Current Affairs Notes

Daily current affairs for UPSC. Highlights of Articles and News from important sources such as The Indian Express, The Hindu, Live Mint, PRS, Down To Earth, Business Line, Hindustan Times, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and other important sources.

FSSAI’s GMO Threshold; Ultrafine Particles; State Of India’s Environment; Solar ‘Gigawatt Club’

FSSAI’s GMO Threshold According to the Coalition for a GM-Free India,  one per cent threshold for genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food crops imported into India, is unacceptably high. The threshold has been set by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). In August 2020, FSSAI had issued the order that 24 food crops …

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Recent Development In Myanmar, And India’s National Interests; China’s New Coast Guard Law

Recent development in Myanmar, And India’s National Interests India’s national interests, under the new circumstances, would clearly lie in dealing with whoever is in power in Myanmar. India will find it difficult to openly support the junta, especially because the pro-democracy sentiments in Europe and America. However, India can’t afford to offend the junta by …

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Farm Income Mission; Privatisation Of Public Sector Banks

Farm Income Mission In the last year of its mission to double farmers income, the Centre admits that no actual assessment of farm income has been carried out since 2013. The government did not provide any details on what the base year for this goal is or what the targeted income to be achieved by …

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India & The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

India & The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Since its inception in 2001, the SCO’s quest for greater socio-economic cooperation among its members, has been influenced primarily by China.  The 15th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit (hereafter “Summit”) hosted virtually by Russia on 10 November 2020, and the 19th SCO Heads of Government Meeting (hereafter “Meeting”) hosted virtually by …

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Agriculture Infrastructure Fund

New Labour Codes; Is It True That Only 6% Farmers Benefit From MSP?

Is It True That Only 6% Farmers Benefit From MSP? The apparent source of the 6% figure is the Shanta Kumar-headed High Level Committee on Restructuring of Food Corporation of India (FCI). The report, submitted in January 2015, had noted that only 5.21 million of the country’s total estimated 90.20 million agricultural households in 2012-13 …

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Covid 19 And Urban Poor; Why Bangladesh Is Overtaking India In Economic Growth

GDP Growth Of India And Bangladesh Development economists Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen showed in their 2013 book, An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions, that Bangladesh had been outshining its larger neighbours on indicators such as infant mortality, child immunisation, female literacy, access to improved sanitation, and total fertility rate. When the nation was …

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Reviewing GM Cotton In India; Commission To Tackle Pollution In NCR; Stubble Burning

Reviewing GM Cotton In India Much of the cotton cultivated until the 20th century was of the indigenous ‘desi’ variety, Gossypium arboreum. Hybrid varieties of G. hirsutum entered India in 1990s. However, hybrid varieties were unable to resist local pests. More fertilizers and pesticides were required for cultivation of such varieties. Cotton suffers from plenty …

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Action Plan For Vulture Conservation; Project Lion; Lion Relocation

Action Plan For Vulture Conservation Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will get a vulture conservation and breeding centre each, according to the Action Plan for Vulture Conservation 2020-2025. The plan has also suggested that new veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) be tested on vultures before their commercial release. The action plan was …

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Tarballs; Water Crisis In Cities; Biodiversity Loss & Forests

Tarballs According to a study published in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 28 per cent of particles collected from the air samples from a research station in the Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau were tarballs. Tarballs are small light-absorbing, carbonaceous particles formed due to burning of biomass or fossil fuels that deposit on snow and ice. The …

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