Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 22 May 2021

Contents Vaccine tourism: Going abroad for Covid-19 shots Vaccine tourism: Going abroad for Covid-19 shots Context: Recently, reports emerged of a Dubai-based tour operator offering a 24-day package tour from Delhi to Moscow, which included two shots of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine. Even as several constraints need to be worked out first – including visa […]

Vaccine tourism: Going abroad for Covid-19 shots

Context: Recently, reports emerged of a Dubai-based tour operator offering a 24-day package tour from Delhi to Moscow, which included two shots of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine. Even as several constraints need to be worked out first – including visa and flights from India to Russia – a Delhi-based travel agency has also jumped in […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 22 May 2021

Contents Kyasanur forest disease: ICMR develops new test Social Justice Ministry: Financial aid to transgender people Declare mucormycosis an epidemic, Centre tells States Israel-Hamas reach truce after 11 days of fighting Kyasanur forest disease: ICMR develops new test Context: A new point-of-care test developed by ICMR-National Institute of Virology has been found to be highly […]

Israel-Hamas reach truce after 11 days of fighting

Context: A truce between Israel and Hamas took hold on 21 May 2021, after the worst violence in years, with U.S. President Joe Biden pledging to salvage the devastated Gaza Strip and the UN urging new Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.   Relevance: GS-II: International Relations (Important Developments in the International Stage) Dimensions of the Article: What led […]

Declare mucormycosis an epidemic, Centre tells States

Context: The Union government has asked the States to declare mucormycosis, the fungal infection being reported in COVID-19 patients, an epidemic. An infection called white fungus or Candidiasis has also been found to affect some people and Covid-19 patients are more prone to white fungus as it affects the lungs and similar symptoms are created […]

Social Justice Ministry: Financial aid to transgender people

Context: The Social Justice Ministry would give transgender persons a one-time financial assistance of ₹1,500 at a time that livelihoods have been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Immediate subsistence assistance to trans persons would be given through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), for which beneficiaries can register with the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD). […]

Kyasanur forest disease: ICMR develops new test

Context: A new point-of-care test developed by ICMR-National Institute of Virology has been found to be highly sensitive in the rapid diagnosis of Kyasanur forest disease (KFD), also known as monkey fever, which is an emerging public health problem in the country. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Science and Technology, GS-II: Social Justice (Health related issues) Dimensions […]

PIB 22nd May 2021

APEDA Focus: GS III- Agriculture Why in news? In a bid to increase mangoes exports to South Korea, APEDA in collaboration with Indian embassy, Seoul and Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ICCK), organised a Virtual Buyer Seller Meet (VBSM). About Apeda: Nodal:  Ministry of Commerce and Industry The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export […]