1. Missing at birth: on sex selective abortion and infanticide Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper I; Social Issues Last week’s case of infanticide in Tamil Nadu’s Usilampatti, historically notorious for its crude methods of killing female babies, sent a chill down the spine of the country. A couple had reportedly used the toxic... Continued.
1. India joins Indian Ocean Commission as observer Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR Observer status to India India has been approved as an observer state for a five-nation grouping in the Western Indian Ocean, which includes Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius and French Reunion. Other observer nations The members of the Indian... Continued.
1. Why tax on disability pension upsets veterans Relevant for GS Prelims The government has withdrawn a circular of February 20 that had directed banks to deduct income tax on pension and disability benefits provided to disabled retired military personnel. This was based on a letter dated June 24, 2019, through which the income tax... Continued.
1. What next for virtual currency? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Supreme Court has set aside a ban by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on banks and financial institutions from dealing with virtual currency holders and exchanges. The court held that the ban did not pass the “proportionality” test. The... Continued.
1. U.N. rights body to move Supreme Court on Citizenship Amendment Act Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR In an unprecedented and rare move, the Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has announced that it plans to file an application in the Indian Supreme Court, asking to be... Continued.
1. Coronavirus outbreak: Why not everyone needs to wear a mask Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology At his special briefing on coronavirus on Monday (March 2), Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that as a doctor, he did not think there was any need to wear masks in order to... Continued.
1. What are the takeaways for the Afghan government and for India from US-Taliban peace deal, given its bitter equations with Taliban and closeness to Ghani regime? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR Recently, the US and Taliban signed an agreement for “Bringing Peace to Afghanistan”, which will enable the US and... Continued.
1. Why has the Bihar government said it will stick to the 2010 manual for updating the population register? Relevant for GS Prelims & mains Paper II; Polity & Governance On February 25, the Bihar Assembly passed a unanimous resolution stating that there is no need for a National Register of Citizens in the State... Continued.
1. Chances of peace in Sudan Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR The inauguration of a national unity government in South Sudan last week is a milestone following the country’s independence from Sudan in 2011. But the durability of the peace in the world’s youngest nation depends on reconciliation between the majority... Continued.
1. Govt to establish Central Consumer Protection Authority; what is it? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance Last week, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan announced that a Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) will be established by the first week of April. This was... Continued.