GS 2 The long march The winding caravan of more than 7,000 migrants from Central America through Mexico has become such a political hot potato that it is likely to thrust the immigration issue to the forefront of the U.S. mid-term elections, barely two weeks away An ‘anti-national’ regulation Silencing of academics from criticising the government denies us a vital safeguard against despotism Israel, India sign $777 mn missile deal Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a $777 mn deal with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to supply additional Barak-8 Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) systems for seven warships of the Indian Navy. Centre sets up GoM on sexual harassment The Centre on Wednesday established a Group of Ministers to recommend measures to effectively implement the law against sexual harassment at the workplace and to strengthen the legal and institutional framework in response to the #MeToo campaign. Cabinet nod to panel on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of a high-level steering committee chaired by the Chief Statistician of India and Secretary to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) to review if India was on track to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). GS 3 Government to set up skill development centre The Centre has decided to set up skill development institutes on government land, in partnership with private players, across the country. The Union Cabinet approved the scheme on Wednesday, according to an official statement. Liquidity squeeze hurts NBFCs With concern over repayment of dues, shadow banks are caught in a vicious cycle SC bans sale of BS-IV vehicles from 2020 The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned the sale and registration of motor vehicles conforming to the emission standard Bharat Stage-IV in the entire country from April 1, 2020. Centre’s nod for ₹7,522 cr. fisheries fund The Centre has set up a ₹7,522-crore fund to create infrastructure facilities for the fisheries sector and help boost annual fish production to 20 million tonnes by 2022-23 from the current production of 11.4 million tonnes. RBI may make some changes in PCA norms The Reserve Bank may make some changes in the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework that put restrictions on financially weak banks, sources said. The downside of medical crowdfunding Study covered clinics in 8 countries, including India, that offer various ‘dangerous treatments’