14th August – Editorials/Opinions Analyses

Contents Mauritius oil spill Explained A digital push for healthcare Why organic matter in soil is crucial? MAURITIUS OIL SPILL EXPLAINED Focus: GS-III Environment and Ecology Why in news? A Japanese ship named struck a coral reef resulting in an oil spill of over 1,000 tonnes into the Indian Ocean. The area where it happened […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 14 August 2020

Contents Internet Connectivity Improves but Gaps remain Retail inflation accelerates to 6.93% in July NHRC members flag lack of forensic labs India announces $500 mn package for Maldives India, Australia share views on 5G INTERNET CONNECTIVITY IMPROVES BUT GAPS REMAIN Focus: GS-III Science and Technology, Industry and Infrastructure Introduction to internet in India The internet […]

PIB 13th August

Contents Transparent Taxation – Honouring the Honest India ranks first in number of organic farmers Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) Sarthak, Defence PSUs and OFB products launched TRANSPARENT TAXATION – HONOURING THE HONEST Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Why in news? Prime Minister launched a platform for “Transparent Taxation – Honouring the Honest” to meet […]

50% OF YOUTH DEPRESSED, 17% LOST JOBS: SURVEY

Focus: GS-II Social Justice Why in news? Half of the world’s youth population is subject to anxiety or depression-causing circumstances and more than a third are uncertain of their future career prospects due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Details The ILO’s ‘Youth and Covid-19: impacts on […]

STATES ASKED NOT TO MAKE INDEPENDENT VACCINE PURCHASES

Focus: GS-II Governance Why in news? An expert committee on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19  has advised states not to procure Covid-19 vaccines on their own and said that domestic production capacity and supplies through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, would be sufficient for India. Details The Committee said that there will be a unified mechanism to […]

NSO REPORT ON LITERACY

Focus: GS-II Social Justice Why in news? A report from the National Statistical Office reveals that Muslims are on various yardsticks of academic marginalisation as bad or even worse than SCs and STs. Details The report shows that among the various social groups, the literacy rate for those aged 7 years or more was the […]

OVER-REGULATION IMPEDING ACCESS TO SAFE ABORTION

Focus: GS-II Social Justice Why in news? Over-regulation of drugs to curb gender-biased sex selection such as through government programmes like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ has hindered access to safe, legal and cost-effective abortion, according to a survey. Details The Survey found an “overwhelming shortage” of abortion pills or medical abortion drugs. The findings show […]

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS FIRMS TO NEGOTIATE WITH STAFF

Focus: GS-II Indian Economy Why in news? The Supreme Court asked factory owners and other private industrial establishments to negotiate terms and enter into settlements with their workers on the payment of wages during the lockdown period. Details The court urged employers and employees to sort out their differences and resume work in a congenial […]

TRUMP MULLS SUSPENDING H-1B VISAS

Focus: GS-II International Relations Why in news? Indians students and white-collar professionals are ditching the “American dream” to pursue a Canadian one because of the increasingly restrictive visa and immigration policies of the Trump administration. Details There are growing rumors and expectations that the U.S. President is going to scrap or freeze the H-1B visa […]

ECONOMIC IMPACT TO VARY IN SECTORS

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Why in news? World Bank expects India’s gross domestic product (GDP) to contract by 3.2% in 2020-21. There will be a moderate recovery to 3.1% growth in 2021-22. This means that 2021-22 GDP will be less than what it was in 2019-20. Contraction in Growth is not Uniform It can be […]