05 Oct, 2019

  • In search of Wuhan Spirit (Lead Article) - International Relations
  • RBI cuts rate (Editorial) - Economy
  • Tenure Track System - Rethinking college recruitment (Article) - Social Issues
  • Income threshold to avail micro-finance increased - Economy
  • President commutes 20 death sentence in 9 years - Polity and Governance
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    INDO-CHINA RELATIONS: WUHAN SPIRIT

    The article highlights that India needs to understand the complexity around China including its geo-politics and trade aspirations and must take positive steps to take India-China relation a step ahead from Wuhan.   

    • Achievements of Wuhan Summit
    • Symbolic choice of venue
    • Change from April 2018 till October, 2019 & a growing China-Pakistan axis
    • Changing situations around China
    • Growing Optimism for India & raging concerns for China

    RETHINKING COLLEGE RECRUITMENT 

    IIT has introduced a new tenure track system of recruitment for recruiting entry level assistant professors.

    • The tenure track system
    • Issues with the tenure track system
    • Conclusion

     

    PRESIDENT COMMUTES 20 DEATH SENTENCES IN NINE YEARS  

    The President commuted death sentences to life imprisonment in at least 20 cases over the past nine years, based on the recommendations received from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

    • About Pardoning Powers of President

     

    MONETARY POLICY COMMITTEE DECISIONS

    In its latest meeting, the Monetary Policy Committee of the RBI has cut the policy repo rate by 25 basis points from 5.4% to 5.15%. This is the fifth consecutive cut in the policy rates by the MPC.

    • Important highlights of MPC Meeting
    • Monetary Policy Stances

     

    INCOME THRESHOLD TO AVAIL MICROFINANCE INCREASED   

    The RBI has recently increased the income limit criteria for the borrowers of the Micro-finance Institutions (MFIs) so as to improve the credit creation in the Indian Economy.

    • What are MFIs?
    • Significance of MFIs
    • Changes introduced by the RBI
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