Summary-The Hindu-Neglected but Treatable

NEGLECTED BUT TREATABLE

Authors: N.K. Ganguly & Rahul Srivastava

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Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are widespread among low-income populations in developing tropical regions (Africa, Asia, and the Americas). The diseases that are most prevalent in India include lymphatic filariasis, soil transmitted helminthiases, trachoma, visceral leishmaniasis, dengue, rabies, cysticercosis and Japanese encephalitis. India also bears a high burden of intestinal worm infections (hookworms, whipworms and Ascaris worms).

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Source: The Hindu

Why in news recently?

(A Bill to increase the authorised share capital of NABARD was passed by the Parliament.)

Author: Krishnadas Rajagopal

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Act, 1981 has been amended to boost the rural and agricultural sector. The amendments recognise the vital role of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as defined under the MSME Development Act of 2006, in rural entrepreneurship and are intended to make financing easier for them.

Summary-The Hindu-Should States Have their Own Flags?

SHOULD STATES HAVE THEIR OWN FLAGS

Authors: Ravivarma Kumar, Ravi K. Mishra, Narendar Pani

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YES | RAVIVARMA KUMAR

It would strengthen the federal structure and serve as a symbol for a more specific identity

Recently, Karnataka constituted a committee to design a flag for the state. No law prevents the state from such exercise.

There are multiple laws (as given below) which uphold the respect of the national flag, however, neither the Constitution nor any other law prohibit hoisting any flag other than the national flag:

Summary-The Hindu-Taxes on Capital Hitting Investments

TAXES ON CAPITAL HITTING INVESTMENTS

Author: Manojit Saha

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The Union budget has reintroduced the long-term capital gains (LTCG) on equities. As per RBI governor Mr. Urjit Patel, India’s investment-to-GDP ratio is not adequate given the fact that the capital in the country is taxed at five different stages thus hindering investments.

Summary-Yojana-Bank Recapitalization: Enhancing Capital Base

BANK RECAPITALIZATION: ENHANCING CAPITAL BASE

Source: Yojana – January 2018

Author: Ashutosh Kumar

The load of non-performing assets (NPAs) on the public sector banks (PSBs) has been adversely affecting their lending capability, which in turn is hindering private investment and private sector gross capital formation. NPAs in PSBs have grown to Rs. 7.33 crore in June 2017 increasing by three times in two years approximately.

POINTERS – Main reasons for the agricultural crisis in India.

Main reasons for the agricultural crisis in India:

  1. Rising pressure of population on farming and a steady declining trend in land holdings
  2. Risks in production, weather and disaster, price, credit, market and those in policy.
  3. Predominance of informal source of credit.
  4. Price risks due to low resilience
  5. High production cost.

Summary- The Hindu- Why are Farmers Distressed across India?

WHY ARE FARMERS DISTRESSED ACROSS INDIA?

Author: Vikas Vasudeva

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The agriculture sector is characterized by instability in incomes because of various types of risks involved in production, market and prices. The National Commission of Farmers (2006), chaired by M.S. Swaminathan, had pointed out that something “very serious and terribly wrong is happening in the countryside.”

Summary-Yojana-Managing Non-Performing Assets: A Paradigm Shift

MANAGING NON-PERFORMING ASSETS: A PARADIGM SHIFT

Source: Yojana – January 2018

Author: Deepak Narang

Banks cause money to be circulated in the economy by seeking deposits from those who have a surplus and lend for investment activity. It has a multiplier effect in the economy. Sustainable lending leads to higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.