28 Nov, 2019

  • Gubernatorial Restructuring - Office of Governor (OPED) - Polity & Governance
  • A blow to disclosure norms - RTI Act (OPED) - Polity & Governance
  • A revival of battles already fought and lost (Lead Article) - Polity & Governance
  • Stubble Burning is not the only culprit - Environment
  • Madden-Julian Oscillation and impact on Global Warming - Environment
  • Practice Questions

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    Solution for stubble burning problem

    The article contradicts the idea that stubble burning is mainly responsible for air pollution in Delhi NCR

    • Stubble burning and its causes
    • Other factors leading to stubble burning
    • Alternatives to stubble burning

    Madian Julian Oscillation on local climate

    Impact of MJO on global climate.

    • What is MJO
    • How does it impacts local climate
    • Changes in the residence time of MJO in various oceans and its impact


    A blow to disclosure norms

    Office of Chief Justice of India has recently come under the purview of RTI.

    • RTI
    • Automatic disclosure norms
    • Exemption from disclosure norms


    Gubernatorial restructuring 

    The political endorsement that was recently given to the BJP by the Rajasthan Governor has reignited the debate on the independence and neutrality of the constitutional post. The Governor’s office has often courted controversy for the incumbent’s political views.

    • Office of governor
    • Role of governor
    • Discretionary power of governor


    A revival of battles already fought and lost

    The author in this article is critical of the recent judgment of the SC in the Sabarimala case which referred the already settled matter to a higher bench for an ‘authoritarian pronouncement’.

    • Background to the case
    • Sabrimala judgment
    • Criticism of the judgment

    New snake species found in Arunachal  

    • Researchers have discovered a new species of non-venomous burrowing snake in Arunachal Pradesh, named Trachischium apteii. The snakes were found under fallen logs inside a thickly forested area of the Tally Valley Wildlife Sanctuary near the town of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh during a field expedition by researchers in July 2019.
    • The researchers are associated with the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai, and the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru.