05 June, 2020

  • Embracing Alternative Protein (Need for alternative protein) (Environment)
  • India-Australia meet to strengthen ties (International relations)
  • Can social media platforms be arbiter of truth (Social Issues)
  • No action against employers for not paying wages (Polity & Governance)
  • India vows $15 mn to vaccine alliance (What is GAVI) (International Organizations)
  • India China talks to focus on three areas (International Relations)
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    Embracing alternative protein

    On the occasion of World Environment Day, an article appears which emphasises the role of our food choices environment degradation.

    • As the demand for animal protein is rising across the world, the suppliers are increasingly adopting Intensive animal farming (or disparagingly known as “Factory farming”).
    • The author in this article tries to establish that this approach to animal rearing is devastating the environment.
    • Then author discusses the alternatives as well to wean people away from animal proteins without the compromising on the nutritional aspects.
      • First, what is Factory farming (or Intensive animal farming)>?
      • So how can it cause damage to environment? It is just farming, right? (Hazards of factory farmingSo what do we do?


    India­-Australia meet strengthens ties

    At their first ever virtual summit, India and Australia on Thursday signed an important deal for reciprocal access to each other’s military bases for logistical support.

    • The countries upgraded their relations to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’.
    • The discussions at the summit ranged around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, reforms to the World Trade Organisation, challenges in the Indo-Pacific and combating the threat of terrorism. 
    • So we will learn:
      • Outcome of the virtual meeting
      • China Shadow over the summit
      • What is MLSA?
      • What is QUAD?
      • Importance to ASEAN and ASEAN based institution


    Are social media platforms the arbiters of truth?

    There are ongoing massive protests that have erupted in the U.S. following the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, in police custody.

    Social media platform Twitter called out some of President Donald Trump’s tweets as incorrect information and as against its policies. 

    • So this discussion will tread along:
      • Facebook took the stand that they did not want to be ‘arbiters of truth’. 
      • The big question is how these platforms should regulate content?
      • Truth on Social media?
      • Can social media act as arbitrator?
      • Why it is important to regulate online platforms. 
      • How shall the regulation be done?


    No action against employers for not paying wages: SC

    Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued a notification dated 29th March, 2020 directing all employers (industries + shops and commercial establishment) to pay wages to their workers on due date without deduction for the period, the establishment are under closure during lockdown.

    • A petition has been filed in Supreme Court against this decision of MHA.
    • The discussion will be about
      • Who filed the petition in SC?
      • What did the Government Argue?
      • What did the Supreme Court held?


    India vows $15 mn to vaccine alliance 

    GAVI Alliance

    • Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization
    • The discussion will have prelims related information about
      • Achievements
      • Method of operations
      • India’s involvement with GAVI


    India-China dialogue to focus on three areas  

    You might be aware that there is an ongoing stand-off between India and China.

    • At several locations along the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim, Chinese troops have moved in large numbers into Indian territory at points in Pangong Tso, Galwan and Gogra in Ladakh and Naku La in Sikkim,
    • China has also kept a massive build-up on its side.
    • To resolve this issue, the first-ever talks between Indian and Chinese Lieutenant-Generals is hoing to take place over this weekend to ease the tension on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with special emphasis on eastern Ladakh with the aim of moving back to the earlier positions.
    • So we quickly go over the following
      • The agenda:
      • The focus area
      • Who will represent the Indian side?
      • Why are are not covering this issue?

    NARESH 8 months ago

    Thank you so much sir