Important Issues

Swine flu map since 2012

Context: The current swine flu outbreak has resulted in 4,571 cases and 169 deaths across the country, with over 40% ...
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The President’s address to both Houses of Parliament

Context: The President’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget Session every year is ...
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Non-communicable diseases top killers in South-East Asia: WHO

Context: According to WHO, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)- mainly cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer — continue to be ...
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Indian students to participate in PISA 2021

Context: The HRD Ministry signed a pact with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the participation in ...
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Study says cow urine may be a reason for global warming

Context; Cow urine — a minor fount of research in India for its medicinal benefits — may also contribute to ...
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The search for a Lokpal

Context: The Supreme Court “requested” a search committee to suggest by February-end a panel of names for appointment of the ...
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National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (2018-2023)

Context: •  Recently the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has drafted a five-year action plan for addressing the problem ...
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National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF)

Context: In 2013, India’s skill agenda got a push when the government introduced the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). This ...
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New quota and basic structure

Context: In the 124th Constitutional Amendment recently passed by both Houses of Parliament, providing for 10% reservation to economically weaker ...
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ASER surveys since 2010 show

Attendance patterns by state Overall, enrolment for the age group 6-14 has been above 96% in every year since 2010 ...
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IIP: how this index is calculated, and what it says about factory output

Context: Data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that factory output growth had slipped to a 17-month low in ...
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India warming: what trends show

Context: In a statement issued Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said 2018 was the sixth warmest year on record, ...
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What warmer oceans mean for the planet?

Context: Our oceans are much warmer than we previously thought, according to a new study. They are also heating up ...
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Quota for poor: Constitutional and social issues, implications

Context: The decision of the Union Cabinet to provide reservation of 10% for “economically weaker sections of the people who ...
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The Amendment procedure

Context: During the Lok Sabha debate on the Constitution amendment Bill to provide a quota in jobs and education for ...
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Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA)

Context Recently the US President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), which passed the ...
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What is Universal Basic Income?

Context: Sikkim will be the first state in India to roll out the Universal Basic Income or UBI, with the ruling party ...
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Why China Moon landing is significant

Context: China announced that its Chang’e-4 probe had successfully transmitted back images from the far side (also known as the ...
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National Clean Air Programme

Context: The Centre launched what it described as a “war against pollution” across the country — a Rs 300-crore National Clean Air ...
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Where every drop counts

Context: Rainfall has been scanty since the conclusion of the southwest monsoon, and several districts across the country have already ...
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