GS2: Governance

Should restrictions on free speech be reviewed? (Summary) Political discourse in India today seems to invite the full gamut of safeguards and restrictions on free speech that the Constitution prescribes. Quite often, these are misused, and deciding on a case-by-case basis is problematic.

Explained: The ugly truth about India’s adherence to the FRBM Act (IE) By completely ignoring Revenue Deficit, and only focusing on containing Fiscal Deficit, the government has ensured that the FRBM Act now hurts growth – which is exactly opposite of what fiscal consolidation was supposed to do.


GS2: International Relations

Curtain Raiser: India-Bangladesh JT Exercise SAMPRITI-IX (PIB) As part of the ongoing Indo-Bangladesh defence cooperation, a joint military training exercise SAMPRITI-IX is being conducted.

Explained: The debate over UN’s new rules for ships in the Arctic region (IE) The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the shipping agency of the United Nations, has banned ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 per cent, compared with 3.5 per cent previously.

Union HRD Minister chairs the meeting of the Indian National Commission For Cooperation (INCCU) with UNESCO in New Delhi (PIB)  The membership of National Commission consists of members of five Sub Commissions namely, Sub Commission for (i) Education (ii) Natural Sciences (iii) Social Sciences (iv) Communication (v) Culture. The members of the Sub Commissions briefed the chair about the activities carried out by their respective Sub Commissions.


GS2: Social Issues

Explained: What makes WHO declare a disease outbreak a public health emergency (IE) The international body has not yet declared the novel coronavirus infection, which has claimed more than 100 lives, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.


GS3: Infrastructure

A.P. flags off country’s first ‘fruit train’ (TH) A 'fruit train', said to be the first of its kind in the country, was flagged off from Tadipatri Railway Station in Anantapur district.