COVID-19 MAY FURTHER SKEW INDIA’S TAX PROFILE

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Introduction, How Indirect tax varies from Direct tax Direct taxes are progressive in nature – the rich pay at a higher rate than the poor – and a fall in share of direct taxes in total revenue entails retrogression in the tax burden. Indirect taxes do not make the distinction between […]

SET UP A HIGH COURT FOR PUDUCHERRY

Focus: GS-II Governance History of High court necessity in Puducherry In 1962, when Puducherry was merged with India, the jurisdiction of the Madras High Court was extended to it. After several decades, in 2017, the Puducherry legislature unanimously resolved to have its own High Court. Reasons to have a High Court for Puducherry The Puducherry […]

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF KAKRAPAR-3

Focus: GS-III Industry and Infrastructure, Science and Technology Why in news? The third unit of the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP-3) in Gujarat achieved its ‘first criticality’ — a term that signifies the initiation of a controlled but sustained nuclear fission reaction. Why is this achievement significant? This is a landmark event in India’s domestic […]

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 beginnings of the Claim Chinese representative tried to stop funding for the Sakteng forest reserve at a UNDP-led Global Environment Facility (GEF) conference. The Sakteng forest […]

STUDY IN INDIA PROGRAMME

Focus: Prelims, GS-II Social Justice Why in news? The Ministry of HRD conducted the first ever Indian Scholastic Assessment (Ind-SAT) Test 2020 under its ‘Study in India’ programme. Nearly five thousand candidates from Nepal, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sri-Lanka, Kenya, Zambia, Indonesia and  Mauritius appeared for the exam conducted. Ind-SAT Ind-SAT is an […]

LARGEST SOLAR POWER PLANT OF NAVY COMMISSIONED

Focus: Prelims, GS-III Industry and Infrastructure, Environment and Ecology Why in news? A 3 MW Solar Power Plant was commissioned at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. Significance The solar plant is the largest in the Indian Navy and has an estimated life of 25 years. All components have been indigenously sourced, including highly efficient monocrystalline solar […]

PERMANENT COMMISSION TO WOMEN OFFICERS IN ARMY

Focus: GS-III Internal Security Challenges Why in news? Ministry of Defence has issued the formal Government Sanction Letter for grant of Permanent Commission (PC) to Women Officers in the Indian Army, paving the way for empowering Women Officers to shoulder larger roles in the organisation. Details The order specifies grant of PC to Short Service […]

RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Why in news? The Government of India today amended the General Financial Rules 2017 to enable imposition of restrictions on bidders from countries which share a land border with India on grounds of defence of India, or matters directly or indirectly related thereto including national security. Details The Department of Expenditure […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 24 July 2020

Contents Chinese companies face curbs in getting govt contracts India appreciates Dhaka’s Kashmir position China launches Tianwen-1 Mars rover mission Ties with U.S. severely harmed: China Yuva Scheme: First-time offenders get a chance CHINESE COMPANIES FACE CURBS IN GETTING GOVT CONTRACTS Focus: GS-III Indian Economy, GS-III International Relations Why in news? The Central Government changed […]