Daily Important Articles
- Attacks on health workers to attract up to 7 years in prison(The Hindu) The ordinance proposes that in cases of attacks on healthcare workers, the investigation will be completed within 30 days and the final decision arrived at within one year.
- Preretirement judgments and postretirement jobs(The Hindu) Enacting a law barring appointments of retired judges by the government will restore confidence in the judiciary.
- No 100% quota for tribal teachers: SC(The Hindu) A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court held it unconstitutional to provide 100% reservation for tribal teachers in schools located in Scheduled Areas across the country.
- India ranks 142nd on global press freedom index(Times of India) Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), or Reporters Without Borders, is a non-profit organisation that works to document and combat attacks on journalists around the world.
- Constitutional crisis looms for Udhav amid corona crisis(Indian Express) Thackeray, who took oath on November 28, will have to get elected to either of the houses of the state legislature before May 24, as Article 164(4) of the Constitution stipulates.
GS2: Intervention in Education Sector
- "Union HRD Minister launches national program VidyaDaan 2.0 for inviting e-learning Content contributions in New Delhi(PIB)" The programme has been launched due to the increasing requirement for e-learning content for students(both school and higher education) especially in the backdrop of situation arising out of Covid- 19 and also due to the urgent need to integrate digital education with schooling to augment learning.
- Global remittances will see a sharp fall: WB Notwithstanding a significant 8.9 per cent drop in remittances to India in 2016, the country retained the top spot among remittances receiving nations, according to a World Bank report.
GS3: Disaster Management
- Fall in emissions spurred by lockdown unlikely to last in the long run(Mint) The world is already 1.1°C warmer than in the pre-industrial era.
- Subsidy on potassic, phosphatic fertilizers for FY21 gets govt nod(Mint) Fertilizer and food are two major subsidy components in the central government’s annual spending
GS3: Disaster Management
- Cabinet approves Rs. 15,000 Crore for ''India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package""(PIB)"
- Ill-equipped to deal with a crisis(The Hindu) India has invested very little in the type of science that is needed to meet contemporary environmental challenges.
- JNTBGRI to play key role in sequencing of Indian species(The Hindu) The Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) here is gearing up to play a key role in a nationwide project to decode the genetic information of all known species of plants and animals in the country.
- Indian test kits must for reliability(The Hindu) For reliable antibody testing kits, India will have to make its own, according to independent epidemiologists and biotechnologists.