GS1: Art & Culture

Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel participates in the Hornbill festival at Kisama today (PIB) Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge), Prahlad Singh Patel today attended the ongoing Hornbill Festival at Kisama, near Kohima.

GS2: Governance

E-pharmacies in for more pain, but cure in sight (Mint) The Centre has ordered a halt to online drug sales through unlicensed online platforms—e-pharmacies—as it works on rules to regulate the sector. Mint attempts to unravel the issues behind the tug-of-war between e-pharmacies and the next-door chemist.

Data protection law closer to reality with cabinet nod (Mint) In a first, the bill proposes social media platforms to create a mechanism so that for “every user who registers their service from India or uses their service from India, a voluntary verifiable account mechanism has to be made", said a senior government official.

Nod for Data Protection Bill (TH) The Union cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to the Personal Data Protection Bill that seeks to lay down a legal framework to preserve the sanctity of “consent" in data sharing and penalize those breaching privacy norms.

End of reservation for Anglo-Indians? (TH) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to extend reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for 10 years but a question mark prevailed over whether it has extended reservations for two seats in the Lok Sabha for the Anglo-Indian community.

Explained: Why the elderly could soon get more money from their children (IE) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday (December 4) approved The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019, removing the cap of Rs 10,000 on the maximum monthly allowance permissible, and providing for the appointment of nodal police officers for senior citizens in every police station and the creation of a special police unit for senior citizens at the district level.

After Cabinet nod, Citizenship Bill ready for tabling in House (TH) Paving the way for Parliament to take up the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the draft law that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there.

GS2: International Relations

U.S. House passes Bill seeking action over Uighur crackdown  The US Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill seeking a tough response from the Trump Administration over reports of mass detention centres in China's Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, prompting Beijing to threaten possible retaliation.

GS3: Economy

Bharat Bond ETF cleared, paves way for retail funds in corporate debt (mint) The Union cabinet on Wednesday cleared Bharat Bond ETF, India’s first exchange-traded fund housing corporate bonds issued by state-run companies. The ETF is expected to attract retail investors to government debt, with units priced as low as ₹1,000.

ARE MSMEs ADDING TO OUR NPA WOES? (Mint) In India, MSMEs, which include all firms with physical capital valued at less than ₹10 crore, employ millions and are considered an engine of growth. But this engine is now sputtering. Several forces, such as GST and demonetization, have constrained MSME growth but an overarching factor has been a severe liquidity crunch.

GS2: Social issues

Fit India School Rating System launched as part of Fit India Campaign (PIB) Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju jointly inaugurated the newly constructed Cricket Stadium at KV No. 1, Delhi Cantt in Delhi today.

The many structural flaws in India’s higher education system (TH) It is crisis-ridden, understaffed and underfunded

The furore surrounding fee hikes at the Jawaharlal Nehru University has spurred deeper questions about the quality of university education.

GS3: Environment

Climate-related disasters on the uptick (TH) Japan worst-hit, India ranked fifth for water shortages, crop failures and flooding

GS3: Infrastructure

Regional air connectivity plan struggles to get off the ground (Mint) Airlines are avoiding most routes under the scheme, daunted by creaking infrastructure and low demand