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UAE and Maldives join Islamic world criticism; India hits back at OIC, Pak

Syllabus:

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Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Mains Examination: General Studies II: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s Interests.

Key Points to Ponder:

• Who is Nupur Sharma and what is the entire issue?

• Why Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation joined Qatar, Kuwait and Iran, had summoned Indian envoys?

• What is ‘Hate Speech’

• What is Blasphemy?

• Blasphemy and Hate Speech-Compare and Contrast

• How Hate Speech is impacting India’s Bilateral Relations with other countries?

• What is the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

• Who founded Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

• Why was Organisation of Islamic Cooperation OIC established?

• Is India Member of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation?

• What is the Status of India’s relationship with Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

• What does the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) do?

• Which countries include in Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

• Why is the Gulf and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) important for India?

• How much trade does India do with Gulf countries?

• How much oil does India import?

• How many Indians work in the Gulf, and how much remittance do they send?

• How this latest episode of Nupur Sharma is denting India’s relations with Gulf Region?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes | Nupur Sharma hates speech row: Beware of half victories

📍Explained: What is OIC and why did India slam the group?

📍Why the Gulf matters for India

📍Explained: Delhi’s deep ties in Gulf were delinked from faith, now under strain

📍Nupur Sharma, Naveen Jindal ignored warnings, dented image, action to draw the line: BJP

Corvettes, Su-30 engines: Rs 76,390-cr procurement boost to Indian industry

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Mains Examination: General Studies III: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

Key Points to Ponder:

• What are corvettes in Indian Navy?

• India’s Naval Strength in terms of presence of corvette and frigate in Indian Navy-Know the Data

• What is Defence Acquisition Council?

• Defence Acquisition Council comes under which ministry?

• Who is the Chairman of the Defence Acquisition Council?

• What is ‘Digital Coast Guard’ project?

• What is the difference between Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy?

• What is the Point of Contention between Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍Peace in Indian Ocean Region key to global prosperity: Rajnath

27% of Delhi students left out of midday meal in 2nd pandemic year: Centre

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance

Mains Examination: General Studies II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What is Midday Meal Scheme?

• Midday Meal Scheme-Know Key provisions of the scheme

• Midday Meal Scheme and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan-Connect the dots

• Midday Meal Scheme and PM-POSHAN (Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman) Scheme-How they are connected?

• Convention on the Rights of the Child and India’s commitment to yielding “adequate nutritious food” for children-Know more in detail

• Supreme Court of India on Midday meal Scheme-Know the landmark Judgements

• What is POSHAN Abhiyaan?

• Know the objectives of POSHAN Abhiyaan?

• Poshan Abhiyaan and Midday Meal Scheme comes under which ministry?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍POSHAN Abhiyaan – PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment

📍Mid Day Meal Rules : Notification

GOVT & POLITICS

Govt cracks down on diversion of subsidised urea

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social Development

Mains Examination: General Studies III: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies

Key Points to Ponder:

• What is ‘Fertilizers Flying Squad’?

• Fertilizers Flying Squad-Rationality behind its formation?

• What do you understand by ‘Agriculture grade urea’?

• Know in detail about the Fertilizer Consumption in India

• What is Fertilizer?

• Primary (Macro) Nutrients and Secondary (Micro) Nutrients in Fertiliser-Know the difference

• Know more about Fertiliser Sector in India and Related Policies

• Fertilizer comes under Union List, State List or Concurrent List?

• know the basics-Fertiliser Subsidy

• Subsidy Mechanism in the form of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)-know more in detail

• What is the fertiliser requirement of a typical farmer?

• How much subsidy does a farmer really get per acre?

• What is Di-ammonium phosphate (DAP)?

• NPK in Fertilisers-Have you heard of ‘NPK’? What is NPK and Its Ideal Ratio in Fertilizers?

• Advantages of fertigation in agriculture?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Explained: How fertiliser subsidy works

📍Explained: Why has the Modi government increased subsidy on DAP?

EXPRESS NETWORK

India tests nuclear-capable Agni-4 missile

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Mains Examination: General Studies III: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What is the Agni Class of Missiles?

• Know in detail about Integrated Guided Missile Development Program

• Know the specifications of other Ranges of Agni Missiles like Agni I, Agni II, Agni III and Agni V

• Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam-Connect the Dots

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍DRDO’s Agni-P missile: A nightmare for India’s adversaries!

THE EDITORIAL PAGE

Beware of half victories RE-ENGAGING KABUL

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Mains Examination: General Studies II: India and its neighbourhood- relations

Key Points to Ponder:

• India and Afghanistan Bilateral Relations-Know the Background

• How Afghanistan impacts India’s security?

• ‘Principle and Pragmatism’ and Relationship with Taliban-Connect the Dots

• Afghanistan’s location in South Asia is particularly relevant to India as a geographical neighbour, why?

• Map Work-Afghanistan

• The first official Indian visit to Kabul since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021-Why Significant?

• What is the Current Situation in Afghanistan?

• Who are the Taliban?

• In what context have you heard or know about “Good Taliban, Bad Taliban”?

• The Doha Agreement, signed by the United States and the Taliban on 29 February 2020, was one of the critical events that caused the Fall of Kabul-How far you agree?

• What was there in Doha Agreement?

• India’s bilateral relations with Afghanistan before and after august 2021-Compare and Contrast

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍Explained: Engaging with the Taliban

📍Who are the Taliban?

EXPLAINED

Carbon dioxide levels are now comparable to 4 mn years ago

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.

Mains Examination: General Studies III: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Key Points to Ponder:

• What is National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)?

• According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration “the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere peaked at a level 50 percent higher than the pre-industrial average”-What do you understand by this statement?

• Why Does CO2 Peak Every May?

• How CO2 pollution is generated?

• How rise in CO2 impacts the planet Earth?

• What was the CO2 Levels prior to the Industrial Revolution?

• Map work-Mauna Loa volcano

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍Carbon dioxide now more than 50% higher than pre-industrial levels

How inflation defeated the RBI: A recent history of MPC statements 

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social Development

Mains Examination: General Studies III: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilisation, of resources, growth, development and employment

Key Points to Ponder:

• What is REPO rate?

• What is Current Repo Rate?

• What is Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) Rate?

• What happens when Repo Rate and CRR is increased?

• Why did RBI increase the REPO and CRR recently?

• What is the Monetary Policy Committee?

• What is the Monetary Policy Committee?

• The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is a Statutory Body-True or False?

• What is the Primary Objective of monetary policy in India?

• There are several direct and indirect instruments that are used for implementing monetary policy-What are they?

• Inflation and Various Types of Inflation

• Causes of Inflation in recent time?

• Long term, Medium Term and Short-term impact of Inflation

• Impact of increase in the REPO and CRR on Money Supply on an Economy-Inflation or Deflation?

• Know about these terms-Bank Rate, Reverse Repo Rate, Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF), Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) etc.

• New Standard for Measuring Inflation in India and Old Standard for Measuring Inflation-Key Differences

• Steps or Measures Taken by GOI to Control Inflation

• National Statistical Office (NSO)-About, Vision, Mandate and Role

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍A Jolt From RBI

📍Explained: Federal Reserve signals, and Indian markets

ECONOMY

People-centric governance, simplifying reforms key: PM

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance

Mains Examination: General Studies II: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What is Jan Samarth Portal?

• Jan Samarth Portal-What are the highlights of this new launched portal?

• ‘Jan Samarth portal will be an ‘end-to-end delivery platform’-What do you understand by this Statement?

• Jan Samarth, a portal connecting 13 credit-linked government schemes. Which are all schemes comes under this portal?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍Jan Samarth

THE WORLD

Boris Johnson faces no-confidence vote over ‘partygate’

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Mains Examination: General Studies II: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What is the “Partygate Controversy”?

• What were Britain’s Covid lockdown Rules?

• What is the Gray report?

• What triggered the leadership challenge?

• What will happen during the confidence vote?

• What happens if Johnson wins the confidence vote?

• What would happen if Johnson loses?

• No confidence motion in India and in Britain-Compare and Contrast

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍Explained: What are the options with Boris Johnson after ‘Partygate’ criticism?

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