GS 2 U.S. imposes ‘toughest ever’ sanctions on Iran India, China, Greece, Italy, Turkey, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey get U.S. sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports India's nuclear triad is complete with INS Arihant ending its first deterrence patrol India on Monday declared that its nuclear triad, stated in its nuclear doctrine, is operational after indigenous ballistic missile nuclear submarine INS Arihant achieved a milestone by conducting its first deterrence patrol. New rules for foreigners in detention centres The government has informed the Supreme Court that new guidelines are being framed for keeping foreign nationals in detention centres across the country. Preserving the taboo Existing nuclear arms control agreements need to be brought in line with today’s political realities No respite from poverty for Muslims The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) labour force survey reports that the economic condition of Muslims does not show any signs of improvement despite India being the fastest-growing large economy. An analysis of the data on economic and educational indicators for various religious groups reveals that Muslims are facing a vicious circle of poverty. The long arm of the state As Western liberal states get mired in their own domestic problems and start focussing inwards, authoritarian states like these are brazenly challenging long-held global norms, even creating new ones by the sheer force of raw power. GS 3 Centre eyes seaplanes in UDAN 3 Seaplanes may soon be operating commercial passenger flights in India with the Centre inviting bids for connecting selected destinations under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS). Wilful on defaulters? The RBI should share the details sought by the Central Information Commission The forgotten million As the sacrifice of Indian soldiers in World War I is recognised, the lessons too matter In defence of Urjit Patel The unfolding public falling-out between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Finance Ministry is post-liberalisation India’s nastiest such rift — that too when the two sparring sides are led by non-aggressive personalities. If Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is non-confrontational, RBI Governor Urjit Patel is scholarly and dignified. Ozone layer is recovering, says UN A recent study by NASA has confirmed the recovery of the ozone layer due to the absence of chlorine from Chlorofluorocarbon(CFC) in the atmosphere. The study published in Geophysical Research Letters journal has confirmed the phenomenon by mapping the chemical composition of the atmosphere.