Editorial Simplified : 18th April

//Editorial Simplified : 18th April

Editorial Simplified : 18th April

Editorial Simplified : 18th day of April 2016

This Series of posts covers the essential Editorial from prominent newspapers. The Editorial from the newspapers are compiled by the Subject Teachers form the Academy and provided in notes format so that the aspirants does not waste their precious time in sifting through the newspapers. 

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Editorial : Fine notice on TCS raises key issues

Context :

TCS has been fined in USA on charges of stealing the intellectual property of another software company.

What is the issue :

Epic Systems, the largest software provider for health information systems in USA, has accused TCS of unauthorised downloads of proprietary data while implementing the Epic Systems solution for a customer.

TCS’s defence argument :

  • In a software product the source code is proprietary while the manual given with a product is not.
  • But the jury, who are non-technical people, may not grasp such distinctions.
  • TCS has also declared that it “did not derive any benefit from downloaded documents”.

Effect of this case on reputation of India :

  • Questions will be asked about the level of protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in India.
  • There is laxity in interpreting the law.

Some points to know :

  • TCS is India’s largest software services company

Editorial : Rains alone won’t help; India needs reforms

Context :

Optimistic forecasts of this year’s monsoon have lifted hopes of increased agricultural output and incomes. Also it will stimulate rural demand for goods and services and restrain food inflation. But there are a few concerns which need to be addressed.

Which sectors will benefit from a good monsoon :

  • Suppliers of inputs like
    • Seeds
    • Fertilizers
    • Pesticides
    • Farm equipment
  • Other sectors such as
    • Auto industry
    • Consumer goods
    • Construction
    • Services that benefit from higher disposable income in rural areas.

What else could be done to overcome farm distress :

  • Managed input supplies like seeds and fertilizers
  • Efficient marketing of output
  • Doing away with needless controls and official interventions.
    • Like capping of the sale price of Bt-cotton seeds
    • Government control over urea
    • Price caps on hybrid seeds
  • Indecisiveness on the fate of genetically modified seeds tend to deter private research on seed improvement
  • Irrigation sector is vital for drought resilience to agriculture
  • Curtailing circulation of spurious chemicals
  • Launching electronic platform for agricultural trading

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Editorial : Thanks, no thanks

Context :

After Kollam Temple Fire, various political dignitaries were on the scene to review rescue work. Two officials of Kerala, including a DGP of police, clearly stated that this hampered rescue work

Competitive Disaster Tourism :

  • Initial response and swift medical care essential for disaster response which gets impeded due to visit of politicians
  • Presence of politicians divert attentions with hospital staff attending them; security cordons around them is a mischief
  • Various lower rung organizations and individuals also come
  • Polls are due in Kerala; it might be an effort to secure few brownie points

Other Side of the Coin :

  • Presence of political stalwarts like PM, helps in focusing of national attention and help rescue works
  • How ever in era of social media, this might be a misplaced assumption

Editorial : College chale hum

Context :

NABARANGPUR, district of Odisha (poorest in India), is going to have its first Govt degree college underlining the importance of higher education and existent gaps in India

Higher Education : Achilles Heel

  • Govt more focused on primary and secondary education
  • With population employed in agriculture decreasing relatively and absolutely as well as low productivity of agriculture, higher education is going to become important

Challenges :

  • Quality over quantity; employability over collection of degree documents
  • Skill development
  • Disdain of labor or work by hand by people acquiring higher education

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Editorial : Country without a pause

Context :

Recently, The Prime Minister put up a proposal to hold elections to  Parliament, State Legislatures, Local bodies simultaneously. This editorial deals with the idea’s pros and cons.

Important points :

  • The advantages cited of simultaneous elections are – check on election expenditure, makes the Central Government free from forced populism and the repeated pause in decision making by model code of conduct.
  • But the practicality of enforcing simultaneous elections has many problems
  • One of the difficulties would be if the legislature looses confidence in the government then it would be untenable to hold off elections for too long. 
  • Fixed term would militate against the freedom of government to go back to people to refresh its mandate.

Conclusion :

The solution to excessive campaign expenditure is better found in persuading political leadership to develop self-discipline and to explain to people the need for unpopular decisions.


Editorial : Chew on this: the risks of smokeless tobacco

Context :

Recently The Government of India has taken steps to ban gutka but the business houses are using lacunaes in the ban to their advantage.

Important Points :

  • The Delhi government extended by an year the ban on all forms of chewable tobacco.
  • The Food Safety and Standards ( prohibition and restriction in sales) Regulation, 2011 stated clearly that tobacco and nicotine shall not be used as ingredients in any food product. 
  • Manufacturers have sidestepped FSS Act by selling chewing tobacco and pan masala in separate sachets. 
  • Even the Cable Television Networks Amendment Rules 2009, allows the use of logo or brand name of tobacco products for marketing non-tobacco products. 

HARMFUL EFFECTS :

  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer has stated that even areca nut is carcinogenic to humans.
  • About 50 % of smokeless tobacco users are women according to Global Adult Tobacco survey. 
  • Oral cancer deaths are on an increase

Conclusion :

  • The Central Government should extend the scope of Food Safety and Standards Act to Areca nut as well and thereby ban pan masala. 
  • According to the editor it’s time that government should come down heavily on chewing tobacco.

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