Yearly Archives: 2023

Pakistan approves signing of security pact with U.S.

Syllabus: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests  Why in NEWS CIS-MOA is a foundational agreement that the U.S. signs with its allies and countries with which it wants to maintain close military ties; it provides legal cover for the sale of military equipment. …

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Article 370 was a ‘compact’ entered into between two sovereigns

Continuation on 2. Argument “How can you say that the Parliament could not have exercised its preliminary amending powers to abrogate Article 370,” Chief Justice Chandrachud questioned senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for petitioners. “Will that not amount to equating Article 370 with the principle of Basic Structure of the …

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Can you equate Article 370 with Basic Structure?

Syllabus: Constitution of India —historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.  Why in NEWS The Supreme Court on Thursday asked whether Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is being equated with the Basic Structure of the Constitution. Interpretation A Constitution Bench headed by …

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Gyan Vapi mosque panel moves SC after HC allows ASI survey

Syllabus: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Why in NEWS The Anjuman INTA zamia Mosque Committee, which manages the Gyan Vapi mosque in Varanasi, on Thursday approached the Supreme Court within hours of the Allahabad High Court giving …

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Sugar output to see a slight dip amid rising ethanol demand

Syllabus: Sustainable Development Why in NEWS Sugar production in the 2023-24 sugar season, which starts in October, is expected to be 317 lakh tonnes as against 328 lakh tonnes during the current season (after diversion of supplies for ethanol). New petrol and ethanol blend ratio The Government of India has …

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Deep tech startups taking brave risks

Syllabus: Indian Economy Development & Employment Context The Great Indian Startup Boom of the last decade, led by young entrepreneurs and catalysed by the government’s Startup India movement, created an environment of entrepreneurship in India. The Startup movement is not limited to metro cities, but has successfully captured the imagination …

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Jeddah: Hope for peace in Ukraine?

Syllabus: Global Relations that affect Indian Interest Saudi Arabia is set to host Ukraine, U.S., some European countries and major developing countries including India and Brazil for peace talks on the Russia-Ukraine war on August 5 and 6 in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. The development was first …

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RS passes three Bills in the absence of Opposition

Why in NEWS The Rajya Sabha passed three Bills on Wednesday unopposed, after Opposition members walked out protesting the denial of an adjournment motion over the violence in Manipur. What are the bills The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill that allows private players to explore for atomic …

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From state visit to a more robust trade relationship

Syllabus: Bilateral Relations Context Indian PM State visit to Washington on June 22, 2023. Talks on defence trade to emerging technologies, such as in Artificial Intelligence and space exploration A Central Role for trade Trade relationship between the two countries, is growing — surpassing U.S.$120 billion — but it continues …

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