GS1: History

What did Harrapan people really eat? (IE) The menu at ‘Historical Gastronomica’ suggests that the food of the Indus Valley people would be familiar to many Indians today.


GS2: Governance

ART of life (TH) The Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill is a much-needed complement to Surrogacy Bill

SC passes interim order on Mahadayi tribunal’s award(TH) The Supreme Court on Thursday passed an interim order allowing an application by the State of Karnataka to notify the Mahadayi Water

Gearing up to fight the next big viral outbreak(TH) India is ill-prepared to deal with the new strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that is causing worldwide panic.​

How crop insurance changes(IE) The Cabinet has limited the premium subsidy it pays under its flagship crop insurance schemes. How did the schemes work, what has now been tweaked, and what will be the likely fallout on states and farmers?


GS2: International Developments

In the works, an EU data strategy that echoes across the world(IE) The strategy lays out “why the EU should act now”. The blueprint hopes to strengthen Europe's local technology market by creating a “data

Prelims Corner

Western Disturbance - Western disturbance brings rain to capital (IE) Under the influence of western disturbance, the Capital is likely to receive rain between December 11 and 13.

Article 371 - Centre won’t dilute Article 371’ (TH) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday assured the northeastern States that the Centre would never touch Article 371 of the Constitution

FCRA - A.R. Rahman’s NGO gets FCRA licence (TH) The Union government has granted Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licence this year to more than 20 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including the A.R. Rahman Foundation, run by the Academy award-winning composer and his family.

ERO-NET ECONET standardised forms processing, standard database schema, and a standard template for roll printing. It automates the process of electoral roll management starting from elector registration, field verification of electors, decision support system for Electoral registration officers and for providing extensive integrated value-added services.

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND MANAGERS DIRECTIVE (AIFMD) - DAIRY  The UK exited the EU on 31st January 2020. FCA, UK had submitted to SEBI that no transitional measures would be available if the amended MoU is not signed before the date when the UK exits the European Union (Brexit) and requested SEBI to sign an updated MoU as early as possible. As such, the proposal is not expected or intended to have any effect on employment in India.

PROCESSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FUND (DIDF) Under Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) Government of India to provide Interest subvention up to 2.5% to NABARD from 2019-20 (with effect from 30.07.2019) to 2030-31 and in case there is any further increase in the cost of funds, it shall be borne by the end borrowers themselves