CURRENT AFFAIRS



14 October 2019

A lodestar to steer the economy.

By Aspire IAS

There is a anxiety all over about the economic slowdown in the country. While the government is still in denial mode data flowing uninterrupted that sector is starting at a seriously challenging situation.


14 October 2019

A tax policy that could work

By Aspire IAS

Indian government desperate to raise more tax revenues. It missed its tax targets last fiscal year, (poor goods and services tax (GST) collections). Its declared budgetary target for the current year requires tax receipts to increase by around 25%, when the first quarter increase was only 6%. ?


The pristine beaches of the Great Nicobar island , India’s southern most territory are under threat from plastic.


The Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey studied 1.2 lakh children between 2016 and 2018 and measured food consumption, anthropometric data, micronutrient levels, anaemia, iron deficiency and markers of non-communicable diseases.


14 October 2019

Prize for peace

By Aspire IAS

The Norwegian Nobel Committee’ awarded this year’s Peace Prize to Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.


12 October 2019

The policy way out.

By Aspire IAS

India is in the middle of a sharp growth slowdown. The debate surrounding the slowdown is whether it is a cyclical downturn or a structural correction. Diagnosing the problem is key for devising policy responses.


12 October 2019

What PMC means.

By Aspire IAS

In at least three of the major financial sector scams in the last couple of months in India, featuring Punjab National Bank, IL&FS, Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank, apart from poor governance and fraudulent practices, a common thread has been a supervisory failure.


12 October 2019

Elastocaloric Effect

By Aspire IAS

When rubbers bands are twisted and untwisted, it produces a cooling effect. • This is called the “elastocaloric” effect, and researchers have suggested that it can be used in a very relevant context today.


While speaking at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit PM Modi had announced the launch of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).


A report by Oxfam a confederation of independent charitable organisations focussing on the alleviation of global poverty has flagged violation of labour rights on the tea estates of Assam.


The new round of US sanctions against China have turned the light on surveillance technologies including facial recognition that gained much traction in recent years.


The Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill , 2019 passed by the Lok Sabha on 23 July and Rajya Sabha on 31 July has 63 clauses with the aim of reducing road traffic fatalities and injuries in India. ?


11 October 2019

Going down together

By Aspire IAS

The world must heed the IMF warning that everyone loses in a trade war. The IMF has some words of advice for global leaders on how to resuscitate the faltering global economy.


10 October 2019

For a happy childhood

By Aspire IAS

India requires multiple interventions to prevent mental health disorders among adolescents.


Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram where PM Modi will meet China’s President Xi Jinping on October 11 & 12 in an informal Wuhan-style summit, had ancient links with Buddhism and China through the maritime outreach of the Pallava dynasty.


This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognizes the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power most of the portable devices that we use, such as mobile phones and more recently the e-vehicles. The prize has been given jointly to Stanley Whittingham, John B Goodenough and Akira Yoshino.


10 October 2019

GEMINI system to aid fisherman.

By Aspire IAS

To avoid communication blackouts that led to 20 fishermen going missing in the aftermath of Cyclone Okchi in 2017, a slew of government departments, research agencies and private companies have developed GEMINI.


Sheikh Hasina made a four-day official visit to India.


08 October 2019

The great disruption of 2016

By Aspire IAS

India’s overnight ban on high-value currency notes in 2016 was a shock.


The Aarey Milk Colony was envisioned by Dara N Khurody, the less famous colleague of Verghese Kurien.