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IAS Preperation ?? / CAT Prep?? — Just check it


Lately i have come across a website with URL http://tc.testcracker.in/Blog/Category/8  which covers Daily News and the Burning Issues section is quite informative from exams point of view .. The good thing about the website is they update it daily.. You will get daily current affairs updates and weekly burning issue analysis ..

Hope this may help many UPSC and CAT/XAT/SNAP  aspirants 🙂

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UPA succumbed to regional politics over National Interests!(?)


                                         Countries that are situated in the developing world host major international summits mostly due to the symbolic significance and associated political cum diplomatic gains. For Sri Lanka to host such a summit is of even more importance, because Sri Lankan government has received stringent criticism and even mild sanctions from the West for its human rights violations during its war with LTTE. For Sri Lankan government hosting a Commonwealth summit in Colombo implies, at best, international legitimacy for its actions during the civil war and at worst the West’s reconciliation to ground realities in island state.
The ‘ethnic question’ in Sri Lanka, even after the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), evokes a sense of suspense, uncertainty and even a possible conflict of interest in the otherwise robust and multifaceted relationship between India and Sri Lanka. Many parties in Tamil Nadu are vocal champions of Sri Lankan Tamils and formidable opposition by political parties has ensured that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s trip to the island nation to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is all but off, speculating to gain political edge before the 2014 polls. The winter session of the TN Assembly even passed a unanimous resolution moved by state government opposing even titular representation at the meet. Even small parties make token noises to gain in the elections. When India’s diplomatic relation with Sri Lanka comes to the fore, emotional play by regional political parties in India create hiccups to proceed with any agenda, and it seems that  at times they sacrifice national interests for political gains. For instance, when Sri Lankan government was waging a war with the LTTE, many political parties of Tamil Nadu asked the centre to intervene in the issue to stop the alleged slaughtering of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka. The State Government even asked for the Indian armed forces to intervene. The political ally of UPA government threatened to break away from the UPA routinely, but did not. Ministry of External Affairs said that in 10 summit level meetings since 1993, the Prime Minister represented India five times while on four occasions; ministers had headed the Indian delegation vindicating the present stand of Government of India.
India’s national interests that must be held supreme in dictating its foreign policy and no concern for Sri Lankan Tamil interests can supersede that. From early 1950’s India incorporated Panchasheel Principles in its foreign policy and advocated it too. So as one of the five principles say “Mutual non-interference in each other’s internal matters”, India shouldn’t be bothered about what some state political parties dictate to Union Government to do in its foreign policy. Meanwhile Sri Lanka is also cozying up with China, which only giving headaches to Delhi vindicating so called String of Pearls Theory” i.e China is surrounding India by building economic and social infrastructure in India’s neighboring countries ,building ports in Chittagong(Bangladesh) , Sittwe (Myanmar),Hambantota(Sri Lanka) and Gwadar port in Pakistan.Can you imagine how china had  encircled India? In case of war china would be having a leverage over India in every case.India should respect it’s neighbors sensitivities and interests for it’s own good.

String Of Pearls Theory

                                                                India needs a  smart balanced  foreign policy w.r.t Indian Ocean Region, as China is aggressively playing in Indian Ocean region diplomatically and Militarily.India shouldn’t repent afterwards if situation slips out of hand.So India must overcome mutual prejudices and chauvinism and concentrate on creating a fine balance between mutual interests.

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Thank you BCCI for this initiative #ThankYouSachin


Courtesy:BCCI and Digigraph

Courtesy:BCCI and Digigraph

 

All you need to do to get this is ,Send an appreciative message for Sachin to the @BCCI handle with the #ThankYouSachin hashtag and you will instantaneously receive a Tweet from @BCCI with a momentous picture of Sachin, including a personalized message and signature in his handwriting.

 

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A Bangalore Girl’s Conversation with RJ


After finishing work in the Office at 6:30PM,I reached the nearest bus stop near Forum Mall,Bengaluru. As i was waiting to catch the bus to go back to home, a cab stopped near the bus stop,where a man sitting inside was shouting majestic,majestic……. i thought for a second and hopped in to the cab so that i can reach home early.The cab driver switched on the FM Radio and tuned to a channel,i was listening to conversation going on over the radio.after listening to that conversation,i was shocked and said wtf?(sic!)It was a prank plan conversation by the host RJ.
Well the conversation is here.its between RJ(Who was pretending to be a HR of a company) and a girl searching for a job.

Source:Fastweb

RJ: Hello, may i speak to XYZ?
Girl:Yeah! Who’s this?
RJ: Are you looking for a job?
Girl:Yeah, i am
RJ: We have a vacancy at our company,its basically a multi-tasking job.so would you like to join?
Girl: Can i call you in the night?
RJ: No! No! my wife will doubts me.So you talk now if you can
Girl:fine
RJ: You job is to “scratch my back whenever it itches me there”
Girl: Hmmm.. Yeah when shall i join the job?
RJ: Are you sure ?You want to join the job because you need to sign the job before joining.
Girl:Yeah i am ready! just tell me when i can join ?
RJ:(Finally!might have thought the conversation is going the other way) This is RJ”asdf” calling from “zxcv” FM.

I just wondered how desperate the world is to get a job of any kind and of any profile! was it desperation? or something else?
i had heard relatively this sort of stories from friends earlier but i never believed them.i think i was wrong that time..In the what matters is whatever we do,whether we get satisfaction or not? So who knows,what kind of job satisfaction people want? as we can’t enforce our ideologies and opinions on others.

Disclaimer:”The names used herein are fictitious and any resemblance to the names, character, or history of any person is coincidental and unintentional”

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Why Muslims of Myanmar are fleeing to other Nations??


Myanmar’s political environment has been marked by the transition from military rule to a civilian Government in 2011. The change was underpinned by a historic dialogue between President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy won 43 out of 45 seats in April 2012 by-elections. The United States of America and the European Union have responded by either lifting or suspending most of their economic sanctions.Though the new Parliament agreed to consider looking into a proposal to draft a new citizenship law and revoke the current Myanmar Citizenship Law, which could improve the status of a large group of residents in Rakhine State and other people without citizenship in the country,but doing nothing to keep the promise,which resulted in escalation of ethnic violence.One needs to know about the internal conflicts in Myanmar to understand the current situation.

Internal Conflicts in Myanmar
The internal conflict in Myanmar dates back to 1948 when Myanmar got Independence. Since then many governments have been in the web of ethnic violence. Myanmar is home to many ethnic races; of them major ethnic groups are Rohingyas, Rakhine Buddhists, Shans, Chins, Karens and Kachins.

Ethnic Groups of Myanmar

Ethnic Groups of Myanmar

Rohingyas: Rohingya is a generic term referring to the Sunni Muslim inhabitants of Arakan, the historical name of a Myanmar border region which has a long history of isolation from the rest of the country.Perhaps they the most exploited minority in Myanmar have been refused citizenship by the Burmese government since 1982 when the military junta implemented a citizenship law. At the root of the persecution is the question of citizenship. The Myanmar government considers all Rohingya to be immigrants from Bangladesh. They are denied citizenship under discriminatory national legislation from 1982, although many families have resided in Myanmar for generations. Official government statements reject their very existence and refer to them as “Bengali,” “so-called Rohingya,” or the pejorative “kalar.” As a consequence, the stateless Rohingyas, who number around 800,000 in western Burma and physically resemble Bengalis, are prime targets for forced-labor drives by the junta. Since the military took power in 1962, hundreds of thousands have fled to Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand, where their illegal-immigrant status makes them vulnerable to labor abuses.

Rakhine People: These are predominantly ethnic Buddhist people living in the western coast of Rakhine state (erstwhile Arakan State). They possibly constitute 5.53% of Myanmar’s total population. They claim to be one of the first groups to become followers of the Buddha in Southeast Asia. The Arakanese culture is similar to the dominant Burmese culture but with more Indian influence, likely due to its geographical isolation from the Burmese mainland divided by the Rakhine Roma and closer proximity to South Asia. Traces of Indian influence remain in many aspects of Arakanese culture, including its literature, music, and cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Nature of Myanmar’s Communal Violence

Rakhine State-Notorious for ethnic Violence

Rakhine State-Notorious for ethnic Violence

In 2012 widespread rioting and brutal clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Muslims took place.It was the rape and murder of a young Buddhist , which had sparked off the deadly chain of events. Violence escalated as Muslims and Buddhists attacked each other. Entire Muslim neighborhoods were razed and about 12,000 Muslims  have fled their homes. The rioting also spread to other towns in the area.In the melee many Rohingyas fled and crossed the border with Bangladesh.

On October 23 in Yan Thei, Mrauk-U Township, security forces took away sticks and other rudimentary weapons from Rohingya and enabled an Arakanese mob to kill about 70 villagers, including 28 children, 13 of whom were under age five.

Rohingyas Fleeing their Homeland  Snap Source:UNHRC

Rohingyas Fleeing their Homeland
Snap Source:UNHRC

Today, tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya are being denied access to humanitarian aid, have their movements restricted, and are unable to return home. They live in segregated, squalid camps without adequate food and health services. Lack of citizenship and enjoyment of basic rights, plus restrictive policies and discriminatory practices by local authorities, are the main protection and livelihood problems faced by Muslim residents of Rakhine State. Essential services such as health care, water, sanitation and education are woefully inadequate and in most cases non-existent.UNHRC said more than 400 died or went missing during sea journeys so far this year, and those who survive often landed in countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.The UNHRC urged the Myanmar government and the international community to step up efforts to promote reconciliation and economic development in the state of Rakhine, and also pursue practical measures to ensure basic human rights so that the Rohingya, or Bengali-speaking Myanmar Muslim ethnic minorities, can lead normal lives.