29 Apr, 2020

  • Discussion on E-Learn - (Searching topics discussed in DNS)
  • $1.5 Billion ADB Loan to fund COVID response (International Relation) (Loan provided by ADB to India)
  • Anti-graft laws cover Deemed Universities: SC (Polity & Governance) (Officials of Deemed universities are Public Servant under Prevention of Corruption Act)
  • Global Terrorism Index 2019 - slammed by NITI Aayog (International Relations) (Important highlight of 2019 Report on Global Terrorism Index)
  • USCIRF downgrades India in 2020 List (International Relations) (India placed under Country of Particular Concern - CPC, US can impose sanctions)
  • Privacy concerns during a pandemic â Article - (Polity & Governance) (No legal sanction on use of different technology to fight COVID-19)
  • All-Indian Home Rule League â (History & Culture) (Important aspects of Home Rule League)
  • Summary for Prelims
  • Question of the day (International Relations)

Prelims Quiz

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    1.5 Billion Dollar aid from ADB

    Context: The Government of India has taken a $1.5 billion loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fund its immediate response to COVID-19, both in terms of the health and socio-economic impacts. The bank is also in talks with the government to fund further stimulus measures, including support for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and for extending health services through public-private partnerships. The money, translating to more than Rs 11,000 crore, will be spent to implement the containment plan and rapidly ramp up the test-track-treatment capacity.

    • ADB’s CARES PROGRAME
    • Support to India in the Medium Term

     

    Anti-graft laws cover deemed universities

    Context: Supreme Court has held that bribery and corruption in a deemed university can be tried under the Prevention of Corruption Act.   

    • What did the Supreme Court held?
    • Who can be tried for corruption in a deemed university
    • What is a deemed university?
    • Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 - Section 2 (c)

      

    NITI Aayog slams India's terror ranking

     

    Context: NITI Aayog has criticised the report of 2019 Global Terrorism Index as it has ranked India as the 7th worst terrorism affected country ahead of conflict-ridden countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Palestine and Lebanon.

     

    • About 2019 Global Terrorism Index
    • Why is NITI Aayog compiling report on global indices?
    • Important Highlights of 2019 Global Terrorism Index

     

    USCIRF downgrades India in 2020 List

     

    Context: U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has downgraded India to the lowest ranking, “countries of particular concern” (CPC) in its 2020 report. The report has placed India alongside China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. India was categorised as a “Tier 2 country” in last year’s listing. This is the first time since 2004 that India has been placed in this category.  However, the central government has termed the report as biased and tendentious.

     

    • Highlights of the Report

     

    Privacy concerns during a pandemic

    Context: The article suggests that government’s technology solutions to fight COVID-19 do not meet minimum legal requirements.

    This articles highlights that to meet the extra ordinary situation created due to COVID-19 Pandemic, the government has invoked use of technology at three levels:

    First, in creating a list of persons suspected to be infected with COVID-19

    Second, in deploying geo-fencing and drone imagery to monitor compliance by quarantined individuals; and

    Third, through the use of contact-tracing smartphone applications, such as Aarogya Setu App.

     

    • Problems with these state activities:
    • Concerns on App’s Privacy Policy
    • Impacting Citizen’s Rights

     

    Home Rule League

     

    • Mahatma Gandhi joining Home Rule League
    • Factors leading to Home Rule League
    • Home Rule League

     

    Comments

    Md Ayaz Ahmed 2 months ago

    nice explanation sir

    Md Ayaz Ahmed 2 months ago

    thank you 

    AVANEESH KUMAR 2 months ago

    10 marks

    Thank you sir..

    VISHAL SISODIYA 2 months ago

    Sir i have done all 5 prelim quiz but it is showing that i have done a wrong answer