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The Hindu Epaper Analysis 11 February 2024 for UPSC
Pak. Army chief pitches for coalition government: Page 1
- Pakistan Army chief, Gen. Asim Munir, calls for a unified government comprising all democratic forces.
- Supports Nawaz Sharif’s appeal for rival parties to form a coalition government in light of a potentially hung Parliament after general elections.
- Independents backed by Imran Khan’s PTI win the majority with 102 seats in the National Assembly.
- PTI claims victory in the elections despite a significant number of seats won by other parties.
- Other major parties’ performance: PML-N – 73 seats, PPP – 54 seats, MQM – 17 seats, smaller parties – 11 seats.
- To form a government, a party needs to secure 133 seats out of 265 in the National Assembly.
- Gen. Munir emphasizes the importance of political maturity and unity among all parties.
- Imran Khan expresses gratitude to voters for supporting PTI and urges them to protect the integrity of their votes.
- PTI warns of severe consequences if attempts are made to disrupt the election results.
He wore his craft with grace and humility: Page 4
- Achuthan Ramachandran Nair, aged 89, passed away in New Delhi, leaving behind his artist wife Chameli Ramachandran.
- Known for translating nature’s poetry into a distinct realism rooted in Indian ethos.
- Padma Bhushan awardee and master painter, sculptor, pedagogue, and art historian.
- Influenced by conversations with progressive writers in Kerala and mentors in Santiniketan, including Ram Kinkar Baij, Nandalal Bose, and Benode Behari Mukherjee.
- Refused to conform to European traditions; his art was mythically bound and metaphorically timeless.
- Explored themes like lotus ponds, female figures, and rural life, drawing inspiration from his travels.
- His encounter with anti-Sikh violence impacted his art, leading to a shift towards more lyrical expression.
- Despite criticism, his art, including the celebrated “Kali Puja” (1972), gained recognition for its depth and satire.
- Revered as a guru at Jamia Millia Islamia, where he taught Fine Arts, drawing was an essential part of his daily routine.
- Known for his sense of humor, he incorporated self-portraits in his works, often depicted humorously as insects, birds, or even a bat, reflecting his timeless identity.
Church embraces climate fight, calls for green Lent: Page 6
- Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church advocates for a ‘carbon fast’ during Lent to address environmental concerns.
- The initiative promotes practical energy-saving measures and raising awareness about individual actions’ impact on the environment.
- Each of the seven weeks of Lent is dedicated to a specific theme, including power conservation, reduced food consumption, and fasting from plastics.
- The final week emphasizes reducing social media usage and promoting direct interpersonal communication.
- Weekly calendar includes Bible studies aligned with the themes.
- The Church has a history of environmental conservation efforts, including strict ecological protocols at the annual Maramon Convention and the introduction of a green protocol for institutions and member families.
- Church leaders like Philipose Mar Chrysostom and Theodosius Mar Thoma have championed environmental causes.
‘Heritage spaces in Lucknow not being maintained properly’: Page 9
- Heritage enthusiasts in Uttar Pradesh express concern over the poor maintenance of monuments in Lucknow.
- The Allahabad High Court directs authorities to remove encroachments from protected sites.
- The committee formed in 2013 to address encroachments has met only 13 times over the past decade.
- Around 60 protected monuments in Lucknow are of national importance, dating back to the Nawab era.
- Encroachments exist in monuments such as Chattar Manzil, Rumi Darwaza, Bada Imambara, and Chota Imambara.
- ASI issues notices to encroachers and requests legal action from local administration; over 1,100 notices issued in Lucknow.
- Despite efforts, some iconic monuments like Bada Imambara still have people living within the complex.
- Recent assessment of Kazmain buildings reveals structural issues and dampness.
- Bibyapur’s kothi, built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, is in disarray.
- Lucknow’s heritage zones, governed by local development authorities, include Husainabad Zone, Kaisarbagh Zone, and Lamartiniere Zone.
- Heritage enthusiasts advocate for the implementation of heritage by-laws to better preserve monuments.
Navy chief inaugurates new defence systems: Page 9
- Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. Hari Kumar inaugurates Precision Approach Radar (PAR) at INS Utkrosh in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- PAR provides highly accurate horizontal and vertical guidance for safe aircraft landing in low visibility conditions.
- Admiral Kumar also inaugurates Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) at Naval Jetty, Port Blair.
- IUHDSS enhances security by detecting, identifying, and tracking surface and underwater targets near naval jetty.
- Admiral Kumar, accompanied by Kala Hari Kumar, visits Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC), the country’s sole operational tri-service command.
- During the visit, Admiral Kumar lays foundation stone for sailors’ accommodation at Vijay Baugh.
- Admiral Kumar interacts with personnel posted across various units in the Command.
CSIR NAL flies test-drone that can double up as ‘pseudo satellite’: Page 9
- CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) successfully tests an unmanned aerial vehicle called High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) in Challakere, Karnataka.
- HAPS are expected to operate in the stratosphere, above commercial planes, powered by solar cells and batteries for extended hovering.
- Potential applications include surveillance and transmitting 5G waves, serving as “towers in the sky” with greater flexibility than satellites.
- The prototype flown this month is a scaled-down version, 5 meters long with an 11-meter wingspan, weighing 23 kg, staying airborne for 8 hours at 3 km altitude.
- Future plans aim for a larger craft with a 30-meter wingspan, capable of reaching 23 km altitude and staying airborne for at least 90 days by 2027.
- Engineering challenges include solar-powered batteries capable of lifting the airframe, lightweight design to withstand air turbulence, and thin solar films for power.
- CSIR-NAL aims to design and build various components including propellers, battery management system, carbon-composite airframe, flight-control system, and high-powered electric motors.
‘India, Maldives will sort issues bilaterally’: Page 10
- India and Maldives will resolve issues bilaterally, according to Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
- Chinese ‘research’ ship allowed in Male harbour by Maldives, but no Chinese troops permitted.
- Sri Lanka confirms decision to join ASEAN-led RCEP agreement including China in free trade zone.
- Discussed India-Sri Lanka economic and connectivity initiatives with Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.
- India walked out of RCEP in 2019; Sri Lanka seeks access to external markets for growth.
- Sri Lanka to hold presidential elections in 2024 and parliamentary elections soon after.
- No mediation sought by Delhi or Male from Sri Lanka regarding tensions between them.
- Hopes tensions between India and Maldives will subside soon in the interest of the Indian Ocean Region.
- Concerns raised at Indian Ocean Conference about foreign research vessels in the region.
- Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong highlights China’s rapid military buildup in the Indo-Pacific.
- Sri Lanka imposes one-year moratorium on foreign research ships docking but allows regular port calls and naval exercises, including from China.
- Maldives indicates agreement reached with India on the issue of Indian troops stationed on southern atolls.
What are the changes in the new Water Act?: Page 12
- Lok Sabha passed Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Amendment Act, 2024, amending 1974 Act.
- 1974 Act established CPCB and SPCBs to prevent water contamination by sewage and industrial effluents.
- Amendments remove imprisonment for minor violations, replacing with fines ranging from ₹10,000 to ₹15 lakh.
- Amendments applicable to Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Union territories initially; may extend to other states.
- SPCB permission still required for industries discharging sewage; exemption for certain industrial plants possible.
- Operating without SPCB consent can lead to six years imprisonment and fine.
- Centre empowered to issue guidelines for consent, penalize tampering with monitoring devices, and frame rules for SPCB chairpersons.
- Environment Minister cites trust deficit due to outdated rules as rationale for amendments.
- Opposition parties express concern that amendments weaken laws protecting rivers and water bodies from industrial pollution, argue imprisonment fear serves as deterrent.
What does Uttarakhand’s UCC entail?: Page 12
- Uttarakhand Assembly passed Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill, first in independent India.
- Aims to establish common rules on marriage, divorce, property inheritance, and live-in relationships for all citizens regardless of religion.
- Applies to all Uttarakhand residents except tribal community; excludes scheduled tribes and those with customary rights protected under the Constitution.
- Couples mandated to register live-in relationships; failure to do so may result in up to three months’ jail or ₹10,000 fine, or both.
- False statements may lead to six months’ imprisonment or ₹25,000 fine, or both.
- Abolishes concept of “illegitimate children,” extends legal recognition to children born in void marriages or live-in relationships.
- Prohibits bigamy or polygamy; minimum marriage age remains unchanged.
- Marriages must be registered within 60 days; non-registration incurs penalty of up to ₹10,000.
- Divorce requires court order, grounds include religious conversion; no recognition of “irretrievable breakdown of marriage.”
- Inheritance law abolishes coparcenary system, guarantees equal property rights to spouse, children, and parents.
- Criminalizes Muslim personal law practices like nikah halala and triple talaq, without naming them explicitly.
- Punishment for compelling or inducing to observe such practices includes imprisonment up to three years and fine up to ₹1 lakh.
- Experts criticize mandatory registration of live-in relationships as breaching right to privacy.
- Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat also considering UCC; experts argue this contradicts Article 44 of the Constitution.
How can child safety be ensured online?: Page 12
- Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg issues public apology for online child safety issues during Congressional hearing.
- Tech companies facing increasing pressure to ensure children’s safety online, amidst protests worldwide.
- UNICEF report highlights potential risks to children online, including exposure to graphic content, bullying, harassment, and data privacy concerns.
- Virtual environments and games pose dangers; examples include instructions in games like Grand Theft Auto and misuse of Artificial Intelligence to generate inappropriate content.
- Mental health impacts significant, with trauma and abuse online leading to psychological scars in real life.
- Generative AI offers opportunities but also risks, such as creating disinformation and indistinguishable images.
- Responsibility lies with tech companies to incorporate safety features and protect children’s data and privacy.
- UNICEF recommends child-centered AI and highest data protection standards in virtual environments.
- Governments urged to adjust regulatory frameworks to safeguard children’s rights online and address harmful content.
- Need for universal adoption of rules protecting children online, similar to those in the real world.
Source: The Hindu Epaper
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