9 PM Current Affairs Brief – February 17th, 2018


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‘Show source of income to contest polls’

‘Show source of income to contest polls’ Context: In a landmark judgement in poll reforms, the SC on Friday has ruled that politicians, their spouses and associates must declare their sources of income, along with their assets, in order to qualify for contesting elections. Details: The judgment, authored by Justice Chelameswar has observed that manifold … Continue reading “‘Show source of income to contest polls’”

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Chandrayaan-II to be launched in April

Chandrayaan-II to be launched in April Context: India’s second moon mission, Chandrayaan-II, which would land a rover on the lunar surface is expected to be launched in April this year. Chandrayaan-I discovered water on the moon and this will mission will be  an extension of that. About Chandrayaan II: Chandrayaan-II would cost about Rs. 800 … Continue reading “Chandrayaan-II to be launched in April”

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Solar alliance biggest win since Paris accord, says PM

Solar alliance biggest win since Paris accord, says PM Context: Recently at the inaugural session of the World Sustainable Development Summit, PM Modi has said that the biggest development on tackling climate change since the Paris Accord of 2015 has been the International Solar Alliance. About International Solar Alliance (ISA) The ISA was launched on … Continue reading “Solar alliance biggest win since Paris accord, says PM”

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Brewing higher profits and saving birds on the farm

Brewing higher profits and saving birds on the farm Context: According to a recently published research in the journal Scientific Reports, Arabica coffee helps both farmers and wild birds in the Ghats. Issues with Robusta Plantations around the World: Native trees are cut down to grow Robusta, in order to give it more sunlight. Thus … Continue reading “Brewing higher profits and saving birds on the farm”

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Case histories

Case histories Context: The government’s intention to launch the world’s largest health insurance programme, the National Health Protection Scheme, raises an important issue. Issues: 1-   Should the focus be on the demand side of health-care finance when the supply side, the public health infrastructure, is in a shambles? Experience with insurance schemes, such as … Continue reading “Case histories”

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Not a prescription for the poor

Not a prescription for the poor Context: The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) is being hailed as the biggest takeaway for the aam aadmi in this year’s Budget. Problems: The Budget promised to provide insurance coverage to an estimated 50 crore poor beneficiaries through the NHPS. There are two problems with this claim. Old scheme: … Continue reading “Not a prescription for the poor”

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How did system allow PNB fraud, asks CVC

How did system allow PNB fraud, asks CVC Context: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), India’s apex body for checking corruption in the government, has summoned senior officials from the Reserve Bank of India, the Finance Ministry, along with the Chief Vigilance Officer of Punjab National Bank (PNB), early next week to assess how the ₹11,500 … Continue reading “How did system allow PNB fraud, asks CVC”

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