Current Affairs

Code on Wages Bill

GS2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   What is the issue? In executing its plans on converting 35-odd labour laws into 4 codes, the government plans to...

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Hong Kong Protests and related issues

What is the issue? Protest erupted after the controversial extradition law push forwarded on Hong Kong. Lakhs of protesters marched the streets of Hong Kong in the biggest protest since the Umbrella Revolution of September-December 2014. BACKGROUND Hong...

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SEBI Norms for Credit Rating Agencies

What is the issue? Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has released a new framework for financial disclosure by credit rating agencies (CRAs). BACKGROUND Credit Rating Agencies (CRAs) are companies that evaluate the financial condition of issuers...

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Blacklisting Pakistan under FATF

GS2&3: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.   What is the issue? The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is to hold its...

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St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

What is the issue? The 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) was recently held in St. Petersburg, Russia. BACKGROUND The first SPIEF was held in 1997. Now over past two decades, it has become one of leading global platforms for...

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Shanta Kumar Committee

GS 2: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger.    What is the issue? Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution,...

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Impact of Air Pollution on Human Health

GS3: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment   What is the issue? The United Nations has warned that 9 out of 10 people on the planet are now breathing polluted air and nobody is safe from air pollution, in a...

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Why India needs a Solar Manufacturing Strategy?

GS3: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, And Railways etc.   What is the issue? India has made an ambitious target for its National solar mission and co-authored to start the International Solar alliance. Despite making significant progress in...

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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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