1. ‘Centre won’t extend deadline for levy on foreign e-com firms’ Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics The government is not considering extending the deadline for payment of Equalisation Levy by non-resident e-commerce players, even though a majority of them are yet to deposit the first installment of the tax, an official... Continued.
1. Who is Vikas Dubey? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance The gangster from Uttar Pradesh is a history-sheeter who is facing up to 60 criminal cases. Dubey resides in Dikru village and according to media reports also has a private army. He is also the prime accused of the... Continued.
1. China doubles down on claims on eastern Bhutan boundary Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR Days after Bhutan sent China a demarche protesting Chinese claims to the Sakteng wildlife sanctuary in Eastern Bhutan, Beijing has doubled down, including Bhutan’s “Eastern sectors” to the boundary dispute between the two countries for the... Continued.
1. What are scientists saying about a new virus strain in China? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology Reports of an emergent viral infection transmitted from pigs in China dominated the news earlier this week. Newspapers and television channels reported that a new strain of H1N1 (also known as swine... Continued.
1. MoD approves 33 new fighter jets for IAF in deals worth ₹38,900 crores Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology Amid the ongoing tensions on the border with China, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, approved deals worth ₹38,900 crore. This includes procurement of 21... Continued.
1. Neyveli and Visakhapatnam industrial disasters Relevant for GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security Two deadly industrial disasters, in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, leading to the loss of at least eight lives and causing serious injuries to many, once again underscore the value of safety protocols. In a boiler blast at the Neyveli thermal... Continued.
1. PM extends free foodgrains scheme till November Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance Extension of the scheme Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the free grain distribution scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) will be extended by five months till the end of November, with... Continued.
1. MHA unveils rules for Unlock 2 Read only for understanding What are the new guidelines? The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) late on Monday announced fresh guidelines for Unlock 2. The restrictions will, however, be strictly enforced in containment zones till July 31. Metro rail services, schools, colleges, gymnasiums, auditoriums, bars, swimming pools, entertainment... Continued.
1. How will the U.S. visa ban impact India? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR On June 22, the White House made a proclamation halting the processing and issuance of non-immigrant work visas of several types, with the stated aim of this sweeping policy being to stop foreign workers snagging American jobs,... Continued.
1. Hinduja brothers: what property dispute is about, how much is at stake Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics On June 23, a UK court ruled in favour of Srichand Hinduja (SP), Chairman of the Hinduja group with operations in several countries, and his daughter Vinoo on the issue of control of... Continued.