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GS 2 Reality check In addition to the basic requirement of a legal framework under which the extension or curtailment of the term of any Assembly is constitutionally permissible, simultaneous elections would demand a massive increase in the number of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units. Sovereignty and sensitivity Given concerns over Indian influence, New Delhi must exercise caution in the run-up to Bhutan’s elections GS 3 ‘Ganga stretches in Bengal unfit for bathing’ A recent map published by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has revealed that water in nearly a dozen major stretches of the Ganga in West Bengal is so polluted that it is even unfit for bathing. For better slum policies Current slum policies primarily focus on housing, relocation or in-situ development of multi-storey complexes, which free up swathes of prime real estate. But in doing so, they miss out on the brewing socio-economic distress in slums Half of farm households indebted: NABARD study NABARD found that 52.5% of the agricultural households had an outstanding loan on the date of the survey, and thus were considered indebted. For non-agricultural households in rural India, that figure was 10 percentage points lower, at only 42.8%. India building new fighter jet The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), India’s next indigenous fighter, is expected to make its first flight by 2032. Development work on the jet is under way. Drones to space Internet, IISc incubates start-ups Most of the start-ups are based on moonshot ideas, including drones to transport organs and devices for diagnosing diseases