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Current Affairs 08 Current Affairs 2022

CONTENTS

  1. EWS quota
  2. Beaver blood moon
  3. Black Sea Grain Initiative
  4. Price regulation of UPI
  5. Surrogacy Law

Supreme Court On EWS Quota


Context:

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, in a 3:2 majority decision, upheld the validity of the 103rd Constitutional Amendment, which provides 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of society but excludes the “poorest of poor” among Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) from its scope.

Relevance:

GS II: Government policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Verdict of supreme court
  2. What is the 103rd Amendment?
  3. How is EWS status determined under the law?
  4. What is the basis of the challenge to the amendment?
  5. What has been the government’s stand in this matter so far?

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Black Sea Grain Initiative


Context:

In a move that allayed concerns about yet another disruption to global food supply chains, Russia last week re-joined the Black Sea Grain deal.

Relevance:

GS II: International Relations

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is the Black Sea Grain Initiative?
  2. Why is it important?
  3. About the Black Sea

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Surrogacy Law & Surrogacy (Regulation) Act 2021


Context:

The Centre has opposed before the Delhi HC a petition challenging certain provisions of the surrogacy laws, including the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Act, 2021, and the Surrogacy (Regulation) Act, 2021.

Relevance:

GS II- Government policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Issues raised by the petition
  2. About Surrogacy (Regulation) Act, 2021
  3. Eligibility criteria for intending couple
  4. Eligibility criteria for surrogate mother
  5. Offences and penalties

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Price Regulation of UPI


Context:

The recent discussion paper by the RBI on charges in payment systems has triggered widespread public debate, especially on the zero-charge framework for UPI transactions.

Relevance:

GS III- Indian Economy

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Unified Payments Interface (UPI)?
  2. Why RBI wants to intervene?

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Beaver Blood Moon


Context:

Nighttime skywatchers from East Asia to North America will be treated to the rare spectacle of a “Beaver blood moon”, weather permitting, as the Earth, moon and sun align to produce a total lunar eclipse for the last time until 2025.

Relevance:

GS I: Geography

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About total lunar eclipse
  2. How long it lasts?
  3. Why Beaver moon?

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