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Mains Test Series

GS 1

Caution against shaming

The wave of shaming that was unleashed in the wake of the appearance of the image of a breastfeeding woman on the cover of Grihalakshmi seems to have finally been contained by the Kerala High Court’s eloquent judgment.

GS 2

U.S. postpones 2+2 dialogue with India

The much anticipated dialogue, between the defence and foreign ministers of India and the United States scheduled for July, has been postponed.

Centre may scrap UGC, proposes new regulator

The Centre has placed in the public domain a draft Bill for a Higher Education Commission of India – aimed at replacing the University Grants Commission – for eliciting suggestions from educationists.

ICSSR’s new vision: make research relevant to policy

In an attempt at making research projects awarded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) move from “pure ideological research” to one that is in sync with policy imperatives, the apex social science research body has formulated a blue print of key areas for future research.

Rethinking the referendum

Two years on, Britain remains as divided as it was earlier over the issue of leaving the EU

Nepal welcomes ‘2+1’ dialogue mechanism

Nepali officials are mulling over China’s proposal of a “two-plus-one” mechanism, where Beijing and New Delhi can jointly hold a dialogue with a third country in South Asia.

GS 3

Reality check

RBI report warns that the worst on NPAs may be yet to come. Urgent changes are needed

Encouraging mediation to settle disputes

Beginning this week, India will participate in deliberations at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in New York on an important issue concerning resolution of commercial disputes.

Ujjwala revolution

Last month, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) completed two years of operation. During this time the number of LPG connections has crossed 4 crore, and LPG penetration in India has risen from 56% in 2014 to 80%.

Stranded on migration

The temporary migrant resettlement system of 2015, which was formulated to distribute migrants across the EU, failed when many countries refused to meet their quotas. Migration is top of the agenda when leaders meet for a European Council meeting in Brussels today.

Rupee tumbles to 19-month low on oil

The Indian rupee has slumped almost 7% against the dollar so far this year, making it one of Asia’s worst performing currencies.

Japanese mission reaches far-off asteroid

Scientists hope to glean clues about what gave rise to life on the earth from samples taken from Ryugu, which is thought to contain relatively large amounts of organic matter and water.

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