UPPSC PCS Notification 2020 Out

The UPPSC notification for the PCS Examination 2020 has been released by the commission on 21st April 2020. The last date to submit the application is 21st May 2020.  The important dates as per the UPPSC PCS Notification 2020 and official calendar are: Last Date for the Payment of Fees – May 18, 2020 Last […]

NO NEW COVID CASES AFTER MAY 16 IN INDIA, SAYS STUDY

Why in news? A study showed that the lockdown had slowed the rate of transmission and increased the doubling time, the period it took for cases to double, to about 10 days. Though India continues to show a rising trend in cases, this projection also showed a forecast that says new cases would cease by […]

MOST OF RS TIME SPENT ON ISSUES OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Why in news? The Upper House spends only 24% of its time in deliberating and passing laws, an analysis by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has revealed. Most of its functional time is spent on deliberating issues of public importance. Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had directed the Secretariat to carry out this analysis to blunt […]

CENTRE SHOULD ACT NOW ON FRANKLIN TEMPLETON ISSUE

Why in news? The government was urged to act swiftly, before the markets reopen on 27th April, to resolve the situation created by Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund’s decision to wind up six debt schemes. Background about the Franklin Templeton crisis Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund’s decision to wind up six debt schemes is a matter of grave […]

SOUTH ASIA NEEDS A HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

Why in news? The SAARC Secretariat should play an active role in the region’s response to COVID-19, along with “someone in-charge”, according to Sri Lanka’s former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Greater regional cooperation – how can it help? We must treat the COVID-19 crisis as a humanitarian issue and come up with a regional response. […]

ICMR NOD FOR CORONAVIRUS DETECTION ASSAY

Why in news? IIT Delhi said it has got the approval from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for a probe-free coronavirus detection assay developed by it. The institute, in a statement on Thursday, said the assay had been validated at ICMR with a sensitivity and specificity of 100%, making IIT-D the first academic […]

NBWL NOD FOR COAL MINING IN ASSAM ELEPHANT RESERVE

Why in news? Amid the countrywide lockdown, the National Board for Wild Life (NBWL) has recommended coal mining in a part of an elephant reserve in Assam. The NBWL’s Standing Committee had on April 7 discussed a proposal for use of 98.59 hectares of land from the Saleki proposed reserve forest land for a coal […]

FOODGRAIN STOCK WILL LAST TILL NEXT MARCH: FCI

Why in news? The stock of foodgrains available with the Food Corporation of India is “comfortable” to manage the situation till March 2021, but it would be an exaggeration to hold that the stock is “far in excess” of the buffer stock requirement, which should include additional allocation, according to the Chairman and Managing Director […]

NO PLAN TO EASE FISCAL DEFICIT TARGETS

Why in news? Despite the strain on government finances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no credible proposal to amend the legislation meant to control the fiscal deficit, Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission said. Speaking to presspersons after a two-day meeting of the Commission’s Economic Advisory Council said the government was currently looking […]

PLASMA THERAPY TO BEGIN IN KARNATAKA

Why in news? The first plasma therapy in Karnataka for COVID-19 patients will begin on 25th April 2020, and will be carried out jointly by the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMRCI) and the HCG Hospital. Read about Plasma therapy here: