|GS-I||Stolen Nataraja Idol on the way back to Tamil Nadu after 37 years.||Miscellaneous|
|GS-II||Striking a blow for investigative credibility|
|Centre to bring ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in country|
|GS-III||A case for differential global carbon tax.|
GS-I:Stolen Nataraja Idol on the way back to Tamil Nadu after 37 years.
Its important to keep in mind that the bronze Shiva as Lord of the Dance (“Nataraja”—nata meaning dance or performance, and raja meaning king or lord), is a sacred object that has been taken out of its original context in fact, we don't even know where this particular sculpture was originally venerated. In the intimate spaces of the Florence and Herbert Irving South Asian Galleries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Shiva Nataraja is surrounded by other metal statues of Hindu gods including the Lords Vishnu, Parvati, and Hanuman. It is easy to become absorbed in the dark quiet of these galleries with its remarkable collection of divine figures, but it is important to remember that this particular statue was intended to be movable, which explains its moderate size and sizeable circular base, ideal for lifting and hoisting onto a shoulder.
According to sources the 600 year idol weighing around 100kg was looted from the temple after breaking open the doors of the sanctum sanctorum on July 5,1982. Along with it other panchaloka idols of Sivakami, Manickavasagar and Sri-bali nayagar were also stolen.
The idol was being brought by team member of Australian authorities and Art Gallery of South Australia from New Delhi and would reach Chennai. Later it would handed over to the temple after obtaining necessary orders from the special court for idol wing cases in kumbakonam.
Source: The HINDU
GS-II: Striking a blow for investigative credibility
These are highly contentious times for India’s criminal justice system. With sensational criminal cases, controversy erupts almost every day.
Criminal justice system
Supreme Court judgement
Changing the nature of criminal investigations
Criminal law and its contours are evolving. It is easy to criticise and accuse police agencies charged with efficient solving of crime with arbitrariness. The attempt should not be to choke them. There’s a need for allowing them more freedom to be professional without diluting the controls that are already in place.
Source: The Hindu
GS-II: Centre to bring ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in country
The union Cabinet is likely to approve an ordinance prohibiting the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country. The law would make production, manufacturing, import, export ,transport, sale, distribution or advertisements of e-cigarettes a cognizable offence.
What are e-cigarettes?
An electronic cigarette (or e-cig) is a battery-powered vaporizer that mimics tobacco smoking. It works by heating up a nicotine liquid, called “juice.”
Nicotine juice (or e-juice) comes in various flavors and nicotine levels. e-liquid is composed of five ingredients: vegetable glycerin (a material used in all types of food and personal care products, like toothpaste) and propylene glycol (a solvent most commonly used in fog machines.) propylene glycol is the ingredient that produces thicker clouds of vapor.
Proponents of e-cigs argue that the practice is healthier than traditional cigarettes because users are only inhaling water vapour and nicotine.
Why it’s hard to regulate them?
As e-cigarettes contain nicotine and not tobacco, they do not fall within the ambit of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA), which mandates stringent health warnings on the packaging and advertisements of tobacco products.
Need for regulation: The current unregulated sale of e-cigarettes is dangerous for a country like India where the number of smokers is on the decline (WHO Global Report, 2015) as it increases the possibility of e-cigarettes becoming a gateway for smoking by inducing nicotine addiction and perpetuating smoking by making it more attractive, thereby encouraging persons to become users of tobacco as well as e-cigarettes.
WHO report on e- cigarettes and effects:
Source: The Hindu
GS-III: A case for differential global carbon tax.
Climate change is a global problem and a global problems needs a global solution.The most recent IPCC report suggests that we as human kind might have just over a decade left o limit global warming.
What is carbon tax?
A carbon tax is a fee for making users of fossil fuels pay for climate damage their fuel use imposes by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and for motivating switches to clean energy
India introduced a nationwide carbon tax in 2010, which is currently Rs.400/tonne.
Carbon as non-regressive:
Skewed consumption pattern: India's carbon emissions in 2014 were more than three times its level in 1990. While the emissions have increased sharply, their distribution across income groups is extremely skewed. The poor in India who contribute the least to climate change face the maximum brunt. Thus implementation of carbon tax and utilizing the proceeds for pollution control and augmenting health budget is a rational way forward.
Reducing demand: By taxing carbon revenue thus generated can be used for a systematic overhaul of the energy mix in the economy, carbon taxes address demand side of carbon based energy resources i.e. reducing it ( by increasing prices of carbon-intensive products).
Health cost of pollution: By reducing carbon emission through taxing there are immense health benefits. A significant part of more than 3 % percent of India’s GDP currently spent on pollution-induced diseases will inevitably come down and this cost is heavily borne by poor.
Climate finance: When it comes to mitigation of climate change the global North has to shoulder a higher burden of adjustment both because of their past and current contributions as well as their greater access to funds. Carbon tax in these nations can help to fund climate financing thus ensuring climate justice and equity.
Subsidizing renewable energy sources through cross subsidization from carbon tax can help in dealing with climate change by promoting solar energy, wind energy, cleaner biofuels etc.
Thus, Carbon tax apparently gives impression of being a regressive tax; however by implementing it in conjunction with broader health and energy policy, it can help in redistribution and helping poor to ward off the negative impact of climate change.
At the same time Carbon tax will help in achievement of goals under Paris Agreement to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Source: The Hindu
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