August

31August
2021

31 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. New drone regulations wind in the sails for racers, hobbyists 2. Covid surge in Asia threatens manufacture of ceramic bits 3. Russia, China, Pak in new regional structure, India calibrates stand 4. Amid criticism, Govt relook at draft rules for e-commerce 5. Memorial to a massacre: Stark Jallianwala passage gets a mural makeover

30August
2021

30 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. NITI Aayog caught in e-com cross hairs 2. Air India asks US court to dismiss Cairn petition 3. 430 MILLION JAN DHAN ACCOUNTS HAVE ₹ 1.46 TRN 4. SpaceX sends ants, robot to space station

28August
2021

28 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) - National Mission for Financial Inclusion, completes seven years of successful implementation. 2. Government introduces a new registration mark for new vehicles “Bharat series (BH-series)” to facilitate seamless transfer of vehicles. 3. FM to soon chair a meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) to nudge financial regulators to relax and harmonise investment norms for instruments like InvITs to be used to monetise public assets like highways, gas pipelines and railway tracks. 4. Assam’s Deepar Beel Wildlife Sanctuary breathes easy after eco-sensitive zone notification. 5. Asset monetisation — execution is the key. 6. On Supreme court's appointment spree: Appointment spree in SC is welcome, and augurs well for diversity and representation. 7. On the Afghan Crisis and India: India does not have the luxury of distance from the ticking bomb in its neighbourhood. 8. Afghan Situation uncertain, says India: Situation on the ground is ‘uncertain’, notes MEA spokesperson. 9. India adds 557 new species to its fauna: Zoological Survey of India. 10. Ministries reach consensus on hydropower projects in Himalayas. 11. Explained | Who are ISKP, the group behind Kabul blasts? Outfit has built network in Afghanistan and killed hundreds. 12. Indian astrophysicists spot rare merger of three jumbo black holes.

27August
2021

27 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. Inaccessible UIDAI system leaves Aadhaar users in lurch. 2. Can PM-CARES funds be extended to all orphaned during pandemic, asks Supreme Court. 3. Sambhar Lake needs faster restoration, says expert study. 4. 84-day gap for better efficacy: Centre tells HC. 5. Mission Vatsalya: To extend help to women who lost their husbands due to pandemic, the Maharashtra government’s Women and Child Development Department has launched ‘Mission Vatsalya,’ aimed to serve around 18 benefits, schemes, services to them under one roof. 6. Videos with face recognition technology commissioned at railway stations in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

26August
2021

26 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1) Top taxpayers may get to exit faceless scheme 2)Under-construction NHs to be leased once operational 3) Another Indian ‘China syndrome’ 4) On the right track 5) Indian consumers prioritize saving money over saving the planet

25August
2021

25 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. RBI puts new payment network plan on hold 2. FDI gate to LIC 3. Indian startups’ race to orbit is no easy ride 4. Govt set to fast-track asset monetization drive in FY22 5. India ranks second in most attractive manufacturing hubs list

24August
2021

24 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1) Stockholm Water Week’s 2) MARITIME PARTNERSHIP EXERCISE BETWEEN INDIAN NAVY AND THE PHILIPPINE NAVY – 23 AUGUST 2021 3) STANDING COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE VISITS INS CHILKA 4) Tauktae, Yaas and planning for the next 5) MORE SCRUTINY, LESS SPEED 6) Roads to railways, Rs 6 lakh cr assets to be monetized, ownership will remain with govt 7) Redrawing J&K poll map: Act says EC’s job, Law Ministry says Delimitation panel’s 8) ST Commission notice to DGP, SSP after teen’s father alleges cops took her away from home

23August
2021

23 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1) Tax portal still not working, FM summons Infy CEO today 2) Oil palm mission: Govt cleared despite red flags by top forestry institute 3) ‘Adopt ISRO protocol to track stubble burning’ 4)  Women officers to approach tribunal for PC 5) Navy warships reach Guam for Malabar exercise 6) Undoing judicial feudalism 7) FREER TRADE

21August
2021

21 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1) Zydus Cadila vaccine gets emergency nod . 2) New businesses set up in July rises 17% 3) GMR wins nod to run airport ops at Nagpur. 4) Delta variant driving infections in India: report 5) Palm oil plan enthuses farmers 6) Reboot to reset

20August
2021

20 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1) Vaccination pace too slow, India Ratings lowers GDP forecast 2) Pak-based terror groups operate with impunity: Jaishankar at UNSC 3) New frog species discovered in Arunachal Pradesh 4) Tough to implement soon, will need infra, tweaks 5) Assam ‘foreigner’ detention centres to be now called ‘transit camps’ 6) Scouring dark web is helping Bengaluru Police in crackdown on drug trafficking 7) WELCOME THE NINE 8) Informal sector to the fore 9) Ozone pact in climate fight 10) ‘Finalising early harvest trade deal with Australia; talks on with the UK’ 11) Gilts set to go global: Overseas investors get another channel

19August
2021

19 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1) Collegium recommends 8 high court judges, advocate, to SC; 3 are in line for CJI 2) SC lets women sit for NDA exam, says policy based on gender bias 3) India decides to ratify Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol 4) Working out finance plan for developing countries: COP26 president in India 5) Guardian of the House 6) THE FUTURE IS FEMALE

18August
2021

18 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. The script of the new endgame in Afghanistan.

17August
2021

17 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

​​​​​1. Taliban has taken Kabul. Delhi must watch, not pronounce doom| C Raja Mohan writes: For a patient, open-minded and active India, there will be no dearth of balancing opportunities in Afghanistan. 2. Taliban assert control over Afghanistan, panic in Kabul. 3. No Opposition in Nagaland Assembly| NPF joins Neiphiu Rio govt. to resolve peace process with extremist groups. 4. The message from IPCC Report| Equitable cumulative emission targets and not net zero is the key to achieving the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals. 5. Beating plastic pollution: On Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules. 6. U.S.-Pak. ties amid changes in Afghanistan.

16August
2021

16 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says Taliban has won as militants enter Kabul. 2) Odisha CM announces smart health card to bear treatment cost. 3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement, followed by a gazette notification, to mark August 14 as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” 74 years later has received mixed responses. However,  Remembering Partition by involving Pakistan and Bangladesh would have been more apt. ​​​​​​​4. Regional Identity being part of the mainstream:  The country should be moving towards co-operative federalism and not coercive federalism. 5. Mahatma Gandhi on 15th August|He was far away, in Calcutta, resolute in his efforts to bring peace and calm to a place that was burning with violence and hatred. The words and actions of Bapu doused the flames. 6. 75th Independence Day | Next 25 years crucial for India’s development: Narendra Modi 7. Saying malnutrition poses “major obstacles” in the development of women and children, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced the fortification of rice distributed under various government schemes, including the Public Distribution System (PDS) and mid-day meals in schools, by 2024. 8.What Kabul means in Delhi| The Taliban have seized Kabul. What explains the capitulation of the US and Afghan forces? And what should India do in this crisis, given its past reluctance to talk with the Taliban? 9. Tribunal reforms: what’s abolished, what happens to pending cases. In a hearing on August 6, a Bench led by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana asked the government if it intends to shut down tribunals that have several key vacant posts. 10. Explained: 46 years ago, another US exit and fall of Saigon. When Saigon fell, TV and the next morning’s newspapers showed large groups of Americans, soldiers and civilians on the roof of the US Embassy, waiting to be rescued by military helicopters. 11. We’ve successfully made Covid vaccines. Now, India must focus on drug development. Balaji Veeraraghavan, Kamini Walia write: Efforts should be initiated to consolidate existing strengths in pharmaceuticals and support the country’s antibiotic needs. 12. ​​​​​​​Learning from China: Beijing’s experience in liberating agri-markets, investing in education and skill development holds important lessons for India 13. Vehicle scrappage policy: Circular economy faces recycling scale hurdle. 14. ​​​​​​​Modi pledges to make India energy independent by 2047, cites fuel bill. Prime Minister's comments in Independence Day speech came a few months before India is projected to miss a goal to cut crude oil import dependence by 2022. 15. Modi announces Rs 100 lakh-crore Gati Shakti plan to create jobs, develop growth hubs. The Gati Shakti infra plan will be announced soon. It remains unclear though if this will be part of Rs 111 lakh-crore national infrastructure pipeline announced in 2019.

14August
2021

14 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. As part of the efforts to reduce human-wildlife conflict, the Forest Department is planning to acquire private estates situated in forest fringes and transform them into natural forest. 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on August 9 at the UNSC High-Level Open Debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security: A Case For International Cooperation”, convened 4. Centre bans single-use plastic from 2022| The Union environment ministry has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, that make it mandatory for the thickness of plastic carry bags to be increased to 120 microns by the end of next year, and prohibit the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of several products with low utility but high littering potential.by India, was both timely and apt. 3. Assam-Mizoram conflict | Reopening old wounds along the border. 5. Taliban gains complicate India’s options.

13August
2021

13 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. GSLV-F10 fails to put earth observation satellite in orbit due to ‘tech anomaly’. 2. The Delhi government is set to implement a world-class Health Information Management System (HIMS) soon in line with its bid to bring a transformation in the healthcare system of the Capital. 3. In making up for months of lost formal learning, there needs to be action on the education, health and livelihood fronts. 4. ISRO must open itself to public gaze, and not shy away from sharing its successes, failures. 5. The monsoon session which has ended is another example of Parliament being quite ineffective in all its functions.

11August
2021

11 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. Lok Sabha clears Bill restoring States’ rights to specify OBC groups. 2. Parties get 48 hours to publish candidates’ criminal records 3. Gobal Maritime security| India must push for ratification of UNCLOS by all major maritime powers, including the U.S. 4. The Government must explain the unusual delay in filling up vacancies in courts, tribunals. 5. A call for improving civil registration systems. 6. The discourse of Adivasiyat or non-Vedic cultural survival dislocates the Hindutva narrative. 7. PM launches Ujjwala 2.0 from Mahoba Uttar Pradesh. 8. Tobacco use among school going children (13-15 years) – highest in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram & lowest in Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka. More than 29% of students exposed to second hand smoke. 9. PM Modi launches Ujjwala 2nd phase, says migrants won’t need address proof. The LPG coverage in India is “very close” to becoming 100 per cent, he said, claiming that more connections have been given in the last seven years than the total up to 2014. 10. ISRO-SAC instrument finds presence of hydroxyl and water molecules on Moon. The research also strongly suggests that the presence of these could correlate with mineralogy and latitudinal location, according to a paper published in the latest issue of fortnightly journal ‘Current Science’. 11. Connecting India by inland waterways: what changes in century-old vessels law.The Inland Vessels Bill, 2021 replaces the century-old Inland Vessels Act, 1917. One of the key things the new Bill seeks to do is bring all inland waterways in India and movement of vessels on them for any purpose under a central regulatory regime. 12. IPCC report could intensify pressure on Delhi to hike its climate ambition. Delhi has pointed to the developed countries’ poor track record with respect to fulfilling their technology transfer and financial-aid commitments to developing countries. 13. Why the collegium system, while the best for judicial appointments, needs course corrections.  14. IBC|The government on Tuesday said that financial creditors have realised Rs 2.45 lakh crore or 36 per cent of their total claims under the insolvency resolution process till the end of June.

10August
2021

10 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. IPCC report forecasts a future of severe weather| It points to a small window of opportunity that still exists. While flagging the same concerns as previous ones, It is now backed up by more data than ever. The human contribution to rising temperatures is clearer, and the 1.5°C warming closer. 2. Glaciers in Hindu Kush Himalayan region will keep shrinking: IPCC report | Message for India: Need to agree on net-zero emissions target. 3. PM Modi outlines five-point framework for maritime security debate at UNSC 4. Indo-China Border| While disengagement happens, a long-lasting solution along the LAC remains a challenge. 5. Shaky foundations of the Labour Reforms| It could be a long wait before employers and workers enjoy the so-called benefits extended by the labour codes. 6. Sexism and online harassment prevent women from taking vocal stands and hinder progress. 7. A circular economy for plastic| The India Plastics Pact will benefit society, the economy and the environment 8. Govt to invest ?11,000 crore in edible oil ecosystem to make India self-reliant. 9. Initiatives taken by the Government to promote girls and women across the country. * 10. Indian Institute of Heritage would be a world-class and standalone Institution of its type in the country: Union Culture Minister 11. Share of MSME Gross Value Added (GVA) in All India Gross Domestic Product at current prices (2011-12) for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20 were 30.5% and 30.0% respectively. 12. Draft Indian Ports Bill 2021 13. In 2019-20, BJP got 75% of poll bonds sold, Cong just 9%| In just three years of their introduction in early 2018, by virtue of the anonymity they offer to donors, electoral bonds have edged out all other routes of political funding for almost all major political parties. 14. Ahead of Independence Day, a high alert was sounded in Punjab Monday after police recovered a tiffin box fabricated into an improvised explosive device (IED) from a village in Amritsar, which they suspect was part of a consignment dropped by a drone from Pakistan. 15. Why Dalit is no longer an empowering word for some marginalised communities in UP| With weakening of Bahujan movement, there’s greater assertion of separate caste identity. 16. The importance of the Gulf in shaping the geopolitics of Afghanistan| C Raja Mohan writes: A decade later, it is quite clear, Qatar’s “peace project” in Afghanistan was about legitimising the Taliban at expense of the current political order in Afghanistan. 17. Explain Speaking: Decoding RBI’s monetary policy stance 18. Protection from police: CJI's remarks should expedite steps to stop custodial torture. 19. India’s sovereign right to tax intact after amendment: FMThe comments came as the Rajya Sabha passed a bill scrapping retrospective amendment.

09August
2021

09 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. Covishield-Covaxin mix gives better protection, says ICMR. 2. Need to increase marriageable age of girls to 21 years stressed. 3. The looking glass of history in Afghanistan. 4. The RBI should not undermine its own credibility by delaying steps to rein in inflation. 5.  As part of the Union Budget address for 2020-21, the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, said that the shutting down of old coal power plants| A more nuanced analysis considering the various characteristics of individual plants would be appropriate. 6. The sovereign right to tax is not absolute. 7. “Revolutionising common man’s life using technology! Now get COVID19 vaccination certificate through MyGov Corona Helpdesk in 3 easy steps. Save contact number: +91 9013151515. Type & send ‘covid certificate’ on WhatsApp. Enter OTP. Get your certificate in seconds,” the Health Minister’s office tweeted. 8. Exhibition to mark the 79th anniversary of 'Quit India Movement' inaugurated as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration. 9. PM to chair UNSC High-Level Open Debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security: A Case For International Cooperation”. 10. On a mission mode towards Green Railways, Indian Railways Organisation of Alternative Fuels (IROAF) invite bids for Hydrogen Fuel Cell based Train on Indian Railways Network. 11. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) project to revive lakes in the city is inching forward with around 50 water bodies set to be ‘rejuvenated’ by the end of the year. Of these 50, work on around 17 water bodies is nearly finished. 12. Threat to human rights is highest in police stations: CJI | Chief Justice of India N V Ramana also flagged the issues of human rights and dignity, saying these are “sacrosanct”. 13. Vaccination: the road ahead | Worldwide, there is a gap between vaccine supply and demand, and disparities between developed and developing countries. Where will new vaccines come from, and what challenges must they meet? 14. UNSC meet exposes duplicity of Taliban and Pakistan, who talk peace and pursue war at the same time. 15. Putting an end to police brutality | M.P. Nathanael writes: Erring personnel must be promptly punished to send out the clear message that no one is beyond the reach of the law. 16. Envisioning a secure Indian Ocean| Asoke Mukerji writes: The objective of USNC debate, convened by India, is to highlight effective international maritime cooperation to respond holistically to natural and manmade threats to maritime security. 17. India's high antibody count may mean a less severe Covid-19 third wave. 18. Centre mulls changes in draft e-commerce rules, give clarity on flash sales. 19. Our broken growth model is in acute need of some repair work.

07August
2021

07 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. Post talks, India, China pull back troops from Gogra. 2. Delayed reset on retrospective tax is only the first step to regaining investor confidence. 3.India’s schoolchildren need their childhood backThe country needs to stop asking whether schools are safe and start acknowledging that in-person school is essential. 4. South Asian Region|There is evidence that the region’s post-pandemic adoption to digital life will shape its future prosperity. 5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, 6 August, that the Khel Ratna award would be named after Major Dhyan Chand. Earlier, the award was named after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. 6. Iran welcomes India's role in ensuring security in Afghanistan: Iranian President Raisi to EAM Jaishankar. 7. Do you intend to close tribunals, Supreme Court asks Centre. CJI reads out in open court details of over 200 vacancies in key tribunals, making them redundant in their slow death. 8. Celebrations begin to mark 150 years of iconic artist Abanindranath Tagore. 9. India, Sri Lanka and Maldives to collaborate on security. 10. Marital rape a good ground to claim divorce, says Kerala HC. 11. An opportunity for India to pitch for holistic maritime security. C. Uday Bhaskar writes: When PM Modi presides over UNSC debate, he can help advocate for sustained focus on the maritime domain. 12. RBI’s position of prioritising growth over inflation-control is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. 13. For Afghan peace, dismantle terror havens: India at UNSC| The Council, under the current presidency of India, held the meeting to discuss the Afghanistan situation amid increasing military offensives by the Taliban as the US forces withdraw from the war-torn country. 14. With the system flush with liquidity and inflation at elevated levels, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday announced measures to normalise the accommodative monetary policy by absorbing around Rs 4 lakh crore every fortnight as against Rs 2 lakh crore till now from the financial system. 15. Explained: Status check on world climate| On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release the first part of its Sixth Assessment Report. How have its previous reports shaped global actions, and what will this one cover? 16. Submission on Agroforestry(SMAF)| Potential for Agroforestry | The Scheme promotes the plantation of trees for land holding Farmers. 17. Know all about e-RUPI, the new digital payment instrument 18. Growth optimism: Will govt's own investment and exports be enough?

06August
2021

06 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. Assam Mizoram Issue| Historical knowledge, sensitivity and an accommodative spirit need to accompany any dialogue and negotiation 2. India-Nepal flood management needs course correction 3. Why are government schools not the first choice? 4. Solving Water Crisis|The Government of India, in partnership with States, is implementing JalJeevan Mission-HarGharJal, which aims at providing potable water in adequate quantity of prescribed quality on regular and long term basis to every rural household through tap water connection by 2024. 5. No plan to house Indian military base on Agalega island: Mauritius; Earlier two Projects were agreed under PM's visit. 6. Share of Natural Gas in the primary energy mix envisaged to increase to 15% by 2030. 7. A total of 26.79 lakh Artisans registered so far under Pahchan initiative. 8. SAARC nations for technology use to fight climate crisis in fisheries. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries on Thursday pitched for adoption of technologies to reduce the impact of climate crisis on fisheries and acquaculture. 9. In signal to global investors, Govt moves to bury controversial retrospective tax policy. Following the retrospective amendment moved by the UPA government in 2012, tax demands have been raised in 17 cases, including against British telecom company Vodafone and gas major Cairn Energy. 10. In a select club: India's indigenous aircraft carrier setting sail for sea trials is a historic moment, a big ticket example of atmanirbhar India. 11. India’s godowns are overflowing. So why are people starving? With low and uncertain incomes, families dependent on the informal economy do not have assured access to adequate and nutritious food. The pandemic has only aggravated this longstanding problem. 12. To ring-fence Rs 25K crore Vi exposure, banks look to convert debt into equity. Banks have an exposure of around Rs 25,000 crore in Vodafone. SBI has an exposure of around Rs 11,000 crore, Yes Bank Rs 4,000 crore and PNB Rs 3,000 crore.  13. According to the Reserve Bank of India’s Handbook of Statistics on the Indian Economy, the Centre’s debt was only higher than FY22 projection in FY06 at 63.9% of gross domestic product. 14. US to set electric-vehicle sales goal of 50% by 2030.

05August
2021

05 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1)  A language ladder for an education roadblock 2)  A Goods and Services Tax version 2.0 may have to be designed soon given the flaws in the existing structure 3)  Minister of Defence introduced the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021, in the Lok Sabha to provide for the maintenance of essential defence services so as “to se cure the security of nation and the life and property of the public at large” and prevent staff of the government-owned ordnance factories from going on strike.  4)  The Commission for Air Quality Management for the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021| It was first cleared as an Ordinance in October 2020 but lapsed before it could get tabled as farmers’ groups protested against penal provisions and heavy fines of up to ?1 crore as a punishment for stubble burning. 5)  50% funds allotted for ongoing MPLADS projects lapse 6)  REFORMS IN CIVIL AVIATION SECTOR 7)  The Indo - Russia joint training Exercise INDRA 2021 commenced at Prudboy Ranges, Volgograd 8)  INS Vikrant:  Maiden indigenous aircraft carrier starts sea trials off Kochi. India joins select club of naval powers, first indigenous aircraft carrier starts sea trial 9)  Explained: The importance of IAC-1, the Made-in-India aircraft carrier| The IAC-1, tomorrow's INS Vikrant, sailed out to sea for the first time on Wednesday. The indigenous aircraft carrier is a stellar achievement of defence engineering. 10)  India's defence exports since 2014-15 estimated at Rs 38,500 crore, as per details given by MoS Ajay Bhatt. 11)  Why switching to electric vehicles is fiscally imprudent| Prem Shankar Jha writes: It would mean subsidising a small affluent section of the car-owning population, when there are better alternatives to fossil fuels available 12)  Govt stands to lose whether it saves debt-laden Vodafone Idea or not.  Vodafone Idea is pushing for a third concession. It is hoping the government will pay the GST refunds.  13)  Cabinet passes Bill restoring power of states to make their own OBC lists. The Union Cabinet is learnt to have cleared a Constitution amendment bill which seeks to give power to states and UTs to make their own OBC lists, sources said on Wednesday. 14)  Preparing for the Taliban| Govt urgently needs to craft a credible, coordinated response. 15)  India needs to formulate an urban national job guarantee scheme on the lines of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to help people recover from massive job and income loss following the coronavirus outbreak, a parliamentary standing committee has recommended to the Union government.

04August
2021

04 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1. More than 99% of the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) students have passed Class 10, according to the results released on Tuesday. Last year, 91.46% passed the exam. 2. Circular on using past protest record to deny jobs, passports risks further alienation in J&K 3. In the absence of Consumption expenditure survery(CES) data. In the absence of CES data, the Periodic Labour Force Survey shows a rise in the absolute number of the poor 4. United States President Joe Biden executed a bold diplomatic outreach to the Indo-Pacific region last month through carefully choreographed visits of his three top officials. This is part of a deliberate strategic re-focus, away from the 20 years of Afghanistan and Iraq and towards maritime Asia, where COVID-19, climate change and China are the compelling challenges. 5. The Bihar government recently announced 33% horizontal reservation for women in State engineering and medical colleges.  6. Governor Can Exercise Pardon Power Even If Prisoner Has Not Undergone 14 Years Imprisonment : Supreme Court. Governor's powers under Article 161 of the Constitution are not restricted by Section 433A CrPC. 7. TAMIL NADU| HC scraps law banning online games with stakes 8. MHA says steep decline in cross-border firing in J&K 9. The composite Global Hunger Index score of India imporved from 38.9 to 27.2 in 2020 10. Government is in the process of finalising 'India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA)' which will lay down a framework for Agristack 11. Chhattisgarh to set aside paddy for wild elephants to stop them entering villages. In the past three years, 204 deaths have been reported in the state due to to man-elephant conflict. The elephant count in the state is estimated at 290. 12. Count the distress: Unemployment numbers strike cautionary note — growth alone is not enough for recovery. 13. A Grim reminder  of Unhealthy Telecom sector:  In a letter to Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of telecommunications company Vi, has reportedly conveyed his willingness to “hand over” his stake in the company to any government or domestic financial entity in order to keep the beleaguered telco functioning.  14. A goal for India@100: Reserve the rupee: Prosperity is possible and best accomplished by the goal of making the rupee a global reserve currency by 2047. 15. Exempting select PSUs from minimum free float norm reverses govt stance; Sections in the government and market participants feel the move would affect liquidity in PSU company stocks, dissuade institutional investors and may even have a bearing on the disinvestment programme. 16. Food? production? could contract in FY22 thanks to erratic rains 17. India will be short of 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs by year-end; According to a study by job portal Indeed, cybersecurity jobs saw a jump of 6 per cent in May 2020, just when Covid-19 started impacting IT.

03August
2021

03 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1) SC asks States to respond to plea that says citizens are still being booked under Section 66A of IT Act. 2) At $35 bn, July exports 34% higher than pre-COVID level. 3) CJI offers to send Andhra-Telangana Krishna water dispute for mediation. 4) Giving 21st century skills under National Skill Policy 2020; Educators must upgrade their engagement strategies while integrating technology into their approach 5) PM Modi launches digital payment solution e-RUPI. 6) Experts raise concerns over mandatory fortification of food items 7) Steps taken by the government to promote the Languages in Eighth Schedule. 8) Prevention of Rivers Pollution 9) PM CARES for Children Scheme |Scheme Aims To Support Children Who Have Lost Both Parents Or Legal Guardian Or Adoptive Parents Or Surviving Parent To COVID-19 Pandemic 10) Nagaland: NSCN (IM) calls for 12-hour shutdowns to protest ‘non-fulfillment’ of 2015 Peace Accord 11) Behind Olympic hockey success, Odisha’s support over the years; When in 2018, the state government decided to sponsor the Indian national hockey teams (men/women, junior/senior) for a tenure of five years, replacing Sahara, it was the first time that a state government had decided to sponsor a national team. The government had pledged Rs 150 crore for the purpose. 12) Preventive detention only if detenu affects or likely to affect public order, SC rules 13) Gilgit Baltistan Issue|The Pakistan government has finalised legislation for incorporating the region as a province. How was it ruled so far, and why the change of status now? 14) Uttarakhand has flaunted its tiger range up to 12,000 ft. How commonly are tigers found at such altitudes? 15) New theory: Earth's longer days kick-started oxygen growth 16) PM Modi launches e-RUPI today: 10 benefits of the new digital payment platform 17) Indian Air Force kicks off acquisition of anti-drone systems

02August
2021

02 Aug 2021: Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Exam

1) Tokyo Olympics | Badminton ace P.V. Sindhu becomes first Indian woman to win two Olympics medals. 2) GST kitty rebounds to ?1.16 lakh crore in July 3) Assam, Mizoram agree to ease border tension 4) Over 700 Halam people return to TripuraThey had fled after clashes with Bru refugees 5) Row over Lakshadweep Beach villa Plan: A tender notice inviting proposals from developers for building 370 such villas using the design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) model on public private partnership (PPP) basis 6) Poultry industry seeks extension of loans, import of GM soybean 7) The draw of space and nuclear technologies 8) A cycle of low growth, higher inflation 9) The benefits of breastfeeding 10) As monsoon recovers, Kharif sowing lag drops below 5%Three-week break hits acreage under oilseeds, pulses and millets 11) Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will launch e-RUPI, a person and purpose specific digital payment solution  12) Explained: What is e-RUPI and how does it work? e-RUPI is a cashless and contactless digital payments medium, which will be delivered to mobile phones of beneficiaries in form of an SMS-string or a QR code. 13) Walking NEP talk; A year later, the national education policy remains a guide to the future, but there are challenges. 14) SC order to raze Khori Gaon is a jarring example of coercive environmentalism 15) Myanmar army ruler takes prime minister role, again pledges elections 16) ATM networks will have to be reinvented to face the onslaught of technology 17) India, China set up new hotline in Sikkim

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