GS 2 In a first, Mallya declared a ‘fugitive economic offender’ He is the first person to be declared so under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act and government can now confiscate all his properties. MGNREGA scheme faces fund shortage The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme is facing a severe fund crunch, with 99% of money allocated already exhausted three months before the end of the financial year, and 11 States and Union Territories having a negative net balance. Barred at the border: record arrests of Rohingya in 2018 Number of arrests spiked last year; BSF focusses on ‘push-back’ to prevent entry; porosity of border in West Bengal poses a challenge GS 3 In Karnataka, row over midday meal The Karnataka government’s midday meal programme in schools has run into controversy with one of its NGO partners in the mammoth welfare exercise, International Society for Krishna Consciousness’s subsidiary Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF), refusing to include onion and garlic in cooking. The lowdown on blood transfusions A young pregnant woman in a government hospital at a rural centre in south Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district made an explosive revelation mid-December. Expecting her second child, she heard from doctors, after she was admitted following a bout of sickness, that she had tested positive for HIV.