Editorial Simplified : 28th April

Editorial Simplified : 27th day of April 2016

This Series of posts covers the essential Editorial from prominent newspapers. The Editorial from the newspapers are compiled by the Subject Teachers form the Academy and provided in notes format so that the aspirants does not waste their precious time in sifting through the newspapers. 

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Editorial : Flying into trouble


The Rs 3,546 crore AgustaWestland contract, signed in February 2010 to purchase 12 AW101 helicopters for the Indian Air Force to carry VIPs like the president and prime minister, was cancelled by the government in January 2014 after the arrest of Giuseppe Orsi, the CEO of AgustaWestland’s parent company Finmeccanica in FEB 2013. Various middlemen, fixers and politicians names have been doing rounds in Indian and Italian courts.


As it is a case of grand corruption, impartial inquiry and investigations are need of time. Political point scoring, as happening in Parliament, can wait


  • DPP has permitted defense agents but middlemen always have been present in the international defense deals.
  • Blanket bans, blacklisting and pre emptive freezing of them by UPA has impacted defense modernization of India
  • However, any wrongdoing in the deal needs to be detected (rather than mere presence of middleman) as happened in Agusta deal (India recovered 45% of contract value due to breach of integrity clause of the contract)
  • DPP has legalized defense agents, reviewed blacklisting norms and attempted to change systemic attitude to that of transparency.


Italian courts have completed their investigations, CBI needs to act fast


Editorial : The fall guys


Parliamentary panel on Consumer Protection Bill, 2015 has recommended endorsers and celebrities to be criminally penalized for misleading advertisement with 10 lakh fine and upto 2 years of imprisonment for first offence.


  • Ascertaining product safety is responsibility of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and not of celebrities and endorsers.
  • Making false advertising claims already attract fines under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 while IPC criminalizes attempts to intentionally sell ‘noxious’ food.


In any case, shifting standards of science and new discoveries always make new heroes and villains in food and health industry; blanket criminal prosecution of endorsers would be disproportionally loaded against them when they do not have scientific labs to test products they endorse

Editorial : Ashes to ashes


National Museum of History in Delhi caught fire and 200 irreplaceable specimens and fossils (including dinosaurs) were lost. Neither did fire extinguisher work nor building had NOC from fire department for display galleries making the reason of incident administrative failure.


Not only visitors of museum are devoid of aesthetics but school children also lose chance of gaining practical knowledge. Moreover, scientific community is rendered bereft of important research material.


  • Callousness of authorities, no CCTVs (same day a dagger presented to J Nehru by Saudi Arabia was stolen), dysfunctional fire extinguishers etc represents larger malaise within attitude of Indian protection efforts
  • why we want Kohinoor from England if one day it can also meet the same destiny as fossils of dinosaur

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Editorial : More medicine for less


The Government of India is preparing to move a bill requiring doctors to prescribe generic medicines. The editorial studies the variables involved.

Important points

  • Generic medicines can prove to be cost-effective alternatives for the expensive branded drugs. 
  • Five years ago the Planning Commission suggested in regard with the generic medicine that there should be  bulk procurement of important drugs from quality generic manufacturers and their distribution through Jan Aushadi outlets.
  • The Indian population spends a huge amount out of their pockets on medicines and are generally unaware of available cost effective alternatives. Hence it is vital for government to widen access to generics. 
  • But there have been various cases of quality compromise in the generic sector like the Ranbaxy saga in the USA. This highlights the need close regulatory oversight.
  • Efficacy needs to be ensured before making generic prescription necessary. To achieve this government needs to help manufacturers meet international standards.
  • Opening thousands of Jan aushadi stores quickly is also a challenge. Co-opting private pharmacists is one way ahead.
  • Non availability of low cost specific drugs is another challenge. A transparent supply chain managed by state run procurement agencies can help overcome such bottle necks.


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