Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 28 January 2020

Contents: Govt. sweetens Air India offer, puts 100% stake on the table Centre, Assam govt. sign accord with Bodo groups to redraw, rename territory State legislative council GOVT. SWEETENS AIR INDIA OFFER, PUTS 100% STAKE ON THE TABLE Why in news? The Union government invited bids for a 100% stake sale of Air India (AI) […]

28th January – Editorials/Opinions Analyses

Contents Crime and politics Abolition Of Legislative Council A case of wholehearted biotechnology adoption  Heightened fiscal deficit in Budget can help increase spending and rejuvenate markets Cultural rights in India CRIME AND POLITICS Why in news? The Supreme Court has taken a timely decision by agreeing to hear a plea from the Election Commission of India (ECI) […]

PIB 27th January

Contents: Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs Estimates of Area and Production of various Horticulture Crops Bodo Peace Accord 2020: Journey from Autonomous Council to a Territorial Region CENTRAL BOARD OF INDIRECT TAXES & CUSTOMS Why in news? India has risen in the Ease of Doing Business Rankings by being transparent, accountable and logical […]

A CASE OF WHOLEHEARTED BIOTECHNOLOGY ADOPTION

Context : GM cotton covers 95% of the area under cotton and that there are very limited choices for farmers The fact: Indian farmers have voted for choice of seeds with biotechnologies by planting hybrid cotton biotech seeds on over 90% of the country’s cotton acreage. Several key studies by third-party economists and sociologists have […]

ABOLITION OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

Why in news? The alteration of the status quo regarding the Upper House, Andhra Pradesh is the latest State to favor, in an Assembly resolution for its Legislative Council’s abolition.  Why was it abolished ? The allegations were raised that Council is working with a political agenda to block Legislative assembly’s proposal. While the need for […]

CRIME AND POLITICS

Why in news? The Supreme Court has taken a timely decision by agreeing to hear a plea from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to direct political parties to not field candidates with criminal antecedents. Data on criminalization in politics  46% of Members of Parliament have criminal records The Supreme Court has come up with a series […]

STATE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

Why in news? Andhra assembly passes resolution to abolish legislative council Details: The Legislative Council  is the upper house in those states of India that have a bicameral legislature; the lower house being the State Legislative Assembly. 6 out of 28 states have a State Legislative Council – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar […]

GOVT. SWEETENS AIR INDIA OFFER, PUTS 100% STAKE ON THE TABLE

Why in news? The Union government invited bids for a 100% stake sale of Air India (AI) and transfer of management control along with its complete share in two subsidiaries What will a bidder get? The buyer will get a total of 146 aircraft, 56% of which are owned by the airline group, while the […]

BODO PEACE ACCORD 2020: JOURNEY FROM AUTONOMOUS COUNCIL TO A TERRITORIAL REGION

Why in news? The tripartite agreement signed between representatives of Bodo people with the Centre and Assam government gave birth to a Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). Details After several rounds of negotiations with New Delhi, four factions of NDFB and the ABSU has signed another Bodo accord, the third one in 2020 There is going […]

ESTIMATES OF AREA AND PRODUCTION OF VARIOUS HORTICULTURE CROPS

Why in news? Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has released the Final Estimates of 2018-19 and 1st Advance Estimates of 2019-20 of Area and Production of various Horticulture Crops. Highlights of 2018-19 (Final) and 2019-20 (1st Advance Estimates) The Final Estimates of 2018-19 , Total Horticulture Production of the country is estimated to […]