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Thu 23rd of November 2017


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First ever United Nations rights in North Korea

North Korea has agreed to host a UN rights expert for the first time, granting access next week to the special rapporteur on disabled people's rights, the world body said. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar is scheduled to arrive in the isolated nation on 26 April 2017 following an invitation from Pyongyang, the UN rights office said in a statement. Her visit "will be the first ever to the country by an independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council.

  • The rights council has accused North Korea of committing crimes against humanity and detaining up to 120,000 people in brutal prison camps.
  • The North Korean regime last month boycotted a rights council session scrutinising its record, branding the body's work a "mere political attack".
  • The upcoming visit marked an important chance to study the situation in the country, with a particular focus on children living with disabilities.
  • Pyongyang ratified an international convention on the rights of disabled people, last December.
  • She would explore the challenges and opportunities the government faced in implementing that pact.
  • During her six-day mission, the expert will visit Pyongyang and the South Hwanghae Province, followed by a press conference in the capital on the final day, the UN said.

Prelims Question of the Day

With reference to 'Natural Rate of Unemployment', consider the following statements.

1. It is the level of unemployment in an economy that is just consistent with a stable rate of Inflation.

2. It is the unemployment that prevails when all markets in the economy are in equilibrium.


(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 only

(d)None of the above

Mains Question of the Day

1.GS-No party in power can afford to ignore Directive Principles of State Policy. Comment.(200 Words)

2.Political Science - Explain the role of non state actors, like IMF, World Bank, European Union and MNCs, in modulating and transforming the broad dynamics of international relations. (250 Words).

3.SOCIOLOGY - What is the impact of Globalization on the structure and mobilization of the working class in India? (250 Words).

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