Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 21 May 2021

Contents Avoiding breakdown: On GST council meeting The outdated nature of bureaucracy Avoiding breakdown: On GST council meeting Context: After a gap of over seven months, the GST Council will meet in May 2021 as announced by the Union Finance Minister. The GST Council has taken possibly the longest pause in its functioning and since […]

The outdated nature of bureaucracy

Context: Despite its efforts, bureaucracy has emerged as a major concern for the ineffective response to the COVID-19 crisis. In the 21st century, democratic countries are still relying on traditional bureaucracies to perform public policy formulation and implementation roles. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Governance (Role of Civil Services in a Democracy, Government Interventions for Transparency […]

Avoiding breakdown: On GST council meeting

Context: After a gap of over seven months, the GST Council will meet in May 2021 as announced by the Union Finance Minister. The GST Council has taken possibly the longest pause in its functioning and since it is expected to meet every quarter, this does not set a good precedent. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and […]

Cyclone Yaas, Increasing Tropical Cyclones

Context: Cyclone Tauktae that was the first Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm in the Arabian Sea to make landfall in Gujarat in 130 years. In less than a few days after the landfall of Tauktae, there is a possible cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal called Yaas. Relevance: GS-I: Geography (Physical geography – Climatology, Important […]

Global surge in single-use plastic: Environmental hazard

Context: A detailed report published Minderoo, a nonprofit organization sheds new light on throwaway single-use plastic producers and the threats they pose as one of the world’s biggest environmental hazards. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Pollution Control and Waste Management, Environmental Degradation) Dimensions of the Article: What are Single-Use Plastics? Highlights of the report on […]

China completes strategic Tibet highway

Context: China has completed construction of a strategically significant highway through the world’s deepest canyon in Tibet along the Brahmaputra river, enabling greater access to remote areas along the disputed border with Arunachal Pradesh in India. Relevance: GS-II: International Relations (India and its Neighborhood, Foreign Policies & Politics of Countries affecting India’s Interests) Dimensions of […]

World’s largest iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

Context: A huge ice block has broken off from western Antarctica into the Weddell Sea, becoming the largest iceberg in the world and earning the name A-76. It is the latest in a series of large ice blocks to dislodge in a region acutely vulnerable to climate change, although scientists said in this case it […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 21 May 2021

Contents Cyclone Yaas, Increasing Tropical Cyclones Global surge in single-use plastic: Environmental hazard China completes strategic Tibet highway World’s largest iceberg breaks off from Antarctica Cyclone Yaas, Increasing Tropical Cyclones Context: Cyclone Tauktae that was the first Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm in the Arabian Sea to make landfall in Gujarat in 130 years. In less […]

PIB 21st May 2021

KHARIF STRATEGY 2021 Focus: GS III- Agriculture Why in news? To achieve self-sufficiency in edible oils Union Government formulates Kharif Strategy 2021. Key points: Under the strategy, the Government of India has approved an ambitious plan for the free distribution of high yielding varieties of seeds to the farmers for the Kharif season 2021 in […]