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What Is Rice fortification?

Focus: GS II: Health Why in News? One Year of Announcement of Rice Fortification. 151 districts in 24 states lifted fortified rice; 6.83 LMT distributed by the States/UTs in Phase II. What is rice fortification? The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) defines fortification as “deliberately increasing the content of essential micronutrients in a food […]

India and UK Free Trade Agreement

Focus: GS II- International Relations Why in News? India and UK conclude fifth round of talks for India-UK Free Trade Agreement What are Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)? Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are the arrangements between two or more trading alliances that primarily agree to lessen or dispose of customs tariff and non-tariff barriers on substantial […]

Culture of Freebies

Context The Election Commission backed the Supreme Court’s decision to form an expert committee to look into regulatory measures governing poll freebies. However, it declined to participate in this panel. Relevance GS Paper – 2: Government Policies & Interventions Mains Question “Over the years, freebies have become an integral part of Indian politics.” While some […]

The Reliability of Poverty Survey Data

Context Based on the fourth and fifth rounds of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data, the Poverty Ratio (Head Count Ratio) in Tamil Nadu decreased from 4.89% in 2015-16 to 1.57% in 2020-21. Relevance GS Paper 2: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. Mains Question “The […]

UN Appoints New Leader of UNMOGIP

Context: The United Nations (UN) has appointed Rear Admiral Guillermo Pablo Rios of Argentina as the Head of Mission and Chief Military Observer for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: What is UNMOGIP? Functions of UNMOGIP Conflicts between India and UNMOGIP […]

Gold Exchange-Traded Fund

Context: In July 2022, Gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) witnessed a net outflow of Rs 457 crore as investors parked their money in other asset classes as part of their portfolio rebalancing strategy. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: About gold exchange-traded fund Benefits of a gold ETF About gold exchange-traded fund: […]

New START Treaty

Context: Recently, Russia suspended United Stated of America’s on-site inspections under New START Treaty with Washington due to Western sanctions and coronavirus infections. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: About New START Treaty When did the process of nuclear disarmament begin? Why Russia Suspended the Inspection? What are the various Treaties signed […]

Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act, 2022

Context: The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act, 2022 provides legal sanction to law enforcement agencies for “taking measurements of convicts and other persons for the purposes of identification and investigation of criminal matters”. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: What is the use of identification details in criminal trials? Identification of Prisoners […]

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Context: New Delhi held its first political dialogue with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in Brusselson December 12, 2019. The idea was to ensure the dialogue was primarily political in character, and to avoid making any commitment on military or other bilateral cooperation. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: What is […]