Comprehensive News Analysis 24-05-2022

By Subject Expert (BYJU'S IAS)|Updated : May 24th, 2022

Comprehensive News Analysis covers all the important articles and editorials of 'The Hindu' from the UPSC/IAS examination point of view.

G. Tidbits

1. The devastation in Dima Hasao and its after-effects

  • The heavy rains in Dima Hasao, Assam and the consequent landslides have severely affected an important railway line passing through this district.
    • Dima Hasao straddles the Barail mountain range between the Brahmaputra and Barak River basins.
  • This railway link is of vital importance for both trade and travel.
    • Dima Hasao is the geographical link to a vast region comprising southern Assam’s Barak Valley, parts of Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
    • This railway track is also vital for India’s Look East policy that envisages shipping goods to and from Bangladesh’s Chittagong port via Tripura’s border points

2. ASHA workers earn WHO’s global plaudits

  • ASHAs (accredited social health activists) were one of the six recipients of the WHO’s Global Health Leaders Award 2022.
  • ASHAs were introduced under the National Rural Health Mission, 2005 and constitute India’s frontline health workforce. The 10-lakh strong workforce act as a crucial link between the community and the health system. 

3. A new billionaire every 30 hours during the pandemic

  • A new Oxfam brief, titled “Profiting from Pain” notes the wealth of billionaires in the world has risen amid the pandemic. The total wealth of the world’s billionaires is now equivalent to 13.9% of the global GDP, up from 4.4% in 2000.
  • Gender inequalities have also deepened as women were disproportionately pushed out of employment and have had to face the gender pay gap as well.
  • The report recommends tax measures to stop deepening income disparities and permanent wealth taxes.

H. UPSC Mains Practice Questions 

  1. “The Indian Government has shown a new vigour in the last few years towards joining new trade agreements.” Discuss. (250 words; 15 marks) (GS III- Economics)
  2. The success of India’s family planning program depends on changing the male mindset and having them take more responsibility. Do you agree? Elaborate. (250 words; 15 marks) (GS I- Indian Society)

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