9 PM Current Affairs Brief – January 30th, 2018


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Three milestones in education 

Three milestones in education  Every year in January, when the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is released, there is a hue and cry about the status of children’s learning in India. The hand-wringing, debates and discussions die down after some time. But this year’s situation is different. India is in a position right now … Continue reading “Three milestones in education “

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A path to executive power 

A path to executive power  Context The issue of office of profit must be understood as part of the legislature’s institutional separation What On January 21, President Ram Nath Kovind approved the recommendation of the Election Commission (EC) to disqualify 20 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). They were deemed to … Continue reading “A path to executive power “

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Cow vigilantism: SC issues notice to Haryana, U.P. and Rajasthan

Cow vigilantism: SC issues notice to Haryana, U.P. and Rajasthan Context The Supreme Court on Monday asked the governments of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to respond to a plea seeking contempt action against the States for not complying with the court’s order to take stern steps against cow vigilantism What A Bench led by Chief … Continue reading “Cow vigilantism: SC issues notice to Haryana, U.P. and Rajasthan”

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President, PM call for early passage of triple talaq bill

President, PM call for early passage of triple talaq bill Context President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday advocated the early passage of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, also known as the triple talaq Bill, during the Budget session of Parliament. It has been hanging fire … Continue reading “President, PM call for early passage of triple talaq bill”

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Sushma to engage new Nepal govt 

Sushma to engage new Nepal govt  Context In a bid to revive ties with Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kathmandu from February 1 to 2 Backdrop The visit comes weeks after Nepal elected a Leftist coalition, which won the first historic poll under the new Constitution of the country The visit by … Continue reading “Sushma to engage new Nepal govt “

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Open to talk with India on CPEC: China

Open to talk with India on CPEC: China Context China on Monday offered to open talks with India to resolve differences on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), opening the door for removing a major irritant in New Delhi-Beijing ties New Delhi has objected to the corridor which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, as violation of … Continue reading “Open to talk with India on CPEC: China”

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A pivot in Asia 

A pivot in Asia  Context The National Defence Strategy (NDS) and the National Security Strategy (NSS) released recently by the U.S. showcase the country’s strategic priorities and the way forward. As the two documents lay considerable focus on the ‘Indo-Pacific’, they will serve as crucial policy indicators for India and the region. The previous Obama … Continue reading “A pivot in Asia “

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The many things that Lamin B2 can do

The many things that Lamin B2 can do For the first time, nuclear protein lamin B2, which plays an important role in maintaining the structure and function of the nucleus, has been found to determine the morphology and function of the nucleolus, a roundish entity found inside the nucleus. The nucleolus makes ribosomal ribonucleic acid … Continue reading “The many things that Lamin B2 can do”

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Cautious optimism 

Cautious optimism  Context The Economic Survey underscores the need to maintain fiscal credibility The Economic Survey underscores the need to maintain fiscal credibility The Economic Survey for 2017-18 paints the picture of an economy that gives reason for both optimism and caution. GDP growth could accelerate It projects that GDP growth could accelerate to 7-7.5% in 2018-19, from … Continue reading “Cautious optimism “

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Incidence of open defecation falls sharply

Incidence of open defecation falls sharply Context The number of people defecating in the open in rural India had reduced to less than half of what it was in 2014, according to the Economic Survey, claiming success in rural sanitation due to Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), the flagship scheme of the Centre. 90% of those … Continue reading “Incidence of open defecation falls sharply”

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Address rent control, vacancy

Address rent control, vacancy Context The government needs to address issues such as rent control and unclear property rights rather than focussing on building more homes under its scheme to provide ‘Housing for All’ by 2022, according to the Economic Survey 2017-18. Survey urges focus on contract enforcement, unclear rights Need to take a more … Continue reading “Address rent control, vacancy”

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Household cash savings dip 250%

Household cash savings dip 250% Context Following the demonetisation exercise, Indian households are moving away from savings in cash to financial assets, the Economic Survey for 2018 pointed out ‘Shift to financial assets post note ban’ Commenting that the pattern of household savings was significantly different in 2016-17 as compared with the previous five years, … Continue reading “Household cash savings dip 250%”

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Climate change may hit farm income

Climate change may hit farm income Context The Economic Survey 2017-18 said farmer income losses from climate change could be between 15% and 18% on an average, rising to anywhere between 20%-25% in unirrigated areas of the country. Technologies like drip irrigation hold key to future of agriculture; ‘replace power subsidy with DBT’ “[The] Prime Minister’s … Continue reading “Climate change may hit farm income”

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Tax litigation taking toll on economy

Tax litigation taking toll on economy Context Less is more said the Economic Survey released on Monday when it comes to appeals by the income tax department for both direct and indirect tax cases. Income Tax Department is the biggest litigant but loses 85% of cases, says Survey Faced with a success rate that is … Continue reading “Tax litigation taking toll on economy”

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Eliminate embedded taxes to boost exports

Eliminate embedded taxes to boost exports Context The Economic Survey has suggested that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council should comprehensively review ‘embedded taxes’ and expeditiously eliminate the embedded export taxes to boost India’s manufacturing exports. Survey moots thorough review of taxes from products left outside the ambit of GST, and from within The Economic … Continue reading “Eliminate embedded taxes to boost exports”

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SMEs hold key to revive investments

SMEs hold key to revive investments Context The current episode of investment slowdown is ongoing, and one that is impacting growth, and therefore investment revival needs to be prioritised urgently to arrest more lasting impact on growth Measures to regain growth To help India regain growth, the Survey suggested that the measures, that need to … Continue reading “SMEs hold key to revive investments”

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CEA: Time to change monetary stance

CEA: Time to change monetary stance Context Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian on Monday acknowledged that the country’s monetary authorities may have little choice now but to adopt a policy stance that lets them tamp down on re-emerging inflationary pressures On whether RBI should change its stance as inflation is rising Mr Subramanian said, “Now … Continue reading “CEA: Time to change monetary stance”

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Taxpayer count rises post GST

Taxpayer count rises post GST Context The Goods and Services Tax has resulted in a 50% increase in the number of indirect taxpayers, the Economic Survey said, adding the fledgling tax regime has already revealed new data on key aspects such as inter-State trade, State-wise exports, and the extent of formalisation in the economy Voluntary … Continue reading “Taxpayer count rises post GST”

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Recovery will lift growth to 7-7.5%

Recovery will lift growth to 7-7.5% Context The economy is set to grow at 7-7.5% in the next financial year on the back of reviving exports and investment even as the negative effects of demonetisation and the teething troubles of the Goods and Services Tax recede, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian said in the Economic … Continue reading “Recovery will lift growth to 7-7.5%”

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