Summary of The Hindu 11th MARCH 2024

Goel likely quit over ‘ differences ‘with CEC

·         The sudden resignation of Election Commissioner Arun Goel might have arisen during his visit to Bengal to oversee poll preparations . During the Bengal visit he didn’t accompany CEC Rajiv Kumar during a press conference .

·         The two vacancies of the Election Commission are likely to be filled by March 15 , sources indicated on Sunday .

·         A high level committee comprising PM Narendra Modi , a Union Minister and Adhir Ranjan. Chaudhary , the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha is likely to meet on March 14  to decide over this .

India signs free trade pact with 4 European nations , eyes 100 BN dollar in investment

·         India signed a Free Trade Agreement with four European  countries  Iceland , Leischeatein , Norway and Switzerland on Sunday with a goal of reaching 100 billion dollars in investment in India and one Million jobs within 15 years .

·         The Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement ( TEPA ) , marks the end of the second such full fledged FTA signed after India’s Agreement with UAE .

·         The TEPA agreement has following important provisions

Ø  India will reduce tariffs , increase market access and simplify custom procedures .

Ø  The  four countries will invest 100 billion dollars in 15 years in India . This is likely to create 1 million jobs .

Ø  The FTA agreement for the first time also includes a chapter on human rights and sustainable development .

·         EFTA is one of the three major European trade blocs , the other being the European Union ( EU ) and UK .


EFTA countries ( Norway , Switzerland ,Leistcher , and Iceland)

Gig workers suffers from lack of social security , regulation : study

·         A study on gig workers who are involved in driving  recently was conducted by the People’s Association in Grassroots action and Movements , and the Indian Federation for app based transport workers  with technical support from the University of Pennsylvania and Friedrich – Ebert – Stiftung India ,a  German foundation . The study was conducted over more than 10,000 cab drivers .

·         It had following findings

Ø  Almost a third of app based cab drivers work for over 14 hours a day , while more than 83% work for more than 10 hours a day .

Ø   Over 43% participants in the study earn less than Rs. 500 a day or Rs.15,000 a month .50 questions were asked from the participants in the survey .

Ø  40% of the app based drivers said that they never take a single day off in a

      week .

PM launched various projects in Chhattisgarh and In UP

·         PM launched Mahatari Vandan Yojna in Chhattisgarh . He also laid foundation stone of various projects worth Rs. 34000 crore in UP

·         Mahtari Vandan Yojna  – Under this scheme Financial assistance of Rs.1000 to all eligible married women in Chhattisgarh .

Twenty two fishermen were arrested on Charges of trespassing into Srilankan waters .

·         A total of 22 fishermen were arrested by Srilankan Navy on Sunday .

·         They included 13 from Nagapattinam. Seven from Padukottai , and two from Karaikal .

·         They were fishing near  Neduntheevu when the Srilankan Navy arrested them .

·         They. were taken to the Kankesanthurai Naval base , coastal security guard sources said .


India Srilanka Maritime boundary ….Neduntheevu Island is also known as Delft island

Trinamool to contest all 42 seats in Bengal

·         Putting to end speculations of seat sharing with Congress , Trinamool Congress on Sunday announced its candidates for all 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal .

·         Congress President Mallikarjuna Kharge however has said that an alliance for Lok Sabha is possible Just before the withdrawal of nominations .

Report turns spotlight on  India’s  “zero food children”

·         A study published recently in JAMA network open  journal has following findings :–

Ø  The study ranks India  as the third highest percentage of zero food children . India ( 19.3% ) , ranks only better than Guinea ( 21.8 % ) and Mali ( 20 % ).

Ø  In terms of numbers India has the highest number of Zero food children .

Ø  Among the states UP ( 28. 4%). , Bihar ( 14.2% ) , Maharashtra ( 7.1% ) , and Rajstahan ( 6.5 % )

Ø  The percentage here shows the percentage of “ zero food children” , children who have not eaten any food for 24 hours .

Ø  Experts say that rapid urbanization is fuelling malnutrition in the country .

·         JAMA network open is a monthly open access medical journal , published by the American Medical Association covering all aspects of biomedical sciences .

7396 Golden Langurs in India , reveals survey

·         A recent study on Primates  in India by the Primates Research Center North East  ( PRCNE ) , Assam Forest Department , Bodoland Territorial Council , and Salim Ali Center for Ornithology a d Medical Sciences and Conservation Himalaya  has following findings.  There are an estimated 7,396 golden Langurs in India .

     Ripu Reserve Forest was found home to ( 2867 ) Golden Langurs .While Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary , had 838 individuals.

     Golden Langur is placed in the Endangered list in IUCN Red list . It is found mainly in western Assam and in the foothills of Black Mountain in Bhutan .

     Bongaigaon , Kokrajhar and Dhubri district are where these are widely spread .Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a major hub for Golden Langurs .



Israel Hamas war rages in Gaza on the eve of Ramzan

·         Deadly fighting is still going on in Gaza on Sunday between Israeli forces and  Hamas militants .

·         A Spanish charity ship with aid intended for the besieged enclave is awaiting clearance in Cyprus , Truce talk involving US , Qatar and Egyptian mediators fail to find results ahead of fasting months .

Bill on assisted dying to be tables in French Parliament in May  : Macron

·         French President Emanual Macron has said that a Bill on assisted dying would go before parliament in May .

·         Only adults with full control over judgment , suffering an incurable and life threatening illness  in the short to medium term and whose pain can not be relieved “ would be eligible “ to ask to be helped to die “ Mr Macron said .

·         Minors and Patients suffering Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzhiemers  will not be eligible .


France became the first country in World to include   Right to abortion  in its constitution .

·         On March 8 ,On international  Women’s day France became the first country to include the right to abortion as a “ guaranteed freedom “ in its constitution .

·         Abortion is permissible in more than 40 European countries but in some countries it is limited .

·         In India abortion is allowed in specific cases till 20 weeks of pregnancy mostly  . And in certain cases till 24 weeks of Pregnancy .

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Why did the EU impose a 1.2 billion Euro fine on Apple  ?

·         Following a complaint by Spotify that Apple is not letting users have alternative options to pay for their music subscription  .

·         The EU’s antitrust regulators have found that Apple unfairly favored Apple’s Music over its rivals .



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