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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees 

Context: India recently announced that it has provided US $ 2.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East or the UNRWA for the welfare of Palestinian refugees. Relevance: GS II: International Relations United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA): Establishment and Mandate: Scope […]

Strategic Lithium Deal with Argentina

Context: India is on the verge of finalizing a crucial agreement for five lithium blocks in Argentina, marking a pivotal step in diversifying its sources of critical minerals. This strategic move holds the potential to significantly diminish India’s dependency on China for essential resources, presenting a game-changing development in the country’s resource security. Relevance: GS […]

About the Green Deposits

Context: Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it is not mandatory for banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) to raise green deposits. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: What are green deposits? Regulatory Framework for Green Deposits by RBI Conditions for Accepting Green Deposits: Transparency Requirements: Sustainable Sectors Eligible for […]

Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana 

Context: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has recently unveiled certain statistics pertaining to the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY). Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: Key Highlights of AB PM-JAY Statistics: Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) Key Features of AB-PMJAY -Source: […]

Prevention of Money Laundering Act

Context: The Financial Intelligence Unit India (FIU-IND) has issued show cause notices to 9 offshore cryptocurrency and virtual digital assets service providers (VDA SPs) including Binance Kucoin, Huobi for not being compliant with the requisite provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: PMLA Compliance Obligations for VDA SPs: Registration Requirement: Activity-Based Compliance: […]

Improvement in GNPA Ratio

Context: The Reserve Bank of India’s recent report reveals a noteworthy reduction in the gross non-performing asset (GNPA) ratio for Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs). The ratio, which stood at 3.9% at the end of March 2023, experienced a significant decline, reaching 3.2% by the end of September 2023. This positive shift can be attributed to […]

Red Sea Ship Attacks and Panama Canal Drought

Context: Recent attacks on ships in the Red Sea trade route and the ongoing drought problem at the Panama Canal have raised worries about global trade disruptions. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: Key Issues in the Red Sea and Panama Canal: Overview Red Sea: Panama Canal: Significance of Maritime Transport in Global Trade: Measures India […]

Children with Disability face Multiple Challenges

Context: In India, children with disabilities encounter significant obstacles, particularly exacerbated by socio-economic factors. Recent data indicates that a considerable number of these children lack essential medical and educational support. These challenges not only impact the immediate health and well-being of these children but also limit their prospects in terms of education, employment, and social […]

Floods and a ‘Preventive Measure’ that Needs Review 

Context: Many days have passed since Cyclone Michuang swept through, yet the residents of Chennai continue to grapple with the repercussions of a series of decisions made for them or on their behalf by a multitude of individuals. It is imperative to scrutinize these decisions as they have yielded various consequences, some readily apparent while others remain […]

Maulana Azad National Fellowship

Context: Researchers and doctoral students from about 30 universities across the country have written separate letters to Union Minority Affairs Minister to increase the scholarships under Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF). Relevance: Facts for Prelims Maulana Azad National Fellowship Overview: Objective: Eligible Minority Communities: Inclusive Educational Institutions: Scope of Fellowship: Employability Enhancement: Implementing Agency: