20th February – Editorials/Opinions Analyses

Contents Infinite crisis: The Afghanistan Conundrum India’s defence jigsaw puzzle: The missing piece Why trade with the US matters to India? INFINITE CRISIS: THE AFGHANISTAN CONUNDRUM The Afghan Independent Election Commission’s  much ­delayed announcement that Ashraf Ghani is the winner of the September 28 President Presidential election is expected to deepen the political crisis in […]

PIB 19th February

Contents: North East Sustainable Development Goals Conclave 2020 Animal Culture Linked to Conservation for the first time at UN Wildlife Conference in India “Historical Gastronomica – The Indus Dining Experience” Cabinet approves Updating European Union Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD):  MoU signed between SEBI and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), United Kingdom NORTH EAST SUSTAINABLE […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 20 February 2020

Contents: Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill proposes national registry of clinics Appointment of CVC Lithium reserve found in Mandya near Bengaluru SEBI redefines ‘pledge’ to protect client securities What is Dark Web? STF set up to study minimum age of girls entering motherhood: Centre ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY REGULATION BILL PROPOSES NATIONAL REGISTRY OF CLINICS Why […]

Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill proposes national registry of clinics

Why in news? The Union Cabinet on 19th February 2020, approved the Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill, 2020 to monitor medical procedures used to assist people to achieve pregnancy. India and ART India has become one of the major centres of this global fertility industry, with reproductive medical tourism becoming a significant activity. This has […]

Appointment of CVC

Why in news? Sanjay Kothari, the Secretary to the President, has been selected as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The committee has also chosen former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka as the new Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission. The orders relating […]

Lithium Reserve Found in Mandya near Bengaluru

Why in news? Reserves of lithium, a rare metal critical to build batteries for electric vehicles, have been discovered in Mandya, 100 km from Bengaluru – a find that should boost local manufacturing of EV batteries. Details Researchers at the Atomic Minerals Directorate, a unit of India’s Atomic Energy Commission, have estimated lithium reserves of […]

SEBI redefines ‘Pledge’ to Protect Client Securities

Why in news? The decision by SEBI to Tweak the manner in which ‘pledge’ is defined in regulatory laws, was approved by the board of the capital markets regulator on 17th February 2020. Significance A minor tweak in the manner ‘pledge’ is defined in the regulatory laws is expected to go a long way in […]

What is Dark Web?

The dark web is the World Wide Web content that exists on darknets, overlay networks that use the Internet but require specific software, configurations, or authorization to access The darknets which constitute the dark web include small, friend-to-friend peer-to-peer networks, as well as large, popular networks like Tor, Freenet, I2P, and Riffle operated by public […]

STF Set up to Study Minimum Age of Girls Entering Motherhood: Centre

Why in news? The Centre has informed the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that a Special Task Force has been formed to study the issue of minimum age of girls entering motherhood Significance Women’s age of marriage was increased from fifteen years to eighteen years in 1978, by amending erstwhile Sharda Act of 1929. As […]