GS2: Governance

Centre working on the exclusive body for river linking projects (TH) National Interlinking of Rivers Authority will oversee projects, generate funds

A blow against social justice(TH) Denying application of reservation in promotions has largely confined SCs and STs to lower cadre jobs

Teaching the teachers(IE) Inadequacies in planning, regulation, policy and organizational structures in the teacher education space must be addressed, for the sake of the country’s future.


GS2: Social issues

A COVID19 response that is quick off the blocks(TH), Growing numbers(TH) India cannot be complacent while dealing with the possible spread of COVID-19

Explained: How to handle the coronavirus (COVID-19) scare(IE), Boosting immunity(IE) Combating coronavirus requires getting basics right, creating awareness, investing in public health infrastructure.


GS2: International Relations

Explained: Why a UN body intends to intervene in a SC case against CAA The application questions the reasonableness and objectivity of the criterion of extending the benefits of the CAA to Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan alone.

UN rights body to move SC on CAA(TH) In an unprecedented and rare move, the Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has announced that it plans to file


GS3: Economy

Rupee in free fall on COVID19 fears; RBI soothes markets(TH) the rupee fell for the third consecutive session on Tuesday on concerns over the deadly COVID-19 spreading in India amid the central bank stepping in to calm the sentiments.


Prelims Corner

1.Effective Control and Management of Resources in Fishing Sector -PIB In pursuance of the announcement made in the Union Budget of 2019, the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has formulated a scheme on Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) and seeking its approval.

2. Promotion of Electric Vehicles - PIB Government approved Phase-I of FAME India Scheme in March, 2015 for a period of 2 years from 1st April 2015 to promote adoption of electrical vehicles with an aim to reduce dependency on fossil fuel and to address issues of vehicular emissions. The Phase-I of the Scheme was extended from time to time and the last extension was allowed till 31st March 2019.

3. Biomethanation - PIB In an all India coordinated project, efforts are on to produce bio-gas for kitchen use and quality manure for fields using bio-methanation of rice straw by anaerobic digestion method. Six domestic level paddy straw based bio-gas plants have been installed in Punjab for field trials and further study is in progress.

4. Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) - PIB The Star Labeling Programme has been formulated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, as part of its mandate, under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.

5. Black carbon from agricultural burning & forest fire may influence melting of Gangotri Glacier -PIB" The already receding Gangotri glacier seems to have more bad news in store.  Black carbon concentration in the region increases by 400 times during summer, according to a study. The study suggests that agricultural burning and forest fire as the reason behind this seasonal increase. This can trigger glacial melt because of the light-absorbing nature of black carbon