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Q What is the context  ?A In a highly notorious move, the OIC has invited Kashmiri separatist leaders in the Foreign Ministers’ meet in Islamabad.Q What is OIC?A The OIC — formerly Organisation of the Islamic Conference — is the world’s second-largest inter-governmental organization after the UN, with a membership of 57 states.The OIC’s stated objective is “to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world”.OIC has reserved membership for Muslim-ma... Read More...

  Apr 29, 2022   International Relations

Q Why is it in News ?A Last week, the Assam government informed the Assembly that nearly 1.44 lakh illegal foreigners had been identified in the state this year based on the 1985 Assam Accord, and around 30,000 of them had been deported to their country of origin.Q Who is a foreigner under the Assam Accord?A The Assam Accord was signed in 1985 by the Centre and the Assam government with the All Assam Student Union (AASU) and the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad.This movement had spearheaded the 1979-85 Assam Movement against migration from Bangladesh.It was against al... Read More...

  Apr 28, 2022  

Q What is the context  ?A The Kerala High Court has asked organizations associated with the film industry to take steps to constitute a joint committee to deal with cases of sexual harassment of women, in line with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013.During the #MeToo movement, a number of women in India called out influential men — actors, standup comics, senior journalists — for alleged sexual harassment.Hence the HC underlined that film production units must comply with the law against sexual harassment, commonly known as the prevention of sexual harassment... Read More...

  Apr 28, 2022  

Main Examination PatternInstructionsAnswer all TEN of the following questions.Time : 90 MinutesThe number of marks carried by each question and world limits are indicated at the end of the question.Please email your answer sheet on sriramsiasteam@gmail.com. Please mention your name, batch and Test Paper name in Subject line.Q1. In your opinion, did lateral entry into the civil services undermine its neutrality? (10 Marks, 150 words)Q2. Critically... Read More...

  Apr 28, 2022   Polity

Q Why is it in News ?A The cheetah, which became extinct in India after Independence, is all set to return with the Union Government launching an action plan in Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.According to the plan, about 50 of these big cats will be introduced in the next five years, from the Africa savannas, home to cheetahs, an endangered species.Q How has been distribution of cheetahs in India ?A Historically, Asiatic cheetahs had a very wide distribution in India.There are authentic reports of their occurrence from as far north as Punjab to Tirunelveli distri... Read More...

  Apr 27, 2022   Bio-diversity, Environment

Q Why is it in News ?A The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) has bought two million barrels of Russian crude oil as Indian energy majors forge ahead with attempts to secure a part of the Russian energy supply.Q What is the news?A India is exploring alternative payment channels for trade with Russia and the possibility of sourcing additional oil at a discount, even as the West reduces its exposure to Russian oil.Now India needs to make some necessary adjustments in the financial front because of the challen... Read More...

  Apr 27, 2022   International Relations

Q What is the context  ?A Consumers may have to pay more for medicines and medical devices if the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) allows a price hike of over 10% in the drugs and devices listed under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), this coming month.Q Who regulates Drugs prices?A The NPPA was set up in 1997 to fix/revise prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce price and availability of the medicines in the country, under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 1995-2013.Its mandate is:To implement and ... Read More...

  Apr 26, 2022   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A The government has clarified that investors won’t be allowed to offset losses in one crypto asset against gains in another, and that crypto mining infrastructure costs will not be included in the cost of acquisition to be claimed as a deduction.Q How are crypto investments taxed?A The Union Budget 2022-23 in February proposed that gains from virtual digital assets or crypto assets would be taxed at 30% irrespective of the individual’s income tax slab.In addition, a 1% tax deducted at source or TDS was introduced on the transfer of such asset... Read More...

  Apr 26, 2022   Economy

Q What is the context  ?A The Karnataka High Court decision effectively upheld the denial of entry to students wearing the hijab. The court rejected an argument in support of permitting Muslim girls wearing head-scarves that was based on the principle of ‘reasonable accommodation’.Q What is Reasonable Accommodation?A ‘Reasonable accommodation’ is a principle that promotes equality, enables the grant of positive rights and prevents discrimination based on disability, health condition or personal belief.Its use is primarily in the disability rights sector. Read More...

  Apr 25, 2022   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A The Russian invasion of Ukraine offers several lessons to the Quad countries.Q What has been negligence on part of NATO ?A This article is admittedly written in hindsight, but there is a continuing thread to the western blunders in the approach to dealing with Moscow, particularly concerning Putin.He has had a dramatic rise in the political hierarchy of Moscow, with many of his successes unexplained but for the strong behind-the-scenes backing of the FSB.Unfortunately, it was ignored in the West, and particularly in Europe, which was bu... Read More...

  Apr 25, 2022   International Relations

Q Why is it in News ?A The United States Senate unanimously passed a law making daylight saving time (DST) permanent, scrapping the biannual practice of putting clocks forward and back coinciding with the arrival and departure of winter.Q What does this imply?A With clocks in the US going back an hour, the time difference between New York and India will increase from the current nine and a half hours to ten and a half hours.In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite has happened, where countries have “sprung forward”, and time difference with India has reduced.Q What is... Read More...

  Apr 24, 2022   Science and Technology

Q What is the context  ?A The Union Home Ministry has placed a US based NGO on its watchlist following an investigation that foreign contributions it sent were being used for climate awareness campaigns, an activity not permissible under the FCRA [Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act].Q What is Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) ?A The FCRA regulates foreign donations and ensures that such contributions do not adversely affect internal security.First enacted in 1976, it was amended in 2010 when a slew of new measures was adopted to regul... Read More...

  Apr 24, 2022   International Relations

Q Why is it in News ?A The Karnataka High Court has upheld the ban on the wearing of hijab (head scarf) by students in schools and colleges in the State.The judgment was delivered by a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S. Dixit and Justice J.M. Khazi.It rejected all the petitions filed by girl students of pre-university colleges in Udupi district.Q What are the key takeaways ?A The HC held that wearing hijab is not an essential religious practice in Islam and is not, therefore, protected under by the right to freedom of re... Read More...

  Apr 23, 2022   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A Recently, six students were banned from entering a college in Karnataka’s Udupi district for wearing a hijab (a head covering worn in public by some Muslim women).The issue throws up legal questions on reading the freedom of religion and whether the right to wear a hijab is constitutionally protected.Q How is religious freedom protected under the Constitution?A Article 25(1) of the Constitution guarantees the “freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion”. Read More...

  Apr 23, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A The government is proposing a new Draft National Policy for Medical Devices, 2022 to reduce India’s dependence on import of high-end medical devices.Q What are Key features of the policy ?A Adopting public-private partnerships to reduce the cost of healthcare, drive efficiency, and aid quality improvements in medical devices manufactured in the countryThe key proposals include:Incentivising the export of medical devices and related technology projects through tax rebates and refundsIncreasing government spending in “high-risk” projects in the me... Read More...

  Apr 22, 2022   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A The Mumbai Climate Action Plan (MCAP) has laid down a 30-year road map for the city to tackle the challenges of climate change by adopting inclusive and robust mitigation and adaptation strategies.Q What is Mumbai Climate Action Plan ?A The MCAP has set short-, medium- and long-term climate goals aimed towards zero emission of greenhouse gas or a net-zero target for 2050.It focuses on priority across six strategic areas:Sustainable waste managementUrban greening and biodiversityUrban flooding and water resourc... Read More...

  Apr 22, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A Recently, Russian forces seized the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Powerplant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.The developments at the plant triggered an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.Q Where is the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Powerplant Located?A It is located on the banks of the Dnieper river, just 200 kilometers from the conflicted Donbas region where Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces have been fighting.Zaporizhzhya is one of the four ope... Read More...

  Apr 21, 2022   Current Affairs

Q What is the context  ?A Recently, Russia declared a temporary ceasefire in the Russia-Ukraine War to provide "humanitarian corridors" for civilians.As the war enters a likely deadlier phase, numerous civilians attempt to leave the country for safety and refuge, there must be humanitarian measures taken to reduce civilian casualties.Q What are Humanitarian Corridors?A They are demilitarised zones, in a specific area and for a specific time — and both sides of an armed conflict agree to them.The Un... Read More...

  Apr 21, 2022   Current Affairs

Q Why is it in News ?A Western sanctions against Russia could cause the International Space Station (ISS) to crash, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos has warned.Q What is the ISS?A The ISS was launched in 1998 as part of joint efforts by the U.S., Russia, Japan, Canada and Europe.The idea of a space station originated in the 1984 State of the Union address by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.The space station was assembled over many years, and it operates in low-earth orbit.Since its inception, it has served as a laboratory suspended in space and... Read More...

  Apr 20, 2022   International Relations

Q What is the context  ?A The United States, the European Union, Britain, Canada and Japan are to move jointly to revoke Russia’s “most favoured nation” (MFN) status over its invasion of Ukraine.Q What is Most Favoured Nation status?A The World Trade Organization’s 164 members commit to treating other members equally so they can all benefit from each other’s lowest tariffs, highest import quotas and fewest trade barriers.This principle of non-discrimination is known as most favoured nation (MFN) treatment.There are some exceptions, such as wh... Read More...

  Apr 20, 2022   International Relations