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About The National Research Foundation (NRF)

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the introduction of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Bill in Parliament, placing once again the debate on science and technology funding in the spotlight. Relevance: GS II: Education Dimensions of the Article: Salient Features of the NRF Bill 2023 The NRF Bill 2023, which aims to establish the National […]

Phosphine at Deeper Level in Venus

Context: Recently, scientists have detected phosphine at deeper level in Venus’ atmosphere than before using the James Clark Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) at Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the article: Phosphine: Properties of Phosphine: Colorless, Flammable, and Toxic: Formation: Structural Similarity: Uses of Phosphine: Semiconductor and Plastics Industries: Phosphine finds […]

About E-Way Bill

Context: The GST Council meeting recently gave sanction to issue the order making e-way bill mandatory for intra-state transportation of gold, gold jewellery and precious stones. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: About E-Way Bill: Key Features: Implementation and Exclusions: Who Should Generate an E-Way Bill? -Source: Indian Express

Delhi HC Upholds Revocation of PepsiCo India’s IPR for Potato Variety (FL 2027)

Context: The Delhi High Court recently upheld the decision made by made by Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPVFRA) regarding the revocation of PepsiCo India’s intellectual property protection for a potato variety (FL 2027). Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: FL 2027 Potato Variety Case The FL 2027 potato variety case revolves around PepsiCo’s application for […]

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

Context: Recently, the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2023 has been released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy (Growth and Development) Dimensions of the article: What is multidimensional poverty? Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) The Alkire-Foster ‘counting method’ Positives and Criticism Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Parameters […]

About The Palliative Care

Context: India, with nearly 20% of the world’s population, faces a significant burden of non-communicable diseases. Conditions such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and respiratory diseases are on the rise, necessitating the need for palliative care. Relevance: GS II: Health Dimensions of the Article: About Palliative Care: Key Points: Importance and Impact: The Status of Palliative Care in India: Availability: Implementation and Funding: […]

 GST Council: 28% Tax on Online Gaming, Casinos and Horse-Racing

Context: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, in its 50th meeting, decided to levy a uniform 28% tax on full face value for online gaming, casinos and horse-racing, while reducing the rate for uncooked/ unfried snack pellets, cancer medicine and imitation zari thread. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: About GST […]

Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 13 July 2023

Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 13 July 2023 Contents Farmer-PepsiCo Potato Variety Legal Battle Context:  PepsiCo India’s patent challenge for its distinctive Lays potato type was denied by the Delhi High Court. The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Act, 2001 (PPV&FR), which secures plant varieties and encourages agricultural development in India, is the subject […]

Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS)

Focus: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions Why in News? The collections under the revamped Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) jumped 176% on year to Rs 55,000 crore in the first quarter of the current financial year. About Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS): Eligibility: Deposit Limits: Maturity & Interest Payment: Other Details:

About SAMARTH Scheme

Focus: GS II: Government policies and interventions Why in News? Recently, the panel of SAMARTH scheme implementing partners has been broadened with empanelment of 43 new implementing partners and additional target of training around 75,000 beneficiaries has been allocated to the training partners. About SAMARTH Scheme Objectives: