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PIB – 20 August 2021

DEFENCE INDIA STARTUP CHALLENGE 5.0 Focus: GS III- Internal Security Why in News? Ministry of Defence launched Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) 5.0 under Innovations for Defence Excellence – Defence Innovation Organisation (iDEX-DIO) through video conferencing. Details: The launch of DISC 5.0 is a massive leap towards leveraging the startup ecosystem to develop India’s defence […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 19th August 2021 | Legacy IAS Academy

Contents UNITE Aware Platform to help protect U.N. peacekeepers NHRC on slow criminal justice reform process India to host second UNWGIC in 2022 UNITE Aware Platform to help protect U.N. peacekeepers Context: Presiding over a United Nations Security Council open debate on technology and peacekeeping, his first as External Affairs Minister announced the rollout of […]

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Decentralized Procurement Scheme (DCP)

Context: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (Standing Committee) flagged the only 23 states have implemented the Decentralized Procurement Scheme (DCP) so far — 15 to procure rice and eight to procure wheat — despite the scheme being in place for 23 years.   Relevance: GS-III: Agriculture (Public Distribution System PDS, […]

Impact of delay in Census 2021

Context: Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs has said in the Lok Sabha that owing to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, Census 2021 and other Census-related field activities have been postponed until further orders. It was also said that the Census 2021 will be carried out using a mobile phone app. It will be used […]

Minorities must be treated as ‘weaker sections’: NCM

Context: The Delhi High Court extended the deadline given to the Centre to nominate persons to all the vacant positions in the National Commission for Minorities by two months (till September 2021). The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) is now down to just one member. There is only one vice-chairperson, who is currently functioning in […]

Finance Minister and TN on fuel taxes and GST for fuel

Context: Indian Finance Minister took on the Tamil Nadu government or reducing State levies on petroleum products by ₹3 a litre, after an earlier hike of ₹7 a litre (by the previous AIADMK regime), and accused it of being party to the UPA’s “trickery” of lowering fuel prices by issuing oil bonds. Previously, the Finance […]

The many shades of religious intolerance in India

Context: The Pew Research Center launched its report ‘Religion in India: Tolerance and Segregation’. Relevance: GS-I: Indian Society (Demography, Social Issues, and Developments in Indian Society), GS-II: Polity and Governance (Constitutional Provisions, Fundamental Rights) Mains Questions: Does the concept of religious tolerance require the mixing of religious communities? Discuss. (10 marks) Dimensions of the Article: […]

Courts continue to differ in views on marital rape

Context: Four years after the Supreme Court referred to Justice J.S. Verma committee’s recommendation to make marital rape a crime, Indian courts continue to take views on marital rape that are the polar opposite of each other.  Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related to Women, Government Policies and Initiatives), GS-II: Polity and Governance (Important Judgements […]