the following statements and mark the correct option

1. Transparency International is organisation related to openness of the economy
2. India got 76th position in Transparency International ranking
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None

Q.3- Which of the following is/are correct regarding Competition Commission of India?

1. It has a chairperson and 4 members
2. The Commission is required to give opinion on competition issues on a reference received from a statutory authority
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None.
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1-A,2-B,3-B
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