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Date: 19 February 2021

She said | Ind Exp

  • #MeToo movement
  • Worldwide, the #MeToo movement attempted to break the asymmetry of patriarchal power that makes sexual harassment invisible, and silences and discredits women’s voices.
  • In 2018, as women across the country broke a long silence by calling out powerful sexual predators on social media, Ramani, too, had alleged sexual harassment by the editor during a job interview 20-odd years ago.
  • Akbar, who resigned after a spate of allegations, had sued Ramani for speaking up, accusing her of tarnishing his “stellar reputation”.
  • Delhi court’s acquittal of journalist Priya Ramani in a criminal defamation case brought against her by former Union minister and editor M J Akbar is an empowering judgment
  • Vishakha guidelines or the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013
  • #MeToo movement led to convictions of powerful men like film producer Harvey Weinstein, comedian Bill Cosby and gymnastics coach Larry Nassar
  • The allegations against a former chief justice of India were disposed of with a flagrant lack of due process.

Skill capital | Pioneer

  • You will find Indian in almost every nation.
  • Most Indians are successful immigrants
  • Ability to leverage their personal skills, work hard and adapt to the local community
  • Technology consultants in Europe and America
  • People can be India’s greatest strength
  • With 10 to 12 million youth entering the workforce every year, India should not only train and skill them for the domestic economy but for the world also.
  • There is clearly a demand for skilled talent from a wide variety of nations that include Scandinavian countries, Russia, Italy, Germany and even East European nations like Romania.
  • A Government to Government (G2G) arrangement secures better terms for migrant workers and ensures better protection of their rights.
  • A part of the G2G arrangement should be to allow India’s National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) being accepted in the receiving country.
  • We should work towards breaking down barriers in international labour supply to ensure hassle-free movement of talent.
  • Indian youth can find gainful employment and helps to channelise their energy towards productive purposes
  • Great boost to the international remittances
  • Improve our living standards
  • Help enhance India’s soft power
  • New knowledge, experiences and methods that will enhance productivity
  • We should aspire to become the skill capital of the world.
  • ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana’ 3.0 fails to elucidate the Government’s strategy to achieve this aspiration
  • It lacks the road map to make India the skill capital of the world by overlooking the chronic challenges of quality infrastructure, training, pedagogy and the involvement of international partners in the delivery of skilling programmes.

Dizzying climb

  • The latest retail inflation readings
  • Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 4.06% in January, marking a deceleration for a second straight month to a 16-month low
  • Inflation appears to have cooled after having stayed stubbornly stuck above the Reserve Bank of India’s upper tolerance threshold of 6% for six months through November
  • Specifically, the Consumer Food Price Index reflected a gain of a mere 1.89% last month as vegetable prices saw a disinflation of 15.8% and cereal prices eased considerably for a second month in the wake of kharif crop arrivals
  • “the bumper kharif crop, rising prospects of a good rabi harvest, larger winter arrivals of key vegetables and softer egg and poultry demand on avian flu fears”
  • While inflation in pulses and products was at 13.4%, that for oils and fats stood at 19.7%.
  • Eggs and meat and fish — two other key sources of protein — both posted double-digit rates of 12.9% and 12.5%
  • From automobile manufacturers to builders, rising raw material costs are beginning to force them to pass on the impact to the end consumers, and this at a time when demand is still to gain a firm footing.
  • Add to the mix the unrelenting and dizzying climb in transportation fuel prices to newer and newer record highs in recent days and the outlook for inflation becomes distinctly darker.
  • With banks still flush with liquidity, policymakers need to maintain a strict vigil to keep inflation from resurging and posing a threat to macro-economic stability.

Make peace with nature now

  • Three environmental crises —
    1. Climate change
    2. Nature loss
    3. Pollution of air, soil and water
  • For years, scientists have detailed how humanity is degrading nature.
  • Yet the actions fall short
  • In 2020, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that, despite a dip in greenhouse gas emissions caused by the pandemic, the world is still headed for global warming of more than 3°C this century.
  • 9/10 people worldwide breathe polluted air
  • The UN has released the Making Peace with Nature report
  • The report pulls together all the evidence of environmental decline from major global scientific assessments, with the most advanced ideas on how to reverse it.
  • We cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 if climate change and ecosystem collapse are undermining food and water supplies in the world’s poorest countries.

  • The number of countries promising to work towards net-zero emissions stands at 126.
  • The $100 billion that developed countries promised to provide every year to help developing nations cope with the impacts of climate change must finally flow.
  • Addressing our planetary emergency is a whole-of-society effort.
  • But governments must take the lead

NEWS

  • PM Modi to launch several Power and Urban sector projects in Kerala today; To also address Visva-Bharati's convocation ceremony
  • PM calls for special visa for Doctors and Nurses and regional air ambulance agreement in South Asia to tackle any medical emergency
  • Puducherry LG asks Chief Minister V Narayanasamy to prove majority of his govt in assembly on Monday
  • India rejects UN Special Rapporteurs' comments on Jammu and Kashmir
  • Foreign Ministers of Quad countries call for promoting freedom of navigation in Indo-Pacific region
  • India is providing leadership and stimulating dissemination of valuable knowledge to entire world in sphere of public health, says Health Minister
  • Over 647 lakh tonnes of paddy procured in current Kharif Marketing Season, says Agriculture Ministry
  • Rail Roko agitation called by farmers passes off without any untoward incident
  • Around 98 lakh 46 thousand beneficiaries administered COVID-19 vaccine in country so far
  • Hyderabad gets recognition as 2020 Tree City of the World
  • American space agency NASA lands its fifth rover 'Perseverance' on Mars successfully
  • China officially admits five military officers, soldiers killed in Galwan Valley clash
  • 12.4 million people in Syria face food insecurity this year, says WFP
  • Bangladesh Supreme Court launches AI based translation software ‘Amar Vasha’
  • Millions of people in Texas continue to shiver in cold