13 July, 2020

  • The sum and substance of the EU's China dilemma (International Relation)
  • China, Iran close to reaching trade and military partnership (International Relation)
  • Hardly smart about urban health care (Polity & governance)
  • Disabled are entitled to same benefits of SC/ST quota: SC (Polity & governance)
  • NATGRID to get info of suspects from FIRs (Polity & governance)
  • Govt. against virtual meetings of House panels (Polity & governance)
  • Mizoram quake zone caught between two geological faults (Indian Geography)
  • Mizoram quake zone caught between two geological faults (Indian Geography)
  • Prelims Summary
  • Question of the day (International relation)

Prelims Quiz

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    THE SUM AND SUBSTANCE OF THE EU’S CHINA DILEMMA 

    Europe and China have been major partners for a generation. There has been a relationship of dependence and cooperation. European Union has given statements that they will not choose sides between the United States and China.

    • The sum and substance of the EU’s China dilemma
    • Economics as the main substance of EU-China relation
    • Changing Substance in the EU-China relation
    • China and Russia Hold First Joint Naval Drill in the Baltic Sea
    • An opportunity for India

     

    CHINA, IRAN CLOSE TO REACHING TRADE AND MILITARY PARTNERSHIP

    Recently, China and Iran have drafted a new 25-year comprehensive agreement which is set to strengthen the economic and defence relationship between the two countries.  Such a partnership agreement was first proposed by Chinese President Xin Jinping during his visit to Iran in 2016. It has recently been approved by the Iranian Government. This agreement is considered to be strategic since it bypasses Economic sanctions imposed by US on Iran and at the same time would lead to greater Chinese footprint in West Asia.

    • Background
    • Broad contours of Argument
    • Implications for Iran, China and India

     

    HARDLY SMART ABOUT URBAN HEALTH CARE

    The novel coronavirus pandemic has largely been an urban crisis so far. Indian cities are not only facing a public health crisis but also a larger emergency of economic issues and livelihoods. A high percentage of urban residents have lost employment during the lockdown and continue to face an uncertain future.  

    • So, are Indian cities equipped to deal with the pandemic and its aftermath?
    • Current status of the scheme
    • Health infrastructure and the ‘Smart Cities Mission’
    • Focus on Jobs

     

    DISABLED ARE ENTITLED TO SAME BENEFITS OF SC/ST QUOTA: SC

    The Supreme Court while considering an appeal against an order of Punjab and Haryana High Court held that persons with disabilities are also socially backward and are entitled to the same benefits of relaxation as provided to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates in public employment and education. 

    • Petition filed by the Disabled Student in Punjab and Haryana High Court
    • What did Punjab and Haryana High Court held?
    • Supreme Court Judgment
    • What was the matter in Anamol Bhandari Case?
    • What is the meaning of Horizontal Reservation?
    • What was the reason provided by Delhi High Court in Anamol Bhandari Judgment?

     

    PRELIMS POINTERS

         NATGRID TO GET INFO  OF SUSPECTS FROM FIRS

    The MoU between the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to access the centralised online database on FIRs and stolen vehicles

    • Questions are being raised about the “Federal Structure” of India
    • About NATGRID                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GOVT. AGAINST VIRTUAL MEETINGS OF HOUSE PANELS

    The government has refused to allow virtual meetings of parliamentary standing committees despite repeated demands from the Opposition parties, citing confidentiality norms. The latest demand came from Congress leader and Chairman of the standing committee on science and technology Jairam Ramesh last Tuesday. Under present circumstances and compulsions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic, there is a growing demand to use the virtual medium

    • virtual meetings of parliamentary standing committees
    • Why has government refused?                                                                                                                                                                                                                       MIZORAM QUAKE ZONE CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO GEOLOGICAL FAULTS
    • Mizoram experienced at least eight moderate earthquakes between June 21 and July 9. The tremors ranged from 4.2 to 5.5 on the Richter scale.
    • Reasons for Earthquakes
    Comments

    Anurag Kumar 2 weeks ago

    The options for Q3 seem to be incorrect since Norway doesn't open to Baltic sea.

    Anshul Gupta 2 weeks ago

    Sir plz recheck  the answer for question no.3 

    Umesh Yadav 2 weeks ago

    For Q3 explanation is right but coorect option is not available in ans.

    Jogi 2 weeks ago

    Q3🙄

    Bibek Kumar 2 weeks ago

    Q. 1)  NATGRID acts as the link between Investigative agencies and Intelligence agencies

    how this option is correct?
    NATGRID is only information sharing platform and nothing else.


    Raviraj Awasthi 2 weeks ago

    norway opens up to arctic ocean and norway sea. Not baltic sea.

    Simarpreet Singh 2 weeks ago

    What is with q3?