Important Issues

Explained: How an Indian citizen is defined

Context In the run-up to the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, citizenship has become the most ...
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Code on Wages Bill, 2019

Context The new Parliament passed the Code on Wages Bill, 2019 mandating a minimum wage across the country in its first session ...
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Why is delimitation for Jammu and Kashmir in the news now?

Delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir’s Lok Sabha seats is governed by the Indian Constitution, but delimitation of its Assembly seats ...
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Explained: Delimitation of Constituencies

Context Since the bifurcation of J&K State into the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, delimitation of their electoral constituencies ...
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The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019

Context The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019, which proposes to ban commercial surrogacy, was passed by Lok Sabha on August 5 ...
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Why India celebrates Independence Day on 15 August

Context In 1929, when Jawaharlal Nehru as Congress President gave the call for ‘Poorna Swaraj’ or total independence from British colonial rule, ...
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Explained: What is a global recession?

Context The global economy continues to be hit by bad news as one big economy after another falters on economic ...
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What fertility rate data show

Context The graph (below) shows trends for the total fertility rate (TFR) in various states. TFR, defined as the number ...
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How the number and size of districts vary from state to state?

Context Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that Vellore district would be trifurcated to create two more districts, Ranipet and ...
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Madhya Pradesh may get a second House. Why do some states have Vidhan Parishads?

Context The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has moved to create a Legislative Council for the state, in keeping with ...
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National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL)

Context India has got its first National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL) finalised by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) ...
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Tackling Maoists in Chhattisgarh, what challenges remain

What is the best way to fight IEDs, like the one used in Kurkheda or the one that blew up ...
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What the new IPCC report says on land and climate change

Context A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released Thursday presents the most recent evidence on how ...
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Sex ratio at birth-NHFS-4

Context The sex ratio at birth (SRB) in the country, defined as the number of female births per 1,000 male ...
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What is India’s Deep Ocean Mission?

Context India’s ambitious ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ is all set to be launched this year.  What will be mined from the ...
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What is zero budget natural farming?

Context Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman thrust zero budget farming into the spotlight in the first Budget speech of the 17th ...
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What will the move to Bharat Stage VI standards entail?

Context The Union Government, through an order dated September 16, 2016, mandated Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) mass emission standards for ...
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Why are States unhappy with Dam Safety Bill?

Context The Dam Safety Bill, aimed at developing uniform safety procedures for all dams across the country, has been introduced in ...
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What is Article 35A?

What is it? Article 35A is a provision incorporated in the Constitution giving the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature a carte blanche to ...
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US Federal Reserves rate cut and its impact on India

Context the United States Federal Reserve announced a quarter-percentage-point cut in interest rates — the first rate cut in 11 years. What ...
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