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Article 370 and the Future of Jammu and Kashmir | Editorial Analysis

August 7, 2019

Is Art 35A and Art 370 justified? The law on the subject is well settled as previous Benches have already shown approval for the 1954 presidential order. Even otherwise, Art 35A is not amenable to a conventional basic structure challenge. This is because India’s Constitution establishes a form of asymmetric federalism. Clearly, some States enjoy […]

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370(3) Current affairs class no 5 | 2020

August 7, 2019

Is Art 35A and Art 370 justified? The law on the subject is well settled as previous Benches have already shown approval for the 1954 presidential order. Even otherwise, Art 35A is not amenable to a conventional basic structure challenge. This is because India’s Constitution establishes a form of asymmetric federalism. Clearly, some States enjoy […]

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Forest Act 1927 and amendment | 4th Class | 2020

August 6, 2019

Amendments to Forest Act and Tribal Revolt Recently DISTRICTS with sizeable tribal populations saw several protests and demonstrations on Monday. The protests were organised by the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan. There were two issues that the demonstrators were decrying. One,the proposed amendments to the Indian Forest Act (IFA), 1927; the concerned amendments to the IFA have […]

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Economic Survey Lecture # 1 Role of private sector in investment

July 10, 2019

The Department of Economic Affairs, Finance Ministry of India presents the Economic Survey in the parliament every year, just before the Union Budget. It is prepared under the guidance of the Chief Economic Adviser, Finance Ministry. It is the ministry’s view on the annual economic development of the country. A flagship annual document of the […]

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Huawei and USA Conflict | 2nd Class | 2020

July 9, 2019

  What is Huawei company? Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a Chinese multinational technology company that provides telecommunications equipment and sells consumer electronics, including smartphones, headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. The company was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei. Initially focused on manufacturing phone switches, Huawei has expanded its business to include building telecommunications networks, […]

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The Editorial Decode| What are basic human rights? | Current Affairs

June 25, 2019

Link to the class: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DARIawf5jKo&t=12s” ‘Fundamental’ means the Constitution has separately listed and made special provisions for the protection of ‘Fundamental Rights.’ Fundamental Rights are different from other rights (i.e. ordinary legal rights) available to the citizens of India. Ordinary legal rights are protected and enforced by ordinary law; but Fundamental Rights are protected and […]

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Universal Basic Income || UBI || In-depth

May 20, 2019

Link to the class: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsMxcNk5kWw” What is Universal Basic Income (UBI)? Universal Basic Income is a periodic, unconditional cash transfer to every citizen in the country. Here, social or economic positions of the individual are not taken into consideration. The concept of universal basic income has three main features. They are as following: UBI is […]

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South Indian Temples Current Affairs class

April 11, 2019

Link to the class: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT6vPC3pi9w” need pdf of this video? WhatsApp me “South temple” at 8968658068 South Indian Temple architecture This video is important for IAS prelims and IAS Mains exam GS paper 1, Art and Culture UPSC QUESTIONS ON ART AND CULTURE BrainyIAS VIDEOS G RAJPUT VIDEOS

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Ultima Thule Current Affairs class

April 9, 2019

Link to the class: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2MpRKkJQOY” Ultima Thule This video is about Ultima Thule. What is Ultima Thule? What is NASA’s New Horizon Probe? What is KBO? What is Kuiper Belt? What are Kuiper belt objects? These questions are very important for UPSC prelims and Mains 2019. Ultima Thule was in news recently, as the New […]

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Shakti mission explained 79th editorial class

March 28, 2019

Link to the class: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj-nx_BOZrs” What are anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons? • They are missile-based systems to attack moving satellites. • So far the United States, China and Russia were the only ones who’ve reported the ability to shoot down space objects from ground or airborne sources. • The development of such systems has a long […]

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Electorol Bonds | Current Affairs CLASS # 39 | IAS 2019

September 18, 2018

Link to the class: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_5mY06FJsc“ Link for PDF “https://www.brainyias.com/courses/current-affairs-300-ias-2019/lessons/electoral-bonds/“ An electoral bond is designed to be a bearer instrument like a Promissory Note — in effect, it will be similar to a bank note that is payable to the bearer on demand and free of interest. It can be purchased by any citizen of India […]

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Law commission recommendations on Personal law | 38th class | IAS2019

September 13, 2018

Link to the class: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N1HFlA5ILU“ The Law Commission submitted its 268th report highlighted that the existing bail system in India is inefficient and inadequate to accomplish its purpose, as rich and powerful gets the bail with ease but the poor languish in jail. “Decisions about custody or release should not be influenced to the detriment […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 20-08-2018

August 21, 2018

IP NANI   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? Union Minister of Commerce and Industry has recently launched the Intellectual Property (IP) mascot ‘IP Nani’. IP Nani: Mascot IP Nani is a tech-savvy grandmother who is shown helping the government and enforcement agencies in combating the Intellectual Property crimes with the help of her […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 18-08-2018

August 21, 2018

National Policy On Biofuels – 2018 Relevancy G.S. Paper 3   Why in news? The government has approved National Policy on Biofuels – 2018.   National Policy on Biofuels – 2018: The Policy categorises biofuels as: “Basic Biofuels” viz. First Generation (1G) bioethanol & biodiesel “Advanced Biofuels” – Second Generation (2G) ethanol, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to drop-in […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 17-08-2018

August 21, 2018

Aurangabad Industrial City Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,3   Why in news? India is set to get its first integrated industrial city within the next five years which is Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC). Aurangabad Industrial City: The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is one of India’s largest infrastructural programs. The DMIC aims to develop several smart cities […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 16-8-2018

August 21, 2018

Cyclone Sagar Relevancy G.S. Paper 1,3 Why in news? An advisory was issued to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and the Lakshadweep over cyclonic storm ‘Sagar’ by IMD.   Cyclone SAGAR: The India Meteorological Department recently issued an advisory to the following over cyclonic storm ‘Sagar’. Tamil Nadu Kerala Karnataka Goa Maharashtra Lakshadweep archipelago […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 15-08-2018

August 21, 2018

Man Booker Prize Relevancy G.S. Paper 2   Why in news? The winner of the man Booker prize has recently been announced for the year 2018.   Man Booker Prize: The Man Booker Prize for Fiction(formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize and commonly known simply as the Booker Prize) is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel […]

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PRELIMS FACTS 21-08-2018

August 21, 2018

FACT # 1 WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY    Why in news? World Humanitarian Day was recently observed internationally on August 19.   World Humanitarian Day: World Humanitarian Dayis a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It was designated by the United Nations General Assemblyas part of a Swedish-sponsored […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 14-08-2018

August 20, 2018

Directorate General Of Trade Remedies Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The Government has recently created Directorate General of Trade Remedies. Directorate General of Trade Remedies: DGTR will be created in Department of Commerce by an amendment to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961. DGTR will be the apex National Authority […]

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Ganga Prahari

August 20, 2018

  Relevancy G.S. Paper 2, 3   Why in news? Union Government has launched database for Ganga Praharis for conservation of biodiversity near Ganga.   Ganga praharis: The biodiversity of the Ganga River is under stress due to reduced water availability, habitat degradation, pollution, and unsustainable resource extraction. To conserve the ecological integrity of the […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 13-08-2018

August 20, 2018

Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET)   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2   Why in news? Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) begins operation, connecting northeast to the West Coast   Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET): Northeast Frontier Railway has started operating one lease Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) on fortnightly basis. It connects Northeastern part of the […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 11-08-2018

August 20, 2018

Central Oversight Body (COB) Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has set up a central oversight body (COB) recently. Central oversight body (COB): Central oversight body (COB) has been set up under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It is made to ensure use of videography […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 10-08-2018

August 20, 2018

Project Asita Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The Government has called for the speedy implementation of the Yamuna Riverfront Development project to make the river accessible to the people of Delhi. Project Asita: The project Asita, which is another name of the Yamuna river, aims to restore, revive and rejuvenate its flood plains […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 09-08-2018

August 20, 2018

Afrasia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review 2018   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,3 Why in news? India has been declared the 6th wealthiest country in the world by this report. AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review 2018: “Total wealth” refers to the private wealth held by all the individuals living in each country. It includes all […]

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FACTS FOR PRELIMS 08-08-2018

August 8, 2018

FACT # 1 JAL MARG VIKAS PROJECT   Why in news? The Government of India has recently launched the Jal Marg Vikas Project for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1).   Jal Marg Vikas Project: The Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) aims to increase capacity of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1) at a […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 08-08-2018

August 8, 2018

One Candidate, One Seat Relevancy G.S. Paper 2, Polity What is the context? The Election Commission has told the Supreme Court that it supports the proposal to allow one candidate to contest from only one constituency in an election. The EC expressed this view in an affidavit it filed in the petition over the matter. […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 07-08-2018

August 7, 2018

Brexit Negotiations and the challenges Relevancy GS Mains Paper- 2, International Relations Why in news? British PM Theresa May has successfully got her Brexit plans approved by the parliament after much effort. She is currently lobbying hard with other European leaders to push through her proposals despite several challenges. What about the border disputes within […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 06-08-2018

August 6, 2018

National E-Commerce Policy Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2, 3 Why in news? Recently a Commerce Ministry task force submitted its recommendations on drafting of national e-commerce policy. Why was the task force set? The task force was set up by a 70-member think tank headed by the Minister for Commerce and Industry. It was set to […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 04-08-2018

August 4, 2018

RBI and The Indian Economy Relevancy GS Mains Paper-3, Economy Why in News? RBI has raised the repo rate by 25 bps in order to rein inflation. What is the issue? While controlling inflation is important, it is also vital to ensure sufficient funds to aid businesses to capitalise on projected economic uptick in FY2019. […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 03-08-2018

August 3, 2018

Sinking Air India Relevancy GS Mains Paper-3, Economy What is the issue? The sinking Air India and the government’s attempt to privatize it is not materializing. Resolving it through the new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code could be a better option. What is the current status of AI? The airline is behind on its payments to […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 02-08-2018

August 2, 2018

Indian Health Care Sector- Vision And Failure Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2, Health What is the issue? Indian policymakers have done nothing to provide equitable medical care to all citizens cutting across classes. India boasts of having an ultra modern healthcare infrastructure but the masses in India actually aren’t even able to afford even basic medical […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 1-08-2018

August 1, 2018

Right to Education (RTE) Act: Amendments and Concerns Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2, EDUCATION Why in news? Lok Sabha recently approved an amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act. Giving states the power to detain students who fail an examination in Class 5 or 8 would undermine the intent of the Act. What are the […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 30-07-2018

July 31, 2018

Digitization and Data Dependency across the Globe Relevancy GS Mains Paper-3 Why in news? In recent times gleaning insights from vast arrays of data will be a key business differentiator in the coming decades. But there is a huge gap in reliability of such source when compared with cognitive decision making by mankind. How is […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 28-07-2018

July 30, 2018

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) of India Act   Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2, Government Policies, and Intervention Why in news? India has emerged as the third largest domestic aviation market in the world. Increasing passenger load demands for better regulatory structures and hence rejiging the AERA is needed. What is AERA? “Airports Economic Regulatory Authority […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 27-07-2018

July 27, 2018

The Transition In India’s Urban Spaces And The Unending Issues Relevancy GS Mains Paper-3, Infrastructure What is the issue? The unending problems in urban areas and the transition in India’s urban spaces demand a renewed approach to urban planning. What is the urban scenario? Over 34% of India’s current population lives in urban areas, rising […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 26-07-2018

July 27, 2018

India’s engagement with Africa Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2, International Relations Why in news? Ahead of BRICS leaders’ summit in South Africa, Indian PM made visits to Rwanda and Uganda. This is a reflection of the intensity and significance of India’s engagement with Africa. What is the significance? Rwanda is one of the Africa’s fastest growing […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 25-07-2018

July 27, 2018

Women Entrepreneurs and Inclusive Economic Growth Relevancy GS Mains Paper- 2,3 Why in news? To foster inclusive economic growth India needs to ensure that atleast 25% of entrepreneurs are women by 2025. What is the current business scenario in India? More than 20,000 start-ups in India have emerged as the second largest start-up ecosystem in […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 24-07-2018

July 25, 2018

The Indian Apparel Market and the Challenges Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? ­ The union government raised import levies on 50 items from fiber to apparel. How is India’s apparel import? Readymade garments (RMG) imports increased from Rs. 2,643 Crore in 2013-14 to Rs. 4,983 Crore in 2017-18 amounting to a compound annual […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 21-07-2018

July 21, 2018

Warli Art Relevancy GS. Paper 1 Why in news? Important article on Warli Art in the Hindu. Warli art: Warli is a tribal art form that was mostly created by the Adivasis of the Western Ghats. It is one of the oldest art forms in India. It originated in Maharashtra and is still practiced. This […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 20-07-2018

July 21, 2018

Swachh Iconic Places Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? Ten new Swachh Iconic Places have been launched under Swachh Bharat Mission. Swachh Iconic Places: The Swachh Iconic Places is an initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission. It is a special clean-up initiative focused on select iconic heritage, spiritual and cultural places in the country. […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 19-07-2018

July 19, 2018

The Concerns Associated With Ayushman Bharat Programme   Relevancy GS Paper-2, Health What is the issue? Hospitals are displeased with the provisions of the Ayushman Bharat Programme. Why the Programme is under scanner? Government recently published the rates that insurance companies would pay hospitals. This applies for the 1,350 procedures covered under the scheme. Hospitals […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 18-07-2018

July 19, 2018

Reserve Bank Of India’s Report On State Finances Relevancy GS Paper-3, Economy Why in news? The Reserve Bank of India recently brought out the ‘Report on State Finances’. What did the report say? RBI has warned that many States may face fiscal risks this year. States budgeted a gross fiscal deficit (GFD) to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio of 2.7% […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 17-07-2018

July 18, 2018

S-400 Triumf- What, Why & How Relevancy GS Paper- 2, 3, Internal security, science and technology Why in news? S-400 Triumf is in the middle of an ongoing stand-off between Russia and Western nations. What is S-400 Triumf? S-400 Triumf is one of the world’s most advanced air defense systems. The system is a large […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 16-07-2018

July 18, 2018

Indian Judiciary & The Many Ongoing Crisis Relevancy GS Paper-2, Judiciary What is the current crisis in Indian Judiciary? The prevailing extraordinary socio-political situation has brought India’s judiciary in the midst of a crisis. Of late the Indian judiciary is repeatedly being accused of overreach and it also presently facing unprecedented divisions among its ranks. […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 14-07-2018

July 17, 2018

 ‘Replace’ Campaign By WHO   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched ‘REPLACE’ campaign to eliminate industrially-produced artificial Trans-fats from the global food supply by 2023. ‘REPLACE’ campaign by WHO: WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to over 5,00,000 deaths worldwide from cardiovascular diseases. Industrially-produced […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 13-07-2018

July 16, 2018

Scheme Rythu Bandhu (Case Study)   Relevance: GS Mains paper II, III Agriculture, government schemes Why in news? An agriculture support scheme for farmers in Telangana called RYTHU BANDHU has earned the appreciation of outgoing Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. This scheme can be the template for social and agricultural policy. Provisions under RYTHU BANDHU […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 12-07-2018

July 12, 2018

One Election or Simultaneous elections   Relevancy GS Paper-2, Polity Why in news? Political parties are divided on the issue of holding simultaneous elections during consultations with the Law Commission. How having one election is better than simultaneous elections? Frequent elections impose a burden on human resources. They also impede the development process due to the promulgation of […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 11-07-2018

July 12, 2018

UNHRC- What and why, US’s withdrawal from it Relevancy GS Paper-2, International Relations Why in news? The United States recently withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council. It is essential at this juncture to understand the role of the council in human rights issues. What is UNHRC? The HRC was established in 2006 as […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 10-07-2018

July 11, 2018

India’s Role In Reconciliation Between The North And The South Korea   Relevancy GS Paper- 2, International Relations Why in news? The recent 4-day visit of the South Korean President to India , Moon Jae-in offers scope for India’s role in reconciliation between the North and the South Koreas. What are the ongoing developments? Talks […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 09-07-2018

July 9, 2018

Indian Export and Depreciation   Relevancy GS Paper-2, Economy Why in news? The rupee’s relative depreciation gave India’s exports a greater edge. However, it is not proving sufficient enough due to structural challenges. What is the issue? A competitive currency is a good thing, but what matters much more is labor and capital productivity. How […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 07-07-2018

July 7, 2018

A New Global Roadmap to Eradicate Cholera   Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2, Health Why in news? A New Global Roadmap to eradicate cholera has been developed by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC). What is Cholera? It is a bacterial disease causing severe diarrhea and dehydration, usually spread in water. Key symptoms are […]

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CURENT AFFAIRS 06-07-2018

July 7, 2018

Indo-US COMCASA Agreement Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2 International Relations, Bilateral Agreements Why in news? A U.S. team visited India to sort out difference regarding “Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement” (COMCASA). The agreement would facilitate transfer of high-end U.S. technology to India, but there is feared that it would compromise on India’s defence secrecy. What is […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 05-07-2018

July 7, 2018

Pakistan Again On The Grey List Of FATF   Relevance: GS Prelims 2019, GS Mains paper II, III International Affairs, FATF (Financial Action Task Force) Why in News? Pakistan has been listed in the Grey list by the Paris based FATF (Financial Action Task Force) on 29th June 2018. India has welcomed this move. “We […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 05-07-2018

July 6, 2018

Pakistan Again On The Grey List Of FATF   Relevance: GS Prelims 2019, GS Mains paper II, III International Affairs, FATF (Financial Action Task Force) Why in News? Pakistan has been listed in the Grey list by the Paris based FATF (Financial Action Task Force) on 29th June 2018. India has welcomed this move. “We […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 04-07-2018

July 6, 2018

PAKYONG AIRPORT   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2   Why in news? Sikkim has got its first airport– Pakyong Airport which is considered as an engineering marvel. Pakyong airport: Pakyong Airport is a Greenfield airport near Gangtok, the state capital of Sikkim, India. The airport, spread over 400 ha (990 acres), is located at Pakyong village about 35km (21.75 mi) south […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 03-07-2018

July 5, 2018

South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network   Relevancy G.S. Paper 3 Why in news? The fourth meeting of SWAEN was held at Kolkata recently. South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network: South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) is an inter-governmental wildlife law enforcement support body of South Asian countries namely: Afghanistan Bangladesh Bhutan India Maldives Nepal Pakistan Sri […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 02-07-2018

July 5, 2018

Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2, 3 Why in news? Union Government has fully launched Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP). Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP): The Government has taken up an initiative for skill development in the environment and forest sector. It is done so to enable India’s youth to get […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 30-06-2018

July 5, 2018

Hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN)   Relevancy G.S. Paper 3   Why in news? ISRO making green propellant to power satellites and spacecraft.   Hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an environment-friendly propellant to power satellites and spacecraft. This new fuel has shown promising results in the formulation and associated tests of a […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 28-06-2018

June 28, 2018

The Issue With Uranium Contamination   Relevancy GS Mains Paper-3 Environment and Biodiversity Why in news? A recent study, has found over 30 micrograms per litre (mcg/l) of the heavy metal in parts of north-western, southern and south-eastern India. These reports of widespread uranium contamination in groundwater across India which demands an urgent response. Groundwater […]

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Operation Nistaar

June 28, 2018

  Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,3 Why in news? Indian Navy has brought back 38 Indians from cyclone-hit Socotra Island under operation Nistaar. Operation Nistaar: The cyclone Mekunu had badly hit various parts of Oman and the Socotra island. The Indians were stranded in Socotra island after a cyclone hit the area and INS had evacuated […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 27-06-2018

June 28, 2018

Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP)   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The Union Government has recently revised the cost and deadline of World Bank funded Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP). Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP): The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) of the Union Government has revised cost and deadline of […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 26-06-2018

June 26, 2018

OPEC   Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2 International Relations, International Organizations, Bilateral Agreements Why in news? The OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) met in Vienna. What did the meet aim for? OPEC members agreed in 2016 to a historic deal to cut output by 1.2 million barrels a day. This was to end a […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 25-06-2018

June 25, 2018

Cabinet Note on Methanol   Relevancy GS Mains Paper- 3, Environment and Biodiversity Why in news? NITI Aayog and the Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Gas are drafting a Cabinet Note on methanol. What is a Cabinet Note and the initiative? When a Cabinet note is circulated it covers all aspects and issues that may […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 23-06-2018

June 23, 2018

OHCHR Report on J&K   Relevancy GS Mains Paper-3 Internal Security Why in news? Recently the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published its first ever report on Jammu and Kashmir including PoK. This report has opened up controversies over the territory dispute between India and Pakistan. Why this report? This […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 22-06-2018

June 22, 2018

New Exo-Planet Discovered By Indian Scientists   Relevance: GS Prelims 2019, GS Mains paper III Sci-tech, Space, new exo-planet discovered Why in News? Scientists of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, recently became the first Indians to discover a planet after observations at Mount Abu Observatory. It is an exo-planet. An exo-planet is a planet that […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 21-06-2018

June 21, 2018

Public Credit Registry Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is about to set up a public credit registry—an information repository that collates all loan information of individuals and corporate borrowers. Public Credit Registry: A credit repository will help banks distinguish between a bad and a good borrower. It […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 20-06-2018

June 20, 2018

FDI Confidence Index 2018   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? India has slipped by three notches to 11th position in the FDI Confidence Index 2018 of global consultancy firm A T Kearney. A.T. Kearney: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index: The Foreign Direct Investment Confidence (FDI) Index prepared by A.T. Kearney is an […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 19-06-2018

June 19, 2018

The Ongoing Tussle Between The Delhi Government And The Bureaucracy   Relevancy GS Mains Paper- 2 (Governance) Why in news? There is an ongoing tussle between the elected government and the bureaucracy in Delhi. What is the issue between the Delhi Government and the Bureaucracy? Government Delhi CM Kejriwal has said there was “de facto […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 18-06-2018

June 18, 2018

Green Revolution – Krishonnati Yojana Relevancy G.S. Paper 1,3 Why in news? The government has recently approved the continuation of the agriculture sector umbrella programme, ‘Green Revolution Krishonnati Yojana’. ‘Green Revolution Krishonnati Yojana’: “Green Revolution – Krishonnati Yojana” is an Umbrella Scheme in agriculture sector that has been implemented since 2016-17 by clubbing several schemes / missions […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 16-06-2018

June 16, 2018

Tamil Nadu Organ Transplant Allocation   Relevancy GS Mains Paper- 2, 4 Governance (health), Ethics Why in news? Irregularities in connection with organ transplantations have been found in the state of Tamil Nadu. Organ transplantation in Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu is a pioneer in orderly and transparent allocation of deceased-donor organs. It has worked consistently […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 15-06-2018

June 15, 2018

Global Urban Air Pollution Database   Relevancy G. S. Paper Why in news? According to Global Urban Air Pollution database released by World Health Organisation (WHO), 14 Indian cities have figured in list of world’s 15 most polluted cities. Global urban air pollution database: The WHO global air pollution database was released in Geneva this […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 14-06-2018

June 13, 2018

Ensemble Prediction Systems Relevancy G.S. Paper 3 Why in news? IMD has launched systems for probabilistic weather forecasting known as Ensemble Prediction Systems (EPS). Ensemble Prediction Systems: The India Met Department (IMD) has launched two “very high resolution” Ensemble Prediction Systems. These are to generate ten-day probabilistic weather forecasts. The new systems in place can provide […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 13-06-2018

June 13, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem In India: AI Garage Relevancy GS Mains Paper-3, Science, and Technology Why in news? The NITI Aayog has published an ambitious discussion paper on kickstarting the artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem in India. There is paper talk of powering five sectors — agriculture, education, healthcare, smart cities/infrastructure and transport — with AI.   What […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 12-06-2018

June 13, 2018

India Re-Defines Its Regional Role Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2 International Relations Why in news? India is recasting its approach to the Indo-Pacific and building deeper links with continental Eurasia. Recent foreign policy moves by New Delhi indicate an inflexion point. Combining orthodox ideas from the Cold War era along with 21st century pragmatism, it appears that […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 11-06-2018

June 11, 2018

Threat to Bannerghatta zone   Relevancy GS Mains Paper- 3 Environment Why in news? At least 73 eco-sensitive villages, of which 22 are ‘red list’ villages, have been left out of the buffer zone of the Bannerghatta National Park, which remains Bengaluru’s last big urban forest. Using a 2016 Indian Institute of Science report that […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 09-06-2018

June 9, 2018

Deocha Pachami Coal Block   Relevance: GS Prelims Geography, Important coal mines, Coal Energy Why in news? West Bengal has been allotted the Deocha Pachami Harinsingha Dewanganj coal mines. About Deocha Pachami Coal mines: West Bengal has been allotted the Deocha Pachami Harinsingha Dewanganj coal mines – the world’s second largest coal mine – located […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 08-06-2018

June 8, 2018

India’s Nutrition Challenge: Obesity Relevance: GS Prelims 2019, GS Mains paper I, II, III Polity and governance, Health problems, Food security to nutrition security, obesity Why in news? In March, the government announced that it would release an annual “state of nutrition” report, detailing India’s level of stunting, malnutrition and feature best practices for States […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 07-06-2018

June 7, 2018

Monetary Policy Committee (MPC): Functions and Constitution Relevance: GS Prelims 2019, GS Mains paper III Economy, Monetary Policy Committee Why in news? The six-member monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 6th June, 2018 increased the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25%. Functions of the MPC: The Reserve Bank […]

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PRELIMS FACTS 02-06-2018

June 7, 2018

FACT # 1 Cauvery Water Management Authority Why in news? The Union government has issued a notification for the setup of ‘Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA)’. Cauvery Water Management Authority: The authority will decide the sharing of the river water among the States/UT of: Karnataka Kerala Tamil Nadu Puducherry The authority’s mandate will be to […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 06-06-2018

June 7, 2018

Repo Rates Increased After 4.5 Years Relevance: GS Prelims 2019, GS Mains paper III Economy, Repo rate, Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Why in news? The six-member monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 6th June, 2018 increased the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25%. This is the first rate […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 05-06-2018

June 7, 2018

Methanol Economy   Relevance: GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III Environment, Sci-tech, clean fuels, methanol economy Recently: NITI Aayog is working on road map for India On World Environment Day, 2018 The Concept of “Methanol Economy” is being actively pursued by China, Italy, Sweden, Israel, US, Australia, Japan and many other European countries. 10% of […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 04-06-2018

June 6, 2018

S-400 Triumf deal Relevance: GS Prelims, GS Mains paper II and III International Relations, India’s security, Indo-Russia relations, Indo-US relations, S-400 Triumf deal Why in news: India has concluded price negotiations with Russia for a nearly Rs 40,000 crore deal to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems for the Indian Air Force. Background of […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 02-06-2018

June 2, 2018

Doping in sports & No Needle Policy   Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2 Why in news? Recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia, witnessed the Indian contingent got a blow for alleged violations of the “No Needle Policy”. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has decided to implement a similar policy. A brief Background: India […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 01-06-2018

June 1, 2018

Period Poverty   Relevancy: GS Mains paper I, II Women related issues, women health issues, period poverty Why in news? A new report published by UNICEF and WaterAid found that more than a third of girls in South Asia miss school during their periods, mainly due to lack of access to toilets and pads in […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 31-05-2018

May 31, 2018

  India Vs Pakistan: The Power of Deterrence Power of Deterrence Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2 Why in news? Earlier this month, India marked the 20th anniversary of the nuclear tests at Pokhran. What is the context? The Pokhran nuclear tests signaled the de facto status of India as the sixth nuclear power nation of the […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 30-05-2018

May 30, 2018

Unsound Recruitment of civil servants Relevancy GS Mains Paper-2 and Optional Paper Governance, Public Administration Optional Why in news? The proposal to alter the current recruitment process of appointment of civil service officers is seen as unsound and unworkable. What is the current pattern of recruiting civil service officers? The Civil Service Examination for recruitments […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 29-05-2018

May 29, 2018

Effect Of Global Warming On Agriculture   Relevancy GS Paper-1, 3 (Geography, Environment) Why in news? As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists have warned. What are the consequences of rising carbon […]

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PRELIMS FACTS 26-05-2018

May 28, 2018

FACT # 1 WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PLATFORM (WEP) Why in news? NITI Aayog recently launched the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP). Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP): NITI Aayog recently launched the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP), on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The initiative is aimed at building an ecosystem for women across India to realize their entrepreneurial […]

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PRELIMS FACTS 25-05-2018

May 28, 2018

FACT # 1 INDIA BIODIVERSITY AWARD 2018 Why in news? The Singchung Bugun Community Reserve has won the India Biodiversity Award 2018. India Biodiversity Award 2018: Majority of Arunachal Pradesh’s forests are owned by the tribal communities, apart from the “preserved” or “notified” forests identified by the government. These forests are inhabited by the Bugun […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 28-05-2018

May 28, 2018

Premature Deaths And Air Pollution   Relevancy GS Paper 3 Why in news? Worsening air quality in the last two decades has emerged as one of the major reasons for high numbers of premature deaths in 11 north Indian cities. The findings titled ‘Know what you breathe’, released, were researched by Indian Institute of Technology […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 26-05-2018

May 26, 2018

Justice and Redemption   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,4 Why in News? The recent Judicial hearing in the Kathua rape and murder case has been shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankot in Punjab. This has raised serious questions about the role of society and importance of justice in child protection. What is Justice? The […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 25-05-2018

May 25, 2018

Decline of Participative Democracy Relevancy GS Paper Mains paper 2 Optionals- Public Administration, Political Science Polity and Governance: Participative Democracy, Recent Trends in Election, Reflections on Karnataka elections Why in news? The latest drama in Karnataka manifests well all the problems that are related with the type of democracy we have. The role of elections […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 24-05-2018

May 24, 2018

Women Migration- The New Trend Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,3 Why in news? A UN report says India is on the “brink of an urban revolution”, as its population in towns and cities are expected to reach 600 million by 2031. What is the issue? Women constitute a considerable share of urban migrants, but governments seems […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 23-05-2018

May 23, 2018

Israel-Gaza strip and US   Relevancy G.S Mains Paper 2(International Relations) Why in news? There was an intense protest by Palestinians at the Israel-Palestine border along Gaza Strip, which was crushed brutally by Israeli forces. This is the result of United States recognisation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite its keenly contested status […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 22-05-2018

May 23, 2018

  GDPR- What and How Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The European Union has declared the deadline for the compliance of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What is GDPR? GDPR redefines the understanding of the individual’s relationship with their personal data. It relates to an identifiable living individual and includes names, email IDs, […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 21-05-2018

May 22, 2018

15th Finance Commission (FC) & Terms of Reference (ToR)   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Whi in news? The union government constituted the 15thFinance Commission (FC) to take reviews of the financial distribution between states and the centre. As the terms of reference given to the FC have already created a controversy, it will have to take […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 19-05-2018

May 22, 2018

SINO- JAPAN Relationship- Past and Present   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,3 Why in news? China reaches out to Japan with high-level visits after years of mistrust. Lately, China has been extending olive branches to all its strained neighbours, in what could be seen as its effort to shape the new world order. Why there has […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 18-05-2018

May 22, 2018

NASA Satellite Observations Its Report On Freshwater And India   Relevancy G.S. Paper 1, 3 Why in news? NASA satellite observations of Earth have found that there is a serious decline in the availability of freshwater in India. What does the observation say? NASA used data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 16-05-2018

May 16, 2018

Women In The Renewable Energy Sector Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,3 Why in news? A study by the McKinsey Global Institute had stated that India can increase its GDP by up to 60% by 2025 by enabling more women to participate in its workforce. What is the issue? Government has committed to installing 175 GW of […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 15-05-2018

May 16, 2018

Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 & Assam Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The visit of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to the Northeast last week has left the region, particularly Assam, divided. Protests have been held across the region for and against the Bill. What is the issue? Citizen […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 14-05-2018

May 14, 2018

Korean War of 1953 & India’s Role   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The relationship between “North and South Korea” has evolved drastically past months from “complete hostility to strong cooperation”. At this juncture, it is important to note that India did play a vital role in effectuating the “Armistice Agreement, 1953”, that […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 12-05-2018

May 14, 2018

India’s Equation with China, Nepal & Pakistan   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? India is moving swiftly to ease frictions with neighboring countries. However, no neighborhood policy can overlook India equations with Pakistan, which is presently not on desirable terms. How has India China relationship evolved under Modi? China – The new regime […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 11-05-2018

May 14, 2018

Nepal tops in India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy   Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? PM Narendra Modi during his Nepal visit assured Nepal that it is at the top of India’s neighborhood First Policy. What was the outcome of Prime Miniter’s visit to Nepal? The present Indian PM has visited Nepal 3 times in […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 10-05-2018

May 14, 2018

Iranian Deal, US pull out & its implications for India Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,3 Why in news? The U.S. pulled out of the “Iranian Nuclear Deal”. The move seems directed more towards bringing in a regime change than towards curtailing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. What is Iranian Nuclear Deal (JCPOA)? Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 09-05-2018

May 9, 2018

DNA Profiling And Associated Concerns Relevancy G.S. Paper 3 Why in news? According to the National Crime Records Bureau, only about a quarter of rape cases ended in conviction in 2016. These rates are low in other countries too. The outrage over these attacks has reinforced the belief that India needs a sex offenders’ database […]

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DNA Profiling And Associated Concerns

May 9, 2018

Relevancy G.S. Paper 3 Why in news? According to the National Crime Records Bureau, only about a quarter of rape cases ended in conviction in 2016. These rates are low in other countries too. The outrage over these attacks has reinforced the belief that India needs a sex offenders’ database or a DNA database of […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 08-05-2018

May 9, 2018

Crude Oil Price Rise – How And Why Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,3 Why in news? Crude oil prices have risen to their highest level since late-2014. In this backdrop, changes to the domestic fuel pricing regime have raised some concerns. How things progressed recently? Brent crude oil is the international benchmark price for oil. It […]

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Current Affairs 07-05-2018

May 8, 2018

Simultaneous Elections Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? The idea of holding elections simultaneously to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies got a push from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. What is understood by “simultaneous elections”? Simultaneous Elections in India refers to holding elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies simultaneously, once in a […]

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Current Affairs 05-05-2018

May 7, 2018

Green Revolution- Krishonnati Yojana Relevancy: GS prelims, GS mains paper III Agriculture, green revolution, krishonnati yojana Why in news? The cabinet committee on economic affairs (ccea), chaired by the prime minister has given approval for the umbrella scheme, “green revolution – krishonnati yojana” in agriculture sector beyond 12th five year plan for the period from 2017-18 […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 04-05-2018

May 4, 2018

 Decentralized Governance & Local Democracy Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 Why in news? It’s been a quarter century since the introduction of decentralized democratic governance in India. At this juncture it is crucial to look back and reflect on the not-so-encouraging performance. How decentralized governance came into existence? Decentralized governance was established through the 73rd and […]

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 03-05-2018

May 4, 2018

RBI and Virtual Currencies Relevancy G.S. Paper 2,3 Why in news? RBI directed all agencies regulated by it to stop doing any business with persons (or entities) dealing with Virtual Currencies (VC). The government and the RBI had already been flagging the inherent risks in dealing with crypto-currencies. What are the guidelines issued? In what […]

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18-04(2018)

April 18, 2018

    Reforms in Education Sector Relevancy G.S. Paper 2 ü Political developments in education sector ü  Structures to replace UGC ü  Current issue and way forward Recently: The government ushered in multiple reforms in the higher education sector. While these are positives, a comprehensive overhaul of UGC and other regulatory structures is long overdue. […]

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