FOSSIL FUEL USE TO PLUNGE FOR THE FIRST TIME

Focus: GS-III Industry and Infrastructure Why in news? Fossil fuel consumption is set to shrink for the first time in modern history as climate policies boost renewable energy while the coronavirus pandemic leaves a lasting effect on global energy demand, BP said in a forecast. Details London-based BP expects global economic activity to only partially […]

RETAIL INFLATION EASES TO 6.69% IN AUGUST

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Why in news? Retail inflation softened slightly to 6.69% in August 2020, even as food prices continued to rule high, official data showed. Details The government has revised downwards the retail inflation for July to 6.73% from the earlier estimate of 6.93%. Food inflation during the month stood at 9.62%. Food […]

PANDEMIC AND RECONSIDERING 42% DEVOLUTION

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Why in news? The Fifteenth Finance Commission (FFC) will submit its report containing recommendations on the sharing of tax revenues between the Centre and States for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26 to the President on October 31, 2020. Details The Fifteenth Finance Commission (XV-FC) is of the view that 2020 cannot […]

NO DATA AVAILABLE ON MIGRANTS’ DEATHS

Focus: GS-II Social Justice Why in news? The Centre informed the Parliament that no data was available on the deaths of migrant workers caused due to the sudden nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country this year. Additionally, the government said that it had also not kept track of the job losses […]

UTTARAKHAND IS UPGRADING DEFENCE

Focus: GS-III Internal Security Challenges Introduction In the context of ongoing tensions and territory issues with China and Nepal, the Uttarakhand government, along with the defence forces, has taken measures to strengthen infrastructure along its international border. Why Uttarakhand matters? Uttarakhand shares a 350-km border with China and a 275-km boundary with Nepal. Five of […]

URBAN EMPLOYMENT AS THE FOCAL POINT

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Introduction The contraction of the economy raises concern on the employment situation as the shrinking sectors are those that create the maximum new jobs. While the ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ could be an immediate relief, the scheme cannot be a substitute for decent urban jobs. Given the structure of the economy […]

17th September – Editorials/Opinions Analyses

Contents Nationalism and the crisis of federalism Beyond the barriers of disability Farmers Protesting against the 3 Ordinances NATIONALISM AND THE CRISIS OF FEDERALISM Focus: GS-II Governance, History Why in news? Several Chief Ministers have recently complained about the growing crisis of Indian federalism. The central government backing out of its legal commitment to compensate […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 17 September 2020

Contents Russia to test, supply Sputnik V to India Special courts for cases against Politicians Amendment for RBI supervision of cooperative banks May take decades to clean Ganga water, say experts RUSSIA TO TEST, SUPPLY SPUTNIK V TO INDIA Focus: GS-II International Relations Why in news? The Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is piloting […]