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Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 30 September 2023

CONTENTS: Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023 Context: In the coming years, a minimum of 33% of all lawmakers in India will be women, as per the recently passed Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023, approved by both Houses of Parliament. The current representation of women Members of Parliament in the […]

Current Affairs 30 September 2023

CONTENTS  Election Commission of India: Aadhaar Linking Not Mandatory Context: In a recent plea before the Supreme Court of India, the Election Commission of India (ECI) clarified that the linking of Aadhaar numbers with the Electoral roll is not mandatory. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: Concerns About Aadhaar Linkage with Electoral Roll Supreme Court’s Decision: […]

PIB Summaries 30 September 2023

CONTENTS Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana Context: In a significant initiative to empower senior citizens and persons with disabilities across India, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, organized ‘Samajik Adhikarita Shivirs’ camps at 72 locations simultaneously. These camps aim to distribute various types of aid and assistive devices to over 12000 persons with disabilities and […]

Alarming Trends in Global Debt

Context: Global debt has reached a historic high of $307 trillion in the second quarter of 2023, marking a significant increase of approximately $100 trillion over the past decade. Additionally, global debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is on the rise again, reaching 336%, following a previous decline that spanned seven consecutive […]

National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID)

Context: The Central Government recently extended the tenure of senior bureaucrat Piyush Goyal as the chief executive officer of National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID). Relevance: GS-III: Internal Security Challenges (Various Agencies and other interventions regarding Internal Security and their mandate), GS-II: Polity and Governance (Government Policies and Interventions) Dimensions of the Article: National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) […]

Gujarat bans Conocarpus plants

Context: The Gujarat govt has banned the planting of ornamental Conocarpus trees in forest or non-forest areas, citing their adverse impacts on environment and human health. Earlier, Telangana too had banned the plant species. Relevance: GS III: Species in News Dimensions of the Article: Conocarpus Plants: Two Distinct Species Gujarat Bans Conocarpus Plants: Reasons and […]

Controversy Surrounding Women’s Reservation Bill of 2023 and OBC Quota

Context: The Women’s Reservation Bill of 2023 has sparked controversy because it does not include a reservation quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) women. Critics are concerned about the underrepresentation of OBC individuals in important government roles. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: Concerns Regarding OBC Representation: Geeta Mukherjee Report: Arguments […]

Issues Surrounding Aadhaar in India

Context: A recent Moody’s report on “Decentralized Finance and Digital Assets” highlights concerns about India’s large-scale digital identification program, noting that it frequently denies services to users. The report questions the reliability of biometric technology and raises privacy and security risks as well. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: Key Highlights […]