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Controversy Over NAAC’s System

Context: The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which carries out quality checks or assessments of Indian Higher-level Educational Institutions (HEIs), courted controversy recently over the rating of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and allegations of bribery in the process. Relevance: GS II: Education, Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: What is […]

National Logistics Policy in India

Context: Prime Minister announced the National Logistics Policy, aimed at easing the movement of goods and boosting the trade sector in the Indian economy. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: What was the need for a logistics policy? Features of the National Logistics Policy How is the government focusing on improving logistics? […]

Withdrawal of Monsoon

Withdrawal of Monsoon

Context: The southwest monsoon rainfall, 7% more than normal, has started to withdraw. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said  that the system had begun retreating from parts of southwest Rajasthan and Kutch. The southern peninsula and central parts have had the bulk of the excess at 29% and 33%, respectively. Relevance: GS I- Indian Geography […]

Lumpy Skin Disease In India

Context: The Mumbai Police have ordered the prohibition of cattle transportation in the city to prevent the spread of the lumpy skin disease (LSD). Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: What is the lumpy skin disease? How does it spread? Symptoms What is the geographical distribution and how did it spread to India? […]

A Economically Weaker Sections Quota

Context: The 10% quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) of society does not erode the rights of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes or the Other Backward Classes, Attorney-General of India submitted before a Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India. Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: EWS quota: […]

Hijab Case and Doctrine of Essential Practices

Context A two-judge Bench of the Supreme Court of India is currently hearing arguments on the correctness of a Karnataka High Court judgement that upheld the ban on students wearing the hijab in Karnataka. This is concerning because it requires judges to engage in not only legal analysis but also theological study, which a legal […]

Nutrition Rating Stars on Food Packaging Labels

Context The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a draught notification for front-of-pack labelling in order to discourage consumers from purchasing packaged foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat. Relevance GS Paper 2: Issues relating to poverty and hunger. Mains Question Despite being self-sufficient in food production, India faces […]

Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)

Focus: GS II: International relations Why in News? AIBD unanimously extends India’s Presidency for one more year About AIBD – The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), established in 1977 under the auspices of UNESCO, is a unique regional inter-governmental organisation servicing countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media […]

Asian Development Bank

Asian Development Bank

Focus: GS II- Inter Groupings Why in News? Recently, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a USD 96.3-million loan agreement to provide safe drinking water and improve water supply and sanitation services in the state of Himachal Pradesh. About Asian Development Bank (ADB): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established […]