GS2: Governance

Supreme Court judgments recognise dissent as a ‘symbol of a vibrant democracy’ (TH) Justice Rao’s dissent was resurrected by a nine-judge Bench in the 2017 privacy judgment, which said “neither life nor liberty are bounties conferred by the State”.

"Kerala tops SDG index; Bihar at last rank (TH) Bihar, Jharkhand and Arunchal Pradesh are the worst performing states in this year’s Index for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

NITI Aayog Releases SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019 (PIB)" NITI Aayog today released the second edition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index, which comprehensively documents the progress made by India’s States and Union Territories towards achieving the 2030 SDG targets.

Guarantee Internet rights (TH) Access to Internet must be recognised as a fundamental right to free speech, basic freedoms and the right to life


GS3: Environment

"Overall green cover rises, but north-east records dip (TH) Sharpest decline in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram, says ISFR report.

Total Forest and Tree Cover rises to 24.56 percent of the total geographical area of the Country (PIB) Sharpest decline in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram, says ISFR report.

India’s forest cover goes up by nearly 3% this decade; but all is not well (DTE)" 'Very dense forests', which absorb maximum carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, increased by a mere 1.14 ?tween 2017 and 2019, according to the State of India’s forest Report 2019


GS3: Infrastructure

"Reforming the Indian railways – On the right track (ORF) For the past 3-4 years, Indian Railways’ finances have been under severe stress. This year witnessed an even steeper downward trend.

Railways look to AI for security solutions (TH)" National transporter plans to use facial-recognition software on CCTV cameras


GS3: Security

General Bipin Rawat named India's first Chief of Defence Staff (IE) General Bipin Rawat, as the Chief of Defence Staff, will be the principal military adviser to the government.

Biometric enabled Centralised Access Control System (CACS) &Training Module of e-BCAS Covering 43 Airports of AAI and 5 Joint Venture airports at present, the CACS project is aimed to digitize the employee movement process at the airports.


GS3: Indian Economy
RBI buys ₹10,000 crore worth government securities via OMO (TH) Stricter norms for urban co-operative banks also proposed