RBI microfinance proposals that are anti-poor

Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) proposed to lift the interest rate cap on Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), and said all micro loans should be regulated by a common set of guidelines irrespective of who gives them. Relevance: GS-III: Indian Economy (Growth and Development of Indian Economy, Banking, Inclusive Growth) Dimensions of the Article: Concerns […]

WHO on air quality – What must India do?

Context: The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its first-ever update since 2005 has tightened global air pollution standards. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Conservation of the Environment, Important International Institutions and Standards, Government Policies and Initiatives) Dimensions of the Article: About WHO’s Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) 2021 India’s National Air […]

Govt. asks SC to set norms for quota in promotions

Context: The Supreme Court asked the Government to justify reservations in promotions and asked what exercise it had undertaken to justify its decisions. The Government has said that the time has come for the Supreme Court to “give concrete basis for the SC, ST and OBC to fill up vacancies” while stating that “there is […]

CEEW analysis: U.P. top in fine particulate matter emission

Context: Uttar Pradesh is the largest emitter of PM2.5, the class of particulate matter considered most harmful to health, according to an analysis by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water ( CEEW). Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Conservation of Environment and Ecology) Dimensions of the Article: About the Council on […]

Cabinet approves setting up new PM MITRA textile parks

Context: The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of seven Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM MITRA) Parks at an outlay of ₹4,445 crore. Relevance: GS-III: Industry and Infrastructure (Textile Industry, Government Policies and Initiatives, Industrial Policy) Dimensions of the Article: About PM Mega Investment Textiles Parks (PM MITRA) scheme Latest updates on MITRA […]

Chemistry Nobel for developing tool to build molecules

Context: The Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded to German scientist Benjamin List of the Max Planck Institute and Scotland-born scientist David WC MacMillan of Princeton University for their work in developing a new way for building molecules. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About the Chemistry Nobel laureates and […]

PIB – 07 October 2021

  SVAMITVA Focus: Government Policies and Interventions Why in News? PM interacted with beneficiaries of SVAMITVA scheme in Madhya Pradesh. About SVAMITVA SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, State Panchayati Raj Departments, State Revenue Departments and Survey of India. Aim: To provide […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 7 October 2021

Contents RBI microfinance proposals that are anti-poor WHO on air quality – What must India do? RBI microfinance proposals that are anti-poor Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) proposed to lift the interest rate cap on Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), and said all micro loans should be regulated by a common set of guidelines irrespective […]