1. Britain clinches Brexit deal with EU (GS-2) & (Gs-3)
UPSC Syllabus : International Relations; Customs Union
Britain secured a Brexit deal with the European Union on Thursday, more than three years after Britons voted to leave the bloc, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson must still win a knife-edge vote in Parliament to get the agreement approved.
2. Legislative Council abolished in J&Ky (GS-2))
UPSC Syllabus : Indigenization of technology and developing new technology; cyber security
Once dominating the news for setting debates and settling sticky discourses for 70 years, the Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Council, the upper house of the Assembly, was abolished on Thursday as per Section 57 of the J&K Reorganisation Bill, 2019, which reduced the State to the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.
3. TB cases see decrease in India (GS-2) and (GS-2)
UPSC Syllabus : Health
Global politics is changing at a fast pace. Thus a setting where there was a chariot of peace, joint co-operation, multilateralism and liberalism whose strings were controlled by institutions such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the International Court of Justice has now become one of warhorses pulling in different directions to embrace unilateralism, protectionism and isolationism
UPSC Syllabus : : Important Geophysical phenomena
There is little understanding of the behaviour of the Indian Ocean and monsoon impact
5. Greening the powerhouses(GS-3)
UPSC Syllabus : Environmental impact assessment; Sustainable Development.
This is a greenfield opportunity for policymakers, since much of the infrastructure in India remains to be built, unlike cities in the developed world. All planning must therefore be climate-centric. In Copenhagen, mayors from Toronto and Berlin spoke about expensive plans to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency and shift their transport infrastructure to greener options. Montreal is shifting city logistics to electric vehicles, keeping large trucks confined to centralised terminals. India does not have to repeat the cycle and can leapfrog the era of dirty fuels.
6. FATF may keep Pak. on grey listCSAT-1
UPSC Syllabus : Current events of international importance
Pakistan could escape being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday, but the international watchdog on terror finance is likely to issue strong warnings to it and keeping the country on the grey list, sources said..
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