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UPSC CSE Key – January 12, 2022: What you need to read today

FRONT PAGE

Vodafone opts for equity-linked rescue, Govt will own 35.8%

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main Examination: General Studies III: Changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What is Adjusted gross revenue (AGR)?

• The Telecom Reforms Package by Union Government-What is it and Why Government came up with this Package?

• The Government of India will own a 36 percent stake in Vodafone Idea as a rescue Plan- Why GOI has Stepped In? (Hint: One of the key Feature of Telecom Reforms Package)

• Why did the Vodafone and other telcos financial condition deteriorated?

• Supreme Court of India on Adjusted Gross Revenue

• What do you Understand by the term “interest on deferred spectrum auction payments” and “adjusted gross revenues (AGR) to equity”?

• Telecom Sector in India-Background, Issues, and Challenges

• Department of Telecommunications (DoT)-Role, Functions and Powers, Independent or Under any Ministry?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Network Issue

📍 Explained: Why SC hard line on AGR could lead to a windfall for govt, but bigger phone bills for you

📍 Explained: What is AGR? How will it impact Airtel, Vodafone Idea?

📍 Explained: Unpacking the telecom reforms package

THE CITY

High Court deliberates whether IPC Section 375 should cover non-consensual sex with wife

Syllabus:

Main Examination: General Studies I: Salient features of Indian Society, Social empowerment, Role of women and women’s organization

Key Points to Ponder:

• Delhi High Court Observations on Marital Rape

• Criminalisation And Non-Criminalisation Of Marital Rape-For and Against

• IPC Section 375 of Indian Penal Code and Exception 2 to Section 375 of Indian Penal Code

• Status of Marital Rape in India-Latest Data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)

• “Doctrine of Coverture”, Article 14 and Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and Exception 2 to Section 375 of
Indian Penal Code

• Justice Verma Committee Report and Pam Rajput committee’s report ‘Status of Women in India’ on Marital Rape

• United Nations Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Violence against Women in India

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Marital rape-a non-criminalized crime in India

📍 High-level panel slams legislature for failing to criminalise marital rape

📍 The impunity of marital rape

GOVT & POLITICS

House can’t suspend member for more than 59 days, says SC

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance

Main Examination: General Studies II: Parliament and State legislatures

Key Points to Ponder:

• Disqualifications of Member of The Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council of a State

• Article 190(4) of the Constitution

• “Absolute power does not mean unbridled”-What do you Understand By this Quote?

EXPRESS NETWORK

Sea-to-sea variant of BrahMos supersonic missile test-fired

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main Examination: General Studies III: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

Key Points to Ponder:

• Sea to Sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile-Key Features

• BrahMos Missiles and How Many Versions Are There of Brahmos?

• Know the terms and Difference between Them-Infra Sonic, Subsonic, Super Sonic, Ultra Sonic etc.

• What are Cruise Missiles?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Explained: The BrahMos missile, and significance of the ongoing series of tests by Armed forces

EXPLAINED

How scientists are using grime-eating bacteria to restore classical art

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Key Points to Ponder:

• Desulfovibrio vulgaris or D Vulgaris and the role of micro-organisms in protecting the artistic heritage of humanity

• Bio-restoration for monuments in India-Issues and Challenges

• Other methods for restoration of Heritages and Monuments

THE EDITORIAL PAGE

The Third Party

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main Examination: General Studies II: India and its neighborhood- relations

Key Points to Ponder:

• Indian Ocean Rim Association-About and Member Countries

• What is Indian Ocean Navies Symposium?

• Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)- Purpose

• China-Sri Lanka and India-Change in Geopolitics

• India and China-Growing Border Disputes

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Explained: Why Sri Lanka pushed India out of Colombo terminal project, what’s being offered as compensation

📍 Explained: The Colombo port setback for India

THE IDEAS PAGE

Out of work

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social Development

Main Examination: General Studies III: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

Key Points to Ponder:

• India’s unemployment rate in Urban and Rural Areas-Present Status

• Why unemployment is more in the urban areas as compared to the rural areas?

• What is Labour Force Participation (LPR)?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Explain Speaking: High unemployment, a common factor in poll-bound states

THE WORLD

In a first, US surgeons transplant pig heart into 57-year-old patient

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main Examination: General Studies III: Bio-technology

Key Points to Ponder:

• Animal-to-human organ transplants – a solution or a new problem?

• Animal-to-human organ transplants-Why a watershed Moment?

• Animal-to-human organ transplants -Solution to organ shortage crisis

• Know the Term-Xenotransplantation

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Human patient receives pig heart in first-of-its-kind transplant

📍 Animal-to-human organ transplants – a solution or a new problem?

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