- Govt. considering universal basic income, says NHRC(TH) As a part of the third round of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, which is done every four-and-a-half-years, the NHRC submitted its mid-term report to the UN agency recently.
- IITMadras top institution in govt. ranking(TH) The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has retained the top rank in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released by the Ministry of Human Resources Development on Thursday.
- NIRF rankings, JNU second among universities(IE) The NIRF release came a day after many Indian institutions slipped in QS World University Rankings 2021, including at least 10 marked out by the government under the ‘Institution of Eminence’ scheme.
- Union HRD Minister virtually releases “India Rankings 2020” for Higher Educational Institutions in New Delhi today(PIB)" The ranking framework evaluates institutions on five broad generic groups of parameters, i.e. Teaching, Learning and Resources (TLR), Research and Professional Practice (RP), Graduation Outcomes (GO), Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) and Perception (PR). Ranks are assigned based on total sum of marks assigned for each of these five broad groups of parameters
GS2: International Relations
- India reiterates civilizational and cultural ties with Nepal(TH) The vote in the Nepali parliament for the Second Constitutional Amendment which will give legislative support to the new map has seen extensive discussion till now.
- Back from the brink (India-China relations)(TH) India has made clear it will accept nothing less than restoring the status quo ante, and will not dilute its build-up in the area until and unless China draws down the artillery, bombers, rocket forces, air defence radars and jammers that it has amassed behind the frontlines on its side of the LAC.
- Govt lifts ban on export of HCQ with some riders (Mint) Two Indian firms, Ipca Laboratories and Zydus Cadila Ltd, are the world’s largest manufacturers of the drug, which has been touted as a potential coronavirus treatment by US President Donald Trump and some other global political leaders.
- Reserve Bank proposes to shore up bank boards(TH) In a discussion paper on governance in commercial banks in India, the banking regulator has suggested to empower the bank board for setting the culture and values of the organisation, recognize and manage conflicts on interest, setting the appetite for risk and manage risks within the appetite and improving the supervisory oversight of senior management.
- Indian banks will emerge leaner and stronger from the pandemic(Mint) India had one of the highest percentages of gross non-performing assets (GNPAs) among major economies.
GS3: Science &Technology
- DST constitutes a joint Science Communication Forum to promote common policy & best practices(PIB) The Forum would be served by a Secretariat at the National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science & Technology, which is mandated for coordination with different organizations, programmes and activities focused on science communication in the country and orchestrating them for enhanced public understanding of science with a scientific bent of mind.
- FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM FOR MUMBAI “IFLOWS-Mumbai” to be launched on June 12, 2020(PIB) I-FLOWS is built on a modular structure and comprises of seven modules, namely Data Assimilation, Flood, Inundation, Vulnerability, Risk, Dissemination Module and Decision Support System.
- Lion census method outdated: experts(TH) Camera traps are not yet suitable for lions as they don’t have clearly discernible permanent physical features, unlike in tigers, which have unique stripes.
- First estimation exercise of Indian gaur in Nilgiris in recent years(TH) Many of ‘conflict-prone’ regions are witnessing changing land-use patterns, with what were tea estates being converted into resorts and buildings. This also translates to fences becoming more prominent around these properties and severely limiting traditional pathways used by the gaur to move between habitats,
- New guidelines for import of exotic species(TH) The Ministry has said “exotic live species” shall be construed to mean only “the animals named under the Appendices I, II and III of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora”. (CITES Appendix I, no trade happens, Appendix II trade can happen with prior permission and in Appendix III there are a large number of animals and birds which can be traded.)