9th July – Editorials/Opinions Analyses

Contents The social contract needs to be rewritten Bad Bank: Explained Student Visa Ban: Hurdle, Opportunity THE SOCIAL CONTRACT NEEDS TO BE REWRITTEN Focus: GS-II Governance Introduction Professor H.L.A. Hart once said, “freedom (the absence of coercion) can be valueless to those victims of unrestricted competition too poor to make use of it; so, it […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 9 July 2020

Contents 2020 may be a Bumper Harvest Year Quorum not needed for routine standing committee meetings UAE in support of open skies agreement with India UGC: Safety norms drawn up for university exams U.S., China trade visa curbs over Tibet 2020 MAY BE A BUMPER HARVEST YEAR Focus: GS-III Environment and Ecology, Prelims Why in […]

UN REPORT: CLIMATE CHANGE AND DISEASE TRANSMISSION, ZOONOTIC

Focus: GS-III Environment and Ecology, Prelims Why in news? The United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) report says: Climate change can particularly affect diseases transmitted by insects. 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. Details of Climate Change and Transmission of Diseases Warmer temperatures can increase […]

U.S. POSITION ON CAATSA UNCHANGED

Focus: GS-II International Relations Why in news? Despite a change in the ground realities following the deadly clash between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) last month, the U.S’s message to countries, including India, on sanctions for the purchase of Russian arms has not changed. This message was reiterated in the […]

U.S. FOREIGN STUDENTS REVENUE AND F-1 VISA ORDER

Focus: GS-II International Relations Why in news? Foreign students in the U.S., including thousands of Indians, are left facing the possibility of falling out of valid immigration status following a Department of Homeland Security rule on attending online classes. Details The rule says those F-1 and M-1 (non-academic and vocational students) visa holders planning to […]

GOLDEN BIRDWING IS INDIA’S LARGEST BUTTERFLY

Focus: GS-III Environment and Ecology, Prelims Why in news? A Himalayan butterfly named Golden Birdwing is India’s largest, a record an unknown specimen had held for 88 years. Details With a wingspan of almost 20 centimeters, the female of the species is marginally larger than the Southern Birdwing (recorded in 1932). According to the authors, […]

MID-DAY-MEAL SCHEME: CRISIS OF THE FUTURE

Focus: GS-II Social Justice Why in news? In Bihar’s Bhagalpur district, the COVID-19 crisis has laid low the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme. Children of one of the most marginalised Dalit communities in Bihar have taken to rag-picking after the scheme, which guaranteed them one stable meal a day, came to a standstill. With schools closed […]

POSTAL BALLOTS: EXPLAINED

Focus: GS-II Governance Why in news? The Election Commission has announced that it will allow those above the age of 65 as well as those under home or institutional quarantine to vote using postal ballots during the Bihar elections. What is Postal Voting? Postal Voting is a facility for a set of voters, through which […]

IN STAND-OFF, KEEPING AN EYE ON THE NUCLEAR BALL

Focus: GS-II International Relations, GS-III Security Challenges Why in news? Despite domestic and external challenges, there is now growing evidence that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to expand its nuclear arsenal. Details China is pursuing a planned modernisation of its nuclear arsenal because it fears the multi-layered missile defence capabilities of the United […]