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GS 2 Taliban surge With the Kandahar attack, the militants strike a blow to Afghan election and peace processes L'affaire Khashoggi The gory, gruesome and ghastly details of the last few moments in the life of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as reported in the government-controlled Turkish media, have reaffirmed the continuing validity of the universal truth: the pen is mightier than the sword. Rwanda announces ‘gender-balanced’ Cabinet The country has received international recognition for female representation in government, with women making up 61 % of parliament members. GS 3 New skin gel protects from some pesticides Indian researchers have developed a gel which, when applied on the skin, can inhibit some pesticides from getting absorbed into the body, thus averting serious adverse effects and even death. RBI opposes move for independent Payments Regulatory Board The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has opposed the move to have an independent Payments Regulatory Board (PRB) as envisaged by the draft proposal for amendments to the Payment & Settlement Systems Act, 2007.