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Withdrawal of Data Protection Bill

Context The government has withdrawn the Personal Data Protection Bill from the House of Commons. Relevance GS Paper – 3: Cyber Security, IT & Computers, Government Policies & Interventions Mains Question Despite its numerous benefits, data localization may eventually cause more harm than good. Comment. (150 Words) The 2019 Personal Data Protection Bill Known colloquially […]

New Climate Action Goals

Context The Union Cabinet recently approved India’s revised climate pledge to the Paris Agreement, known as the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The pledge will outline India’s clean energy transition roadmap from now until 2030, and it will be shared with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Relevance Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental […]

Exercise Pitch Black

Context: Indian Force will join 16 other nations later this month for Exercise Pitch Black, hosted by the Australian Air Force. Relevance: GS III: Security Challenges About Exercise Pitch Black It’s a biennial exercise to enhance interoperability and strengthen relationships among participants. It will provide Indian Air Force a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with these nations in […]

10 More Wetlands As Ramsar Site

Context: India adds 10 more wetlands designated as Ramsar sites to make total 64 sites covering an area of 12,50,361 ha in the country.   Relevance: GS III- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: 10 wetlands designated as Ramsar sites What is a Ramsar Site? Ramsar Convention What are wetlands? 10 wetlands designated as […]

Haryana’s Cheerag Scheme for EWS Students

Context: Senior politicians and teachers’ bodies in Haryana have raised questions on the government’s Cheerag scheme, which was recently launched to offer “free education” to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students of government schools in “budget” private schools. Relevance: GS II: Government Schemes Dimensions of the Article: What is Haryana’s Cheerag scheme? What are the concerns […]

India’s Trade Deficit

Context: India’s trade deficit has widened to a record $31.02 billion in July thanks to contracting merchandise exports and a rise in imports. This is a three-times increase from the $10.63 billion trade deficit reported in July last year. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: What is trade deficit? Is it bad […]

National Anti-Doping Bill 

Context Recently, parliament passed the National Anti-Doping Bill 2021 Bill that seeks to create a statutory framework for the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: About National Anti-Doping Bill Significance of the Bill What are the Issues with the Bill? About National Anti-Doping Bill It was initially […]

SC Calls For A Panel To Look Into Freebies Issue

Context: Recently, The Supreme Court said Parliament may not be able to effectively debate the issue of doing away with “irrational freebies” offered to voters during elections, saying the “reality” is that not a single political party wants to take away freebies. The court suggested setting up a specialised body composed of persons who can […]

Financial Inclusion Index 2022

Context: The Reserve Bank of India has released the Composite Financial Inclusion Index (FI-Index) for the year ended 31st March 2022. India’s Financial Inclusion Index has improved to 56.4 from 53.9 in the previous year 2021. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: What does Financial Inclusion mean? About Financial Inclusion Index (FI Index) What […]

Regional Rural Banks

Context: Recently, a meeting was held between the finance minister and the heads of banks to discuss various reforms in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs). Relevance: GS II: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: What are Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)? Functions of RRBs Issues Related to RRBs What are Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)? Set up on […]