26 Sep, 2019

  • Modi pitches for India's NSG entry - International Relations
  • An award and unholy trade-off - Freedom (Article) - Polity and Governance
  • Challenges in the field of biotechnology (Article) - Science and Technology
  • PM-Economic Advisory Council re-constituted - Economy
  • New IPCC Report warns of dire threats to oceans - Environment
  • Practice questions

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    An Award and an unholy Trade-off 

    The Gates Foundation has awarded Prime Minister Narendra Modi its annual ‘Global Goalkeeper’ Award for initiating policies to advance the cause of public health and the building of several million toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission. 

    • Freedom
    • Liberty
    • Social Welfare
    • Trade-off


    Modi Pitches for India’s NSG entry

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum where he delivered the keynote address.  PM highlighted that because India is not a member of NSG, it becomes very difficult for India to get the fuel for producing nuclear energy.

    • The Problem
    • Non-Proliferation Treaty
    • Nuclear & Non-Nuclear Weapon States
    • Non-Proliferation
    • Disarmament
    • Why India did sign NPT?
    • About Nuclear Supplier Group
    • NSG Participant
    • NSG Guidelines – Part 1 & 2


    Different Peas in Different Pods

    The Biotechnology sector is one of the sunrise sectors in India. The Indian biotech industry holds about 2 per cent share of the global biotech industry. The biotechnology industry in India, comprising about 800 companies is valued at US$ 12 billion in 2018.

    • Various Initiatives undertaken to promote Biotech Sector
    • Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)
    • National Biotechnology Development Strategy (2015-20)
    • SEED (Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development) Fund
    • Bengaluru-Boston Biotech Gateway to India
    • Quality of Research and Development
    • How to boost the Biotech sector in India?


    New IPCC Report Warns of Dire Threat to Oceans   

    The IPCC Special Report is a key scientific input for world leaders gathering in forthcoming climate and environment negotiations, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Chile in December

    • Major changes in high mountains affecting downstream communities
    • Melting ice, rising seas
    • More frequent extreme sea level events
    • Changing ocean ecosystems
    • Declining Arctic sea ice, thawing permafrost
    • Knowledge for urgent action


    PM’s Economic Advisory Council Reconstituted 

    Government of India has reconstituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) for a period of two years with effect from 26th September 2019.    

    • About Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM)
    • Terms of Reference of the EAC-PM: