Current Affairs

Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) Assessment Report

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) recently released the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) Assessment report. Findings of the report: Regions in higher altitudes tend to warm faster than low-lying lands. So, a global temperature...

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India – Pakistan Relations and Terrorism

Context In response to the terror attack against a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, India announced that it would revoke the most favoured nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan. After that India launched air...

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FAME-India Phase-II

In order to promote manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicle technology and to ensure sustainable growth of the same, Department of Heavy Industry is implementing FAME-India Scheme. FAME II Scheme: Features In the Phase-II, the Scheme proposes to give...

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Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM)

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) will be rolled out by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. Minimum Assured Pension: Each subscriber under the PM-SYM, shall receive minimum assured pension  of Rs 3000/- per month after attaining the age of 60...

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Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

Context Recently, US has decided to withdraw from the treaty due to several issues viz. Russia’s violation of the treaty, development and deployment of intermediate-range nuclear weapons by China etc. Russia has confirmed that the USA has decided to cancel...

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CAG report on RAFALE

Basics on Rafale deal In April 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India will buy 36 French-manufactured Rafale fighter jets off-the-shelf from Dassault, the French aircraft builder and integrator. The Rafale was chosen in 2012 over rival...

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Prompt Corrective Action

What is Prompt Corrective Action Framework? Prompt Corrective Action or PCA is a framework under which banks with weak financial metrics are put under watch by the RBI. The PCA framework deems banks as risky if they slip below certain norms on three...

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Aadhaar Amendment Bill, 2018

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was introduced by the Minister of Law and Justice, and Electronics and Information Technology. The Bill amends the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act,...

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Venezuela crisis

Context: Venezuela is reeling under political turmoil fuelled by an economic crisis due to falling oil prices, and President Nicolas Maduro’s attempts to restrain the Opposition. Origin of economic crisis: In Venezuela, socialist governments have been in...

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North-East Autonomous Councils

Context: Recently, Constitution (125th Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Rajya Sabha to increase the financial and executive powers of the 10 Autonomous Councils in the Sixth Schedule areas. About 6th schedule: 6th schedule deals with the...

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Minimum Basic Income

Context: Recently, there have been calls for introduction of Minimum BasicIncome (MBI) in the country. What is it? The Minimum Basic Income is a social welfare system that guaranteesa basic income to households, provided they meet certain conditions.This...

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India Central Asia dialogue

Context: 1st India-Central Asia Dialogue was held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan and was co-chaired by the Minister of External Affairs of India Summit outcomes The ministerial level summit saw the participation of External Affairs Ministers of Afghanistan,...

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Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections

Context: The President recently gave assent to The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019 (124th Constitution Amendment Bill) to provide 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections (EWS) among those...

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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016

Context: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which recently lapsed saw opposition from various quarters of the country. Provisions of the bill Definition of Illegal Migrants: The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to provide that ‘persecuted’...

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Trade War

G20 Summit issue As more than 50 ministers and world leaders met in Argentina for 13th G20 summit On December 2018. Countries are increasingly announcing new trade sanctions and imposing tariffs and retaliatory tariffs on imports. The looming trade war...

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Snooping

Recent news and Governments Stance The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order authorising ten security and intelligence agencies of the country to access any information stored in any computer for the purpose of monitoring, decrypting and...

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Draft emigration bill

In a bid to address the myriad problems of migrants as well  as to draft policies to regulate the movement of Indians overseas for work and education, the government has finalized the draft emigration bill. It is set to replace the extant one under the...

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New Angel Tax Rules

Context: Government recently proposed in tax rules for investments made by Indian residents in startups, also known as Angel Tax. Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) issued notification in April 2018 for easing the norms for...

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National Policy on Electronics 2019 (NPE 2019)

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to the National Policy on Electronics 2019 (NPE 2019), proposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The Policy envisions positioning India as a global hub for Electronics System...

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DRAFT E-COMMERCE POLICY

The Department of Industry and Internal Trade has released the draft National e-commerce Policy. The primary focus of the draft policy is centralisation of data arising in India and promotion of its use for the country's development. It sends a clear...

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Chabahar Port

Context: Afghanistan has begun exporting goods to India for the first time through Iran’s Chabahar port, bypassing the Pakistan route. Twenty-three trucks with dried fruits, textiles, carpets and mineral products were dispatched from the western Afghan...

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