- Why the monsoon is so early The monsoon hit the Kerala coast two days behind schedule, but has already covered two-thirds of the country. What explains its progress so far, and what can be expected in terms of rainfall and agriculture?
GS2: Govt. policy for development in various sectors
- A flawed blueprint for the power sector ( Draft National Electricity Policy) Draft National Electricity Policy does not adequately factor in the transition to renewable energy sources
- Research must follow protocol, says Ministry (Nagaland bat study- Biosafety levels) All research work has to follow a process and action will be taken if protocols aren’t followed
- An acquittal with no good, but the bad and the ugly (Evidence Act)The criminal justice system must observe the basics of a proper investigation, judicial fairness, and the survivor’s rights
- Delhi HC calls out misuse of UAPA raises the bar for police to slap terror tag The three orders by the Delhi High Court are perhaps the first instance of a court calling out alleged misuse of the UAPA against individuals in cases that do not necessarily fall in the category of "terrorism" cases.
- Needed the full disclosure on electoral bonds The Supreme Court’s suggestion to ‘match the following’ on political donations is impractical and incorrect
GS3: Indian Economy
- Inflation spurs spike in bond yield; rupee hits 1-month low (Relation b/w inflation and bond yield)Latest data would make RBI wary of continuing to boost liquidity, says economist
- FCI rice is to be used for Ethanol Food Secretary, however, emphasises that maize will form the primary feedstock for grain-based ethanol production instead
GS2: Social issues
- Women-only chairs do not address root cause of gender disparity in science and technology Prajval Shastri writes: Gender disparity is an outcome of a flawed meritocracy and is everybody’s responsibility, not just that of women chairs, to fix
GS2: Education related issues
- To transform learning, assessment, trust teachers and schools Ameeta Mulla Wattal writes: Teachers should be able to accelerate change, redesign systems with equity in mind, respond to feedback, encourage collaboration, catch and pollinate ideas and create a culture of research and development.
GS3: Science and Technology
- Explained: New Shephard Rocket system New Shephard has been named after astronaut Alan Shephard - the first American to go to space - and offers flights to space over 100 km above the Earth and accommodation for payloads.
- Explained: Kerala Silverline Project The project entails building a semi high-speed railway corridor through the state linking its southern end and state capital Thiruvananthapuram with its northern end of Kasaragod.
- Second Stakeholders Consultation on 2nd tranche of auctions of coal mines for sale of coal From this tranche onwards, the Ministry of Coal is implementing the rolling auction mechanism which will expedite the allocation process of coal mines, bringing in greater transparency, ensuring better availability of mines on offer to potential investors, and is synergistic to the objective of Government of India to faster operationalisation of newer coal mines for energy security of the nation.