GS2: International Relations
India, China to seek fair border solution (TH) Ajit Doval and Wang Yi are the designated Special Representatives of the two countries for the boundary talks.
India, Iran agree to accelerate Chabahar port development (TH) The Chabahar port -- jointly being developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan -- is considered a gateway to golden opportunities for trade with central Asian nations by the three countries
GS1: Indian History
‘Monsoon decided history of Indian subcontinent (TH) Deficient rainfall led to the collapse of the Mansabdari system, started by Mughal emperor Akbar, in the late 17th century.
Manual scavenging left 282 dead since 2016 (TH) As many as 282 people have died while cleaning sewers and septic tanks in the country between 2016 and November 2019, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment said.
How is the National Population Register compiled? How is it related to citizenship and the decennial census? And, can States refuse cooperation with the NPR process?
‘Nagpur Resolution: A Holistic approach for empowering citizens’ adopted during regional conference organised by DARPG in Nagpur The ‘Nagpur Resolution- A holistic approach for empowering citizens’ was adopted during the Valedictory session of the two-day Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Service Delivery – Role of Governments’, in Nagpur, Maharashtra today.
GS2: Social Issues
Why is it taking so long to label fast food? (TH) What are the regulations on salt and trans-fat in junk food, and why is the FSSAI draft still not law?
Carbon dots help detect herbicide pollution (TH)
Researchers used the commonly found invasive plant, water hyacinth, for this purpose
GS3: Indian Economy
How bankruptcy got redefined in India (Mint)
Bankruptcy in India has always been a mess and lenders knew they could do little more than kiss their money goodbye. It’s still early days, but IBC might change that
RBI’s Operation Twist may aid govt’s borrowing plan (Mint) Simultaneous sale, purchase of govt bonds may spur private sector borrowing
Railway unveils new signalling system (TH) The Railways will roll out its new signalling system from April 2020 onwards that is expected to make train travel faster and safer
GS3: Science and Tech
Ramanujan’s legacy used in signal processing, black hole physics (TH) Due to the remarkable originality and power of Ramanujan’s genius, the ideas he created a century ago are now finding applications in diverse contexts
Explained: Why India marks National Mathematics Day on December 22 (IE) December 22, the birth anniversary of India’s famed mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, is celebrated as National Mathematics Day.
Explained: What is a ‘core catcher’ in a nuclear plant, recently installed at Kudankulam? (IE) A core catcher device is designed to localise and cool the molten core material in case of a meltdown accident