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Mains Test Series

GS: 2

Consult UPSC for selecting police chiefs, SC tells States

The Supreme Court on Tuesday restrained the State governments from appointing Directors-General of Police without first consulting the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Take action to stop spread of fake news, govt. tells WhatsApp

Amid reports of lynchings across the country over fake messages on WhatsApp, the government said on Tuesday that it had told the service provider “in no uncertain terms” to take immediate measures to ensure that its platform was not misused.

Supreme Court verdict on Centre-Delhi tussle today

The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on Wednesday on the ongoing tussle between the Centre and the democratically elected Arvind Kejriwal government over who wields the power to administer and govern the national capital.

Justice Indira Banerjee to head inquiry panel

The Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Indira Banerjee, has been selected by the Supreme Court for the second time to head an in-house inquiry committee to probe allegations of impropriety against sitting High Court judges in other States.

EC launches app to report electoral malpractice

The Election Commission on Tuesday launched an Android-based mobile application named “cVigil” for citizens to share proof of malpractices by political parties, their candidates and activists when the Model Code of Conduct is in force.

Mizoram facing a battle with bottle

The MLPC Act, implemented on January 16, 2015, replaced the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act of 1995 that was enforced two years later. The church – more than 87% people of the State are Christians – had played a major role in banning sale of liquor under the MLTP Act.’

The bilateral limits of hype

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump have both built their politics on the promise of making their countries great again. Placing India and the U.S., respectively, as leaders on the world stage is the stated objective of their foreign policy.

A faint resonance

The book, Images of Kabir (Monika Horstmann) , is the result of an international symposium held in 1998 commemorating the 600th anniversary of Kabir’s supposed birth.

In an alien academic terrain

Australia’s informal culture, which is comfortable with students addressing their lecturers by their first names, might surprise new students from India. Meeting many Asian students who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean or Japanese on campus could be unexpected on an Australian campus, but there are real possibilities.

A good beginning

That the first meeting of the Cauvery Water Management Authority took place in a cordial atmosphere augurs well for a sustained phase of constructive cooperation among the States concerned.

‘Lack of trust permeates India-U.K. bilateral ties’

The country that has been most difficult with the issues was the U.K.,” he said of the EU-India FTA negotiations, pointing to British demands around opening up of financial and legal services in India, and its opposition to India’s visa and mobility demands as part of any agreement.

GS: 3

‘Centre open to discuss RBI’s power over regulating PSBs’

Finance minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said the government is open to discuss the issues that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had raised recently over the lack of powers in regulating state-run lenders.

MCX plans currency derivatives foray

The Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX), the country’s largest commodity bourse in terms of market share, plans to enter the currency derivatives segment.

E-vehicles pose threat to forging industry, says AIFI

The Centre’s renewed focus on electric vehicles (EVs) is a key issue that could impact the future of the Indian forging industry, said a top official in the association representing the forging industry.

Tariffs cut on Asian imports under APTA

The Centre has implemented the tariff concessions agreed to under the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement by cutting duties on the import of 3,142 items from the signatories to the accord, including China.

Indian-origin scientist gets funding for project

An Indian-origin scientist working on a project to create a robotic hand covered in so-called brainy skin that mimics the human sense of touch has won 1.5 million pounds in funding for the project.

‘Tow-an-iceberg’ plan for Cape Town

The threat of drought is expected to return to the South African city again next year and beyond

 

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