1. Why edible oils are costlier Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Edible oil prices have risen sharply in recent months. A look at the reasons, and the options before the government for price control: How much have edible oil prices risen? The prices of six edible oils — groundnut oil, mustard... Continued.
1. UAE’s Golden Visa: What is it and who is eligible to apply? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; International Organisations and Bilateral Relations In 2019, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) implemented a new system for long-term residence visas, thereby enabling foreigners to live, work and study in the UAE without the need... Continued.
1. IPC and hate speech Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance What is hate speech? Speech is free, but it is a freedom that comes with responsibility. And responsible speech is not just something that does not contain abuse, defamation or incitement to violence. It is increasingly seen as expression... Continued.
1. Social media and New Government rules Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance The new rules for social media platforms and digital news outlets, called the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code, came into effect from Wednesday. The guidelines, announced in February, had asked all social media platforms to... Continued.
1. Still grappling with online classes Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper I; Social Issues A year since the outbreak of COVID-19, online education remains a chimera in India. Notwithstanding their preparedness, higher education institutions were directed by the government to shift from classroom education to online education. This was mandated even though the... Continued.
1. Muslim politics: Which way now? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance The results of the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and earlier Delhi offer insights into the fresh churning in Muslim politics in India owing to the perpetuation of Hindutva politics. When the Asaduddin Owaisi-led... Continued.
1. How UNESCO grants World Heritage Site tag Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; International Organisations The Maharashtra government has submitted a tentative “serial” nomination seeking the World Heritage Site tag for 14 forts from the era of 17th century Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the theme of Maratha Military Architecture in... Continued.
1. Currency with public jumps to Rs 28.39 lakh crore; why is it rising? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics As public rushed to withdraw cash for their daily needs and to meet any medical exigency amid the lockdown and curfews across states, the currency with public rose and hit an all-time... Continued.
1. Centre bypassing political executive in the states Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance Centre to work in coordination with states Wielding power at the Centre comes with great responsibility. A major responsibility in a federal country with strong centralising features is to maintain the balance, as well as mutual... Continued.
1. Bengal wants Upper House back: how states have Councils Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance Earlier this week, the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal approved the setting up of a Legislative Council in the state. It was a promise made by the party in its election manifesto. West... Continued.