S1/GS3: Geography/Science & Technology
- "Monsoons, cyclones can be predicted more accurately now: study(AIR) - (Business Standard) Time series of oceanographic properties, including temperature, salinity, velocity, underwater radiation and subsurface mixing, along with surface fluxes of heat, were calculated from shipboard measurements on board the RV Sindhu Sadhana in the southern Bay of Bengal during the boreal summer monsoon of 2016.
- MPLADS, its suspension, and why it must go(TH) There are five reasons why the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme must be abolished.
- Off course: On Cauvery water issue(TH) Apart from meeting the procedural requirement, the notification does not, in any way, alter the character, functions or powers of the CWMA that form part of a scheme drawn up a few years ago, and which was approved by the Supreme Court.
- World Press Freedom Day On May 3, national and local celebrations for World Press Freedom Day will take place around the world, some in the form of online debates and workshops.
- Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj launches “The Saras Collection” on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal(PIB)" A unique initiative of GeM and the DeenDayalAntyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development, the Saras Collection showcases daily utility products made by rural self-help groups (SHGs) and aims to provide SHGs in rural areas with market access to Central and State Government buyers.
- A grain stockist with a role still relevant(TH) In the middle of the pandemic, the FCI holds the key to warding off a looming crisis of hunger and starvation.
GS2: International Relations
- Diplomacy in a virtual world(IE) The Foreign Office is merely following other professions that are adapting to restrictions on travel across borders and within them by the corona crisis.
- Prime Minister participates at the online Summit of NAM Contact Group(PIB) Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the online Summit of Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Contact Group held on the evening of May 4, 2020 to discuss response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
- PM calls for new template of globalization based on equality(Mint) In his NAM speech, Modi urges the need to promote human welfare and not economic growth alone
- Explained: Why liquor matters to states(IE) The RBI report shows that during 2019-20 all the 29 states and two UTs (Delhi and Puducherry) had budgeted an amount of Rs 1,75,501.42 crore from state excise duty on liquor — 16 per cent higher than Rs 1,50,657.95 crore collected during 2018-19.
- Save small enterprises before they collapse(Mint) Delayed fiscal relief for small businesses reeling under the lockdown has made it harder for them to recover. MSMEs urgently need our help. Let’s not lose time on perfecting its delivery
- Manufacturing PMI shows lockdown effect, but worst may be behind us(Mint) With standalone shops being allowed to operate, small businesses may hobble back to normalcy
GS3: Science and Technology
- States with high swine flu rate record most COVID-19 cases(TH) Five States — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Tamil Nadu — account for about 70% of India’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, that on Monday stood at 46, 416.