GS2: Governance

Publish criminal history of candidates, SC orders parties (TH) The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered political parties to publish the entire criminal history of their candidates for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections along with the reasons.

Medical Devices (Amendment) Rules, 2020 (IE) Following changes notified by the government, medical devices will be regulated on the same lines as drugs. What devices are covered, what has changed, and why was this move felt necessary?


GS2: International Relations

U.S. welcomes Saeed’s conviction, calls it key step ahead of FATF meet (TH) The statement of a top state department official came after Saeed, a UN designated terrorist whom the US has placed a $10 million bounty on, was sentenced to 11 years in two terror financing cases

USTR takes India off developing country list (TH) Amends lists of developing, least-developed countries eligible for preferential treatment with respect to CVD investigation


GS3: Science and Tech

Coronavirus is now COVID-19: Here’s how WHO names new diseases (TH)  Names that are assigned by the WHO may or may not be approved by the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) at a later stage.


GS3: Economy

Soon, a panel to address fiscal policy issues (TH) To be set up by the Fifteenth Finance Commission, it will present consolidated fiscal debt road map

RBI planning umbrella entities for retail payment systems (TH) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed to set up a new pan-India new umbrella entity (NUE) or entities focussing on retail payment systems with a minimum paid-up capital of Rs 500 crore.

Telecom operators have regrettably sullied their reputations in the interest of short-term gains (IE) When the Supreme Court adjudicated on the definition of adjusted gross revenue, it was in no mood to give the benefit of doubt to telecom operators, even for legitimate reasons