- Heatwave sweeps north India(TH) The heat was due to dry northwesterly winds prevailing over northwest and central India.
- Karnataka govt. takes efforts to solve mystery over birthplace of Purandara Dasa(TH) To explore definitive archaeological evidences that may put an end to speculations regarding the birthplace of Purandara Dasa, hailed as father figure of Carnatic music, the Department of Archaeology, Heritage and Museums will soon commence field research work at Keshavapura in Araga Grama Panchayat of Tirthahalli taluk in Karnataka.
- Explained: In uncertain times, how search for ‘normal year’ leads to data vacuum(IE) Among Covid-19’s casualties are the postponing of Census operations and undertaking of key official primary surveys necessary for a better understanding of the economy
GS2: International Relations
- US discussed holding first nuclear test in decades: Report(ET) President Donald Trump's administration has discussed holding the first US nuclear test since 1992 as a potential warning to Russia and China, the Washington Post reported Friday.
- At the edge of a new nuclear arms race(TH) The U.S. report also claims that Russia has conducted nuclear weapons experiments that produced a nuclear yield and were inconsistent with ‘zero yield’ understanding underlying the CTBT, though it was uncertain about how many such experiments had been conducted.
- Explained: What is the Open Skies Treaty and why Trump wants US to exit(IE) Under the treaty, a member state can “spy” on any part of the host nation, with the latter’s consent. A country can undertake aerial imaging over the host state after giving notice 72 hours before, and sharing its exact flight path 24 hours before.
GS2/3: International Relations
Das differs with govt over IMF’s $500 bn rights plan(Mint) A fresh SDR issue by IMF would have helped the least developed and developing countries facing foreign exchange crisis at a time the world economy is projected to contract by at least 3% in 2020. However, India represented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman held that national forex reserves should be the first line of defence during a crisis like this.