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14 August 2019 12:49:52

RBI issues final norms for regulatory box

By Aspire IAS

A regulatory sandbox usually refers to live testing of new products or services in a controlled regulatory environment for which regulators may permit certain regulatory relaxations for the limited purpose of the testing.


The famous Palani panchamirtham, given as ‘prasadam’ at the Murugan temple at Palani has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.This is the first time a temple ‘prasadam’ from Tamil Nadu has been given the GI tag.


14 August 2019 12:44:25

Delimitation of Constituencies in J&K

By Aspire IAS

The Election Commission held internal discussions on the delimitation of constituencies ahead of elections to the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.


14 August 2019 12:43:10

Negative rate policy

By Aspire IAS

Negative rate policy once considered only for economies with chronically low inflation such as Europe and Japan is becoming a more attractive option for some other central banks to counter unwelcome rises in their currencies.


14 August 2019 12:40:33

Biodiversity in the time of deluge

By Aspire IAS

Floods impact the poorest strata of society the most, causing a loss of lives, livelihood options, and assets. There is a need for assessment of floods from a ‘sustainable development’ perspective.


22nd National Conference on e-Governance adopts ‘Shillong Declaration’ with focus on Northeast.


The government has launched a ‘Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (RUCO)’ sticker and a phone app to enable the collection of used cooking oil. Restaurants and hotels interested in supplying used cooking oil can affix the sticker to show availability.


13 August 2019 11:54:31

Rooting AI in ethics

By Aspire IAS

Most commercially available AI systems are optimized using the teleological perspectives and not the deontological perspective.


13 August 2019 11:47:33

Rupee Matters

By Aspire IAS

Over the past few years, there has been a concern over the sharp rise in offshore rupee trading volumes.


PET bottles are safe, a comprehensive evaluation by the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore has determined.


Recently the government has launched the pilot project for the inter-state portability of ration cards between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and between Maharashtra and Gujarat, as part of its ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme.


A new report has quantified the illegal global trade in tigers and tiger parts over a 19-year period between 2000 and 2018.


22 August 2019 05:03:36

How an Indian citizen is defined?

By Aspire IAS

In the run-up to the publication of the final NRC in Assam, citizenship has become the most talked about topic in the country.


22 August 2019 05:02:06

Privacy rights, wrongs

By Aspire IAS

Supreme Court has agreed to hear together multiple public interest litigations pending in Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh high courts, calling for the linking of Aadhaar with social media accounts.


22 August 2019 04:59:37

Sacrificing liberty for national security

By Aspire IAS

The amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967 empowers the Central government to name any individual a terrorist if it believes him or her to be so.


A breast milk bank proposed by the Neonatology Forum (NNF), Kerala, is expected to provide solutions to all such babies who required intensive care at birth or are not able to be breastfed immediately for various other reasons


21 August 2019 05:00:17

M-Sand

By Aspire IAS

In three months, the TN State government will put in place an M-sand policy that aims to promote the use of M-sand as an alternative building material.


21 August 2019 04:58:12

Biosimilar Medicines

By Aspire IAS

A renowned pharma company has launched in India Versavo (bevacizumab), a biosimilar of Roche’s Avastin is indicated for the treatment of several types of cancers.


21 August 2019 04:55:37

Free fall: On the Afghan conflict

By Aspire IAS

A recent suicide attack at a crowded wedding hall in Kabul killed at least 63 people and injured more than 180 others. It is a tragic reminder of the security situation in Afghanistan.


21 August 2019 04:53:19

Sikkim from Choygal rule to Indian state

By Aspire IAS

Last week in Sikkim, 10 MLAs from the Opposition SDF defected to the BJP, adding to the political uncertainty that has loomed over since Assembly elections this year delivered a fractured mandate.