13th May – Editorials/Opinions Analyses

Contents Riding roughshod over State governments Getting cash transfers out of a JAM Why Labour Law Rejig is no Reform? RIDING ROUGHSHOD OVER STATE GOVERNMENTS Focus: GS-II Governance, GS-III Disaster Management Introduction During the lockdowns the Centre has issued guidelines from time to time, ostensibly under the Disaster Management Act of 2005, containing varying restrictions […]

13th May Current Affairs

Contents PM: Rs. 20-lakh-crore Economic Stimulus Package India caught in U.S.-China spat over Taiwan’s status No violation of air space at Pangong Tso lake: IAF FAC on Dibang Valley Project and Amrabad Tiger Reserve Govt. identifies sectors for tax sops India may miss nutrition targets Do numbers matter in Rajya Sabha? PM: RS. 20-LAKH-CRORE ECONOMIC […]

WHO RAISES CONCERN OVER USE OF BCG VACCINE

Why in news? World Health Organization (WHO) highlight a few critical issues over the use of BCG vaccine for COVID-19. They underscore the importance of randomised controlled trials of the vaccine to understand its safety and efficacy before using it on healthcare workers. Previously, a study found an association between countries that have a universal […]

GOLD ETFS SEE INFLOWS, JEWELLERY TAKES A HIT

Why in news? Gold investments in the form of gold backed exchange traded funds (ETFs) witnessed a huge jump in the first three months of 2020, even as jewellery demand took a significant hit on account of the global COVID-19 pandemic that led to lockdowns in most countries. As per the latest Gold Demand Trends […]

ADDING CHAKMAS AND HAJONGS TO RELIEF PLAN

Why in news? The Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) has directed the Arunachal Pradesh government to include the Chakma and Hajong communities in the COVID-19 relief programme. The Mizoram Chakma Alliance Against Discrimination (MCAAD) on Friday appealed to Chief Miniter Zoramthanga to provide relief to more than 1,000 Chakma tribal people […]

ECONOMISTS CALL FOR URBAN JOBS SCHEME

Why in news? A new Urban Employment Guarantee Act is needed to complement the existing rural jobs scheme during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, said a group of development activists and economists. Recommendations MGNREGA funding to be increased to at least ₹1 lakh crore for the next three months. Relaxation of the 100 days of work […]

ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY GIVES NOD FOR NEW PARLIAMENT PROJECT

Why in news? The Centre’s proposal to construct a new Parliament building next to the existing heritage structure was approved by the Environment Ministry’s Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC). The EAC, however, said the approval was subject to the outcome of a legal challenge to the change of land-use of the plot, according to the minutes […]

DIRECT TAXES REVENUES DEFY LOCKDOWN, JUMP 36.6% IN APRIL

Why in news? Direct tax collection recorded a healthy growth in April 2020 despite the nationwide lockdown and grew by 36.6%. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had convened a video-conference on 1st May 2020, with tax commissioners to review the collection position during the lockdown period. Reduced Tax Collection estimates The government is expected […]

PIB 12th May

Contents Atmanirbhar Bharat International Nurses Day Price Movement of Consumer Price Index Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT Focus: GS-III Disaster Management Why in news? The Prime Minister addressed the nation regarding the battle against the COVID-19 crisis and how we are going to face it as a nation. Self-reliant India PPE […]