GS2: International Relations

India, African countries resolve to fight terror (TH) India and several African countries on Thursday pledged to deepen cooperation to combat the growing threat of terrorism

India to study air corridors with Central Asian countries (TH) Apart from developing trade via the Chabahar port in Iran, India would like to explore setting up “air corridors” between India and five Central Asian nations

Senate acquits President Donald Trump (TH) He was impeached by the House for conditioning $391 million in military assistance to Ukraine and a crucial White House meeting with its president Volodymyr Zelensky

GS2: Governance

Reducing custodial deaths (TH) The Indian police continue to torture suspects in custody as they are rarely punished.

Panel suggests steps to curb child porn (TH) The House committee has recommended a multi-pronged strategy to tackle the menace

Simply Put: Sedition law — what courts said (IE) After Sharjeel Imam, Mumbai student has been booked for sedition for slogans in Sharjeel’s support. A look at what courts and the Maharashtra govt have said about the validity and applicability of Section 124A IPC

GS3: Economy

RBI opts for long-term repos, CRR exemption to lower rates (TH) The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided at a meeting on Thursday to keep the interest rates unchanged

On the front foot (TH) The RBI’s efforts to boost growth could change the sentiment in the economy

Explained: Five reasons why RBI’s Feb monetary policy could be game-changer for Indian economy (IE) Even though the RBI did not change the policy repo rates, Governor Das has managed to surprise everyone by adopting an unconventional approach.

Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill: How govt aims to reduce direct tax litigation (IE) The Finance Minister had clarified that“under the proposed Vivad Se Vishwas scheme, a taxpayer would be required to pay only the amount of the disputed taxes and will get complete waiver of interest and penalty provided he pays by 31st March, 2020. Those who avail this scheme after 31st March, 2020 will have to pay some additional amount”