9 PM Current Affairs Brief – February 1st, 2018


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Graduates from IIT, NIT to teach in rural areas

Graduates from IIT, NIT to teach in rural areas Context More than 1,200 youngsters with Ph.D and M. Tech degrees from institutions like Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and National Institutes of Technology will spend the next three years teaching at 53 government engineering colleges in rural areas of districts lagging … Continue reading “Graduates from IIT, NIT to teach in rural areas”

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Stone tools offer insights into history of human evolution

Stone tools offer insights into history of human evolution Context Based on the study of over 7,200 stone artefacts collected from the archaeological site at Attirampakkam in the Kortallayar river basin about 60 km from Chennai, researchers suggest that hominins in India may have developed a Middle Palaeolithic culture phase around 3,85,000 years ago and … Continue reading “Stone tools offer insights into history of human evolution”

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‘Indus script was written from right to left’

‘Indus script was written from right to left’ Context Two scientists working at The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, (IMSc) have figured out a way to computationally estimate whether a language is written from left to right or otherwise. Most interestingly, they have studied the Indus script and calculated that it must flow from right to … Continue reading “‘Indus script was written from right to left’”

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Testing waters

Testing waters Context We need to evolve credible and institutionalized practices to resolve inter-State river disputes We need to evolve credible and institutionalized practices to resolve inter-State river disputes Last week, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to constitute a tribunal within a month to adjudicate the Mahanadi river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The … Continue reading “Testing waters”

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Italian anti-corruption officials to meet Indian counterparts

Italian anti-corruption officials to meet Indian counterparts Context An Italian delegation of senior anti-corruption officials is expected to visit India soon for a meeting with the representatives of various enforcement agencies to discuss issues of mutual cooperation in investigations. Backdrop The meeting follows the visit of Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in October-November last year. … Continue reading “Italian anti-corruption officials to meet Indian counterparts”

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Westinghouse teams visit revives hopes for Kovvada plant

Westinghouse teams visit revives hopes for Kovvada plant Context Officials of Westinghouse Electric, that went through bankruptcy proceedings last year, and was bought from Toshiba by a Canadian consortium last month, will visit India next week to discuss a reworked deal for nuclear reactors for the proposed nuclear plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Kovvada. Relook at … Continue reading “Westinghouse teams visit revives hopes for Kovvada plant”

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Reality check in Sri Lanka

Reality check in Sri Lanka Context Sri Lanka’s local government elections, scheduled to be held on February 10, have elicited the interest of a national election, and with good reason. Local government elections this month will have a bearing on the coalition government in Colombo This is the first time the country will go to … Continue reading “Reality check in Sri Lanka”

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Don’t want India to become the refugee capital of the world, govt. tells SC

Don’t want India to become the refugee capital of the world, govt. tells SC Context The Union government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it does not want the country to become the refugee capital of the world. The Centre was responding to a submission by Rohingya refugees that the BSF was “pushing back” … Continue reading “Don’t want India to become the refugee capital of the world, govt. tells SC”

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Rs. 370 cr. allotted for building border infra

Rs. 370 cr. allotted for building border infra Context Laying emphasis on building infrastructure along the Indo-Pak and Sino-India borders, the government has sanctioned nearly Rs. 370 crore to the BSF and the ITBP for construction of bunkers and special climate-controlled huts in forward areas, an official said on Wednesday. BSF, ITBP will build bunkers, … Continue reading “Rs. 370 cr. allotted for building border infra”

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INS Karanj boosts Navy’s firepower

INS Karanj boosts Navy’s firepower Context The Navy’s third state-of-the-art Scorpene class submarine, INS Karanj, was launched by Reena Lanba, wife of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba. The new submarine is named after the earlier Kalvari class INS Karanj, which was decommissioned in 2003. Third Scorpene class submarine joins Naval fleet Six Scorpene class submarines … Continue reading “INS Karanj boosts Navy’s firepower”

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Power of a single identity

Power of a single identity Context Indian activists echo American conservatives of the 1930s, but Aadhaar is the best tool to administer the subsidy regime Social Security Act of US The United States enacted the landmark Social Security Act in 1935, giving birth to the Social Security Number (SSN). The debate leading up to the … Continue reading “Power of a single identity”

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‘Data safety: few firms ready

‘Data safety: few firms ready Context With less than four months to go for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation to kick in, “too many companies are still not prepared” for the regime that would also cover Indian IT firms, according to a global survey. Only 33% have plans to comply with the EU rule: EY survey … Continue reading “‘Data safety: few firms ready”

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Making financial savings less taxing

Making financial savings less taxing Context Bumping up the household savings rate and nudging savers to park their surpluses in financial assets have always been high on the agenda of Indian Finance Ministers. Fully aware of this, different arms of the financial services industry — insurers, banks, intermediaries, mutual funds — usually present a long … Continue reading “Making financial savings less taxing”

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Budget expected to focus on direct taxes

Budget expected to focus on direct taxes Context While there are unlikely to be any major changes in indirect tax as most of them are now under the purview of the Goods and Services Tax Council, Budget 2018 could have several positive changes on the direct tax side, according to analysts. Effort will be to ensure … Continue reading “Budget expected to focus on direct taxes”

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