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HISTORY/CULTURE/GEOGRAPHY – Bhima-Koregaon battle of 1818: 202nd Anniversary; Lord Curzon; Martyr’s Day; Savitribai Phule; Gurudwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan; Nagardhan excavations: Insights into Vakataka dynasty; Queen Prabhavatigupta; AUSCHWITZ – 75th Anniversary of its liberation; Vanga Nari (Fox- Jallikattu); Bojjannakonda: Buddhist site in Andhra Pradesh; Madhavpur Mela; Basant Panchami; Beating Retreat Ceremony; Nagoba jatara: Month-long fair comes to an end; Belum Caves; Northeast ( winter) monsoon; Rann Utsav;
POLITY/GOVERNANCE – National Population Register (NPR): Trial form gets governments approval ;Satcom technology: Rajasthan to utilize it in big way;NITI Aayog’s Baseline Report of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index;Civic technology: An Indian Case;Aadhaar: Must for Welfare Pension in Odisha;10% reservation Quota for Economically Weaker Sections;Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN): objective assessment & transparency of scheme;UJALA: Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All;JUS COGENS;Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS): Trimming of the Railway Board, the powerful body that governs the Indian Railways;Chief of Defence Staff (CDS): The dual-hatted role;National Human Rights Commission ;Zonal Councils;Inter- state border dispute: Maharashtra-Karnataka Belgaum tension (Part-2);Concept of Democracy, then and now;Curative Petition: Nirbhaya Case convicts file Curative pleas in Supreme Court;Internet Shutdown and Section 144;Challenges of Non-Scheduled Indian Languages;Sabarimala case: Supreme Court not to review Sabarimala case;Kerala files suit against CAA;Data Protection Bill: JPC to invite views from all stakeholders;Model (Agricultural) Land Leasing Act;Electoral bonds scheme not to be stalled ;Government to seek green clearance for water aerodromes;Kerala’s move to challenge CAA;High Court of Karnataka: Police need to be trained to follow SC guidelines on registering
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FIRs ;Bonds;India drops 10 ranks in Democracy Index;Speaker’s role in disqualification;Goa Opposition disrupts assembly proceedings over Mahadayi river dispute;Centre refuses to give more funds to Kerala for flood relief ;Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act;Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD): New agreement signed;Indian Judiciary’s Evolution;Missing Persons Data now available Online;Anticipatory Bail;Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)
SOCIAL ISSUE/WELFARE – Nepal’s Language Seke Near Extinct ;Bru-Reang Refugee Crisis: Home Minister presides over signing of Historic Agreement to end the Bru-Reang Refugee Crisis;Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA)
WOMEN ISSUE-Establishment of Chairs named after eminent Women in Universities
HEALTH ISSUE -Swachh Sarvekshan League 2020: National Cleanliness Rankings Part of;Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSD);Infant Mortality Rate: Outrage over deaths of infants in Gujarat & Rajasthan;NITI Aayogs’s PPP Policy for Health Sector;H9N2: India’s first case detected by National Institute of Virology, Pune;Polio Disease;Coronavirus: New virus identified by Chinese researchers;China’s Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
GOVERNMENT SCHEMES -National Pension System (NPS) ;Central accident database management;Manual scavengers : Maharashtra, Gujarat lag behind in compensation for sewer deaths;SC: Welfare schemes for religious minorities
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INTERNATIONAL -US-China: ‘phase one’ trade deal to be signed January 15; US-Iran: Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force Killed; World Trade Organization: U.S. crippled the functioning of the WTO; Iran nuclear deal: Iran has stepped away from the nuclear deal; SEA GUARDIANS: Bilateral Naval exercise between China & Pakistan; Historic Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate; Iran to quit NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons); Healthcare: The Brazilian Way; Blue Corner notice, issued against Nithyananda; China Myanmar Economic Corridor; ICJ’s ruling on Myanmar Rohingya; Oslo Accord; West Asia peace plan by the USA
INDIA AND THE WORLD -Import duty on crude, refined palm oils Cut;US President Donald Trump is likely to visit India;India to invite Pakistan PM Imran Khan to regional SCO summit;India and Brazil : Bilateral Investment Treaty;Nepal PM positive of resolving all ‘pending issues’ with India ;United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP);India-Brazil relationship;Operation Vanilla;India-Australia Relationship
ECONOMY-Sugar production fallen; GDP growth rate for 2019-20 expected to be 5% (previous fiscal 6.8%); Green Credit Scheme; Coal Sector in India: Norms liberalized for entry and regulations relaxed; Retail inflation: Retail inflation at a 5-year high of 7.3% in December; Middle Income Trap; Reform of grain management system; Inflation; Vodafone Idea tanks 39% on AGR verdict, Airtel shrugs off concerns; Fertiliser Subsidy: Direct Benefit Transfer; The perils of RBI’s fixation on inflation; A new Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Blockchain Technology in Bangalore; NBFCs to get more lending room; The gig economy; Make In India: Is it a failure?; GST- Critical analysis of its working; Adjusted gross revenue (AGR) Crisis; Merchanting Trade Transactions (MTT) – Guidelines Revised; Kolkata Port Tableau in Republic Day;3rd GLOBAL POTATO CONCLAVE: Held in Gujarat
AGRICULTURE -Farmers’ Innovation Fund: To be set up by ICAR; Yellow Rust Disease: Detected in the wheat crop in parts of Punjab & Haryana; India’s Cotton Story; Case for Biotechnology adoption
ENVIRONMENT/POLLUTION-Invasive alien plants in Nilgiri Biosphere Region; Smog Towers: Delhi gets its first tower to tackle pollution; Australia Wildfires; Centre eases CRZ rules for ‘Blue Flag’ beaches; Arunachal to start red-listing of orchids; Green clearance for onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration; What is the state of forests in India? ; India Climate Collaborative (ICC); Ramsar Sites: 10 more wetland in India declared as Ramsar Sites; HCFC-141b – India has achieved its complete phase-out; E-flows in River Ganga: 4 hydropower projects in upper Ganga violating e-flows; UN’s new rules for ships in the Arctic region
ANIMALS/NATIONAL PARKS IN NEWS-Great Indian Bustard ;Tiger Reserves: Demand to notify certain areas of Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa as Tiger Reserve ;Diego, the giant tortoise;Nearly extinct northern white rhino;Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius): Gone Extinct ;Rare migratory eagle;Irrawaddy dolphins;African Cheetah: Supreme Court allows Centre to introduce it in India;National Park : Commercial activities near Bannerghatta National Park banned
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INFRASTRUCTURE/ENERGY-Pharma City in Telangana;Integrated Steel Hub;Inland Waterways Authority of India ;Country’s First Fruit Train
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-Chandrayaan-3: Launch this year;5G: India decides to include Chinese telecom major Huawei in the 5G trial; Gaganyaan: In mission mode, says ISRO; Mobile Aided Note Identifier (MANI); Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC): To be established in Karnataka; Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS); Data privacy law: California’s new privacy law — the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) (Part-1);Genome of Indian Cobra mapped;Ranitidine;Myeloma;Naval version of LCA Tejas takes off from INS Vikramaditya;Hawaii telescope: Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT); SC: Disqualification power from Speakers; Archaea; VYOMMITRA; Anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) – Showcased during Republic Day Parade
MISCELLANEOUS-Yada Yada alphavirus;bi Ka Maqbara;Scientific Social Responsibility;Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) ;Budget 2020: “ArthShastri” campaign;National voters’ day (nvd) ;Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI);Global Talent Competitiveness INDEX (GTCI)
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