GS2 Polity

In Upper House nomination, a fall for aloofness (TH) The nomination of a former Chief Justice of India to the Rajya Sabha is a blow against the judiciary’s independence.

Competitive impropriety  Retired judges should not accept a Parliament seat lest it be seen as a political reward.

Breach of Trust In the last fortnight, there were two ‘off the record’ meetings convened — one by Congress president Rahul Gandhi with a group of women journalists


GS2 Governance

An SC verdict violative of minority rights (TH) The recent decision by a two-judge bench takes away autonomy of madrasas in W. Bengal

SC invokes special powers, removes Manipur Minister MARKING A first, the Supreme Court Wednesday removed Manipur Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh, against whom disqualification petitions were pending before the Speaker since 2017, from the state cabinet and restrained him “from entering the Legislative Assembly till further orders”.


GS2 International Relations

Riyadh plans to convene virtual G20 meet to tackle Covid-19 challenge (Mint) Riyadh was “communicating with G20 countries to convene an extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit next week to advance a coordinated response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications," Saudi Arabia said.

GS3 Economy

RBI to infuse ₹10,000 crore via OMO (TH) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to infuse ₹10,000 crore liquidity in the banking system by buying government securities through open market operations.

CDR collection: Govt comes under fire for ‘surveillance’ bid, saying fixing call drops The Indian Express reported Wednesday that cellphone operators had red-flagged ‘surveillance’ after local units of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) sought call data records of all mobile subscribers across several pockets of the country for specific days over the past few months.

Explained: Why is DoT asking for call data records by the bulk? Some units of the the Telecom department are seeking huge call data records of people in some circles on a routine basis which is alleged to be in deviation.

Opinion- What the top court’s order means for virtual currencies (Mint) We should expect specific virtual currency regulations that may be tougher than those in other countries

APEDA signs MoU with SFAC (PIB) Agri Export Policy announced by Government of India with “Farmers’ Centric Approach” suggests for developing product specific clusters in the country to help improving productivity and quality of the varieties of crops with special involvement of Farm Producer Organizations(FPOs).

In a big boost to ‘Make in India’, DAC paves way for procurement of 83 indigenous Tejas fighter aircraft for IAF The Light Combat Aircraft Tejas indigenously-designed by Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is going to be the backbone of Indian Air Force in future.


GS3 Science and Technology

Explained: What is herd immunity? UK has retracted under criticism after suggesting it would allow COVID-19 to pass through the population, so that ‘herd community’ could be achieved. What is this concept, why was the strategy questionable?

Earth’s mantle, not core, might have generated planet’s magnetic field (IE) New research suggests that in the early days, it might have been the Mantle that generated Earth’s magnetic field and not the core.