Current Affairs

Monsoon Deficit and Water Stress in India

GS1: Important Geophysical phenomena and changes in critical geographical features   What is the issue? Apparently, about 40% of the country is facing an acute paucity of pre-monsoon rain, causing severe water distress in scorching heat. BACKGROUND Rain...

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Sudan Crisis and Ouster of Bashir

GS2: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian Diaspora.   What is the issue? The power transition crisis in Sudan has led to a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests. BACKGROUND Sudan has been...

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Draft National Education Policy 2019 and Issues around

GS2: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.   What is the issue? Subsequent to the submission of the draft National Education Policy 2019, there were protests against the three language...

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Significance of BIMSTEC

GS2: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests.   What is the issue? Leaders from the BIMSTEC, Kyrgyz Republic and Mauritius are invited for the swearing-in ceremony of new Indian government....

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Ayodhya dispute

The Ayodhya dispute is a political, historical and socio-religious debate in India, centred on a plot of land in the city of Ayodhya, located in Faizabad district, Uttar Pradesh. SC verdict for mediation Supreme Court had referred the decades-old dispute...

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PM JI-VAN Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Jaiv Indhan- Vatavaran Anukool fasal awashesh Nivaran (JI-VAN) Yojana’ has been approved for providing financial support to the Integrated Bioethanol Projects. The scheme aims to incentivise the Second Generation (2G) Ethanol sector and...

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National Policy on Software Products – 2019

Vision To develop India as a Software Product Nation and a global leader in conception, design, development and production of intellectual capital driven Software Products, thus, accelerating growth of entire spectrum of IT Industry of the country....

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USA, India and GSP

Recently, US President Donald Trump has ended India's preferential trade treatment under generalized system of preferences (GSP) that allows $5.6 billion worth of Indian exports to enter the United States duty free. According to the United States Trade...

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Model Code of Conduct

The MCC is a set of guidelines issued by the Election Commission to regulate political parties and candidates prior to elections, to ensure free and fair elections which is in keeping with Article 324 of the Constitution, which gives the Election...

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China Blocks Azar as a global terrorist

India holds Azhar responsible for many terrorist acts in India including the 13 December 2001 attack on India’s parliament as well the 2 January 2016 attack on the Pathankot airbase. On the record, Beijing says it stands against all forms of terrorism, but...

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End of ISIS

ISIS fighters have been defeated at the final shred of territory they held in eastern Syria, marking the end of jihadist rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Timeline of ISIS How threat still exist?...

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West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is a single-stranded RNA virus that causes West Nile fever. It is a member of the family Flaviviridae, specifically from the genus Flavivirus, which also contains the Zika virus, dengue virus, and yellow fever virus. West Nile Virus...

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Global Energy Transition index

About the index Global Energy Transition Index 2019 released by WEF for shaping the future energy with sustainable use along with environment protection. It is System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy. The index benchmarks 115 countries on the...

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Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

Multidimensional Poverty Index was launched by the UNDP and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) in 2010. MPI is a measure that takes into account the incidence of poverty and the extent of deprivation. Going beyond just monetary...

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CCEA approves KUSUM Scheme

Recently the Government Tuesday approved the launch of the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) with a central aid of ₹34,422 crore to provide financial and water security to farmers through harnessing solar energy capacities of 25.75...

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Operation Digital Board (ODB)

About the Scheme The Operation Digital Board (ODB) aims at converting a classroom into a digital classroom and in addition to availability of e-resources at any time and at any place to students. "Operation Digital Board is a revolutionary step which will...

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National War Memorial

About National War Memorial Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the country’s National War Memorial (NWM) adjoining the iconic India Gate complex in the heart of the capital, nearly 60 years after it was mooted to honour the fallen soldiers...

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Tribunal Rationalisation

The government has merged several powerful administrative tribunals and assumed powers to appoint and remove their chiefs, triggering fears that the move will undermine the authority and independence of these quasi-judicial institutions. In a bid to...

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Official Secrets Act

Why in news : Rafale Deal - The Hindu Issue Attorney-General’s request for “criminal action” against those responsible for making“stolen documents” on the Rafale deal public, has brought the Official Secrets Act into focus. AG’s statement was in context of...

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