- Explained: Why lightning still kills so many Indians (IE) Although forecasts and warnings are made available through mobile text messages, it is not available in all regions. A large number of deaths occur due to this as not much awareness has been undertaken.
- In 2020, RS saw lowest number of sittings ever (TH) There are only three other occasions when the Upper House sittings were below 50 days in a year
GS2: International Relations
- ‘India must raise the bar on anti-money laundering systems’ (TH) With the global money laundering and terror funding watchdog expected to undertake a review of India’s mechanisms to deal with suspicious transactions
- Core sector output shrinks 2.6% in Nov. (TH) Output from India’s eight core sectors hit a three-month low in November, contracting 2.6% in the festive month, with coal, fertilisers and electricity
- Fiscal deficit shoots up to 135% of target (TH) Public spending looks encouraging, may spur economic activity, help India exit recession in Q4: ICRA
- Explained: Why GST collection is at an all-time high (IE) GST collections in December gained support from higher festive season sales along with the rollout of new technological systems of e-invoicing and action against tax evaders.
- Acclimatising to climate risks (TH) Several parts of north India are in the grip of a severe cold wave. While winter may be longer and harsher in some regions due to La Niña, forecasters suggest..
GS3: Disaster Management
- "Flash Flood Guidance Services launched; the first of its kind for South Asian countries namely India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka(PIB)" Meteorological observatory ofLehwas upgraded to a full-fledged Meteorological Centre. It was inaugurated by the Minister of Earth Sciences on December 29, 2020. Seventeen high wind speed recorders were installed at Visakhapatnam, Machilipatnam, Chennai, Goa, Cuddalore, Bhubaneswar, Kakinada, Puri, Ongole, Digha, Kavali, Haldia, Pamban, Gopalpur, Kanyakumari, Veraval, and Bhuj.
GS3: Science & Technology
- DST releases Draft 5th National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy for public consultation (PIB) It aims to foster, develop, and nurture a robust system for evidence and stakeholder-driven STI planning, information, evaluation, and policy research in India. The objective of the policy is to identify and address strengths and weaknesses of the Indian STI ecosystem to catalyse socio-economic development of the country and also make the Indian STI ecosystem globally competitive.