COVID Vaccine: UK approves Oxford vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccine by Oxford Universty and AstraZeneca has been approved for emergency supply in the U.K.
This is significant for India, as the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) has tied up with AstraZeneca to deploy the vaccine in the coun
Inflation and Monetary Policy Committee
What is the news?
An RBI study has said maintaining 4 per cent inflation is appropriate for India as targeting a lower rate could impart deflationary bias to the monetary policy.
What is Inflation?
Inflation can be defined as a calculated s
Govt missions in other countries
The government announced that it would open three missions in Estonia, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic in 2021.
The opening of the missions will help expand India’s diplomatic footprint, deepen political relations, enable growth of bilateral trade,
Akash missile to be exported
As part of efforts to boost defence exports, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the export of the indigenously developed and manufactured Akash short-range Surface to Air Missile (SAM) system. It also approved the high-level co
China to launch 3rd Aircraft carrier in 2021
The launching of China’s third and largest aircraft carrier is likely to take place next year, with a renewed push to take forward military modernisation plans amid a number of territorial and maritime disputes.
China one year ago launched i
Current Account Surplus
What is the news?
India’s current account surplus moderated to $15.5 billion (2.4% of GDP) in the second quarter compared with a $19.2-billion surplus (3.8% of GDP) in the April-June quarter.
The country had recorded a deficit of $7.6 billion for the quarter
Separate Wheat from the Agriculture Policy
In the on-going debates around the three new pieces of agricultural legislation and the farmers’ demand for continuation of minimum support prices (MSP), questions have often been raised whether the government should be using the taxpayers&rsquo
Nepal Political Crisis and India’s stand
By sending a senior delegation of the Communist Party of China to Kathmandu within days of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s controversial decision to dissolve Parliament and call for elections, Beijing has sent a worry
UDAN (Ude Desh ke Aam Nagrik), 2016
It is a regional connectivity scheme to develop smaller regional airports to allow easier access to aviation services. It is a part of National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP).
Operationalization and development of 425 underserved and unser
UPSC Climate Change - The future of Climate Policies
Context: Climate Change is one of the most important topics for UPSC Prelims 2021 and it is also important for Mains Answer Writing for IAS Mains 2021. Hence, AspireIAS has come up with a comprehensive document for Climate Change.
Analysis of Electoral Bond Scheme
A recent order by the Central Information Commission (CIC) has again revealed the inherent problems surrounding the Electoral Bond Scheme (scheme) of 2018.
This order passed in an appeal against the State Bank of India (SBI) has effectively shut the door to
Anaemia and Obesity – UPSC
Anemia is a decrease in the total amount of red blood cells (RBCs) or hemoglobin in the blood, or a lowered ability of the blood to carry oxygen. When anemia comes on slowly, the symptoms are often vague and may include feeling tired, weakness, shortness of breath
Western Ghats - UPSC
Context: UPSC Mains GS Paper III (Prelims Mains Interview)
Madhav Gadgil Report, 2011
It defined the boundaries of the Western Ghats for the purposes of ecological management.
It proposed that this entire area be designated as ecologically sensitive area (ESA).
Supply Chain Management and COVID-19 – UPSC
Context: UPSC GS Paper III - Economic issues (Prelims Mains Interview)
A key lesson learnt by the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the importance of creating resilient supply chains that can withstand disruptions and ensure relia
COVID Vaccine Surveillance Guidelines - UPSC
On the threshold of a new year, the COVID-19 pandemic no longer seems terrifying to many, as overall cases maintain a downward trajectory and a massive vaccination programme is set to roll out.
Normal life has resumed in substantial measure: ther
Deep Sea Ports of India - UPSC
West Bengal cabinet approves construction of 'state's first deep sea port in Tajpur. West Bengal's main port is Kolkata Port (including Haldia Port), but because of the shallow depth of the Hooghly river, it is impossible to anchor ocean-going vessels
Presiding Officers of State Legislature
The Speaker is elected by the assembly itself from amongst its members and remains in office during the life of the assembly.
However, he may vacate his office by writing to the Deputy Speaker or be removed by a resolution passed by a m
Pierre Cardin, a renowned fashion designer, who was celebrated for his avant-garde styles in the 1960s and 70s passed away on December 29, 2020, at the age of 98. He was born in Venice, Italy on July 7, 1922, but was raised in Central France.
Pierre Cardin had established his own company and desi