[UPSC Mains Focus] Social security: Digital platform on which govt on-boards all existing PDS outlets is needed

June 1, 2020 | Financial Express (Link) Mains Paper 2: Social Justice Prelims level: JAM trinity Mains level: Role of digital platform to implement social security scheme Context: JAM trinity…

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India & International Maritime Organization [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] India & International Maritime Organization What is the issue? The International Maritime Organization (IMO) lists India as among the 10 states with the largest interest…

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Attaching Medical Colleges to Hospitals [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Attaching Medical Colleges to Hospitals What is the issue? The Centre has proposed in the Union Budget 2020 to attach medical colleges to existing district…

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Importing African Cheetahs [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Importing African Cheetahs Why in News? The Supreme Court (SC) has recently given a green signal to introduction of African Cheetahs in a suitable area…

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Terror Funding and Pakistan [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Terror Funding and Pakistan Why in News? The Beijing meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) reveal that Pakistan had progressed in its efforts…

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Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill, 2020 [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill, 2020 Why in News? The Union Cabinet has approved the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the…

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The President’s Address [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] The President’s Address Why in News? The President Ram Nath Kovind will address a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament during the first…

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Sugar Reforms [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Sugar Reforms Why in News? The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) has suggested for introducing dual pricing of sugar for commercial and domestic…

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Israel-Palestine Peace Plan [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Israel-Palestine Peace Plan Why in News? The Israel-Palestine peace plan or the West Asia peace plan is the proposal unveiled by U.S. President Donald Trump.…

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India’s Palm Oil Imports [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] India’s Palm Oil Imports What is the issue? India has cut import duty on crude palm oil (CPO) and refined, bleached and deodorised (RBD) palm…

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Bodo Accord [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Bodo Accord Why in News? The Centre, the Assam government and Bodo groups have signed an agreement for peace and development. Who are the Bodos?…

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Air India Disinvestment [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Air India Disinvestment Why in News? The government has tweaked the terms of sale of Air India, and is now putting 100% of its equity…

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Political Candidates with Criminal Records [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Political Candidates with Criminal Records Why in News? The Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to hear a plea from the Election Commission of India (ECI)…

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Vyommitra: A Half-humanoid [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Vyommitra: A Half-humanoid Why in News? Vyommitra, a half-humanoid is being developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for an unmanned space mission later…

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ICJ’s Ruling for Rohingya [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] ICJ’s Ruling for Rohingya Why in News? The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has made a ruling on the military excesses on Rohingya in Myanmar…

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Centre’s Plea on Death Row Convicts [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Centre’s Plea on Death Row Convicts Why in News? The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) moved the Supreme Court (SC) to frame guidelines to execute…

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The Kashmir Pandit Tragedy [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] The Kashmir Pandit Tragedy Why in News? It has been 30 years since the Kashmir Pandit tragedy happened in which the exodus of the Valley’s minority Hindu…

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Annual Status of Education Report 2019 [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Annual Status of Education Report 2019 Why in News? The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2019 data on early childhood education in rural areas…

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Ending Speakers’ Inaction on Disqualification [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Ending Speakers’ Inaction on Disqualification Why in News? The Supreme Court has made some decisions on the position of Speaker as the adjudicating authority under…

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SC refusal to stay Electoral Bonds Scheme [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SC refusal to stay Electoral Bonds Scheme Why in News? The Supreme Court (SC) has declined to stay the operation of the Electoral Bonds Scheme…

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Bru Agreement [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Bru Agreement Why in News? An agreement was signed recently among the Bru leaders and the Governments of India, Tripura, and Mizoram. What is in…

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Governors Vs State Governments [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Governors Vs State Governments What is the issue? The endless squabbles between the Governors and respective State governments in Kerala and West Bengal are alarming.These…

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US-Guatemala Asylum Deal [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] US-Guatemala Asylum Deal What is the issue? In July 2019, the then President of Guatemala signed an asylum deal with the US.Alejandro Giammattei, Guatemala’s new…

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US-China Trade Deal [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] US-China Trade Deal Why in News? The phase one of US-China trade deal was signed by the U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu…

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State of Climate of India in 2019 [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] State of Climate of India in 2019 Why in News? The State of Climate of India Report was released by the India Meteorological Department (IMD)…

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Mining laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Mining laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 Why in News? The Union Cabinet approved the promulgation of Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020. What are the decisions taken?…

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Camel Culling in Australia [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Camel Culling in Australia Why in news? Australia began a five-day cull of up to 10,000 camels, using sniper fire from helicopters. What is the…

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Australia Wildfires [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]  Australia Wildfires Why in news? Australia is witnessing an unprecedented catastrophic fire season that began in August 2019, with large-scale destruction, mainly in New South…

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Bushfires in Australia [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Bushfires in Australia Why in news? Australia is witnessing widespread bushfires, and the country has declared a state of emergency for the state of New…

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Balancing between Coal-fired Power and Renewables [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Balancing between Coal-fired Power and Renewables Why in news? The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently proposed ‘reverse bundling’ scheme for balancing between coal-fired…

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Ashfaqullah Khan [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Ashfaqullah Khan Why in News? The Uttar Pradesh cabinet approved a proposal to name a zoological garden in Gorakhpur after the freedom fighter and revolutionary…

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Indian Cobra Genome Decoded [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Indian Cobra Genome Decoded Why in News? An international team of researchers have sequenced the genome of the Indian cobra, in the process identifying the…

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Iran’s Retaliatory Attacks on US [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Iran’s Retaliatory Attacks on US [January 09, 2020] Why in news? Iran launched ballistic missile attacks at American troops in two military bases in Iraq…

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NSO Advance Estimates [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] NSO Advance Estimates Why in news? The National Statistical Office (NSO) recently released the first advance estimates of the national income for 2019-20. What are…

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Capping Prices of Drugs [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Capping Prices of Drugs Why in News? There was move made in December 2019 to allow a one-time hike of 50% in the price-caps of…

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