Daily Archives: December 9, 2020


CONTEXT: Recently, the Ministry of Railways has written to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) seeking exemption for procuring certain medical items manufactured outside India, particularly medicines used in the treatment of Covid-19, cancer,DPIIT is a central government department under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. …

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CONTEXT: Nepal and China have announced the revised height of Mount Everest as 8,848.86 metres. The new height is 86 cm more than the previous measurement. MAIN POINTS: The new height of 8,848.86 meters replaced the long-associated 8,848 metre height, which was, as per a measurement carried out by the …

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CONTEXT: Entire Lakshadweep group of islands has been declared as an organic agricultural area under the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) of India. PARTICIPATORY GUARANTEE SYSTEM: PGS is a process of certifying organic products, which ensures that their production takes place in accordance with laid-down quality standards. The certification is in …

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CONTEXT: A virtual meeting took place recently between an Indian Minister and his Swiss Counterpart. IMPORTANT POINTS: Both the Ministers reiterated the desire to move forward on the India-EFTA Trade & Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA) negotiations. The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is the intergovernmental organisation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway …

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CONTEXT: In a message to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on its 36 Charter Day anniversary, the Prime Minister said that SAARC can only be fully effective in the absence of “terror and violence”. SAARC Charter Day is observed annually on 8 December. This day marks the …

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