UPSC Syllabus : : Security challenges and their management in border areas
Pakistan’s military has a “strategic purpose” in opening up the Kartarpur corridor, and India is wary of its “ulterior motive” to fan Sikh separatism in Punjab, said government sources here on Wednesday. However, the Modi government is still committed to going ahead with the project, due to be inaugurated on Saturday.
UPSC Syllabus : Infrastructure .
The Union Cabinet has approved the creation of an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) of ₹25,000 crore to provide last-mile funding for stalled affordable and middle-income housing projects across the country.
‘Wean farmers off stubble burning’ (GS-3)
UPSC Syllabus : Air pollution
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Centre to prepare a comprehensive national scheme, in consultation with States, within three months to wean small and marginal farmers away from stubble burning, which has been identified as a major source of air pollution choking the national capital.
4. . Greens question feasibility of monkey park : (GS-3)
UPSC Syllabus : General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity
Environmentalists are sceptical of the State government’s proposal to establish a ‘monkey park’ in Malnad region to contain the problem of crop-raiding primates. They fear that this may trigger infections like Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) and also upset the natural food chain.
5. ‘Give report on CIC postings’ : (GS-2) & CSAT-1
UPSC Syllabus : : Indian Polity
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Centre and eight States to present a report card on appointments made to the Information Commissions, the apex bodies constituted under the Right to Information Act to help citizens fight for transparency in governance.
UPSC Syllabus : Water conservation
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given a “last opportunity” to the Union Environment Ministry to issue notifications pertaining to prohibition on the use of RO (reverse osmosis) systems, which result in wastage of almost 80% of the water.
7. Judges for lawyers: On clash with police: (GS-2)
UPSC Syllabus : :Governance
Lawyers and the police are critical to law enforcement, and their unfailing fealty to the law and the legal process is an essential attribute that a society counts on. Far from adhering to the principles of their respective professions, when they take the law into their own hands, it is a case of the fence eating the crop; it is the sign of a dysfunctional society turning on itself. The higher judiciary has often been a beacon of hope for the rule of law, but that confidence is not as strong as before. The judicial intervention in the clash between lawyers and the police must not only be impartial and fair but also be seen as such. To restore public confidence in policing and judicial process, strict action must be taken against those who indulged in violence — an example must be made of them. That is essential also to restore the majesty of the law and its enforcement.
UPSC Syllabus : :Economic Development; Trade
In an unprecedented move, India decided to withdraw from the 16-member mega regional free trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). At the Third RCEP Summit, in Bangkok, Thailand, earlier this month, the Prime Minister announced India’s decision to withdraw from the RCEP; the summit was convened to announce the conclusion of negotiations before the agreement was finally signed. The Leaders’ Statement issued at the summit end announced the conclusion of negotiations, but when it was done, one of the most important RCEP participating countries (RPCs) had ceased to be a part of the deal.
UPSC Syllabus : >Health
In January this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed “vaccine hesitancy” as among the top 10 threats to global health this year; it is defined as [a] “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines”.
10. As the seas come closer: (GS-3)
UPSC Syllabus : General issues on Environmental Ecology and Climate Change
Most of the people found to be at risk from coastal events live in Asia — residing in countries like China, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan.”.
11. Security compromised: (GS-3)
UPSC Syllabus : Basics of cyber security
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