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The Hindu PDF 15 February 2024 Analysis


The Hindu PDF 15 February 2024 Newspaper is considered an important source of news and information for UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) aspirants in India. The Hindu Epaper PDF newspaper covers a wide range of topics that are relevant to the UPSC exam, including politics, economics, international relations, governance, and social issues.

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The Hindu Epaper Analysis 15 February 2024 for UPSC

Kerala House requests Central govt. to amend wildlife Act to tackle human-animal conflict: Page 3
  • Kerala Assembly passed a resolution urging Centre to amend Wildlife Protection Act
  • Aim is to reduce human-wildlife conflicts
  • Resolution tabled by Forest Minister A.K. Saseendran
  • Supported by members across party lines
  • Aim is to eliminate wildlife trespassing on human habitats
  • Wildlife causes threats to life, property, crops, and livestock
  • UDF MLAs suggested certain amendments
  • Wildlife intrusions and lethal attacks prompt government action
  • Demand for empowering Chief Forest Conservators to use lethal force against wildlife
  • Request for scientific and humane wildlife population control measures
  • Opposition criticizes government for failing to protect citizens living near forests
  • Recent wild elephant attack sparked public outrage
  • Incident puts pressure on government before Lok Sabha elections
Pension concerns: Page 8
  • Central Board of Trustees of EPFO recommends a 0.1% increase in PF deposits for 2023-24
  • Recommended rate is 8.25%, 0.4% lower than 2018-19
  • Record transfer of ₹1,07,000 crore to EPF members if cleared
  • Long-standing demand for minimum pension increase to ₹1,000 not met
  • BJP had earlier demanded raising pension to ₹3,000, but Finance Ministry rejected proposal for doubling minimum pension citing budgetary concerns
  • Finance Ministry projects ₹10,950 crore budgetary support for FY2024-25
  • Argument of actuarial deficit in EPS challenged by EPFO’s annual report
  • Doubling minimum pension would not strain finances, difference between minimum and original pension only ₹970 crore
  • Other issues include equalizing spouse pension with member-pensioner, addressing applications for higher pension after Supreme Court judgment in 2022
  • More comprehensive approach to PF pension matters needed for senior citizens
The illusion of change in Pakistan: Page 10
  • Recent Pakistan election expected to bring stable government but lacks transparency
  • PTI-backed independent candidates win 93 seats in National Assembly
  • Imran Khan’s PTI faces challenges including his arrest and court verdicts barring him from contesting
  • Despite challenges, PTI secures significant seats, especially in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Election results go against Establishment’s plans, but Establishment likely to retain control
  • Nawaz Sharif’s return doesn’t significantly boost PML-N’s performance
  • Political instability from 2023 likely to continue, with PML-N and PPP forming government, PTI protesting, and cases in courts
  • Clear results in KP and Sindh, mixed results in Balochistan
  • Regional and religious parties have limited impact except MQM-P in Sindh
  • Conclusion: Establishment retains control despite PTI’s performance.
PM inaugurates Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu stone temple: Page 6
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu stone temple
  • Temple built by Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)
  • Modi thanks UAE President Sheikh Mohammad Zayed Al Nahyan for making temple a reality
  • Temple seen as symbol of shared heritage of humanity
  • Modi hopes temple will promote communal harmony and global unity
  • Inauguration attended by UAE Tolerance Minister and spiritual leaders from all faiths
  • Modi compares inauguration to witnessing consecration of Ram temple in Ayodhya
  • BAPS temple built on 27-acre site near Al Rahba at cost of ₹700 crore
  • UAE adds cultural chapter with temple alongside hi-tech buildings like Burj Khalifa
Maldives registers 186 deportations, including 43 Indians: Page 12
  • Maldives deports 186 foreigners for crimes including visa violations and drug offenses
  • 43 Indians among those deported, highest number from Bangladesh
  • Efforts underway to shut down illegal businesses in Maldives
  • Homeland Security Minister Ali Ihusan announces crackdown on illegal businesses operated by foreigners
  • Law enacted in December 2021 allows termination of registration for businesses operated by foreigners
  • Immigration Controller Shamaan Waheed confirms deportation of 186 foreigners found to have committed crimes
  • Immigration and police conduct raid operations two or three times a week targeting foreign workers involved in criminal activities
‘MSP guarantee across crops can raise income and demand’: Page 16
  • CRISIL estimates real cost of guaranteeing MSP across crops at ₹21,000 crore for Marketing Year 2023
  • Guaranteeing MSP would support farm incomes and boost consumption demand
  • Currently, MSP-based procurement is limited to a few states, but guarantee would benefit other regions
  • Analysis focused on 16 crops, which represent over 90% of India’s farm output
  • Working capital of around ₹6 lakh crore needed in MY 2023 for MSP guarantee
  • Real cost to government is the difference between MSP and mandi prices
  • Meaningful procurement mainly in paddy and wheat, which account for 60% of India’s crop produce
  • Guaranteeing MSP for all crops could incentivize farmers to diversify beyond paddy and wheat
  • In kharif 2022 and rabi 2023, procurement of other crops besides paddy and wheat was low (e.g., only 9% of mustard production procured)

Source: The Hindu Epaper

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