Current Affairs

New India 75 NITI Aayog Document Summary

Context Strategy for New India @75’ document The government think tank NitiAayog has unveiled the Strategy for New India @ 75. This comprehensive national strategy defines clear objectives for 2022-23. The strategy provides for a detailed exposition across...

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Triple Talaq Bill 2018

Context Triple Talaq Bill 2018 in Rajya Sabha The Bill makes instant triple talaq void and illegal. It seeks to make the practice of instant triple talaq a punishable offence with imprisonment of up to three years. What is the back ground of the issue? The...

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RBI panel on Economic Capital Framework

Context RBI has constituted a panel on economic capital framework. It will be headed by Ex-RBI governor Bimal Jalan. RBI has constituted a panel on economic capital framework. It will be headed by Ex-RBI governor Bimal Jalan. The expert panel on RBI’s...

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Citizen-led employment generation

Context Opinion on Livemint on jobless growth and citizen–led employment generation. Employment scenario in India During the last decade (2001-11), the growth rate of the labour force (2.23 per cent) was significantly higher than the growth rate of...

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Altruistic Surrogacy

Context The Lok Sabha passed a Bill banning commercial surrogacy Altruistic surrogacy? According to the new Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, approved by the Lok Sabha, it includes contracting a ‘close relative’ as a surrogate by a heterosexual married couple...

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Hydropower projects and river ecosystems

Context Several hydropower projects at Himalayan region causing to reduce water flow in Himalayan Rivers and its tributaries. Today, several hydropower projects are mushrooming at the source of the river Ganga, which is the Garhwal range of the Himalayas....

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SDG India index 2018

Context The NITI Aayog has released the Baseline Report of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2018. It documents the progress made by India’s States and Union Territories (UTs) towards implementation of the 2030 SDG targets. SDG India...

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Gulf co-operation council and impending crisis

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a political and economic alliance of six countries in the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Established in 1981, the GCC promotes...

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National Supercomputing mission

What is National Supercomputing mission? The Mission envisages empowering national academic and R&D institutions spread over the country by installing a vast supercomputing grid comprising of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities. These...

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Social Audit

History of social audit in India In India, social audits were first made statutory in a 2005 Rural Employment Act and government also issued the Social Audit Rules in 2011 under the MGNREGA Act. Social audits are generally supervised by autonomous bodies...

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Cop 24 Katowice

Brief background of the climate change efforts. (globally) In 1992, countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to consider what they could do to limit global temperature increases and the...

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Capital Punishment

Present context in India India retains capital punishment for a number of serious offences. But imposition of the capital punishment is not always followed by execution (even when it is upheld on appeal), because of the possibility of commutation to life...

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Eco-Sensitive Zones

Why in News? The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had issued a new draft notification for reducing the Eco-Sensitive Zone of Bannerghatta National Park (BNP), Bengaluru in Karnataka. The reduction in the ESZ, may open more areas...

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Dam Safety Bill 2018

Background Dam safety is responsibility of dam owners which are generally state governments, central and state power generating PSUs, municipalities and private companies. In 1979 central government has created Dam Safety Organization in Central Water...

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Land Acquisition And Related Issues In India

Why in news? The Supreme Court issued notices to five states seeking their responses on a plea by Medha Patkar, challenging the validity of certain amendments made by them to a central law of 2013 on land acquisition. What is LAA act of 1894? Land...

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UN Framework to combat International Terrorism

About the ‘UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact’ The framework is an agreement between the UN chief, 36 organisational entities, the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organisation to better serve the...

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GM Crops and related issues in India

BT crops: A big Failure The article ‘Modern Technologies for Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security’ was recently published. It is authored by P.C. Kesavan and Prof. Swaminathan, senior functionaries of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)....

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