GS2: Governance

SC to step in if Nirbhaya convicts are not hanged on March 20(TH) Will promptly decide the government’s appeal for permission to separately hang them to death, the Supreme Court says.

Petitions and safeguards: Understanding the delay in Delhi gangrape convicts’ hanging(IE)" This is the fourth time since January that a date has been set for the executions. Multiple petitions have been filed and rejected during this period, and multiple death warrants have been issued and postponed.

Should the sedition law be scrapped? (TH) Dissent is the lifeblood of democracy. But today, when the stench of fascism looms large, exercising this constitutional right, can get one branded as anti-national, thrown behind bars or a lynch mob waiting outside to teach you a lesson.

Lok Sabha suspends 7 Congress MPs for rest of Budget session Action after ‘gross misconduct and utter disregard’ for House rules

When does Speaker suspend MPs from Lok Sabha? What rules are followed in the process? (IE)" In order to ensure that proceedings are conducted in the proper manner, the Speaker is empowered to force a Member to withdraw from the House (for the remaining part of the day), or to place him/her under suspension.

India among the least free democracies, says study(TH) BJP government’s “alarming” policies draw comparisons with Chinese repression

EC moots linking Aadhaar with voter ID’ The Law Ministry has informed the Lok Sabha that it has a proposal from the Election Commission (EC) to link the Aadhaar card with the Election Photo

Disabled and Extremely Poor There is a link between disability, loss of employment and impoverishment in rural India

NPR data useful for welfare schemes says Home Ministry It tells the parliamentary panel that date and place of birth of parents will complete data for all households.

GS1: Freedom Struggle

Biju Patnaik: The flying ace who helped Indian and foreign freedom movements (IE)

On the birth anniversary of Biju Patnaik, recalling how he bravely lent his flying skills for freedom fighters like Ram Manohar Lohia and to Indonesia's independence movement for which he was conferred the title "Bhoomiputra".

Bina Das: 21-yr-old who shot Bengal Governor got Padma Shri (IE) She was just 21. But Bina Das still opened fire on Bengal Governor Stanley Jackson in the convocation hall at Calcutta University.

GS3: Economy

Unrest, a slowdown and a health epidemic(TH) India has slid from being a global showcase of liberal democracy to a majoritarian state in economic despair

Banks announce share swap ratios (TH) Following the footsteps of State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda, the boards of 10 public-sector banks on Thursday approved mergers and issued share-swap ratios to create four large banks in the economy.

"EPFO lowers interest rate to 8.5% for 2019-2020(TH), Explained: Why has EPFO cut interest rate to 8.5%? The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has cut the rate to 8.5 percent for 2019-20 from the 8.65 percent in the previous fiscal. This is the lowest interest in the provident fund in seven years.


GS2: International Relations

USCIRF hears witnesses on NRC, CAA ‘Denying citizenship to a certain group can be understood by some as a signal to carry out attacks on it’

China’s high tech battle against COVID19(TH) Technology is aiding the state’s fight against the virus, and also helping people cope with the stresses of a quarantined life.