9 PM Daily Current Affairs Brief – September 26, 2017


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UN human rights review: What India ‘accepted’, what it merely ‘noted’: 

UN human rights review: What India ‘accepted’, what it merely ‘noted’:  What is the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review? The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process established by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC), under which the human rights record of each of the UN’s 193 member countries is peer-reviewed every … Continue reading “UN human rights review: What India ‘accepted’, what it merely ‘noted’: “

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Consent key factor in defining sexual assault, says Delhi HC:

Consent key factor in defining sexual assault, says Delhi HC: Context: The Delhi High Court’s discussion on various dimensions of sexual consent in the modern world. What is the background? A judgment acquits a film-maker in a rape case giving him the benefit of the doubt that he might have misread the ‘no’ of the … Continue reading “Consent key factor in defining sexual assault, says Delhi HC:”

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Diary of a very long year: 

Diary of a very long year:  Context The article analyzes the impact on India-Pakistan relations after the surgical strikes, the challenges and India’s role as a regional stabilizer. Importance of surgical strikes It has been one year since the special forces of the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes to destroy terror Launchpad in Pakistan-occupied … Continue reading “Diary of a very long year: “

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Time for a Reserve Bank of India ‘dot plot’: 

Time for a Reserve Bank of India ‘dot plot’:  Context: For the smooth running of Monetary Policy Committee, dot plot is an useful tool. What is Monetary Policy Committee? On 22 September 2016, India’s monetary policy framework took a significant step forward, with the formation of the monetary policy committee (MPC). The committee was created … Continue reading “Time for a Reserve Bank of India ‘dot plot’: “

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How financial services incumbents can keep up: 

How financial services incumbents can keep up:  Context Disruption in India’s financial services business could follow a two-way path, gradually and suddenly. What is the best example of such disruptions? Uber and Airbnb have disrupted the transportation and hotel industry; a union of factors is creating the opportunity to disrupt India’s financial services. What are … Continue reading “How financial services incumbents can keep up: “

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Of new ecosystems and more competition:

Of new ecosystems and more competition: Context Instead of adding skills and services in-house, companies are proactively partnering with other organizations What is happening? There is a fundamental shift in industry today of ecosystems, rather than individual firms, competing with each other. Companies are looking outside their organizations to acquire skills and capabilities rather than … Continue reading “Of new ecosystems and more competition:”

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What stimulus?: 

What stimulus?:  Context: Ways to revive the Indian economy Why there is an expectation of a fiscal stimulus amongst a large section of industry and economists? There is no sign of revival in corporate investment or exports There is a slow-down in private consumption due to jobless scenario What should the government do? The government … Continue reading “What stimulus?: “

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New foray into the great game: 

New foray into the great game:  Context: The question of a larger Indian role in securing Afghanistan is expected to figure prominently in the talks between the visiting US Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Indian leadership. Introduction: The visit of Mattis is likely to give a concrete shape on expanding India-US security cooperation in … Continue reading “New foray into the great game: “

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Case for a fiscal push: 

Case for a fiscal push:  Context Policies should focus on recapitalizing banks, giving incentives to sectors like telecom and housing, and alleviating the disruption caused by demonetization and GST. Need for a counter-cyclical fiscal policy Any talk of a fiscal stimulus is sure to make the purist amongst economists raise a red flag. Even policy-makers … Continue reading “Case for a fiscal push: “

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India, S. Korea to upgrade FTA at ‘earliest’:

India, S. Korea to upgrade FTA at ‘earliest’:   Context: There is low utilisation of the FTA by India due to the complicated provisions in the India-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and South Korea’s regulations. What are the complications? Going by the FTA, Indian English language teachers should be getting opportunities to teach in primary … Continue reading “India, S. Korea to upgrade FTA at ‘earliest’:”

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‘Intervention, rethinking needed to stir demand’:

‘Intervention, rethinking needed to stir demand’: Context The current economic scenario of slow growth and decreasing exports suggests measures to be taken by the government to push investments and demand in the economy. What is the Current economic scenario? Subdued growth Slowdown in exports Slowdown in job creation Slow Global recovery All this call for … Continue reading “‘Intervention, rethinking needed to stir demand’:”

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Database soon of savings schemes linked with Aadhaar:

Database soon of savings schemes linked with Aadhaar: Context Recently meeting chaired by cabinet Secretariat  to discuss the “interoperability of savings schemes” and linking them to Aadhaar. What government is planning? The Cabinet Secretariat is keen on a central database of government and private sector employees who have subscribed to the general provident fund (GPF), … Continue reading “Database soon of savings schemes linked with Aadhaar:”

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What should an agricultural export promotion policy focus on?:  

What should an agricultural export promotion policy focus on?:   Context: The government will soon announce a policy aimed at boosting farm exports said newly appointed commerce minister Suresh Prabhu. Introduction: India’s agricultural trade surplus recorded a more than ten-fold increase between 1991-92 and 2013-14. Mr Prabhu, also underlined the need to eliminate restrictions in agriculture … Continue reading “What should an agricultural export promotion policy focus on?:  “

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Solving food challenges with more research: 

Solving food challenges with more research:  Context The article discusses the importance of scientific research for food production and the need for empowerment of women in agriculture. Brief overview The capacity to produce enough quality food is falling behind human numbers. Food production in the region must keep pace, even as environment sustainability and economic … Continue reading “Solving food challenges with more research: “

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India’s refining capacity expansion lags behind growth in fuel demand:

India’s refining capacity expansion lags behind growth in fuel demand: Context: The slow-pace growth of India’s refining capacity What is the current scenario? Growth in demand for oil products rising faster than refining capacity added There is no major expansion of refinery capacity except few brownfield projects India is a net importer of LPG, a … Continue reading “India’s refining capacity expansion lags behind growth in fuel demand:”

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In defence of manufacturing: 

In defence of manufacturing:  Context Low-skill manufacturing jobs are essential for easing the fundamental economic shifts that are underway globally. This opinion comes amidst the fall in seen in a number of macro- economic indicators in India in the past few months. Potential of monetizing small-scale entrepreneurship Economic research has consistently shown that innovation drives … Continue reading “In defence of manufacturing: “

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Waiting for a signal: 

Waiting for a signal:  Brief overview The article, focussing on safety, talks about the problems faced by the Indian railways. It also suggests measure which could be taken to improve the situation. Is there a problem of priorities? Political priorities of Railway Ministers- focus on more trains and better speed instead of safety and capacity … Continue reading “Waiting for a signal: “

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PM launches ‘Saubhagya’ plan for household electrification:

PM launches ‘Saubhagya’ plan for household electrification: Context On 25th september 2017 PM launches 16000 crore scheme ‘Saubhagya’ for household electrification that have no access to electricity. About the scheme Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) every household in the country, whether it is in a village or a city or in a far-flung area, … Continue reading “PM launches ‘Saubhagya’ plan for household electrification:”

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