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List of topics for 14 July 2017
News or ArticlePage NumberFor Prelim or Main?AreaWhat to look out for? And, what extra needs to be explored?
1) Tribunal prohibits dumping1MG.S paper 3- Environmental pollution-NGT declares 100 metres from the edge of the Ganga between Haridwar and Unnao a ‘No Development Zone’ and also prohibiting dumping of waste within 500 metres of the river.

-An environment compensation of Rs. 50,000 will be imposed on those dumping waste in the river.

-NGT has reiterated its earlier order of a ban on mechanical mining in the Ganga.( Mining should be permitted only after a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the annual replenishment of sand and only a quantity less or equal to the annual replenishment must be permitted to be removed from the riverbed or the banks.)

2) Spade work1PGeography
Tiwa tribes :

Tiwa is an ethnic group/indigenous tribe inhabiting the states of Assam and Meghalaya in Northeast India. They are recognized as a Scheduled tribe within the State of Assam. They are also known as Lalungs.

Panthai Langa ritual:

Panthai Langa by Tiwa tribes is a ritual related with agriculture which is organised to worship the deities of nature.

(See facts about Wanchuwa festival one of the important festival of Tiwa tribe.)

3)Jumbo alerts to stay1MG.S paper 3- environmental conservationWays to prevent increasing man-animal conflict.

-Use of crowd sourced information, digital displays and mobile phone technology for early warning system, real-time information about movement of elephant herds in and around habitations.

4) The Islamic state after Mosul8MG.S paper -3 Security issuesIs ‘Islamic State’ transforming itself into a globalised idea? How can it be prevented from spreading its tentacles far and wide?
5) It’s not help, it’s work8MG.S paper 1, paper 2What steps can be taken to empower domestic workers in India? Explain in light of legislations like The Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act,2008 and Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace(Prevention, Prohibition and redressal)Act,2013 that doesn’t recognize rights of these domestic workers.
6) Is CBI the handmaiden of the government?9MG.S paper 2 and paper 3Debate on independence of CBI.
7) Tale of two countries9MG.S paper 3- EconomyWhat steps can be taken to reform tea industry and increase its profit and to enhance the reach of Indian tea industry in other countries when compared to successful growth of same in Sri Lanka?

-In 2016-17, India’s tea output stood at 1,250.5 million kg.

-The industry employs over one million people directly and also provides housing facilities to their families, yet it is plagued by the issue of absenteeism as well as worker migration.

-Darjeeling imbroglio has emerged a new hurdle in already troubled tea industry.

-Darjeeling imbroglio will result in a foreign exchange loss to the country and  also affect the global brand equity of Darjeeling tea in the global market.

(Compare Indian tea industry with that of Sri Lanka and what steps are taken by Sri Lankan govt. to make it a huge profit making industry.)

8) Gender empowerment9MG.S paper 1- Social issuesWhat steps can be taken to empower the transgenders and bring them into the mainstream?

-Supreme Court Judgement in National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of India- recognized transgenders as 3rd gender.

-Problems faced by transgenders – social exclusion, discrimination, lack of education, unemployment, lack of medical facilities etc.

–Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016[a bill pending in Parliament]- this bill aims to bring the community into mainstream.