- How can inter-State workers be protected?(TH) The story so far: On Friday, May 8, 16 migrant labourers who were trying to return to Madhya Pradesh, their home State, on foot were killed when a goods train ran over them between Jalna and Aurangabad districts in Maharashtra.
- Collegium system ensures selection of competent judges’(TH) Over 68% of the advocates surveyed from eight High Courts were of the opinion that the collegium system of appointments — wherein the Supreme Court appoints judges to itself and the HCs — ensures the selection of the most competent judges, a report by Delhi-based Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy has revealed.
- Explained: What labour law changes mean(IE) Last week, a number of state governments made key changes in the application of labour laws. What are the labour laws in the country, and how can such changes impact firms, their workers, and the economy?
- National infant mortality rate at 32, Madhya Pradesh worst performer(IE) According to the data released by the Registrar General of India, the national birth rate in 2018 stood at 20, and death and infant mortality rates stood at 6.2 and 32, respectively.
GS2: International Relations
- Indian diplomacy moves into higher gear as covid-19 infects millions(Mint) Since 11 March, foreign minister S. Jaishankar has spoken to his counterparts in more than 40 countries
- Row over new link road to Kailash Mansarovar(TH) India’s plans to shorten the travel time for pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar ran into a diplomatic trouble as Nepal strongly objected to the new link road from India to China which was inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday.
- Explained: Why a recent verdict of Germany’s top court has sent shockwaves across EU(IE) Critics of the German verdict say it could strike at the legal foundations of the 27-member zone.
- MISSION SAGAR - 10 MAY 2020(PIB) As part of the Government of India outreach amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Naval Ship Kesari has departed for Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros, to provide Food Items, COVID related Medicines including HCQ Tablets and Special Ayurvedic Medicines with Medical Assistance Teams embarked, on 10 May 20.
- Sal forest tortoise habitat stretches over unprotected areas(TH) Protected areas are designated in a largely mammal-centric way, many equally threatened reptiles and amphibians live outside these
- World Migratory Bird Day 2020 world Migratory Bird Day observed on May 9 every year is celebrated to raise awareness about conservation and ecological importance of such birds in the global ecosystem.
- Funds and the PM(TH) Does not India already have a fund with similar objectives?
- "National Technology Day to be celebrated focusing on rebooting the economy through S&T(PIB)" A high-level digital conference on ‘Rebooting the Economy through Science, Technology and Research Translations titled RESTART’ will be organised by Technology Development Board (TDB) a statutory body of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Monday, May 11, 2020, to celebrate the National Technology Day.
- FM: Rs 18.2K crore paid to 9.13 crore farmers under PM-KISAN, 3 crore avail moratorium benefit(IE) Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme, each farmer gets Rs 6,000 of income support in a year in three equal instalments directly into their bank account.
GS3: Science and Technology
- Explained: Are immunity passports, release certificates the way to go?(IE) Immunity passports and release certificates are based on the idea that the natural immunity a person develops to any infection will protect them from contracting the disease again.
- Explained: Can ultraviolet light help detect, kill the coronavirus?(IE) UVGI uses these “destructive properties” of UV light to target pathogens. It is thus considered effective in disinfecting the air and helps in preventing certain infectious diseases from spreading.