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August's PT Point

By Aspire IAS

31 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Speeding up the adoption process

By Aspire IAS

31 August 2018 12:00:00

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


India Committed to boosting BIMSTEC connectivity: PM

By Aspire IAS

31 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Nilgiri tahr climb the population charts

By Aspire IAS

31 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Kudumbashree:

By Aspire IAS

30 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Challenges at BIMSTEC

By Aspire IAS

30 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Over 99% Of demonetised notes were returned: RBI

By Aspire IAS

30 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


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

By Aspire IAS

29 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Pieces of the Asian dream

By Aspire IAS

29 August 2018 12:00:00

India vs China in maintaining relations with ASEAN nations


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

By Aspire IAS

29 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Satya Tripathi

By Aspire IAS

29 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Jatropha powers India's first biofuel flight

By Aspire IAS

28 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Restoring dignity: Leprosy, a social stigma

By Aspire IAS

28 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


The big squeeze

By Aspire IAS

28 August 2018 12:00:00

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


How dams can control floods

By Aspire IAS

28 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Article 35A, Asian games, India breaks into top 100 in UN’s E-Government index

By Aspire IAS

27 August 2018 12:00:00

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


New copters to enable tech transfer

By Aspire IAS

27 August 2018 12:00:00

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 35 A and the basic structure

By Aspire IAS

27 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


BNHS to open its first regional centre near chilika lake

By Aspire IAS

27 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Economy has come a long way: Jaitley

By Aspire IAS

27 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


ISRO telemedicine nodes for soldiers in high-altitude areas

By Aspire IAS

25 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Another step in the battle against leprosy

By Aspire IAS

25 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Trouble in the hills

By Aspire IAS

25 August 2018 12:00:00

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


POSHAN Abhiyan

By Aspire IAS

24 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Article 35

By Aspire IAS

24 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Accepting help

By Aspire IAS

24 August 2018 12:00:00

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”.


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

By Aspire IAS

24 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Strengthening federal link

By Aspire IAS

24 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


TITBITS/PT Pointers:

By Aspire IAS

23 August 2018 12:00:00

Neelakurinji is a tropical plant species.


Retrograde move (GS Paper-I)

By Aspire IAS

23 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


In search of greatness (GS Paper-III)

By Aspire IAS

23 August 2018 12:00:00

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


State can stop voluntary retirement of doctors’

By Aspire IAS

23 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Pulling back from the brink

By Aspire IAS

23 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Finmin to PSB CEOs: check NPA frauds or face action

By Aspire IAS

23 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


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

By Aspire IAS

22 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Beyond words, India – Pak Relations

By Aspire IAS

22 August 2018 12:00:00

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


What does the falling rupee mean for you and economy?

By Aspire IAS

22 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Economi partnership(RCEP) and India

By Aspire IAS

21 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Educating people about climate change

By Aspire IAS

21 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Strong wage policies needed to promote inclusive growth in India

By Aspire IAS

21 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Simultaneous elections not soon

By Aspire IAS

20 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Slum policies

By Aspire IAS

20 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Sovereignty and sensitivity

By Aspire IAS

20 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


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

By Aspire IAS

19 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Seeing through the smoke

By Aspire IAS

19 August 2018 12:00:00

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


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

By Aspire IAS

19 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Government released 'Digital North East: Vision 2022'

By Aspire IAS

18 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


India need Smart urbanization

By Aspire IAS

18 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


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

By Aspire IAS

18 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Gaganyaan: Indian into space by 2022

By Aspire IAS

17 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


No child left behind

By Aspire IAS

17 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Digitization of courts

By Aspire IAS

16 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


How India should close the financial gender gap

By Aspire IAS

16 August 2018 12:00:00

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


India and Pakistan should encourage bilateral trade

By Aspire IAS

16 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Proxy Voting by NRIs

By Aspire IAS

14 August 2018 12:00:00

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).


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

By Aspire IAS

14 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Growth vs development and its concern to the Indian

By Aspire IAS

14 August 2018 12:00:00

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%.


ISRO set to launch its TV channel

By Aspire IAS

13 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Anti-begging Act and Criminal Tribes: Legacy of injustice

By Aspire IAS

13 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Refocusing on Africa: New strategy

By Aspire IAS

13 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


More Assembly seats for Sikkim

By Aspire IAS

12 August 2018 12:00:00

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


SAARC devepment Fund partnership conclave held at delhi

By Aspire IAS

12 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Department of Telecom approves the principles of net neutrality

By Aspire IAS

11 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Poverty, not poor

By Aspire IAS

11 August 2018 12:00:00

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


A climate for green funds

By Aspire IAS

11 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Indian telescope spots distant galaxy

By Aspire IAS

10 August 2018 12:00:00

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


SC alters Lodha’s BCCI proposals

By Aspire IAS

10 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


27 resorts in Nilgiris jumbo path to be shut

By Aspire IAS

10 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Decoding the DNA Bill

By Aspire IAS

09 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Reforming the Civil Services

By Aspire IAS

09 August 2018 12:00:00

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


The Andhra Pradesh government has announced Mukhya Mantri Yuva Nestam scheme to provide unemployment allowance

By Aspire IAS

09 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Need for digitizing land records in India

By Aspire IAS

08 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Our Privacy worth

By Aspire IAS

08 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Confrontation in Dhaka

By Aspire IAS

08 August 2018 12:00:00

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


What is GST ?

By Aspire IAS

08 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Rebooting the system for a skills upgrade

By Aspire IAS

07 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


The Government of India has decided to ban the use of 18 pesticides

By Aspire IAS

07 August 2018 12:00:00

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


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

By Aspire IAS

07 August 2018 12:00:00

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.”


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

By Aspire IAS

06 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


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

By Aspire IAS

06 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Reservations in India:

By Aspire IAS

05 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Latin America seeks more missions

By Aspire IAS

05 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Centre pushes for quota in promotion for SCs/STs

By Aspire IAS

04 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Drones to monitor tiger reserve

By Aspire IAS

04 August 2018 12:00:00

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


TRAI calls for zero telecom equipment imports by 2022

By Aspire IAS

04 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Data Lolcalisation is no solution

By Aspire IAS

03 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Discounting logic

By Aspire IAS

03 August 2018 12:00:00

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


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

By Aspire IAS

02 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Friends or Seoul-mates?

By Aspire IAS

02 August 2018 12:00:00

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.


Rajasthan First State to Implement Biofuel Policy:

By Aspire IAS

01 August 2018 12:00:00

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


Set Procedure to vet NRC Claims : SC

By Aspire IAS

01 August 2018 12:00:00

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.