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9 PM Current Affairs Brief – 27th November, 2017


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Lessons unlearnt 

Lessons unlearnt  Context: Nine years have passed since the grim events of 26/11 but India has forgotten nothing and learned nothing. What is are the impacts of 26/11 tragedy? 26/11 caused two key ruptures in India’s politics and public discourse: It led to a distillation of public frustration with police and intelligence services, which seemed … Continue reading “Lessons unlearnt “

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‘Greater Nagalim’ claims: As NSCN(IM) deal nears fruition, why three Northeastern states are agitated

‘Greater Nagalim’ claims: As NSCN(IM) deal nears fruition, why three Northeastern states are agitated (Indian Express) Context: Center may concluding a final agreement with the NSCN(IM) before Christmas. It has arisen fresh apprehensions in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur that large chunks of their territories may be lost to a “Greater Nagalim”. Why is it … Continue reading “‘Greater Nagalim’ claims: As NSCN(IM) deal nears fruition, why three Northeastern states are agitated”

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WHO releases guidelines on responding to child sex abuse 

WHO releases guidelines on responding to child sex abuse  Context: The World Health Organisation has formulated clinical guidelines on responding to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused. Guidelines: The guidelines put forward recommendations for the frontline health care providers-general practitioners, gynaecologists, paediatricians, nurses and others-who may directly receive a victim of sexual abuse … Continue reading “WHO releases guidelines on responding to child sex abuse “

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A toolkit to think local 

A toolkit to think local  Context: Policymakers in India need reliable disease burden data at subnational levels. Introduction: The findings of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative will aid in decentralised health planning. Till now, a comprehensive assessment of the disease causing the most premature deaths and ill health in each State, the risk factors … Continue reading “A toolkit to think local “

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Messy fix 

Messy fix  Context: The President of India recently gave his assent to an amendment in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code that barred a majority of defaulting promoters from buying back their assets. Introduction: The changes via an ordinance made at least nine categories of persons ineligible for submitting a resolution plan for the indebted companies … Continue reading “Messy fix “

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Why don’t you trust PM, Law Minister asks judiciary 

Why don’t you trust PM, Law Minister asks judiciary  Context Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in his sharp criticism of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) judgment urges to appoint a “fair judge.” PM’s obligation Mr Prasad hard-pressed on the trust of the people of India on the Prime Minister with the obligation to … Continue reading “Why don’t you trust PM, Law Minister asks judiciary “

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IAF banks on Tejas, new fighter to bolster fleet 

IAF banks on Tejas, new fighter to bolster fleet  Context Indian Air Force (IAF) is focusing at Tejas, the indigenously developed light combat aircraft, and a single-engine fighter to be procured soon to seize the dramatic fall in its squad strength. Procuring Tejas As the deal with the French government for 36 Rafale jets lands … Continue reading “IAF banks on Tejas, new fighter to bolster fleet “

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Smart- balancing China 

Smart- balancing China  Context:       The recent revival of the ‘Quadrilateral’ and the consequent talk of an ‘Asian NATO’ have brought the India-China rivalry back to the limelight. Introduction: The alleged China connection to the recent ‘regime change’ in Zimbabwe is a harbingerof things to come. It would ensure that its access to overseas resources/markets … Continue reading “Smart- balancing China “

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‘Drought, heatwaves increasing in frequency’ 

‘Drought, heatwaves increasing in frequency’  Context: Drought and heat waves all together has been engaging several researchers in India. Why is it in news? Analysing rainfall and temperature data of 50 years, researchers have found that: the frequency of heatwaves accompanied by drought has increased not only in magnitude but in area too over the … Continue reading “‘Drought, heatwaves increasing in frequency’ “

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How a dust storm from 3,000 km away smothered Delhi this month 

How a dust storm from 3,000 km away smothered Delhi this month  Context: The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) under the Ministry of Earth Science published a ‘Scientific Assessment of Delhi Winter Air Quality Crisis’, which listed two “Extreme” events behind the smog that had smothered Delhi and its neighbourhood. … Continue reading “How a dust storm from 3,000 km away smothered Delhi this month “

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Surge in oxygen levels led to explosion of life: study

Surge in oxygen levels led to explosion of life: study Context: Recently studies say that a boost in levels of oxygen may have caused a three-fold increase in biodiversity during between 445 and 485 million years ago. Why is it in news? This study suggests that atmospheric oxygen levels did not reach and maintain modern … Continue reading “Surge in oxygen levels led to explosion of life: study”

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Coral transplant raises Barrier Reef survival hopes 

Coral transplant raises Barrier Reef survival hopes  Context In an Australian project, Coral bred in one part of the Great Barrier Reef was successfully transplanted into another area, hoping they could restore damaged ecosystems around the world. The trial In a trial at the reef’s Heron Island off Australia’s east coast, the researchers collected large … Continue reading “Coral transplant raises Barrier Reef survival hopes “

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Memo to the World Bank 

Memo to the World Bank  Context: India has been admitted to the top 100 nation club for Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank league. Why is in news? For the first time ever, India has jumped 30 positions to become the top 100th country in terms of ease of doing business ranking this … Continue reading “Memo to the World Bank “

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Understanding Bitcoin: fraud, or the future of money? 

Understanding Bitcoin: fraud, or the future of money?  Context: In 2009, the first block of that currency, known as Bitcoin, went online. To this day, it has undergone a wide range of changes. Change in opinion about Bitcoin: Opinion on Bitcoin is divided on: whether its value is a sign of a growing rebellion against … Continue reading “Understanding Bitcoin: fraud, or the future of money? “

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