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China’s economy weakens

Context: China’s National Bureau of Statistics has reported that third-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth has slowed to 4.9%, hence, there are concerns that a slowing Chinese economy could impact the incipient global recovery and regional economies like India as well. Relevance: GS-III: Indian Economy (Growth and Development of Indian, Economy, Foreign Trade) Dimensions of […]

Experts call for review of IMF role

Context: Leading experts have suggested the need to review the role of IMF due to changing economic weight of emerging countries, stressing on completing quota reforms and maintaining data integrity amid the World Bank discontinuing its Ease of Doing Business reports. Relevance: GS-III: Indian Economy (International Organizations) Dimensions of the Article: International Monetary Fund (IMF) […]

UNEP production gap report 2021

Context: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently released its report called “2021 Production Gap Report”. According to the report, government’s plan to produce fossil fuels will evade the Paris Deal limits. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Conservation of Environment and Ecology, International Treaties and Agreements, International Organizations and their reports) Dimensions […]

Covid-19 and rise in child sexual abuse online

Context: The Global Threat Assessment report 2021, by WeProtect Global Alliance said COVID-19 had contributed to a significant spike in child sexual exploitation and abuse online. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Children, Vulnerable Sections) Dimensions of the Article: Global Threat Assessment report 2021 Report: Most Online Content on Child Sexual Abuse […]

‘Double-dip’: La Nina formed for second year in a row

Context: A La Nina system has formed for the second year in a row, according to the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Two La Ninas happening one after the other (with a transition through ENSO neutral conditions in between) is not uncommon. It is usually referred to as a […]

Pakistan retained on FATF’s ‘greylist’ again

Context: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on October 2021  retained Pakistan in the ‘greylist’ yet again, observing that it needed to further demonstrate that investigations and prosecutions were being pursued against the senior leadership of U.N.-designated terror groups, which include Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Relevance: GS-II: International Relations (International Groupings or Agreements […]

MHA: Update photos on ePrisons database

Context: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has advised the States to update recent photographs of prisoners released on parole in the ‘ePrisons’ and ‘Interoperable Criminal Justice System’ database. Relevance: GS-II: Governance (Government Policies and Initiatives, e-Governance, Accountability in Governance) Dimensions of the Article: About the e-Prisons project About the Inter-operable Criminal Justice System About […]

Guidelines for non-transgenic gene editing

Context: The Government is yet to decide on a research proposal from its own scientists which would allow plants to be genetically modified without the need for conventional transgenic technology. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Science and Technology (Biotechnology, Genetically Modified crops), GS-III: Agriculture Dimensions of the Article: About the Newer technologies for GM About the GEAC’s […]

Draft policy on national database of PwD

Context: A national database of persons with disabilities (PwD) linking their Unique Disability Identity (UDID) numbers with welfare schemes and education and health services was among the proposals of the draft National Policy for PwD, 2021. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Vulnerable Sections, Welfare Schemes, Government Policies and Interventions, Social Empowerment, Issues Relating to Development) Dimensions […]

Odisha to relocate families from Debrigarh wildlife

Context: Recently, the Odisha Government has decided to relocate around 420 families from four zero-connectivity villages in Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary. The relocation is aimed at reducing man-animal conflict and providing better living conditions to the displaced families. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Protected Areas in news) Dimensions of the Article: About the Debrigarh wildlife […]