DAILY NEWSPAPER ANALYSIS

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Rajasthan has become the first State in the country to implement the national policy on biofuels unveiled by the Centre in May 2018.


02 July 2019

Friends or Seoul-mates?

By Aspire IAS

With the U.S. and China playing power politics, South Korea looks to India as a viable alternative partner, Mr. Moon launched a foreign initiative called New Southern Policy last year that he had decided to step up Seoul’s engagement with India and the ASEAN countries.


The Supreme court had introduced the provision of anticipatory bail by reading down the Section 18 of Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 in march 20, 2018 to protect people against arbitrary arrests. SC also issued other guidelines to protect people against arbitrary arrests under the Act.


02 July 2019

Data Lolcalisation is no solution

By Aspire IAS

Calls for data are not new. It has been a mainstream of Indian policymakers demands from foreign technology companies.


Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has called for imposition of import duties on telecom products outside the ambit of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA-1) and incentivising their local design and manufacturing with an aim to eliminate India’s dependence on imported telecom gear by 2022.


02 July 2019

Drones to monitor tiger reserve

By Aspire IAS

The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) in Uttar Pradesh will soon be under complete drone camera surveillance


Citing historical deprivation the Centre called the Supreme Court to revisit 2006 Nagaraj ruling.


02 July 2019

Latin America seeks more missions

By Aspire IAS

India had made a promise in 2010 that it will open three new embassies in Latin American nations


02 July 2019

Reservations in India:

By Aspire IAS

We live in a free country and this freedom is a gift of democracy to us. Our constitution gives us the right to freedom and most importantly to exercise this freedom in an equitable manner. At the same time it is incumbent on the part of the state to ensure that equality prevails in all sections of the society. However in today’s time one of the major roadblocks to this equality is the Reservation System.


With the U.S. imposing an additional 25% duty on imports worth $34 billion from China, certain Indian products may become more competitive. India can focus on several goods for expanding its exports to the U.S. and China after the increase in duties by both countries on imports from each other.


Last week, the State government, currently under Governor’s Rule, moved a plea in the Supreme Court to defer the hearing on a clutch of petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution, citing the upcoming panchayat and urban local body elections.


The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”


The Government of India has decided to ban the use of 18 pesticides following the recommendations of the Anupam Verma Committee.


02 July 2019

Rebooting the system for a skills upgrade

By Aspire IAS

The Report of the standing committee on Labour(2017-18) headed by Kirti Somaiya, on the “ Industrial Training Institutes(ITIs) and Skill Development Scheme” of the Ministry of skill Development and Entrepreneurship(MSDE). It was submitted to parliament few months ago.


02 July 2019

What is GST ?

By Aspire IAS

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an indirect tax levied in india on the supply of goods and services. GST is levied at every step in the production process, but is meant to be refunded to all parties in the various stages of production other than the final consumer. The tax came into effect from July 1, 2017 through the implementation of one hundred and first amendment of the constitution of india by the Indian government. The tax replaced existing multiple cascading taxes levied by the central a


02 July 2019

Confrontation in Dhaka

By Aspire IAS

In context of recent student Protest; The Bangladesh government clamps down on dissent and democratic challenges.


02 July 2019

Our Privacy worth

By Aspire IAS

The Committee of Experts on a Data Protection Framework for India (Chaired by Justice B. N. Srikrishna) submitted its report and draft Bill to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on July 27, 2018. The Committee was constituted in August, 2017 to examine issues related to data protection, recommend methods to address them, and draft a data protection Bill.


02 July 2019

Need for digitizing land records in India

By Aspire IAS

The Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto has often pointed out that a modern market economy requires a strong system of property rights. India is a mess on this front. Land titles are presumptive rather than conclusive.


The Andhra Pradesh government has announced Mukhya Mantri Yuva Nestam scheme to provide unemployment allowance of Rs 1000 per month to the unemployed youth (between 22-35 years of age) through DBT using Aadhar.


02 July 2019

Reforming the Civil Services

By Aspire IAS

A recent move by the Centre seeking applications from ‘outstanding individuals’ to fill in 10 posts of Joint Secretary, has caused anxiety amongst bureaucrats.


02 July 2019

Decoding the DNA Bill

By Aspire IAS

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 has been introduced in India’s Parliament, with a view to creating a national DNA database for use by the police in solving crimes and identifying missing persons.


The Supreme Court has ordered the Tamil Nadu government to shut down illegal resorts operating in the elephant corridor in the Nilgris district to curb incidents of humananimal conflict and reduce animal fatalities.


02 July 2019

SC alters Lodha’s BCCI proposals

By Aspire IAS

The Supreme Court has finalised the new Constitution for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), rejecting the ‘one State-one vote’ recommendation of the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee and altering the cooling-off period for cricket bosses.


02 July 2019

Indian telescope spots distant galaxy

By Aspire IAS

Astronomers have used an Indian telescope to discover the most distant radio galaxy ever known, located at a distance of 12 billion light-years.


02 July 2019

A climate for green funds

By Aspire IAS

A recent HSBC Global Research report found India to be the most vulnerable of the 67 countries assessed for their vulnerability to and preparedness for climate change risks. The need to address the challenge of climate change is more urgent than ever.


02 July 2019

Poverty, not poor

By Aspire IAS

The Delhi High Court has strike down as unconstitutional the provisions of the law which sanction punitive action against beggars, including imprisonment.


The Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making body in the Department of Telecom has recently approved the principles of net neutrality recommended by TRAI last year.


The event aims towards Strategic growth in the South Asian region through project collaboration and Regional integration and proposes to:


02 July 2019

More Assembly seats for Sikkim

By Aspire IAS

The Home Ministry has moved the Union Cabinet to increase the number of seats in the Sikkim Assembly from 32 to 40.


02 July 2019

Refocusing on Africa: New strategy

By Aspire IAS

Prime Minister recently returned from a tour of Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa that included the BRICS Summit in South Africa and outlining of 10 guiding principles for India’s engagement in Africa.


02 July 2019

Centre comes to Kerala’s aid

By Aspire IAS

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of floodravaged Kerala and announced an immediate relief of Rs. 100 crore as the State braced for another spell of heavy rain after a fresh low pressure area developed in the Bay of Bengal.


The Delhi High Court has strike down as unconstitutional the provisions of the law which sanction punitive action against beggars, including imprisonment.


02 July 2019

ISRO set to launch its TV channel

By Aspire IAS

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will have a year-long Vikram Sarabhai centenary celebration starting in August 2019 to honour the visionary scientist and its legendary founding father.


The overall GDP, after several quarters of low growth, there has been a strong pick-up in the last quarter of 2017-18. If this momentum is maintained, the growth rate (2018-19) will certainly be above 7%.


China’s envoy to Delhi visited Punjab. After watching the popular flag-lowering ceremony, he expressed his hope for “peace, friendship and cooperation” between India and Pakistan.


02 July 2019

Proxy Voting by NRIs

By Aspire IAS

Recently, the Lok Sabha passed the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to allow for the proxy voting by the Non-Residential Indians through amendment in Section 60 (special procedure for voting by certain classes of persons).


There is rising concern about declining trade between India and Pakistan due to escalation in tensions along the borders. So there is need for concerted efforts on both sides to ease tensions through people-centric measures.


The World Bank’s latest Global Findex data proves that India has made rapid strides in improving access to formal financial services.


02 July 2019

Digitization of courts

By Aspire IAS

The Supreme Court took a giant step towards digitization of courts across the country by launching three applications to facilitate e-filing of cases, making digital payments and service of judicial notices through smartphones to the litigants.


02 July 2019

No child left behind

By Aspire IAS

India is home to the largest number of malnourished children in the world, a report, advocating that the country needs to frame policies with a focus on reducing health and social inequities.


02 July 2019

Gaganyaan: Indian into space by 2022

By Aspire IAS

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing that an Indian astronaut would go into space by 2022, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has finally got a definitive timeline for a project it has been working on for the last 15 years.


Unemployment and underemployment are growing. The small producers and the informal sector have done poorly over the last two years, and both agricultural and manufacturing have been performing poorly.


02 July 2019

India need Smart urbanization

By Aspire IAS

Residents of Bhavanpur, a village about 15 km outside Ahmedabad, have been protesting against their inclusion in the city’s urban area by the local urban development authority.


Recently government released 'Digital North East: Vision 2022', that aims to leverage digital technologies to transform lives of people of the northeastern states and enhance the ease of living.


Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study found the wide presence of GM ingredients in packaged food items sold in India.


02 July 2019

Seeing through the smoke

By Aspire IAS

Traditionally, people have been using conventional products such as cigarettes, bidis and chewable tobacco.


The unprecedented severe floods in Kerala unleashed by heavy rain, overflowing rivers, brimming dams and massive landslips has overwhelmed the State government and rescue agencies, as they struggle to make a complete assessment of the devastation.


02 July 2019

Sovereignty and sensitivity

By Aspire IAS

The National Assembly of Bhutan was dissolved and an interim government was appointed this month ahead of the election, which will be completed by October-end, marking 10 years of democracy in Bhutan.


02 July 2019

Slum policies

By Aspire IAS

India’s rapid urbanization has been proceeding apace for decades and there is growth of Slums in the urban areas and for thousands who come to the cities every day, cheap housing in slums is often the springboard to better lives.


02 July 2019

Simultaneous elections not soon

By Aspire IAS

Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat’s view that it is not possible to hold simultaneous• elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies soon.


The International Labour Organisation (ILO) on released a report titled ‘India Wage Report: Wage policies for decent work and inclusive growth’.


02 July 2019

Educating people about climate change

By Aspire IAS

Climate change has the potential to disrupt and reshape lives. There are several alarming predictions about its impact. Vulnerable populations should be made aware of the potential risks and how to cope with them.


Negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), among 16 Asian and Pacific Ocean countries, have entered a decisive phase. And it would like to see a “substantive agreement” on the trade deal by the end of this year.


With the rupee recently weakening past ?70 to a dollar and hovering about that level since, concerns over the impact of the devaluation on economic indicators are intensifying.


02 July 2019

Beyond words, India – Pak Relations

By Aspire IAS

Since the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony in Pakistan, there have been many substantive exchanges between New Delhi and Islamabad.


NASA Scientists have found frozen water deposits in the darkest and coldest parts of the Moon’s polar regions using data from the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft that was launched by India 10 years ago.


In a stern warning to bankers, the finance ministry has asked chief executives of public sector banks (PSBs) to check all NPA accounts exceeding Rupees 50 crore for fraud, else face criminal conspiracy charges, according to official sources.


02 July 2019

Pulling back from the brink

By Aspire IAS

A group of scientists has published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences deliberating on how the Earth might move into a high temperature “hothouse earth” pathway from where there would be no return.


The State can stop government doctors from taking voluntary retirement in public interest, the Supreme Court has ruled.


02 July 2019

In search of greatness (GS Paper-III)

By Aspire IAS

Scientific achievement will only happen in a culture which celebrates great art, philosophy, sports.


02 July 2019

Retrograde move (GS Paper-I)

By Aspire IAS

The Punjab Cabinet has decided to amend the law to make acts of sacrilege against the holy books of major religions punishable with life imprisonment. It approved amendments to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to make sacrilege(violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred) of religious texts punishable with life imprisonment.


02 July 2019

TITBITS/PT Pointers:

By Aspire IAS

Neelakurinji is a tropical plant species.


02 July 2019

Strengthening federal link

By Aspire IAS

The State Finance Commission (SFC) is a unique institution created by the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments (CAs) to rationalise and systematise State/sub-State-level fiscal relations in India.


NITI Aayog has launched 5 Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region. The reports from the five working groups discuss the significance, the challenges, the ongoing actions and a future roadmap.


02 July 2019

Accepting help

By Aspire IAS

Various governments have made specific offers to Kerala, from about Rs. 700 crore from the UAE to about Rs. 35 lakh from the Maldives. But the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson has remarked that “in line with the existing policy”, the Central government would meet requirements in Kerala through “domestic efforts”.


02 July 2019

Article 35

By Aspire IAS

Article 35A of the Constitution is now being vigorously contested with its constitutional validity being challenged before the Supreme Court. It has managed to create widespread legal and political controversy, despite it not even finding a mention in the regular sequential text of the Constitution.


02 July 2019

POSHAN Abhiyan

By Aspire IAS

POSHAN Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) was launched on 8th March, 2018.


02 July 2019

Trouble in the hills

By Aspire IAS

The catastrophic monsoon floods in Kerala and parts of Karnataka have revived the debate on whether political expediency trumped science.


02 July 2019

Another step in the battle against leprosy

By Aspire IAS

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. It usually affects the skin and peripheral nerves, but has a wide range of clinical manifestations.


In a major effort to improve emergency medical support to soldiers posted in high-altitude areas, especially Siachen, the Integrated Defence Staff of the Defence Ministry and the ISRO signed a MoU to set up telemedicine nodes in critical places across the country.


02 July 2019

Economy has come a long way: Jaitley

By Aspire IAS

Finace minister Arun jaitley cited the report given by International Monetary Fund (IMF) report on India in 2018. He said India had improvements in indicators such as inflation, fiscal deficit, current account deficit, infrastructure, power sector, and allocation of natural resources.


The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), one of India’s premier avian research institutes, will start operating its regional centre on the campus of Wetland Research and Training Centre near Chilika Lake.


02 July 2019

Article 35 A and the basic structure

By Aspire IAS

The basic structure doctrine is an Indian judicial principle that the Constitution of India has certain basic features that cannot be altered or destroyed through amendments by the parliament.


02 July 2019

New copters to enable tech transfer

By Aspire IAS

The defence ministry is shortly expected to release project-specific implementation guidelines for the 111 naval utility helicopters to be procured under the strategic partnership(SP) model. However , foreign companies say there is still some clarity required on crucial legal, liability and technology transfer issues.


Article 35A was inserted into the constitution as part of a raft of amendments made through a 1954 presidential order, imposed under Article 370.


02 July 2019

How dams can control floods

By Aspire IAS

world over, dams are constructed mainly for the puposes of Irrigation, power generation, and flood control.


02 July 2019

The big squeeze

By Aspire IAS

Iran is reeling under the impact of re-imposed sanctions after the U.S. walked out of the nuclear deal.


02 July 2019

Restoring dignity: Leprosy, a social stigma

By Aspire IAS

The union cabinet has cleared the personal laws(Amendment) bill that seeks to strike down leprosy as a ground for divorce by making amendments in divorce acts. Under the provisions of Indian Divorce act , it is a legitimate ground for divorce.


A blend of oil from jatropha seeds and aviation turbine fuel propelled the country’s first ever bio jet fuel-powered flight between Dehradun and Delhi. The 43-minute flight was operated by SpiceJet’s Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, with 20 officials and five crew members on board.


02 July 2019

Satya Tripathi

By Aspire IAS

Satya Tripathi appointed as assistant secretary-General of United nations and will head the New york office of United Nations Environment programme.


The Union Government and World Bank signed a $220 million loan agreement and an $80 million guarantee agreement for the India Energy Efficiency Scale-Up programme.


02 July 2019

Pieces of the Asian dream

By Aspire IAS

India vs China in maintaining relations with ASEAN nations


The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) unveiled the details of the Gaganyaan mission for manned space flight before 2022. It will be the India's first human space flight programme.


The Reserve Bank of India’s annual report for 2017-18 said more than 99% of the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes withdrawn from circulation in November 2016 had been returned to the central bank.


02 July 2019

Challenges at BIMSTEC

By Aspire IAS

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu will be another milestone for India after the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit hosted by it in 2016, as the grouping has gradually emerged as a key vehicle to take forward India’s regional, strategic and economic interests.


02 July 2019

Kudumbashree:

By Aspire IAS

Government of Kerala launched Kudumbashree in 1998, to wipe out absolute poverty fro state through concerned community action under the leadership of local self-government.


02 July 2019

Nilgiri tahr climb the population charts

By Aspire IAS

In a heartening development for conservationists, a recent census has revealed that the population of the Nilgiri thar( an endangered mountain goat) at the Murukthi National park has grown by an impressive 18% in the last two years, from 480 to 568.


The 4th BIMSTEC Summit concluded in Kathmandu on August 31, 2018 with the signing and adoption of the Kathmandu Declaration by all the seven members. The Summit began on August 30, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.


02 July 2019

Speeding up the adoption process

By Aspire IAS

The Juvenile Justice Act of 2015 introduces comprehensive provisions for children in conflict with the law and children in need of care and protection. It was enacted keeping in view the standards prescribed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Millennium Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice, 1985 (the Beijing Rules), the United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty (1990), the Hague Convention on Protection of Children an


02 July 2019

August's PT Point

By Aspire IAS

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a serious form of pneumonia. It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family of viruses (the same family that can cause the common cold), so it is also called SARS-CoV. It infects both humans and animals (livestock, birds, etc.). It had spread like a pandemic in Hong Kong in March 2003, and from there it transmitted to several other countries.


02 July 2019

India post payment Bank

By Aspire IAS

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has been launched. It will focus on providing banking and financial services to people in rural areas, by leveraging the reach of 1.55 lakh post office branches. The government aims to link all the 1.55 lakh post offices to the India Post Payments Bank system by 31 December, 2018.


02 July 2019

India and the U.S. — it’s complicated

By Aspire IAS

The first round of India- U.S. 2+2 talks at the level of External Affairs Ministers and Defence Ministers of both the countries was scheduled on the 6th of September but has been postponed by the US, citing unavoidable reasons.


02 July 2019

Inland Waterways Authority of India:

By Aspire IAS

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has made public 13 standardised state-of-the-art ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga (National Waterway-1).


The Law Commission of India on Friday said a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is “neither necessary nor desirable at this stage.”


02 July 2019

september 1 PT Points

By Aspire IAS

GDP grows 8.2% in April-June: The Indian economy grew 8.2% — the highest in two years — in the April-June quarter, driven by robust growth in the manufacturing, construction and farm sectors.


The 115th meeting of the India-Pakistan Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) was held in Lahore, Pakistan. The Indian delegation was led by PK Saxena, the Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters.


02 July 2019

Deep sociability

By Aspire IAS

We live in dark times, perhaps among the darkest in memory. Not a single day passes without news of rape or lynching’s, treacherous lies, vitriolic rumors, venomous threats, fearmongering, hatred and violence.


02 July 2019

Maoists have a tight and flowing structure

By Aspire IAS

Naxalite movement was started by Charu Majumdar, Kanu Sanyal and Jangal Santhal in West Bengal in 1967 under the banner of Communist Party of India (Marxist).


02 July 2019

Sea Food waste prevents steel corrosion:

By Aspire IAS

Mild steel used in a wide range of industries easily develops rust and the corrosion causes huge economic loss every year.


02 July 2019

Why is a Public Credit Registry important?

By Aspire IAS

Recently, RBI Deputy Governor made a case for setting up a Public Credit Registry (PCR), incorporating unique identifiers: Aadhaar for individual borrowers and Corporate Identification Number for firms.


02 July 2019

Green Tribunal steps into conserve Ghats

By Aspire IAS

The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) panel, which permitted the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF and CC) to re-publish the draft notification on Eco-Sensitive Zones, which expired on August 26, ordered that the matter may be finalised within six months. It also ordered that the draft of the republished notification be placed on the record of the tribunal.


At the 2+2 dialogue between India and the U.S. here on September 6, an announcement could be made about an in-principle agreement between the two sides on the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), but its signing is doubtful.


02 July 2019

For a shift Gear

By Aspire IAS

India is prone to disasters. About 70% of its coastal areas are prone to tsunamis and cyclones, about 60% of its landmass vulnerable to earthquakes, and 12% of its land to floods.


02 July 2019

Reserve bank tightens ombudsman scheme

By Aspire IAS

Banking Ombudsman is a quasi judicial authority functioning under India’s Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006, and the authority was created pursuant to a decision made by the Government of India to enable resolution of complaints of customers of banks relating to certain services rendered by the banks.


02 July 2019

Green shoots of revival

By Aspire IAS

The 4th BIMSTEC summit successfully concluded recently with Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli handing over the chairmanship of the grouping to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.


02 July 2019

Beyond uniformity

By Aspire IAS

By uniform civil code, it is meant that all sections of the society irrespective of their religion shall be treated equally according to a national civil code, which shall be applicable to all uniformly.


02 July 2019

Addressing soil loss

By Aspire IAS

• Flooding impacts the nutrient levels in the soil. Flooding and long periods of waterlogging result in the depletion of nutrients.


02 July 2019

Routes to Afghanistan

By Aspire IAS

Afghanistan has been one of the longest fought battles for USA to establish peace and bring stability in the region. But with the assent of Trump as President of USA things have also changed as peace process is not easy to come by.


Technology giant Google announced that it is employing a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to combat online spreading of contents involving child sexual abuse. The tool uses deep neural networks for image processing to help discover and detect child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.


02 July 2019

Steps to stop the rot:

By Aspire IAS

In other parts of the world, grain is stored in silos (a tall tower or pit on a farm used to store grain). Here, stored grain is kept dry and aired so as to prevent fungal and insect attacks.


02 July 2019

SC relief for Maharashtra, Uttarakhand

By Aspire IAS

Supreme Court has lifted the ban on construction activities in Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, after they submitted their Solid Waste Management (SWM) policy.


COMCASA: (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) is a foundational defence pact which is expected to be signed, it would be a key highlight of the meeting; however there are concerns about this deal in defence sector.


The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is inquiring into a matter for alleged violation of provisions of Section 3 and 4 of the Competition Act, 2002 relating to imposition of unfair prices by private super-speciality hospitals.


02 July 2019

For a world Free of chemical weapons:

By Aspire IAS

The Chemical Weapons Convention Act was enacted in India 2000 to give effect to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction signed by the government on January 14, 1993.


02 July 2019

Ending tuberculosis (TB)

By Aspire IAS

After decades spent battling the scourge of tuberculosis (TB) in developing countries, 2018 might be the year that it is finally accorded the dignity it deserves.


02 July 2019

SC decriminalizes homosexuality

By Aspire IAS

A Five Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on September 6, 2018 decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by partially striking down some of its provisions.


02 July 2019

Post office solutions:

By Aspire IAS

The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB), a financial service provider that will operate under the country’s age-old postal department. IPPB is a payment bank and as per the RBI’s regulations the Payment banks cannot accept Term deposits, they can accept demand deposits only. The new India Post Payments Bank can hasten financial inclusion, but detailing is key.


India and France on September 6, 2018 signed an implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’ (MYC) in New Delhi to support three Indian cities in their efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.


02 July 2019

IMA moots ethics code overhaul:

By Aspire IAS

Big private hospitals are constantly promoting their set ups through advertisements in all mediums. How will individual doctors, especially those who have just begun practice, survive such competition. so, IMA suggested that Individual doctors may be allowed to publicise their practice.


Scientists have declared eight species of birds to be extinct in what are being seen as the first avian extinctions of the 21st century


02 July 2019

LEMOA fully operational now

By Aspire IAS

The India-U.S. foundational agreement for mutual logistics support, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), has been fully operationalised over the past few months.


The NITI Aayog has approved the supplementary nutrition guidelines, prepared by the Ministry for Women and Child Development, bypassing Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi following intervention by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).


GDP growth rate for the first quarter (April – June) of fiscal year 2018-19 came at 8.2 per cent. A question being raised about the GDP estimates for the first quarter of this year (April-June) is: How should 8.2% GDP growth be interpreted in, or reconciled with, the overall context of some of the pronounced trends in the economy?


The Delhi government on September 10, 2018 launched a scheme that will enable doorstep delivery of 40 essential government services such as caste and marriage certificates, driving license and new water connections in the first phase.


02 July 2019

Avoidable Suspense

By Aspire IAS

On 10th April 2018, the market watchdog, SEBI asked category II and III FPIs (not well-regulated in their countries of origin) to conform to a higher degree of KYC norms in order to curb round tripping of illicit money and strengthen anti-money laundering measures.


02 July 2019

Education Ecosystem

By Aspire IAS

Education system in India hardly played any role in moulding the child prodigy and this was also rather the case with Manjul Bhargava (Fields medal 2014).


Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an increase in remuneration for those involved with the government’s Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) scheme and Anganwadi scheme.


Once ready, it will be India’s first, a force multiplier and cruise the country into a global elite club.


02 July 2019

Cabinet clears new procurement policy:

By Aspire IAS

The Cabinet has given approval to the new procurement policy which will ensure that the farmers get the minimum support price (MSP) at a time when the market prices fall below the benchmark prices set by the government.


02 July 2019

The high cost of man-animal conflict:

By Aspire IAS

If a wild elephant tramples rice fields, the government will provide compensation for the loss. Though it sounds simple, there are several inconsistencies in compensation awarded for human-wildlife conflict —ranging from crop loss to human death — across the country, finds a study published in Biological Conservation, an international journal on conservation science.


02 July 2019

India's health report reads worse:

By Aspire IAS

India state level Disease Burden Initiative report is a joint initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, along with experts and stakeholders associated with over 100 Indian institutions.


02 July 2019

Human Development Index (HDI)

By Aspire IAS

HDI was released by the United Nations Development Programme with the findings indicating a glaring inequality in the country though “millions have been lifted out of poverty”.


02 July 2019

Doklam final report lauds government

By Aspire IAS

A report by the parliamentary panel on External Affairs, headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, has lauded the efforts of Narendra Modi Government for the overall handling of the Doklam crisis by standing up against china but has expressed concern that Chinese infrastructure built close to the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction has not been dismantled


Union Ministry of Tourism has inaugurated India’s first tribal circuit project connecting 13 tourism sites in Chhattisgarh under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. The circuit connects Jashpur, Kunkuri, Mainpat, Kamleshpur, Maheshpur, Kurdar, Sarodadadar, Gangrel, Kondagaon, Nathiya Nawagaon, Jagdalpur, Chitrakoot, and Tirthgarh in Chhattisgarh.


Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved continuation of Capacity Development Scheme for period 2017-18 to 2019-20. It is ongoing Central Sector Scheme of Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI).


02 July 2019

Does U.S. want India to import more?

By Aspire IAS

US President Trump has unleashed a trade war against many countries based on his electoral promise of ‘America First’.


The Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 which was released recently points out that the prevalence of diabetes has increased more rapidly in the less-developed States of the country. The report contains alarming statistics for India. According to it the total number of people with diabetes grew from 26 million in 1990 to 65 million in 2016. The prevalence of diabetes in India was 5.5 % in 1990, but it has increased to 7.7 % in 2016.


The International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer (or World Ozone Day) is observed every year on September 16 for the preservation of the Ozone Layer. This year, the theme for the Day is ‘Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol’.


02 July 2019

Does U.S. want India to import more?

By Aspire IAS

US President Trump has unleashed a trade war against many countries based on his electoral promise of ‘America First’.


02 July 2019

ISRO launches two U.K. satellites

By Aspire IAS

PSLV-C42 lifted off carrying two satellites from the United Kingdom – NovaSAR and S1-4 from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.


02 July 2019

'Machines will rule workplace by 2025'

By Aspire IAS

“The Future of Jobs 2018” report by WEF predicts that the rise of robotics will result in machines performing more tasks on the job than humans by 2025. It also estimates that while that trend could displace 75 million jobs globally by 2022, it’ll create 133 million new positions.


02 July 2019

Saving Rivers

By Aspire IAS

The Central Pollution Control Board finding that the number of critically polluted segments of India’s rivers has risen to 351 from 302 two years ago.


02 July 2019

Himalayan Divide

By Aspire IAS

The disconnect between the two governments was most visible at the seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation military exercises.


02 July 2019

The progressive way

By Aspire IAS

In a consultation paper released recently, the Law Commission of India has boldly said that a uniform civil code (UCC) is neither feasible nor necessary at this stage.


02 July 2019

Ten years on, in uncharted waters

By Aspire IAS

The East Asian crisis of 1997 caused a rethink on full capital account convertibility and fixed exchange rates.The Internet bubble and bust of the early 2000s led many to question the impact of new technology on long-term productivity growth.


The trade rivalry between the U.S. and China escalated to an unprecedented level, with both countries announcing new tariffs on imports from each other.


According to the new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group, an estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes.


02 July 2019

Celestial misfit

By Aspire IAS

In the year, 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to remove Pluto’s planetary status.


02 July 2019

Rationalisation of CS schemes mooted:

By Aspire IAS

Several Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) are just boutique in nature with dubious outcomes, the 15th Finance Commission of the Union Government has noted while calling for urgent rationalisation of the CSSs.


02 July 2019

S. Korea wants to elevate ties with India

By Aspire IAS

One of the major foreign policy initiatives of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea is the government’s 'New Southern Policy', with a goal of deepening ties with South East Asian nations as well as India, and building an inclusive regional architecture in Asia.


02 July 2019

Triple talaq is criminal offence

By Aspire IAS

The Union Cabinet has cleared an ordinance that makes talaq-e-biddat, or instant triple talaq, a criminal offence that will attract a maximum jail term of three years. President Ram Nath Kovind later in the day gave his assent.


02 July 2019

Carbon Pricing Policy

By Aspire IAS

Fighting global warming will necessarily require taxing carbon emissions or setting a price on carbon pollution. At least 46 countries and 26 sub-national governments have established a carbon pricing policy as of April 1.


02 July 2019

Is the NITI Aayog relevant today?

By Aspire IAS

The NITI Aayog (The National Institution for Transforming India), was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015.


02 July 2019

Implication of data mirroring

By Aspire IAS

Data is the new oil and a driver of growth and change. India is a supposed to become data rich before becoming economically rich. This digital growth is being pushed by large foreign digital companies. They are largely fuelled by the data of their users. The visits of the prime minister and Union information technology minister to Silicon Valley over the past few years as part of the Digital India campaign.


The market regulator relaxed the norms after considering the interim recommendations of the SEBI working group under the Chairmanship of Harun R Khan, a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India.


02 July 2019

Ban on adoption by live-in partners lifted

By Aspire IAS

Individuals in a live-in relationship will once again be able to adopt Children from and within India after the country's nodal adoption agency decided to withdraw a circular issued earlier this year disallowing them from doing so.


Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight tested indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile ‘Prahaar’. It was launched from mobile launcher from Launch Complex-III, Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore off Odisha Coast.


02 July 2019

Do Mudra loans have credit risks?

By Aspire IAS

Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) is a scheme launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on April 8, 2015 for providing loans upto 10 lakh to the non-corporate, non-farm small/micro enterprises.


02 July 2019

U.S. to end H-1B spouse work permits

By Aspire IAS

The Donald Trump administration is moving ahead with a proposal to end work permits for spouses of H-1B workers in the United States, a federal court has been told.


02 July 2019

Multidimensional Poverty Index 2018

By Aspire IAS

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) have released the 2018 Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).


Women activists and supporters of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)’s women’s wing on Saturday lodged protest against the ordinance criminalising instant triple talaq and described the move as a ‘political stunt’.


02 July 2019

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite(TESS)

By Aspire IAS

Nasa’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, better known as TESS, has discovered “superEarth” and “hot Earth” planets in solar systems at least 49 light-years away, marking the satellite’s first discovery since its April launch.


The Hornbill Watch initiative is an interactive web interface that allows a person to report on hornbills anywhere in India. People can record the observation of a live hornbill, note its call or report a dead, hunted or captive bird.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23, 2018 launched the flagship scheme 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana' (PMJAY), also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).


02 July 2019

MAVEN Spacecraft

By Aspire IAS

MAVEN completed its primary mission in November 2015 and has been operating in an extended mission since that time, continuing its investigation of Mars’ upper atmosphere and exploring additional opportunities for science that the new relay orbit will bring.


External Affairs Minister has kicked off her week-long diplomatic engagements at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It is 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meet.


The first is to create a network of health and wellness centres that will bring the healthcare system closer to the people. The centres will provide comprehensive healthcare, including treatment for non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health services. Besides this, they will also provide free essential drugs and diagnostic services; also Rs. 1200 crore have been allocated for this flagship programme.


India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test off the Odisha coast on Sunday night, achieving a major milestone in developing a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence.


A new study released by Azim Premji University’s Centre for Sustainable Employment named the ‘State of Working India 2018’ confirms the spectre of jobless growth.


During the 5th meeting of the Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG) both sides agreed to continue mapping of no-man’s land encroachment and cross-border occupation.


The Union Cabinet has approved the National Digital Communications Policy-2018 (NDCP-2018) and re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the “Digital Communications Commission”.


The court countered the government’s submissions that under the Representation of the People Act, only convicted lawmakers can be disqualified and not accused ones.


India and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for deepening cooperation between Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sectors of the two countries.


The annual index will be released by the Department of Financial Services (DFS) under the Ministry of Finance by the end of this year and it would rate states on their performance on last-mile banking services availability.


02 July 2019

Aadhaar gets thums up from supreme Court

By Aspire IAS

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in a majority opinion upheld Aadhaar as a reasonable restriction on individual privacy.


Astra, the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), was successfully test fired by the IAF from Su-30 aircraft.


02 July 2019

Think big

By Aspire IAS

This includes white goods such as air-conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines as well as nonessential items such as gems, travel bags and aviation turbine fuel (ATF).


The agreement is a reflection of the commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.


Adultery.—Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offense of rape, is guilty of the offense of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.


02 July 2019

The poor are left to themselves

By Aspire IAS

In a recent judgement by the Supreme Court of India, four out of five judges on a Constitution Bench ruled that the law enabling the implementation of the unique identification programme (Aadhar) does not violate the right to privacy of citizens.


02 July 2019

Freedom to Pray

By Aspire IAS

It protects an individual’s right to profess, practise and propagate a religion, and it also assures similar protection to every religious denomination to manage its own affairs.


A recent report by TRAFFIC says India accounts for 29% of black spotted turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) seized from across seven countries in South Asia.


02 July 2019

A change in the Maldives

By Aspire IAS

The people of the small archipelago in the Indian Ocean voted for change and brought to power the Opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. They came out in huge numbers with the turnout being 89.2%.


On January 26, 1950, for the first time in Indian history, we, believers and practitioners of diverse philosophies and religions, decided to also become the people of a single book. This book was the Constitution of India.


02 July 2019

Coastal Erosion

By Aspire IAS

India has a long coastline of 7,516.6 km giving it a large coastal area. Due to high polulation growth, increasing maritime trade and enormous pace of developmental activities, the settlements and associated infrastructure is moving closer to the seas.


This is an overview of the most important topics covered by The Hindu and The Indian Express Newspapers along with the link for the relevant topics


Context: Beyond Mayday: The Jet Airways case has takeaways for the bankruptcy code as well as for other airlines (Crux of the article also covered). The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 is considered as one of the biggest insolvency reforms in India. It was enacted for the insolvency resolution of corporate persons, partnership firms and individuals in a time-bound manner so as to maximize the value of underlying assets.


This article contains the crux of The Hindu article - "Why Nuclear When India Has an 'Ocean" of Energy"


This article contains the crux of The Hindu article - "After Surprise Trump-Kim Meeting, n-talks to Resume" and "Kim can Visit White House Anytime, Says Trump"


This article contains the crux of The Hindu article "A Thumbs Down to Unilateralism"


This is an overview of the most important topics covered by The Hindu and The Indian Express in today’s newspaper along with the links for the relevant topics.


This article includes the crux of the article ‘Thermal Plants are Wasting Water’ and about 2015 order of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change


This article includes the crux of the Article "Lessons from Bhutan" and about OECD's PISA


Taxes are involuntary fees levied on individuals or corporations and enforced by a government entity — whether local, regional or national — in order to finance government activities. The government usually taxes its individuals and corporate residents to help fund public works and services and to build and maintain the infrastructures used in a country. The tax, thus collected is used for the betterment of the economy and the residents of the country.


Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity has been an integral part of Indian ethos. The varied eco-climatic conditions coupled with unique geological and cultural features have contributed to an astounding diversity of habitats, which harbor and sustain immense biological diversity at all level