GS2: Governance

India Design Council launches two Initiatives to promote Design Education and Standards (PIB)

The India Design Council (IDC) launched the Chartered Designs of India (CDI) and the Design Education Quality Mark (DEQM) in New Delhi today.These two initiatives of IDC and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad will help to address the 5 challenges of scale, quality of design, quality of education for design, raising the priority for design in industry and design for public purpose.

Explained: Anglo-Indian quota, its history, MPs (IE)On Thursday, Parliament passed the Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, extending reservation for SC/STs but doing away with the provision for nomination of Anglo Indians to Lok Sabha and state Assemblies.

Explained: What is Trakea, used by Haryana Police to make forensic reports tamper-proof? (IE)Haryana Police has adopted a unique barcoding software — Trakea — to ensure that thousands of forensic reports that form the backbone of the criminal investigation system and subsequent trials in the courts of law, are not tampered with.

CAG hints at massive diversion of LPG (TH)Report finds that around 13.96 lakh beneficiaries of PMUY scheme consumed 3 to 41 refills in a month.

Not many lessons learnt from water planning failures (TH) Following the massive water crisis across India in the summer of 2019, the Central government hurriedly launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA), a time-bound, mission-mode water conservation campaign to be carried out in two phases, across the 255 districts having critical and over-exploited groundwater levels

Should the creamy layer norm be extended to SC/STs? (TH)Reservation for Dalits is not to undo economic backwardness, but as a remedy for untouchabilityThe Centre has called upon the Supreme Court to constitute a seven-judge Bench to examine whether the ‘creamy layer’ concept should be applied to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) for promotions in service

Telangana rape case: SC constitutes 3-member panel to probe encounter of accused(mint)The Supreme Court on Thursday directed setting up of a three-member panel for probing the encounter of the four accused in the Telangana gang rape case.

  GS2: International Relations

Nation #194? (TH)Bougainville is some distance from nationhood but its people have spoken. With Bougainville’s overwhelming vote for independence from Papua New Guinea (PNG), the country has crossed a milestone in the peace process following the civil war that ended in 1998