19 Oct, 2019

  • FATF retains Pakistan on Grey List - Internal Security
  • Venezuela wins seat on UNHRC - International Relations
  • NPCIL to speed up construction of reactors - Science and Technology
  • No MDR on digital payments for large firms - Economy
  • Zomato BioD Energy tie up for cooking oil - Science and Technology
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    Venezuela wins seat on UN Rights Council                                     

    Recently Venezuela won the election for a seat on the UN Human Right Council. This election is of strategic importance as the United States and many other countries have opposed Venezuela’s candidature as they allege that Venezuela’s track record in ensuring human rights in its country is very poor.  

    • What is UN Human Rights Council
    • Review of the Council
    • Membership
    • Universal Periodic Review
    • Advisory Committee


    Terror Funding: FATF retains Pak on grey list

    The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has retained Pakistan on the “Grey List” and gave a stern warning that it will be blacklisted if it does not fulfill the global standards criteria for combating terrorist financing by February 2020.

    • Pakistan on grey list of FATF
    • The Financial Action Task Force
    • International Cooperation Review Group
    • Major Strategic Initiatives


    Zomato, BioD Energy tie up for cooking oil-to-biodiesel project

    In what could scale up as a social innovation to tackle the menace of Reuse Cooking Oil in India, food aggregator Zomato and biodiesel producer, BioD Energy are coming together to collect used cooking oil and convert it to biodiesel.

    • FSSI Rules
    • Harmful effects of Re-Used Cooking Oil


    NPCIL to speed up construction of reactors

     At the 11th Nuclear Energy Conclave by India Energy Forum, Secretary to the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) said that the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has speed up construction of nuclear power plants in the country.

    • Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited


    No MDR on Digital Payment to Large Firms

    In line with the budget speech announcement of 2019-20, the government has done away with Merchant Discount Rate on all digital payments made to large retailers. (those with greater than Rs.50 Crore turnover)

    • Promoting card-based payments
    • Post-demonetisation
    • What government has done