Prelims (Map marking)
- UN bans British stamps in Chagos island Mauritius hails the move, calls it a victory in its dispute with the U.K. over the territory
GS2: Parliament and State Legislatures—Structure, Functioning, Conduct of Business, Powers & Privileges and Issues Arising out of these.
- Has the first-past-the-post system polarised Indian politics? Politicising social divides and failings of the parliamentary system have led to this situation
- Covering the gaps in the game of data The ‘statistical vacuum’ in India can be bridged with decentralisation and if States build their own quality databases
GS3: Indian Economy-Mobilisation of Resources
- Risks and rewards The asset monetisation push needs careful calibration to evade future hazards
GS3: Environmental pollution and degradation
- Sambhar Lake needs faster restoration, says expert study It is shrinking with degradation of soil and water quality
- The clean-up crew we need Vultures not only keep our environment free of carcasses but also help control disease outbreak
GS2: Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
- The annual malabar exercise of QUAD nations and its significance. The Malabar exercise started in 1992 as a bilateral drill between India and the U.S. in the Indian Ocean. Japan became a permanent member in 2015 and Australia was invited last year
- Few takers seen for debt recast 2.0 as demand recovers: Crisil ‘Hospitality, education, textiles firms form bulk of those opting to restructure’
GS2: Schemes for vulnerable section
- Portal for unorganised workers opens e-Shram will provide registered workers easy access to social security benefits
GS2: Functioning of Judiciary
- Hybrid SC hearings likely from Sept. To try physical and virtual hearings amid possibility of third wave
GS2: Indian Constitution- Significant Provisions and Basic Structure
- Privacy invasion: HC comes to rescue of actor Court directs online platforms to remove objectionable videos and audio clips uploaded without her consent
GS1: Indian History
- Explained: Who was Hari Singh Nalwa, the Sikh warrior who won many battles against Afghans? Hari Singh Nalwa, a legendary Sikh commander, tamed the turbulent forces at play in Afghanistan and earned the reputation of the most feared Sikh warrior there. Who was he?
GS1: Geographical phenomenon
- Explained: What’s happening with Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano? Will it erupt again? There have been hundreds of earthquakes since Monday, striking as often as 25 times an hour. The strongest measured magnitude 3. At these levels, the quakes are generally too small for people to notice.
GS2: Govt policies and interventions for development in a sector
- Explained: How India’s new drone rules have been liberalised The central government has notified the Drone Rules 2021, a much more liberalised regime for unmanned aircraft systems than what existed previously. What are the relaxations, and why are they significant?
GS2: India and neighbourhood-relations
- Explained: Why China is looking at a larger role in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan Following the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, China has emerged as one of the first nations to develop diplomatic channels with the Taliban. What are its economic interests in the country?
- The meaning of India’s ‘wait and watch’ policy on Afghanistan To focus solely on terrorism, disregarding other geopolitical threats and our obligations to Afghans, displays fatalism
- Explained: What signing of the $500m India-Maldives mega-infra project means This infrastructure project, the largest-ever by India in the Maldives, involves the construction of a 6.74-km-long bridge and causeway link that will connect the Maldives capital Malé with the neighbouring islands of Villingli, Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi.
GS3: Indian Economy- Inclusive growth
- How to read the state of the economy Investment will trail consumption and while the Centre has a good capex plan, it is only one piece in the overall puzzle. The private sector must get involved and with the banks being hesitant, the road can get longer.
- Has the economic fallout of the pandemic affected different communities in different ways? Data from the recent Periodic Labour Force Survey indicates that this is indeed so
Down To Earth
GS3: Environmental pollution and degradation
- Dealing with the discarded: E-Waste management in India India is the third-largest producer of e-waste after China and the United States. More than 95% of this waste is handled by informal sector
- Organic and conservation farming boost multifunctionality of ecosystems: Study Organic farming has a 46-51 per cent lower global warming potential