Jaishankar asks Lanka to fulfil hopes of Tamils

India - Sri lanka relationsApprox Read Time: 5 min India - Sri lanka relations In News: India - Sri lanka relations The Indian External Affairs Minister is visiting Sri Lanka for his first overseas visit of the year.Speaking to the media there, he talked about the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government on meaningful devolution, including the 13th Amendment. News Summary: During his visit to Sri Lanka, his first…

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India-Germany Leaders’ Video-Teleconference

India-Germany Video-conferenceApprox Read Time: 5 min India-Germany Video-conference In News: India-Germany Video-conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently held a video-conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Highlights of the video-conference: The two leaders discussed key issues of mutual importance, including the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, bilateral ties, regional and global issues, particularly India-EU relations.PM Modi appreciated the role of Chancellor Merkel in providing stable and strong leadership at the European and global…

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V-Shaped Economic Recovery Due to Mega Vaccination Drive

V-Shaped Economic RecoveryApprox Read Time: 6 min In News: The Union Minister for Finance recently presented the Economic Survey 2020-21 in the Parliament.The Survey underlines that the year 2020 was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic downturn.The lockdowns and social distancing norms brought the already slowing global economy to a stop. Global economic output is estimated to fall by 3.5 percent in 2020 (IMF January 2021 estimates).To deal with this, governments and central banks…

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Raise govt-spending to cut out-of-pocket expenditure

Economic Survey 2020-21 over Health SectorApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: The Economic Survey 2020-21 has strongly recommended an increase in public spending on healthcare services. Covid brought focus on healthcare: The Survey observed how the COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of healthcare sector and its inter-linkages with other sectors, showing how a health crisis transforms into an economic and social crisis. Importance of affordable healthcare: The Eco Survey observes that the…

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Concern over new strain, India stops UK flights until Dec 31

Mutation in SARS Cov2Approx Read Time: 3 min Mutation in SARS Cov2 In News: India has suspended all flights to and from the UK until December 31, due to concerns of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, that is spreading & growing rapidly in UK.Several other countries, too, have suspended UK flights and imposed travel restrictions.Covid-19 case rates have almost doubled in London over the past week, with almost 60% of these infections due…

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Steady dip in urban unemployment rate before lockdown, finds survey

Periodic Labour Force SurveyApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: The quarterly Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) showed there was a steady dip in urban unemployment rate in October-December 2019, before nationwide lockdowns began. News Summary: The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has released the quarterly Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data for the quarter ending December 2019.Note: Unemployment…

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National Security: Why DRDO has conducted a flurry of missile tests

Missile testsApprox Read Time: 5 min Missile tests In News: Missile tests Over the last one and half months, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted at least 12 tests of missiles or systems for missiles that fulfil a vast range of purposes.These tests have taken place at the time when there is an ongoing conflict between the Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in…

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Nearly 20% of rural school children had no textbooks due to COVID-19 impact, finds ASER survey

ASER SurveyApprox Read Time: 2 min ASER Survey In News: The latest Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2020) was recently released by the non-profit Pratham Education Foundation.The survey was conducted via phone calls, in September, 2020 - the sixth month of national school closures due to the pandemic.The survey was conducted in 26 states and four Union Territories and a total of 52,227 households and 59,251 children in the 5-16…

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