GS2: Governance

Governance Index: On study of States on governance (TH) Marking States on different parameters can incentivise performance

3 years on, a mere 30% of Poshan Abhiyaan funds used (TH) The State governments and the Union Territories utilised a mere 30% of the funds released under the Poshan Abhiyaan, or the National Nutrition Mission, since it was launched in 2017.

What is the directive on detention centres? (TH) Those likely to be excluded from the NPR-NRC have a number of apprehensions. How have States responded?

Supreme Court rules flouted in demand for damages (TH) Guidelines mandate court-monitored process of assessment based on evidence

GS2: International Relations

Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in Afghanistan (TH) A cease-fire had been demanded by Washington before any peace agreement, which would allow the U.S. to bring home its troops, could be signed


GS3: Indian Economy

No extra charge on payments via RuPay, UPI from January 1 (TH) Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the MDR charges for businesses with over ₹50 crore annual revenues will be waived off from January 1, 2020.

FPI flows cross ₹1-lakh crore in 2019 (TH) Cumulative flows since September pegged at about ₹51,500 crore

Bank deposit cover set for increase (TH) DICGC proposes raising cover from the current ₹1 lakh to ₹3 lakh-₹5 lakh

Reforms restored PSBs’ health (TH) The Ministry of Finance on Saturday said that the health of public sector banks which have been reeling under non-performing assets for the last few years has been restored and a total of 13 banks reported profits in the first half of the current financial year.


GS3: Science and Technology

Shape of Sun’s corona accurately predicted (TH) The advance prediction gives a large window of preparedness for space weather variations

Biomarkers for glioma brain tumour found in peripheral blood (TH) These can be used for prognosis and early diagnosis of the most aggressive glioblastoma.


GS3: Environment

Madhya Pradesh gets its first elephant colony (TH) 38 elephants who strayed into Bandhavgarh last year have stayed bac