- Explained: Raja Ravi Varma, the painter who helped Indians bring their gods home(IE)": A prolific artist, Varma is believed to have made around 7,000 paintings before his death at the age of 58. His most famous works include Damayanti Talking to a Swan, Shakuntala Looking for Dushyanta, Nair Lady Adorning Her Hair, and Shantanu and Matsyagandha.
- Modern school of painting Contemporary Indian art has travelled a long way since the days of Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore and his followers and even Amrita Sher-Gil.
- Privacy concerns during a pandemic(TH) The government’s technology solutions to fight COVID-19 do not meet minimum legal requirements
- Unlocking justice in the lockdown(TH) Without legal practitioners being classified as essential, fundamental rights cannot be realised
- ‘Anti-graft law covers deemed universities(TH) In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court has held that bribery and corruption in a deemed university can be tried under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
GS2: Government policies and interventions
- Jal Shakti Abhiyan gears up for monsoon(PIB) ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’—is all set to combat the present health crisis and give a boost to the rural economy through its various components. This year owing to the COVID-19 emergency, and availability of large labour force in rural areas, the Abhiyan has started gearing up for the impending monsoon.
GS3: Internal Security
- NITI Aayog slams India’s terror ranking(TH) The report also questions the opaque funding of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)
- USCIRF downgrades India in 2020 list(TH) Religious freedom panel lists nation among ‘countries of particular concern’
- No improvement in Ganga water quality during lockdown(TH) But pause in industrial activity has aided Yamuna.
- Explained: What are human challenge trials, and why are they controversial?(IE) While human challenge trials are not new, they are usually carried out in developing medications for diseases which are considered less lethal and have been better understood by scientists over the years, such as malaria.
- Raising tax rates in slowdown can hamper revenue(Mint) Mint explains the relationship between tax rates, tax revenue and GDP growth to argue why taxes should not be raised during a slowdown