Yellow Vests Protests in France

Yellow Vests Protests in France

“Yellow Vests” renewed protests in France. About: • Violent protests were observed in France by the “Yellow Vests” due to rising living costs. • Major Reason: The proposed increase in the “Fuel Tax” by the newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s government. • Challenges: It will have adverse impact on the climate change policy. The purpose of…

Beating Retreat Ceremony – Republic Day

Beating Retreat Ceremony – Republic Day

Beating Retreat ceremony marks the end of the annual Republic Day celebrations (held on the 26th of January every year). The Ceremony subsequently is held on the 29th of every year- which marks the return of defense forces who had arrived at the capital as part of Republic Day celebrations to their respective barracks across India. Origin:…

Cashless India – In depth Analysis

Cashless India – In depth Analysis

The GST Council has cleared a proposal to offer cashbacks to consumers for digital payments through Rupay cards, BHIM app and UPI system to promote cashless transactions. About: • The Government of India with the flagship programme, Digital India, envisions to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. • “Faceless, Paperless, Cashless” is…

Crypto Currencies and Blockchain

Crypto Currencies and Blockchain

Recently bitcoin saw huge fluctuation in its value in the span of few days, Venezuela has launched its own oil-backed cryptocurrency called “petro”. About: • A cryptocurrency is a digital currency which can be used in place of conventional money. • In the cryptocurrencies, cryptography is used to secure and verify the transactions. It is also…

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Republic day Sale- Avail Flat 40% on all books

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WTO Dispute Settlement Body- Analysis

WTO Dispute Settlement Body- Analysis

Recently,  In a meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body, the United States reaffirmed that it will not support the reappointment of a judge to the already understaffed WTO Appellate Body. About: • The U.S delegation said at a meeting of the WTO dispute settlement body that it was not prepared to support the reappointment of…

Rupee Depreciation

Rupee Depreciation

Recently, Indian Rupee depreciation led a historic low of Rs. 71/US $. About: • The rupee has depreciated by around 9% from the beginning of this calendar year and is currently trading at around Rs. 71 per dollar, a historic low. Reasons for the Fall in Rupee: • Crude Oil Prices: Oil imports, amid rising…

Water Crisis: A Complete Picture

Water Crisis: A Complete Picture

Multiple incidences of water shortage coupled with chronic water stress observed in different parts of India have raised alarms about the impending water crisis. Recently in News: • The NITI Aayog Report on Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) said India is facing its worst water crisis in the history. • CWMI found that nearly 600 million…

Health Sector: An Analysis

Health Sector: An Analysis

With the launch of Ayushman Bharat in India, a critical analysis of India’s health sector becomes imperative. About: • On 25th September, the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY) became operational. • AYUSHMAN BHARAT: It comprises of two schemes: • National Health Protection Scheme: This aims…

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