What to Read in The Hindu
22 March 2022

1. Indo-Pacific should be free of conflicts, says Morrison


  • News Location- Page 1, Front Page.
  • Relevance- GS 2&3; Bilateral Relations, Security.

 

Addressing the bilateral annual leaders’ meeting, Mr. Morrison argued for greater cooperation among “like minded democracies”, and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide leadership within the Quad.

 

2. Realising the potential of ‘maitri’ and ‘mateship’


  • News Location- Page 6, Editorial.
  • Relevance- GS 2, IR.

 

Australia is celebrating India’s 75 years of Independence by making the largest single investment in our bilateral relationship. Australia and India share a long and special relationship, working together to make even stronger.

 

3. Whither unemployment benefits?


  • News Location- Page 7, OPED.
  • Relevance- GS 1&2; Poverty and Developmental Issues, Human Resources.

 

Even before COVID19, the unemployment rate touched a peak in 2017-18 at 6.1%. The urban unemployment rate was 7.8% and the rural unemployment rate was 5.3%. While the unemployment rate declined to 5.8% in 2018-19 and 4.8% in 2019-20, urban unemployment declined marginally to 7.7% and 6.9%, respectively. It was around 78% during 2021 and later.

 

4. Sri Lanka’s aggravating economic crisis


  • News Location- Page 8, Text and Context.
  • Relevance- GS 2, Regional Ties.

 

The economic meltdown started during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020 when key foreign exchange earning sectors, such as exports and remittances, along with tourism, were brutally hit. Beginning January 2022, India has extended assistance totalling $2.4 billion to its neighbour.

 

5. A solution in search of a problem: on 10% reservations


  • News Location- Page 9, Text and Context.
  • Relevance- GS 1&2; Developmental Issues, Human Resources, Govt Policies and Interventions.

 

The EWS Bill promises 10% reservation to individuals classified as economically backward, that is those who have an income threshold of ₹8 lakh per annum. The NSS of 2011-12 shows that the annual per capita expenditure for 99% of households falls under this threshold, even when we take inflation into account.

 

6. Less than 1% of oil imports from Russia


  • News Location- Page 11, News.
  • Relevance- GS 3, Mobilization of Resources, Effect of Policies & Politics of Countries on India's Interests.

 

As per Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell (PPAC), India’s major sources of crude oil imports are the U.S., Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Nigeria. Indian Oil and public sector undertakings had imported approximately less than 1% of its total crude oil import from Russia in the year 2021-2022 [till January].

 

7. World sleepwalking to climate disaster


  • News Location- Page 13, World.
  • Relevance- GS 3, Environment, Conservation and Disaster Management.

 

UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Monday the world is “sleepwalking to climate catastrophe”, with major economies allowing carbon pollution to increase when drastic cuts are needed. The planet saving goal of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius is already “on life support".