1. In three ordinances, the provisions that bother protesting farmers Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against three ordinances promulgated by the Centre on June 5. After the Monsoon Session of Parliament began this week, the government has introduced three Bills to replace these... Continued.
1. Life on Venus? The significance of the latest discovery by astronomers Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology An announcement by an international team of astronomers about the discovery of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus on Monday triggered global excitement about the possibility of the presence of lifeforms... Continued.
1. What’s next for Palestine after UAE, Bahrain deals with Israel? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR It took more than three decades for the first Arab country to recognise Israel. Egypt signed a peace treaty with its Jewish neighbour in 1979, a year after the Camp David summit between President Anwar... Continued.
Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker post is lying vacant Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance More than a year after the 17th Lok Sabha was constituted, the constitutionally mandated post of Deputy Speaker is lying vacant. This unusual situation is in the spotlight as the monsoon session of Parliament begins on... Continued.
1. What is Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, and how does it control donations? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Who comes under its ambit? The licences of 13 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been suspended under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010, this year. Their FCRA certificates were suspended and bank accounts... Continued.
1. The death of Sushant appears to have laid bare deeply entrenched social prejudices Relevant for GS Paper I; Social Issues A young talented Bollywood actor tragically ended his life on June 14. But the events that followed Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by suicide have been even more shocking. On full display in the subsequent... Continued.
1. Maratha quota — the agitation, the politics Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance The Supreme Court on Wednesday referred to a Constitution Bench the question of whether states can exceed the 50% limit on quotas that was set by a nine-judge Bench in the landmark Indra Sawhney vs Union... Continued.
1. Why big javelin throws may be a risk? On Sunday (September 6), Germany’s Johannes Vetter, 27, produced the second longest javelin throw in history at the World Athletics gold level series event in Poland. His effort of 97.76 m was just 72 cm behind the event’s G.O.A.T Jan Zelezny’s celebrated world record throw of... Continued.
1. August rainfall highest since 1926: IMD Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper I; Geography August rainfall this year has been the highest since 1926 with 32.7 cm — or about 27% more than what is normal for the month, according to data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday. In August 1926,... Continued.
1. Reliance-Future deal results in “a 15-year exile,” for Indian retail’s father figure Kishore Biyani Relevant for GS Prelims; Economics This week saw one of the biggest ever deals in the business history of India. Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries acquired retail, wholesale, logistics and warehousing businesses of Kishore Biyani’s Future Group in a mega-deal... Continued.