What does ‘no dengue deaths’ really mean?

Context Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted the “stunning results” of his government’s campaign to get people to invest 10 minutes every week to stop dengue mosquitoes from breeding: “The number of cases in Delhi so far is just 356, compared to 650 by this time last year”, he posted; “most importantly, we have Read More …

Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989

Context Supreme Court recalled its directions in a March 20, 2018 verdict that had effectively diluted provisions of arrest under the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. This was following a plea by the Centre seeking a review of that judgment. Background Since crimes against SCs and STs Read More …

School Education Quality Index

Context There are huge differences in the quality of school education across the country, according to a Niti Aayog ranking released on Monday. Among 20 large States, Kerala was the best performer with a score of 76.6%, while Uttar Pradesh came in last with a score of 36.4%. About the Read More …

How a US President can be impeached?

Context US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, over his alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, Trump’s potential rival in the 2020 elections. How does impeachment take place? Advertising What it means Impeachment is a provision Read More …

Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (PMEAC or EAC-PM)

Context The government has reconstituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (PMEAC or EAC-PM), dropping Rathin Roy and Shamika Ravi as part-time members. Bibek Debroy, who was appointed Chairman of the Council in 2017, continues in his post. What is the PMEAC, what role does it play, and Read More …

Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP)

Context The Centre released the India TB Report 2019, which showed a 16% increase in the number of cases in 2018 as compared to the previous year. The report said 21.5 lakh TB cases were notified to the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) in 2018; India accounted for a Read More …

UPSC MAINS GENERAL STUDIES PAPER – 2 : CIVIL SERVICES EXAM 2019

Q1. Do you think the Constitution of India does not accept the principle of strict separation of powers rather it is based on the principle of ‘checks and balance’? Explain. (10 Marks) Q2. “The Central Administrative Tribunal which was established for redressal of grievances and complaints by or against central government employees Read More …

Explained: How attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facility could impact Indian and world economies

Context The Houthis, a rebel Shia group of Yemen that is backed by Iran, bombed the Abqaiq plant as well as the Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia. The attack, executed by drones, meant that Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company, had to not only suspend the production of almost 6 Read More …

Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU)

Context A new global study has quantified the damage that the modern food industry does to human health, development and the environment costs. The “hidden cost” to the world is $12 trillion a year — equivalent to China’s GDP — says the study by the Food and Land Use Coalition Read More …

Explained: What is Jammu and Kashmir’s Public Safety Act?

Context It emerged that former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has been detained under the state’s stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), which enables authorities to detain any individual for two years without trial. A look at the provisions of the Act, and the conversation around it: What is the PSA? Read More …