International Concerns: West Asia on the verge of War?

Face/Off between Iran and USA Approx Read Time: 7 minutes Context: (Face/Off between Iran and USA) Relations between the US and Iran hit a dangerous new low on Friday, January 3, 2020, when Major Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian commander, was killed in a U.S. air strike outside Baghdad airport. Gen. Soleimani, who the U.S. held responsible for the deaths of scores of American soldiers in Iraq, was the…

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Ecological Concerns: Wildfire in Australia

Wildfire in AustraliaApprox Read Time: 3 minutes In News: Large bushfires have been ravaging Australia for months, devastating towns, rural communities, and livelihoods. This is a huge and unprecedented national crisis for the country. News Summary: This is the worst wildfires seen in decades. The fire season began late July. A total of 24 people have died nationwide, and in the state of New South Wales alone, more than 1,300…

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Governance Bytes: Free Wi-Fi to 48,000 villages till March 2020

Free WiFi to 48000 villages till March 2020 Approx Read Time: 4 minutes    Free WiFi to 48000 villages In News: To promote uptake of the Internet in rural areas, the union government promised free Wi-Fi to about 48,000 villages, which are connected through the government’s flagship Bharatnet project, for the next three months. News Summary: So far, 1.3 lakh gram panchayats have been connected through optical fibre under Bharatnet…

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Science Bytes: Space Force

Space Force: Trump unveils America’s 6th military branchApprox Read Time: 4 minutes In News: US President Donald Trump turned into reality the US Space Force with the signing of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. News Summary: The launch of the US Space Force as a sixth branch of the armed forces was done, as Trump signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that includes Space Force. It will fall…

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Global Concerns: Global Burden of Disease published

Global Burden of Disease publishedApprox Read Time: 3 minutes  In News: According to a 195-nation analysis by Global Burden of Disease published in “The BMJ Injury Prevention” journal, India recorded 1.6 million fires and 27,027 deaths in 2017. News Summary: Findings of the Study: Around 9 million fire incidents and 1.2 lakh deaths were recorded across the globe in 2017. About 20% fire-related deaths in the world in 2017 took…

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Environmental Concerns: Why EU Green Deal matters?

Why EU Green Deal matters?Approx Read Time: 4 minutes  Why EU Green Deal matters? In News: (Why EU Green Deal matters?) The recent annual climate talks in Madrid (COP25) ended with a disappointing outcome. The talks were not able to define the rules of a new carbon market, nor were they able to persuade countries to commit to increase the scale of climate actions by next year. Background: Emissions and…

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National Concerns: Use of Force by Police

When, and to what extent, is the use of force by police legal?Approx Read Time: 4 minutes In News: The police action in Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia, where the police entered the university campus and employed force against students, is being widely criticized. Provisions to deal with protests: There are various provisions in the Constitution and laws of India on the right of police to intervene in protests and agitations.Provisions…

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Economic Bytes: Rs 35,298 cr. in GST Compensation

Govt. releases Rs 35298 cr. in GST compensationApprox Read Time: 4 minutes In News: (Rs 35298 cr. in GST compensation) The central government has released Rs 35,298 crore to states to make up for the loss of revenue due to rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This was done shortly before the meeting of the GST Council, the highest decision-making body of the indirect tax regime. News Summary:…

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