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Current Affairs 19 May 2022

CONTENTS

  1. India’s vulnerability to drought
  2. Supreme Court frees Perarivalan
  3. National Policy on Biofuels
  4. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  5. Sela Tunnel

India’s Vulnerability to Drought


Context:

 A United Nations report has revealed that many parts of India fall under the list of regions that are vulnerable to drought globally. The report also stated that India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reduced by 2 to 5% between 1998 and 2017 due to severe droughts in the country. Globally, droughts in the same period caused economic losses of approximately $124 billion.

Relevance:

GS III- Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Drought?
  2. What is the Drought in Numbers report?
  3. What is COP15?
  4. What does the report entail?
  5. Impact of drought
  6. What are the environmental aspects?

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Supreme Court Frees Perarivalan


Context:

In ordering the release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict A G Perarivalan, the Supreme Court Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai invoked the extraordinary power conferred on the court under Article 142 of the Constitution.

Relevance:

GS-II: Polity and Governance

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Article 142 of the Constitution?
  2. Background: Timeline of the legal battle for Perarivalan’s release
  3. President’s Pardoning Power: Article 72
  4. Governor’s Pardoning Power: Article 161
  5. Types of Pardon’s by the Governor
  6. Difference between Pardoning Powers of Governor and the President

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National Policy on Biofuels


Context:

The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels, 2018, to advance the date by which fuel companies have to increase the percentage of ethanol in petrol to 20%, from 2030 to 2025.

Relevance:

GS-III: Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. National Policy on Biofuels
  2. What is Ethanol fuel?
  3. Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme (EBP)
  4. Roadmap for Ethanol Blending in India by 2025
  5. Advantages of Ethanol Blending 

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome


Context:

A team of scientists from Australia have found that babies at risk of the mysterious Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, generally have low levels of an enzyme called butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) in their blood.

Relevance:

GS II- Polity and Governance (Health and Education)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
  2. What is the BChE enzyme responsible for?

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Sela Tunnel


Context:

The strategically-significant Sela Tunnel project in Arunachal Pradesh is nearing completion.

Relevance:

GS III- Indian Economy (Infrastructure)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Sela Pass Tunnel Project
  2. Why is the project important?
  3. Significance of the tunnel

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