GS1/2: Culture/Soft Power
- AYUSH Ministry gears up for International Day of Yoga 2020 with the “Yoga at Home Yoga with Family” campaign(PIB)" The 45-minute Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) is one of the most popular Yoga programmes across the world and has been at the heart of the IDY since the beginning. It was developed by a team of leading Yoga gurus and experts, and includes safe practices to improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the population, which can be practiced at home on a daily basis. It is designed to be easily adoptable by the majority of the people irrespective of their age and gender and can be learnt through simple training sessions and online classes.
- Rural India, the new viral flash point(TH) There has always been an urban-rural divide in India in health care and education, two vital indices of human development. This deficiency has been very costly not only in terms of rural lives and livelihoods but also overall national wealth creation.
GS2: International Relations
- Explained: What the clash in Ladakh underlines, and what India must do in face of the Chinese challenge(IE) Building solidarities is a strategic necessity against an aggressive China,
- Explained: Why China is flexing its muscle(IE) New Delhi must reduce its military and economic imbalance with Beijing for long-term regional stability and its own security
- Explained: What happened in Nathu La in 1967, the last time shots were fired in the India-China border dispute?(IE) The last military skirmish between India and China took place at Nathu La in September 1967. Before the skirmish escalated to artillery guns and threats of fighter jets, there was a scuffle between the soldiers of the two armies.
- India slams Pakistan for maligning it over Kashmir at UNHRC(Mint) Exercising India’s right of reply after Pakistan raised Kashmir at the 43rd session of UNHRC on Monday, Senthil Kumar, first secretary at India’s Permanent Mission criticized Islamabad for misusing the platform and advised it to introspect on its own human rights record before pointing a finger at India.
- Explained: Why digital payments crashed and government transfers rose in April(IE) Payment transactions fell massively across the country in the month of April as lockdown imposed to prevent spread of Covid-19 pandemic crushed economic activity across sectors.
- Investment flows to India may dip in 2020: UNCTAD(Mint) FDI to India has been on a long-term growth trend. Positive, albeit lower, economic growth in the post-pandemic period and India’s large market will continue to attract market-seeking investments to the country," UNCTAD report added.
- Climate report predicts hotter, rainier days(TH) These projections, based on a climate forecasting model developed at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, will be part of the next report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), expected to be ready in 2022.
GS3 : Science & Technology
- Cheap drug shows results in COVID patients: study(TH) Scientists administering the WHO-administered RECOVERY trial — the largest global clinical trial — that is checking the ability of several re-purposed drugs to treat COVID-19, reported on Tuesday that dexamethasone reduced deaths by one-third in ventilated patients and by one-fifth in other patients receiving oxygen only.
- A badminton legend, afootball star, latest Covid drug: what’s common?(IE) The low-cost, anti-inflammatory steroid is well known in the world of sport. Dexamethasone has been used for years by sportspersons to hasten their rehabilitation from injuries and recover from infections.
- ICMR recommends use of faster COVID-19 testing kit(TH) The test can detect presence of molecules of the pathogen that triggers immune response in Covid-19 infected persons.
- Explained: How rapid antigen test detects coronavirus, where it will be used(IE) It is a test on swabbed nasal samples that detects antigens (foreign substances that induce an immune response in the body) that are found on or within the SARS-CoV-2 virus.