CURRENT AFAIRS


Set Procedure to vet NRC Claims : SC

01 August 2018

The Supreme court directed authorities not to initiate any action against 4 lakh persons left out of the draft Assam National Register of Citizens. The bench of Justices Rajan Gagoi and Nariman ordered the government in consultation with state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajeja , to frame a fair standard operating procedure to deal with the claims and objections of those who did not find their names in the daraft NRC.


Rajasthan First State to Implement Biofuel Policy:

01 August 2018

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


Friends or Seoul-mates?

02 August 2018

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.


Cabinet Clears Bill to restore the provisions of SC/ST Act:

02 August 2018

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.


Discounting logic

03 August 2018

The process of putting together a regulatory framework for electronic commerce in the country is finally speeding up.


Data Lolcalisation is no solution

03 August 2018

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


TRAI calls for zero telecom equipment imports by 2022

04 August 2018

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.


Drones to monitor tiger reserve

04 August 2018

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


Centre pushes for quota in promotion for SCs/STs

04 August 2018

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


Latin America seeks more missions

05 August 2018

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


Reservations in India:

05 August 2018

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.


U.S.-China trade war can make Indian products competitive, says CII report

06 August 2018

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.


J&K tense ahead of SC hearing on Article 35A

06 August 2018

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.


World Bank has launched the world’s first public bond created and managed using only blockchain

07 August 2018

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

07 August 2018

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


Rebooting the system for a skills upgrade

07 August 2018

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.


What is GST ?

08 August 2018

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


Confrontation in Dhaka

08 August 2018

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


Our Privacy worth

08 August 2018

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.


Need for digitizing land records in India

08 August 2018

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

09 August 2018

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.


Reforming the Civil Services

09 August 2018

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


Decoding the DNA Bill

09 August 2018

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.


27 resorts in Nilgiris jumbo path to be shut

10 August 2018

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.


SC alters Lodha’s BCCI proposals

10 August 2018

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.


Indian telescope spots distant galaxy

10 August 2018

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


A climate for green funds

11 August 2018

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.


Poverty, not poor

11 August 2018

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


Department of Telecom approves the principles of net neutrality

11 August 2018

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.


SAARC devepment Fund partnership conclave held at delhi

12 August 2018

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


More Assembly seats for Sikkim

12 August 2018

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


Refocusing on Africa: New strategy

13 August 2018

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.


Anti-begging Act and Criminal Tribes: Legacy of injustice

13 August 2018

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


ISRO set to launch its TV channel

13 August 2018

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.


Growth vs development and its concern to the Indian

14 August 2018

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%.


Breaking the Radcliffe barrier: India, China, Pakistan Triangle Theme: India-China-Pakisthan

14 August 2018

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.


Proxy Voting by NRIs

14 August 2018

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).


India and Pakistan should encourage bilateral trade

16 August 2018

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.


How India should close the financial gender gap

16 August 2018

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


Digitization of courts

16 August 2018

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.


No child left behind

17 August 2018

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.


Gaganyaan: Indian into space by 2022

17 August 2018

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.


‘Proxy job data being cited doesn’t provide an accurate picture’

18 August 2018

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.


India need Smart urbanization

18 August 2018

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.


Government released 'Digital North East: Vision 2022'

18 August 2018

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

19 August 2018

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


Seeing through the smoke

19 August 2018

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


Kerala’s Trauma: A test for India’s Disaster management

19 August 2018

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.


Sovereignty and sensitivity

20 August 2018

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.


Slum policies

20 August 2018

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.


Simultaneous elections not soon

20 August 2018

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.


Strong wage policies needed to promote inclusive growth in India

21 August 2018

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


Educating people about climate change

21 August 2018

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.


Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Economi partnership(RCEP) and India

21 August 2018

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.


What does the falling rupee mean for you and economy?

22 August 2018

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.


Beyond words, India – Pak Relations

22 August 2018

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


Chandrayaan-1 data confirms Presence of Ice on Moon: NASA

22 August 2018

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.


Finmin to PSB CEOs: check NPA frauds or face action

23 August 2018

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.


Pulling back from the brink

23 August 2018

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.


State can stop voluntary retirement of doctors’

23 August 2018

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


In search of greatness (GS Paper-III)

23 August 2018

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


Retrograde move (GS Paper-I)

23 August 2018

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.


TITBITS/PT Pointers:

23 August 2018

Neelakurinji is a tropical plant species.


Strengthening federal link

24 August 2018

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 launched 5 Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region.

24 August 2018

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.


Accepting help

24 August 2018

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”.


Article 35

24 August 2018

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.


POSHAN Abhiyan

24 August 2018

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


Trouble in the hills

25 August 2018

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


Another step in the battle against leprosy

25 August 2018

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.


ISRO telemedicine nodes for soldiers in high-altitude areas

25 August 2018

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.


Economy has come a long way: Jaitley

27 August 2018

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.


BNHS to open its first regional centre near chilika lake

27 August 2018

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.


Article 35 A and the basic structure

27 August 2018

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.


New copters to enable tech transfer

27 August 2018

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, Asian games, India breaks into top 100 in UN’s E-Government index

27 August 2018

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


How dams can control floods

28 August 2018

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


The big squeeze

28 August 2018

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


Restoring dignity: Leprosy, a social stigma

28 August 2018

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.


Jatropha powers India's first biofuel flight

28 August 2018

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.


Satya Tripathi

29 August 2018

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


India, World Bank sign loan agreement to scale-up India’s energy efficiency programme:

29 August 2018

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.


Pieces of the Asian dream

29 August 2018

India vs China in maintaining relations with ASEAN nations


Manned space mission before 75th I-Day: ISRO chief

29 August 2018

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.


Over 99% Of demonetised notes were returned: RBI

30 August 2018

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.


Challenges at BIMSTEC

30 August 2018

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.


Kudumbashree:

30 August 2018

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.


Nilgiri tahr climb the population charts

31 August 2018

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.


India Committed to boosting BIMSTEC connectivity: PM

31 August 2018

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.


Speeding up the adoption process

31 August 2018

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


August's PT Point

31 August 2018

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.