What to Read in The Hindu
23 March 2022

1. Tamil Nadu yet to instal critical instruments at Mullaperiyar dam

  • Page- 4, States;
  • Relevance- GS 1-2, Water Resources, Disaster Management, Infrastructure.

The State of Kerala has been persistently requesting the State of Tamil Nadu to instal two seismic accelerographs as recommended by a DSARP panel.

 

2.  A blow to equitable access to essential medicines

  • Page- 8, Editorial;
  • Relevance- GS 2, Health

The contention is regarding the application and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRs) that seemed “hindering or potentially hindering timely provisioning of affordable medical products to the patients”. It is, therefore, argued that “rapid scaling up of manufacturing globally” was “an obvious crucial solution to address the timely availability and affordability of medical products to all countries in need”, and for doing so, IPRs must be waived for at least three years.

 

3. Needed, an Indian Legislative Service

  • Page- 8, Editorial;
  • Relevance- GS 2, Govt Interventions and Policies

A common service can build a combined and experienced legislative staff cadre, enabling them to serve from across local bodies to Union Parliament. The Rajya Sabha can, under Article 312, pass a resolution to this effect, in national interest, to create an all India service common to both the Union and the States, and enables Parliament to create such a service by law.

 

4. The National Land Monetisation Corporation

  • Page- 10, Text and Context;
  • Relevance- GS 3, Land Reforms

The National Land Monetisation Corporation will be a firm, fully owned by the government, to carry out the monetisation of government and public sector assets in the form of surplus, unused or underused land assets.According to the Economic Survey 2021-2022, CPSEs have put nearly 3,400 acres of land on the table for potential monetisation. In terms of government land, the Railways and Defence Ministries own the bulk majority.

 

5. Understanding hypersonic weapons

  • Page- 10, Text and Context;
  • Relevance- GS 3, Science and Technology

Hypersonic weapons travel within the atmosphere and can manoeuvre midway which combined with their high speeds make their detection and interception extremely difficult.In August, China tested a nuclear capable hypersonic missile that circled the globe, demonstrating an advanced space capability. Russia was able to launch a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from a submarine which hit a target 350 kms away. While the U.S. also has active hypersonic development programmes, it is lagging behind China and Russia.

 

6. Recycling heat of datacentres

  • Page- 11, Text and Context;
  • Relevance- GS 3, Energy and Security, Environment

On a global level, datacentres consume around 200 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity, which is more than 1% of the world’s total electricity. They contribute to 0.3% of all global CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. Datacentre energy usage in some countries could take up to 15% to 30% of their total domestic electricity consumption by the end of the decade.

 

7. Report lays stress on digital skills training

  • Page- 14, News;
  • Relevance- GS 2-3, Human Resource, Labour Reforms, Growth and Development

About 27.3 million workers, representing 7% of the country’s workforce, will require digital skills training for their jobs over the next year, as demand for such skills, especially cloudrelated skills, became more acute during the pandemic, according to a new report.

 

8. Employment data to be released faster: Centre

  • Page- 16, Business;
  • Relevance- GS 2, Employment and Human Resource

The government will aim to release employment data within five months of conducting the relevant surveys and strive to align these releases with GDP data in the long run.

 

9. Solar OEMs flag capacity, seek govt. intervention

  • Page- 16, Business;
  • Relevance- GS 3, Energy and Infrastructure

The All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA) has urged the Centre to intervene amid concerns that solar equipment making units were operating at 30% capacity due to massive imports by traders from China.

 

10. Govt. raises minimum support price for jute

  • Page- 16, Business;
  • Relevance- GS 3, MSP

The announced price is in line with the principle of fixing the MSP at a level of at least 1.5 times of the all India weighted average cost of production as announced in

the FY19 Budget and is based on the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices.

 

11. Govt. extends NIP to HURL’s fertilizer units

  • Page- 16, Business;
  • Relevance- GS 3, Food security

The government had announced the New Investment Policy (NIP) 2012 in January 2013 and its amendment in October 2014 to facilitate fresh investment in the urea sector and to make India selfsufficient. The commissioning of the units will add 38.1 lakh tonnes per annum urea output in the country.