1. CBI, ED chiefs can now have five-year terms Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance Tenure of 5 years President Ram Nath Kovind promulgated two ordinances that would allow the Centre to extend the tenures of the directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate from two... Continued.
1. What is the Retail Direct Scheme for investors in government securities? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics The RBI had in February announced proposals for the Retail Direct Scheme for investors in government securities and the Integrated Ombudsman Scheme. The schemes were unveiled by the Prime Minister on November 12. What... Continued.
1. The Char Dham road debate Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its judgment on an appeal by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for relaxing its September 2021 order that specified the road width under the Char Dham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojana (Char Dham Highway Development Project)... Continued.
1. How NASA’s DART mission will hit and deflect an asteroid Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology On November 24, at around 11.50 am (IST), NASA will launch the agency’s first planetary defense test mission named the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The main aim of the mission is to... Continued.
1. China’s hypersonic glide vehicle test Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; International Relations A report in the London-based Financial Times on Saturday, citing various sources, says China in August tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle that circled the globe before speeding towards its target. Hypersonic speeds are 5 or more times the... Continued.
1. Shillong’s Dalit Sikhs, an old land dispute, and a relocation proposed and opposed Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance A Meghalaya Cabinet decision to relocate the Dalit Sikh residents of Shillong’s Them lew Mawlong area, also called Punjabi Lane, is facing opposition. Sikh groups have called it “illegal” and... Continued.
1. Household-level asset ownership: just 3% in India, Delhi on top Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Defining Indian households in terms of prosperity has always been a tricky exercise for economists. Gauging who can afford the five assets of a car, an air-conditioner at home, a desktop or laptop computer, a... Continued.
1. Can the Taliban suppress the potent IS threat? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; International Issues With the Taliban in power in Afghanistan, there’s a new enemy ascending. The Islamic State group threatens to usher in another violent phase. Except this time the former insurgents, the Taliban, play the role of the... Continued.
1. Top prize for labour economics Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper; Miscellaneous (From Left to Right) David Card, Joshua D Angrist and Guido W Imbens. (Ill. Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach) On Monday, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel... Continued.
1. A homecoming: On Air India and the Tatas Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Air India, the airline started by J.R.D. Tata in the 1930s, is all set to return to the Tata fold after a 68-year-long journey as India’s state-owned flag carrier. The Centre’s announcement on Friday that Tata Sons’... Continued.