23rd July – Editorials/Opinions Analyses

Contents Another front: On India, Bhutan and China The significance of Kakrapar-3 Set up a High Court for Puducherry ANOTHER FRONT: ON INDIA, BHUTAN AND CHINA Focus: GS-II International relations Why in news? For the third time China repeated its claim that Bhutan’s eastern boundary was a “disputed” area with Bhutan. A look at the […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 23 July 2020

Contents Covid-19 may further skew India’s tax profile What was said recently about India – U.S. U.S. orders China to close Texas consulate Security agencies red-flag firms with connection to Chinese govt. 24% of Rajya Sabha members face criminal cases COVID-19 MAY FURTHER SKEW INDIA’S TAX PROFILE Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Introduction, How Indirect tax […]

HIV/AIDS VULNERABLE GROUPS PETITION GLOBAL FUND

Focus: GS-II Social Justice Why in news? Deprived of sources of livelihood during the pandemic, sex workers, transpersons, gay and bi-sexual men, drug users and people living with HIV/AIDS have petitioned the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) protesting against being ignored by government and multilateral agencies in coronavirus (COVID-19) related emergency relief […]

HOUSE PANEL: SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER FOR MIGRANT WORKERS

Focus: GS-II Social Justice Why in news? The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour has recommended that the government introduce a social security number for migrant workers, especially those working in the unorganised sectors which are beyond the purview of the labour laws. The Rationale Behind the recommendation Such a number is essential to avert situations […]

CHINA REPEATS CLAIM ON BHUTAN’S EAST

Focus: GS-II International Relations Why in news? China said that it has offered Bhutan a “package solution” to its boundary dispute, reviving a reference to its 1996 proposal for a territory swap to give Bhutan the disputed areas in its north in exchange for the disputed western areas, including Doklam. Forcing a Border Settlement? The […]

INDIA CLOSE TO LIMITED TRADE DEAL WITH U.S.

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy, GS-II International Relations Why in news? India and the U.S. have “almost” finalised a limited trade deal, Commerce Minister said. Details Commerce Minister also reiterated what both countries have declared earlier — that the longer-term plan is to work towards a comprehensive trade deal. As an intermediate step between the imminent […]

FALL IN HOSPITALISATIONS IN 2017-18

Focus: GS-III Science and Technology Why in news? Latest survey on the state of India’s health by the National Statistical Office shows that – Fewer Indians reported ailments or required hospitalization in 2017-18 as compared to 2014. Details The NSO Survey shows that the number of Indians reporting ailments dropped by more than 2% points […]

MONSOON FURY IN 8 STATES: DEPLOYMENT OF NDRF TEAMS

Focus: GS-III Disaster Managment Why in news? The monsoon has unleashed its fury in eight states causing more than 470 deaths due to floods and landslides, with the highest toll being recorded in West Bengal, Assam and Gujarat. Details The calamity of Floods and Landslides in 8 states has resulted in deployment of at least […]

GOVT TO REVAMP FTA STRATEGY TO ENSURE ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Why in news? Discussions have begun at the highest level leading the deliberations on a revamped strategy on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), coinciding the External Affair’s minister’s statement that FTAs haven’t helped India build capacity. Details The government is recalibrating its strategy on entering into free trade agreements (FTAs) in a […]