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UPSC Mains Examination 2020

28th February – Prelims Booster

Cabinet approves Bill to regulate surrogacy The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2020, allowing a “willing” woman to be a surrogate mother and proposing that the Bill would benefit widows and divorced women besides infertile Indian couples. Changes to the original bill – The Cabinet approved the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill after …

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26th February – Data Localisation

Among the many important laws that were introduced in the winter session of the Lok Sabha was the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019. Introduction – The draft law is a comprehensive piece of legislation that seeks to give individuals greater control over how their personal data is collected, stored and used. Once passed, the …

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10th February – Upholding the fairness of the sentencing process

The subject of rape has since become a matter of national importance; often there are protests with demands for the perpetrators to be hanged. While public sentiment remains unchanged, it is important to realise that judicial processes demand dispassionate fairness that gives due regard to substantive requirements of sentencing. Failure to meet these demands raises …

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8th February – Medaram Sammakka-Sarakka/Saralamma Jatara

News – The four-day ‘Sammakka – Saralamma Jatara’ at Medaram in Telangana has begun. Considered the biggest tribal festival across South Asia, the Jatara witnesses a huge number of devotees thronging the village to take the blessings of Goddess Sammaka-Saralamma. Medaram is a remote place in the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, a part of Dandakaranya, the …

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7th February – Office of the Speaker

Recently, the Supreme Court of India while adjudicating upon the matter relating to the disqualification of MLAs in the Manipur Legislative Assembly under the Tenth Schedule in Keisham Meghachandra Singh vs. the Hon’ble Speaker Manipur Legislative Assembly & Ors. made a significant suggestion. It recommended that Parliament should rethink as to whether disqualification petitions ought …

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3rd February – Thinking beyond farm sops

The first half of the year 2019 saw the launch of a grand farm sop in the form of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) with a record allocation of Rs 75,000 crores. Despite such populist schemes, the agriculture sector remains woeful. What must be done to bring it back on track? Let us …

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1st February – Civil Society

Civil Society – The concept of civil society is normative as it specifies that associational life in a metaphorical space between the market based on profit, and the state that embodies power. Associational life neutralises the individualism, the atomism, and the anomie of modern life. Social associations enable the pursuit of multiple projects and engender …

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31st January – Prioritise health and education

In recent months, the government’s macroeconomic policy has acquired a new salience in the context of reversing the current slowdown. Government approach – The policy currently being pursued is intended primarily to incentivise potential investors by facilitating ease-of-doing-business and making large-scale concessions to the corporate sector. In this context, the government is taking measures to …

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28th January – Hypersonic Delivery Systems

On December 27, 2019, Russia announced that its new hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), Avangard, launched atop an intercontinental ballistic missile, had been made operational. Russia claims that this nuclear-armed HGV can fly at over 20 times the speed of sound and is capable of such manoeuvring as to be “invulnerable to interception by any existing …

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