PIB – 19 July 2021

Contents School Innovation Ambassador Training Program Digital Platform Kisan Sarathi launched School Innovation Ambassador Training Program Context: Union education minister launched the ‘School Innovation Ambassador Training Program’ in July 2021. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related to Education, Government Policies and Interventions, Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: About the ‘School Innovation Ambassador Training Program’ […]

School Innovation Ambassador Training Program

Context: Union education minister launched the ‘School Innovation Ambassador Training Program’ in July 2021. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related to Education, Government Policies and Interventions, Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: About the ‘School Innovation Ambassador Training Program’ About AICTE About the ‘School Innovation Ambassador Training Program’ The ‘School Innovation Ambassador Training Program’ will […]

Digital Platform Kisan Sarathi launched

Context: In order to facilitate farmers to get ‘right information at right time’ in their desired language, a digital platform namely ‘KisanSarathi’ was launched in July 2021 during the occasion of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) celebrating its 93rd foundation day. Relevance: GS-III: Agriculture (Agricultural Marketing, E-Technology in the Aid of Farmers) Dimensions […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 19 July 2021

Content: Leaving the past behind Leaving the past behind: India-Afghanistan Context: Two events in Central Asia last week, which India attended, saw Afghanistan’s neighbours seeking solutions to the conflict there. The first was a meeting in Dushanbe, of the Contact group on Afghanistan of SCO Foreign Ministers, and The second, a Central and South Asia […]

Leaving the past behind: India-Afghanistan

Context: Two events in Central Asia last week, which India attended, saw Afghanistan’s neighbours seeking solutions to the conflict there. The first was a meeting in Dushanbe, of the Contact group on Afghanistan of SCO Foreign Ministers, and The second, a Central and South Asia connectivity conference in Tashkent. Relevance: GS-II: International Relations (India and […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 19 July 2021

Contents Supreme Court mulls limit to role as policy watchdog Lokpal yet to get director of inquiry Midday meals leave a long-lasting impact: study RBI bars Mastercard from issuing new cards in India U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan: Quad G7’s Build Back Better World Initiative Supreme Court mulls limit to role as policy watchdog Context: The […]

G7’s Build Back Better World Initiative

Context: G-7 leaders finally came around with the proposed Build Back Better World (B3W) to counter China’s rising influence across 100-plus countries through Belt Road Initiative (BRI) projects. Relevance: GS-II: International Relations (India and its Neighborhood, Effect of Policies & Politics of Countries on India’s Interests, Important International Groupings affecting India’s Interests) Dimensions of the […]

U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan: Quad

Context: The US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity, Relevance: GS-II: International Relations (Important International Groupings, Foreign Policies affecting India’s Interests) Dimensions of the Article: About the new US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan Quad Significance of the new quad grouping How […]

RBI bars Mastercard from issuing new cards in India

Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed restrictions on Mastercard Asia / Pacific Pte. Ltd. from on-boarding new domestic customers (debit, credit or prepaid) onto its card network for non-compliance with the regulator’s directions. According to the RBI, the U.S. card-issuer Mastercard has failed to comply with the local data storage rules announced by […]

Midday meals leave a long-lasting impact: study

Context: According to a new study on the inter-generational benefits of India’s midday meal scheme Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related to Poverty and Hunger, Government Policies and Initiatives, Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: Mid-Day-Meal (MDM) Scheme How the Mid-Day-Meal Scheme came to be- Has the Mid-Day-Meal Scheme helped? Criticism of MDM scheme and […]