Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 18 May 2021

Contents Using all options: On Covaxin licensing Using all options: On Covaxin licensing Context: As the second COVID-19 wave continues to ravage the country, it is now clear that universal and swift vaccination is the only way out to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. But with only 3% and 10.4% of the total population […]

Using all options: On Covaxin licensing

Context: As the second COVID-19 wave continues to ravage the country, it is now clear that universal and swift vaccination is the only way out to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. But with only 3% and 10.4% of the total population estimated to have taken the second and a single dose, respectively, the goal […]

Cloudbursts and Floods in Uttarakhand

Context: A number of cloudbursts caused several homes and roads in a number of villages in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli, Tehri and Rudraprayag districts to be flooded with water and debris in early May 2021. Cloudburst-like events have hit Uttarakhand since May 2021 and have caused considerable damage in the four hilly districts of Tehri Garhwal, Rudraprayag, […]

Is India’s Palestine policy evolving?

Context: The violence between Israel and Hamas has been intensifying for more than a week in May 2021, showing no signs of abating despite regular diplomatic efforts to bring about a ceasefire. At the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 16th May 2021, India, a non-permanent member, reaffirmed its support for Palestine, but stopped short […]

West Bengal to set up a Legislative Council

Context: The West Bengal government will set up a Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad), as per a decision taken up at the Cabinet meeting. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Governance (Legislature, Bicameralism) Dimensions of the Article: What is Bicameral Legislature? Advantages of having the Upper House (Benefits of Bicameralism) Disadvantages of having a second house (Advantages of […]

Creation of a new district of Malerkotla in Punjab

Context: Punjab Chief Minister declared Malerkotla the 23rd district of the State by provisions in the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1887. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Governance (Federalism, Government Interventions, Territory of India) Dimensions of the Article: How are new districts carved? What is the objective of creating new districts? Understanding the Districts in India and […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 18 May 2021

Contents Creation of a new district of Malerkotla in Punjab West Bengal to set up a Legislative Council Is India’s Palestine policy evolving? Cloudbursts and Floods in Uttarakhand Creation of a new district of Malerkotla in Punjab Context: Punjab Chief Minister declared Malerkotla the 23rd district of the State by provisions in the Punjab Land […]

PIB 18th May 2021

EKLAVYA MODEL RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS Focus: GS II- Vulnerable Sections Why in news? With a vision to build an inclusive, skills-based economy, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MTA) today inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft to support the digital transformation of schools such as Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) and Ashram Schools, among others […]