GS Paper 2


Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector


SC reserves order on postgraduate quota for in-house students: (The Hindu)The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a Allahabad High Court decision setting aside 50% reservation for in-house students for admissions to postgraduate courses in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Understanding Dalit assertion: (Indian Express) Article analyses the implications of the anti-Dalit violence


Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests


Airfares from Doha likely to rise: The decision by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain to isolate Qatar on charges of harbouring terrorists and to impose flying restrictions on the country, will lead to a sharp rise in airfares to India from Doha as more Indians are expected to head back home


Agreements involving India


The art of the free trade agreement: During their recent meeting in Germany, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on the need to resume India European Union (EU). The article highlights the issues and challenges in the way of India-EU FTA.


GS Paper 3


Indian Economy


As July 1 nears, GST interface not ready : (The Hindu) While the government remains committed to rolling out the GST regime from July 1, GST Suvidha Providers (GSPs), who are expected to help taxpayers cope with the transition to the new regime and its compliance paperwork, may only be operationally ready a few months down the line.

Building On Aadhaar: (Indian Express) The project revealed that technology can solve many development challenges.


Environmental impact assessment (Editorial)


Expensive, hazardous and inequitable: (The Hindu) The editorial is a critical analysis of the government’s recent approval to ten new nuclear reactors


Science and technology (Editorial)


In a new orbit: (The Hindu) Indian Space Research Organisation has crossed a significant milestone with the success- ful developmental light of the country’s heaviest Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, the GSLV Mark-III. This is the first time a satellite weighing over 3.1 tonnes has been launched from India to reach the geostationary orbit about 36,000 km from Earth.


Prelims related news


Child-friendly HIV drug gets govt. nod: (The Hindu) The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has registered the child-friendly HIV drug in oral pellet form, ending months of uncertainty for the HIV community.

Navy eyes advanced subs: (The Hindu) Six Scorpenes are now under construction, and the Navy is keen to accelerate the tender for a new line of advanced submarines under Project-75I.

El Nino is weaker than anticipated, says IMD: The India Meteorological Department’s optimism about more rainfall is largely premised on hopes that a strong El Nino, which, as per its earlier forecast, was expected to surface in the later half of the monsoon, would now be much weaker than anticipated. “

IMD predicts more rain this monsoon: (The Hindu) (IMD) has said Rainfall would be ‘normal’ and around 98% of the Long Period Average (LPA), the IMD said in an update on Tuesday. This is 2% more than the 96% or ‘near normal’ rain it had forecast in April.

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