9 PM Daily Current Affairs Brief – October 13, 2017


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Saving child brides: 

Saving child brides:  Context: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, who is below 18 years of age, is rape. What is the verdict? Marriage cannot be a license to have sex with a minor girl, the Supreme Court of India recently ruled in its judgment, the … Continue reading “Saving child brides: “

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U.S., Israel quit UNESCO:

U.S., Israel quit UNESCO: Context The United States (U.S) has announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), accusing it of “continuing anti-Israel bias.” What is the major concern? UNESCO is the first UN agency to have admitted Palestine as a full member in 2011. As required by law, the … Continue reading “U.S., Israel quit UNESCO:”

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If safety is not to be derailed: 

If safety is not to be derailed:  Context Derailments on the tracks of Indian Railways have always been a big technical and management challenge. What makes train travel so unsafe in India? Derailment Derailment seems to be the most common cause of train accidents. Reports of the Railway Ministry for 2015 and 2016 list a … Continue reading “If safety is not to be derailed: “

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Living in denial: 

Living in denial:  Context Economic deceleration is real. Acknowledging it is the first step to recovery Reasons behind economic deceleration Freefall of rupee against dollar and other currencies Widening current account deficit (CAD) Soaring inflation Dampened GDP growth. Over-dependence on tertiary sector growth Various government policies Step required for recovery Acknowledge the slowdown and spend … Continue reading “Living in denial: “

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Averting disaster: 

Averting disaster:  Recently, Category 5 hurricanes in the Caribbean and in the American mainland; record floods across Bangladesh, India, and Nepal; and drought emergencies in 20 countries in Africa have damaged these regions. These events reiterate the need to act on a changing climate. Reasons for frequent floods and droughts across the globe: Rising temperature … Continue reading “Averting disaster: “

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Why the economic slowdown, and how to fix it?: 

Why the economic slowdown, and how to fix it?:  Context: The ministry of finance is caught in a deficit fetishism that seeks to limit the fiscal deficit to 3.5% of GDP Introduction: The growth in gross domestic product (GDP) has plummeted by 3.5 percentage points in just six quarters, from 9.2% in January-March 2016 to … Continue reading “Why the economic slowdown, and how to fix it?: “

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World Bank cautions against protectionism:

World Bank cautions against protectionism: The World Bank has cautioned that a rise in protectionism and policy uncertainty could derail the fragile recovery of global economy. What is Protectionism? Protectionism refers to government actions and policies that restrict or restrain international trade Protectionism is often done with the intent of protecting local businesses and jobs … Continue reading “World Bank cautions against protectionism:”

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