22 Nov, 2019

  • Strategic Disinvestment - Economy
  • Subsidies in Higher Education - Social Issues
  • Avian Botulism - Environment
  • India-Sri lanka Relations - International Relations
  • Practice Questions

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    Expedient Exit (Editorial)

    The Cabinet has decided to approve strategic disinvestment of the government’s shareholding in five public sector enterprises.

    • Disinvestment
    • Strategic Disinvestment
    • Procedure for strategic investment
    • Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs


    Should we do away with subsidies for higher education?

    This extract has appeared in the form of interview where eminent scholars have given their view on subsidies in education and the need and importance for of greater inclusiveness, diversity, and quality as a characteristic for any good public educational institution in India. Let us understand the different facets as highlighted in this interview.

    • Subsidies help in breaking caste and class barriers
    • Need for subsidies in education
    • Deprivation Points
    • Considerable unevenness in distribution of public finance for subsidies
    • Way Forward


    India asks Colombo to boost reconciliation

    Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the principle opposition candidate emerged winner in Presidential election in Sri Lanka to become the 7th executive president of Sri Lanka.  

    • Background: Understanding Sri Lankan politics today
    • Election Results
    • Economic hardships
    • Corruption
    • Security concerns
    • Political Crisis
    • Majority sentiment
    • Tamil factor


    Avian botulism reason for bird deaths

    Avian botulism is a serious neuromuscular illness of birds caused by a toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

    • Avian Botulism
    • Clostridium botulinum
    • Risks for Humans and pets
    • Causes
    • Environmental factors