9 PM Current Affairs Brief – December 10, 2018


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Khelo India Youth Games to start from January 9 

Khelo India Youth Games to start from January 9  News: Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore launched the second edition of Khelo India, rechristened as Khelo India Youth Games Important facts In its second edition, Khelo India has expanded its scope, and will allow participants to compete in two categories, (Under 17) and (Under 21). … Continue reading “Khelo India Youth Games to start from January 9 “

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Why Qatar does not need OPEC

Why Qatar does not need OPEC News: Qatar has announced its decision to move out of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on January 1st 2019 Important Facts: What is OPEC? The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a permanent intergovernmental organization of oil producing nations. It was formed in 1960 in … Continue reading “Why Qatar does not need OPEC”

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Can mobile phones improve governance?

Can mobile phones improve governance? News: Improving last-mile service delivery using phone-based monitoring. Facts: Government claims as mobile phone penetration increases across India, it can directly reach out to beneficiaries to generate quick, independent feedback about program delivery. Currently mobile phone-based monitoring project is being used to assess scheme performance of Rythu Bandhu. About Rythu … Continue reading “Can mobile phones improve governance?”

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Blood pressure monitors, nebulizers other medical devices may cost less

Blood pressure monitors, nebulizers other medical devices may cost less News: Medical devices like nebulizers, blood pressure monitors, notified as drugs under Drugs and Cosmetics Act Facts: The Drug Technical Advisory Body (DTAB) had cleared the proposal to include blood pressure monitoring devices, nebulizers, digital thermometers and glucometers under the purview of the Drug law. … Continue reading “Blood pressure monitors, nebulizers other medical devices may cost less”

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Quick fix for the farmer

Quick fix for the farmer News: Thousands of farmers from different parts of India marched to Delhi to register their protest against the government’s perceived apathy and neglect of farmers’ demands. Important Facts: Three Demands of the farmers: Debate in Parliament to discuss farm distress. Accepting the demand for a debate in the Parliament is … Continue reading “Quick fix for the farmer”

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Opinion | Structural reforms for decarbonising India

Opinion | Structural reforms for decarbonising India Article: Vaibhav Chaturvedi is a research fellow at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water has discussed about need of structural reforms for decarbonising India. Important Analysis: India is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, poised to become the third-largest by 2028. Rapid economic growth is often driven … Continue reading “Opinion | Structural reforms for decarbonising India”

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Decoding GST’s future course in India

Decoding GST’s future course in India Article: The article discusses the issues with GST and suggests reforms Important Facts: GST Goods and Service Tax (GST) is a single tax on the supply of goods and services. It is considered to be a destination based tax as it is applied on goods and services at the … Continue reading “Decoding GST’s future course in India”

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The new public investors

The new public investors Article: The article discusses trends in public investments Important facts: Types of public investments: Central government expenditure State government expenditure Internal and Extra Budgetary Resources (IEBR): constitutes the resources raised by the PSUs through profits, loans and equity. Trends: Fixed investments grew 12.3% on average in real terms in the last … Continue reading “The new public investors”

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Simply Put: Why aircraft carriers are needed

Simply Put: Why aircraft carriers are needed News: Navy Chief Admiral has advocated for a 2nd indigenous aircraft carrier. Important facts: What are aircraft carriers? Aircraft carriers are warships that act as airbases for carrier-based aircraft. Aircraft carriers in India India currently has only one aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya which is in service since 2013. INS Vikrant: In … Continue reading “Simply Put: Why aircraft carriers are needed”

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Wildlife Protection Act, changing needs lead to dwindling numbers at Sonepur fair

Wildlife Protection Act, changing needs lead to dwindling numbers at Sonepur fair News: At the Sonepur Cattle Fair, the sale of animals has drastically reduced. Important Facts: About Sonepur Cattle fair: Sonepur Cattle Fair is organized every year during November-December. The Fair commences on the day of Kartik Purnima and lasts for more than a … Continue reading “Wildlife Protection Act, changing needs lead to dwindling numbers at Sonepur fair”

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Bioplastics may not be better for climate: Study

Bioplastics may not be better for climate: Study News: A recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to bioplastics may lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions Important facts: Key takeaway from the Study: According to the study, at the current level of technology, an increased consumption of bioplastics may generate … Continue reading “Bioplastics may not be better for climate: Study”

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Niti Aayog, Ministry differ over levy on 2-wheelers to subsidise EVs

Niti Aayog, Ministry differ over levy on 2-wheelers to subsidise EVs News: Differences have arisen between the Heavy Industry Ministry and the NITI Aayog over a latter’s proposal to levy a “Feebate” on two-wheelers to subsidise electric vehicles for promoting green mobility. Important Facts: What is a Feebate? A feebate is a market-based policy combining … Continue reading “Niti Aayog, Ministry differ over levy on 2-wheelers to subsidise EVs”

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