Current Affairs

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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ICJ on decolonisation of Mauritius

Context: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) dismissed the UK's right to govern the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean and called on its government to withdraw from the archipelago. What is the issue? The Chagos Archipelago is a group of seven atolls...

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India – Saudi relationship

Why in news? SAUDI’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited New Delhi, India. Importance of Saudi Arabia for India: Economic Importance: The kingdom is India’s fourth largest trading partner, and India is the fourth largest market for Saudi exports....

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Section 124-A of Indian Penal Code

Recent Development: Legal opinion was sought by the Union Government. What do Section 124-A of IPC deals with? The section deals with the offence of sedition. The term “Sedition” covers speech, writing or any form of visible representation, which brings...

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Geneva Convention 1949

Why is it in news? Pakistan violated the Geneva Convention What is Geneva Conventions? The Geneva Conventions are a series of treaties on the treatment of civilians, prisoners of war (POWs) and soldiers. It is also known as the Humanitarian Law of Armed...

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Collegium controversy

Recent issue The controversial collegium system of judicial appointments is under public scrutiny once again. The collegium’s unusual action of revisiting decisions made at an earlier meeting, and recommending the elevation to the apex court of Justice...

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SC/ST Act

For the second time, the Supreme Court refused to stay amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which rules out any provision for anticipatory bail for the accused. A bench said it would hear a batch of...

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Article 35A

Context: The Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging the validity of Art 35A. Art 35A empowers J&K to define a class of persons as constituting “permanent residents” of the State, who are eligible to vote can work for the state government can own...

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Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi

What is it? The 2019 budget announced the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi,guaranteeing direct income support for farmers. This has renewed the debate on the idea of a universal basic income (UBI). Under this scheme the Vulnerable landholding farmer...

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India and OIC

What is OIC? The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim...

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Global Economics Prospects 2019

The World Bank, in its recently released Global Economic Prospects Report titled ‘Darkening Skies’, has sketched gloomy outlook for the global economic growth in the upcoming years, reiterating the fears of global slowdown. Worries over trade war, weak...

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