Democracy Index 2019: released by the Economist Intelligence Unit

●Democracy Index 2019: released by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a UK-based company•The report ranks 165 independent states and two territories, covering almost the entire population of the world◽The Index is based on five categories:1. Electoral process and pluralism.(6.9/10)2. Civil liberties.(6.76/10)3. Governance (6.79/10)4. Political participation.(6.67/10)5. Political culture (5.63/10)Overall (India)=> 6.9/10 [“flawed democracy” category, which also includes Bangladesh (5.88).]•In 2019, India slipped 10 places to 51st position.•Its score, down from from 7.23 in 2018… Read More »Democracy Index 2019: released by the Economist Intelligence Unit

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Commission to Examine Sub Categorization of other Backward Classes(OBCs)

●Commission to Examine Sub Categorization of other Backward Classes(OBCs)•In October 2017, President Ram Nath Kovind, in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 340 of the Constitution, appointed a commission to examine the issue of sub-categorisation of OBCs, chaired by retired Justice G. Rohini•Sub categorization of the OBCs will ensure that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs

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Daily Current affairs | 22 January 2020

●Time to Care report: released by Oxfam International•The report Focuses on the alleviation of global poverty.•The world had 2,153 billionaires in the world in 2019. [The number of billionaires has doubled in the last decade]•World’s richest 1% have more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people•Globally, extreme poverty rates are 4% higher for women than men•Globally, 42% of working-age women are outside the paid labour force, compared with… Read More »Daily Current affairs | 22 January 2020

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Quiz Revision| 22 January 2020

●JUS COGENS or ius cogens: [meaning “compelling law” in Latin]•JUS COGENS means the principles which form the norms of international law that cannot be set aside.•These norms cannot be offset by a separate treaty between parties intending to do so.•The jus cogens rules have been sanctioned by the Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties of 1969●5th edition of Raisina Dialogue: ( held in New Delhi.)•Raisina Dialogue is an annual… Read More »Quiz Revision| 22 January 2020

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Carbon Disclosure Project: released by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) India

●Carbon Disclosure Project: released by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) India ✍️•The CDP is a global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts•The report examines carbon reduction activities of companies•United States of America secured the top spot followed by Japan, United Kindom and France.[2/3rd of the 59 firms that were surveyed use climate analysis tools to formulate their business strategies]•India is now among… Read More »Carbon Disclosure Project: released by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) India

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Review of state and Central government water departments: report released by ministry of ‘Jal Shakti’

●Infrastructure Investment Trust(InvIT)•It is like a mutual fund, which enables direct investment of small amounts of money from possible individual/institutional investors in infrastructure to earn a small portion of the income as return•InvITs can be treated as the modified version of REITs (They are similar to REIT but invest in infrastructure projects such as roads or highways which take some time to generate steady cash flows)◽Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT):… Read More »Review of state and Central government water departments: report released by ministry of ‘Jal Shakti’

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Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

●Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)Hide — uploads.disquscdn.com •It is an astronomical observatory with an extremely large telescope (ELT).•It will give us finer details of not-so-far-away objects like undiscovered planets and other objects in the Solar System and planets around other stars•It is an international project being funded by scientific organisations of Canada, China, India, Japan and USA.•Planned location: Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii, US 【India said it wants the project… Read More »Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

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UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

●UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)•It is a subsidiary body of the U.N. General Assembly.•It is responsible for helping to facilitate international trade and investment.[Established by the UNGA in 1966.]•Mandate is “to promote the progressive harmonization and unification of international trade law•International Arbitration Tribunal has dismissed all claims brought against India in entirety.[The arbitration arose out of the cancellation of Letters of Intent for the issuance of telecom licences… Read More »UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

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Global Investment Trend Monitor report: UNCTAD

●National Startup Advisory Council•The Union Government has notified the structure of the National Startup Advisory Council for building a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and startups in the country to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities•The Council will be chaired by Minster for Commerce & Industry●Global Investment Trend Monitor report: compiled by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)•India was among the top 10 recipients of Foreign Direct… Read More »Global Investment Trend Monitor report: UNCTAD

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Three capitals for Andhra Pradesh

●Anti-Defection Law;-{10th Schedule}•The Tenth Schedule was inserted in the Constitution in 1985 by the 52nd Amendment Act.•MP or MLA Is deemed to have defected if he either voluntarily resigned from his party OR/disobeyed the directives of the party leadership on a vote OR/Independent members would be disqualified if they joined a political party(within 6 months)•The decision on question as to disqualification on ground of defection is referred to the Chairman… Read More »Three capitals for Andhra Pradesh

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