03 July, 2020

  • China opposes U.K.'s citizenship offer (International Relations)
  • Businesses back new Security Law (International Relations)
  • Cores contraction (Economy)
  • India loses jurisdiction over Italian marines case (International Relations)
  • Private trains will benefit travellers: Rly Board chief - (Infrastructure, Railways)
  • Mains Question Discussion
  • Bid to turn Shivalik forest into tiger reserve (Environment)
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    CHINA OPPOSES U.K.’S CITIZENSHIP OFFER + BUSINESSES BACK NEW SECURITY LAW

    Hong Kong was acquired by Britain after defeating China in the Opium War. The war broke out after Qing-dynasty China attempted to crack down an illegal opium trade that led to widespread addiction in China. In 1842, China agreed to cede the island of Hong Kong to the British in perpetuity through the Treaty of Nanjing.

    • World History perspective on Hong Kong
    • Handover to China
    • Geographical Significance of Hong Kong
    • Cause of tensions between China & Hong Kong
    • Editorial Context
    • India - Hong Kong relations

     

    CORE’S CONTRACTION – EDITORIAL

    Output in the eight core industries suffered an overall contraction for a third straight month in May, shrinking 23.4%, as the pandemic induced lockdown kept large parts of the economy shuttered. The Eight Core Industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).  

    • Coal
    • Crude Oil
    • Natural Gas
    • Refinery Products
    • Fertilizers
    • Steel
    • Cement
    • Electricity
    • IIP
    • Use-based Classification

     

    INDIA LOSES JURISDICTION OVER ITALIAN MARINE CASE

    The Government of India said it was studying an international tribunal’s ruling that the Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen in the waters off the Kerala coast on February 15, 2012, held “immunity” and would face a trial in Italy, not India.    

    • The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
    • India-Italy
    • UNCLOS
    • Navigation Rights
    • International Waters
    • Internal waters
    • Territorial Waters
    • Archipelagic waters
    • Contiguous zone
    • Exclusive economic zones (EEZs)
    • Continental shelf

     

    PRIVATE TRAINS WILL BENEFIT TRAVELERS: RAILWAY BOARD CHIEF

    The Ministry of Railways recently invited Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for operation of passenger trains by private operators in PPP mode on 109 routes with 151 modern trains. Such a move by the Ministry comes after the successful launch of India's first corporate Train "Tejas Express", which is operating on Lucknow-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes. These two moves by the Government are considered to be quite significant and go a long way in ending Indian railways' monopoly on running trains in India.

    • Present Status of Indian Railways
    • How would the PPP model of Private Trains work?
    • How PPP Model in Indian Railways benefits various stakeholders?
    • Concerns raised
    • Way Forward

     

    BID TO TURN SHIVALIK FOREST INTO TIGER RESERVE

    The Saharanpur Divisional Commissioner has sent a proposal to the UP government to declare the Shivalik forest in the Saharanpur circle as a Tiger Reserve. The State government is actively considering the proposal and would forward the matter to the Central Government to take a call. If plea of state government of UP is accepted, then the Shivalik forest in the Saharanpur circle would be the fourth tiger reserve in Uttar Pradesh after Amangarh in Bijnor, Pilibhit and Dudhwa in Lakhimpur-Kheri.  

    • Tiger Reserves
    • Sanctuaries
    • National Park
    • The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972
    • Declaration of Protected Areas
    • Permission of Centre
    • Authority who regulates the Protected Area
    • List of Tiger Reserve
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    Bidipto Sarkar 4 weeks ago

    It is an earnest request to the concerned authority to provide a PDF version of the notes in the e-learn platform rather than the word file. That would make the navigation lot easier than usual.