Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0

Context The Union Minister for Human Resource Development has informed Lok Sabha about the progress of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA). Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 is the upgraded version of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 1.0. The scheme is extended to all educational institutes; however, under UBA 2.0 Read More …

Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio

Context The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister has given its approval for continuation of the process of recapitalization of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) by providing minimum regulatory capital to RRBs for another year beyond 2019-20, that is, up to 2020-21 for those RRBs which are unable Read More …

What is contact tracing?

Context As the number of coronavirus cases in India increases, authorities in different states are relying on contact tracing, a concept in epidemiology (the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events) that involves tracing the number of people an infected person comes in contact with. The idea behind Read More …

The coronavirus dictionary

Context When is an epidemic considered a pandemic, and what is the difference? What do health officials mean when they recommend “self-quarantining” or “social distancing”? As the coronavirus spreads around the world, new terms are entering the lexicon — and we’re here to help. Here’s a guide to the words and phrases you Read More …

Why follow social distancing?

Context Over the last two days, a number of states in India have enforced measures aimed at reducing public gatherings. This is called “social distancing”. With 100,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in 100 countries, starting with the outbreak in Wuhan in China 10 weeks ago, researchers have analysed trends in the spread Read More …

How climate change leads to more violence against women, girls

A Case Study for Essay-Ethics-GS Papers-Climate Change, Social Issues, Environmental Issues, Gender Specific Ntoya Sande was 13 years old when she got married — against her will. “I was sent to be married because of a shortage of food in the house,” she said. Her parents used to have a Read More …

What next for virtual currency?

Context the Supreme Court 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 test of proportionality of any action by the government, the court Read More …

How an MP is suspended from Lok Sabha by the Speaker?

Context Seven Congress members were suspended on Thursday (March 5) for unruly behaviour in the Lok Sabha. The motion was passed by a voice vote. What is the reason for suspending an MP? The general principle is that it is the role and duty of the Speaker of Lok Sabha Read More …

The Right of an Accused to be Defended

Context Last month, the Karnataka High Court observed that it is unethical and illegal for lawyers to pass resolutions against representing accused in court. This was after local bar associations had objected to four students arrested for sedition being defended in court. The Hubli Bar Association submitted that it would Read More …

One Health Concept

Context The concept of ‘One Health’ is gaining importance as most of the contagious diseases affecting humans are zoonotic (animal to man origin) in nature. It can be effectively implemented for reducing incidence of emerging zoonotic threats like COVID-19. The One Health Concept The World Organization of Animal Health, commonly Read More …