06 September, 2020

  • The 13th Amendment - (Polity & Governance) (The issue of rights of Tamil people in Sri Lanka)
  • What is the GST compensation due to States? - (Indian Economy) (GST compensation)
  • A.P tops in Ease of Doing Business- (Indian Economy) (Ease of Doing Business in India)
  • Is COVID19 setting off a bradykinin storm in the body? - (Science & Technology) (Corona virus and human physiology)
  • Question of the day (Polity & Governance)

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    THE 13 TH AMENDMENT – SRI LANKA – FAQ


    Mahinda Rajapaksa has returned to power as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. His brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won the presidential election. Nationalistic feeling increased after the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka last year, which helped these two leaders to come to power. However Tamils of Sri Lanka has are not comfortable with present leadership. Government is also showing sign to roll back the reconciliation gained in Tamil-Sinhalese relation in last few years – The national anthem will no more be sung in Tamil, the second official language of the country, at the National Day ceremony, Demand to abolish the 13 th amendment.

    • History of Tamil-Sinhalese conflict
    • Demand of separate Tamil State in Sri Lanka
    • Indian intervention on peace process in Sri Lanka and 13 th amendment.
    • Form of government in SriLanka
    • India-Sri Lanka present relation

     

    WHAT IS THE GST COMPENSATION DUE TO STATES? 


    The 41st meeting of the GST Council was held on August 27 with the singular agenda of finding a solution to the question of how best to ensure that the compensation payable to the States as part of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax continues to be paid. The background for the meeting was the fact that the Centre and the States were cognisant of the substantial impact on GST collections from the last fiscal year’s economic slowdown and more recently the lockdowns and COVID-19-related curbs that have severely shrunk the economy. At the meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the GST Compensation Fund was projected to face a shortfall of about Rs. 2.35 lakh crore at the end of the current financial year and suggested two borrowing options that the States could choose from to bridge the shortfall.

    • GST COUNCIL Meeting
    • GST Compensation to States
    • Borrowing Options for States
    • Current impasse on the issue

    A.P. tops in ease of doing business


    The Government has recently announced the 4th Edition of Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) ranking of states. The ranking of States was based on the implementation of Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) started in the year 2015.

    • Ease of Doing Business
    • Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP)
    • Important steps taken by AP to improve Ease of Doing Business
    • District Reform Action Plan
    • Starting A Business
    • Dealing with Construction Permits
    • Enforcing Contracts
    • Resolving Insolvency
    • Paying Taxes

    IS COVID-19 SETTING OFF A BRADYKININ STORM IN THE BODY? – FAQ


    The impact of COVID-19 on some people is very severe and the doctors are trying to find out the reasons. A supercomputer’s recent analysis of data on the contents collected earlier from the lungs of patients with the COVID-19 infection has showed that a phenomenon called a ‘bradykinin storm’ might explain how the virus works in the body, including some of the more puzzling extreme events. To understand about bradykinin storm, let us understand about human enzyme ACE and ACE2.

    • Angiotensin-converting enzyme - ACE
    • Renin–Angiotensin System (RAS)
    • ACE2
    • Bradykinin Storm Hypothesis
    • Hyaluronic Acid
    • Leakage of fluid into lungs
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