06 July ,2020

  • Raja Ravi Verma (Step into the LIGHT) (Art and Culture)
  • Locust Attacks (FAO issues locust alert for India) (Economy and Environment)
  • China doubles down on claims on eastern Bhutan boundary (International Relations)
  • Vaccine trials take 6 to 9 months: WHO Chief Scientist (Social Issues)
  • India must not cast anchor in 'Enrica Lexie' (EDIT)
  • The Beijing-Islamabad equation of the 1960s Page 09 (EDIT)
  • NSCN (IM) reduces its 'tax' rate to 3%
  • Prelims Pointers
  • QOD

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    Step into the Light

    Raja Ravi Varma (29 April 1848 – 2 October 1906) was a celebrated Indian painter and artist. He is considered among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art for a number of aesthetic and broader social reasons.

    Painting style of Raja Ravi Verma

    Famous Paintings of Raja Ravi Verma Lady in Moon Night, Ravana Kidnapping Sita etc.


    FAO issues locust alert for India

    Over the past several weeks, locust attacks emanating from the desert area in Pakistan have struck parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat, causing heavy damage to standing crop.  The situation is being closely monitored by agri-experts in the states and the Centre.

    • What are Locusts?
    • What is swarming phenomenon?
    • What are locust attacks and how are they caused?
    • Is the difference in environmental condition also reflected on their morphology?
    • How many species of locusts are native to India?
    • How do these locusts harm agriculture?
    • How does India Plans to control these attacks?
    • What are the situations which exacerbate these attacks?


    China doubles down on claims on Eastern Bhutan boundary

    China on Saturday officially stated for the first time it has a boundary dispute with Bhutan in the eastern sector. China’s claim came against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion during a visit to Ladakh on Friday that the “era of expansionism” is over.

    • Series of events leading to present border tension between China and Bhutan
    • Why such a more from China?


    Vaccine trials take 6 to 9 months: WHO Chief Scientist + Surely, even if slowly

    • First-in-man Phase I studies 
    • Phase II clinical evaluation 
    • Pivotal Phase III trials


    India must not cast anchor in Enrica lexie case

    This article discusses the recent implications of the Tribunal ruling under UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) involving Enrica Lexie case. It also highlights as to what should be the strategy of the Indian Government going forward.

    • Ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
    • Whether Italian marines had violated the provisions of UNCLOS by firing upon the Indian Fishermen?
    • Who should try the cases against Italian Marines?
    • Strategy to be adopted by Government

    Navamitha 7 months ago

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    Article 265 of the Indian Constitution states that no tax shall be levied or collected except by authority of law. This can be best understood as

    • A

      Only the Centre has power to make law to levy tax in India.

    • B

      Only state governments have power to make law to levy tax in India

    • C

      Both Centre and States has power to levy respective tax in their jurisdiction

    • D

      None of the above

    here answer should be option D as article 265 does not talks about division of subjects between center and state, perhaps Article 270 does that....please do rectify me if i am wrong.