Daily News Prescription – 17 March 2020

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GS1: Art & Culture

India has 38 World Heritage Sites at present (PIB) At present, India has 38 World Heritage Sites. The world heritage sites are well conserved and in good shape.

GS2: Polity & Governance

Getting the hang of death penalty (TH) India is one of only 58 countries that have the death penalty on their statute book and have used it in the recent past. In 1967, the Law Commission had argued to retain capital punishment, but in 2015 it stated that ‘retribution cannot be reduced to vengeance’

Lok Sabha passes Appropriation Bill(TH) The house passed the bill after the Speaker applied ‘guillotine’ on demands of grants for various ministries.

Ranjan Gogoi nominated to Rajya Sabha (TH) Ranjan Gogoi had retired in November last year after presiding over the Supreme Court for around 13 months.

RS nod to bill to convert 3 sanskrit institutes into central varsities While the Opposition accused the government of encouraging Sanskrit at the cost of other Indian languages, the government said it aims to revive the heritage of Sanskrit through these universities.

A questionable delay(IE) MP floor test being deferred is a violation of SC principle and a reminder: Office of speaker continues to be controversial

Speaker vs Governor: In the past, Sc ruled in the favor of floor test The spotlight is back on the legal debate on the powers of the Governor and the Speaker under the Constitution.

GS2: Social issues

Closing the gender gap in science (TH) With few women in the field, the quality of science and advancement of society are both affected

GS2: International Relations

Back to SAARC PM Modi did well to engage with leaders of South Asia on combating COVID-19
 

GS3: Economy

In U­turn, govt. moots 20­year window to clear telco dues(TH) Nearly five months after winning its legal battle in the Supreme Court against telecom majors including Vodafone and Bharti Airtel for payment of Adjusted Gross Revenue.

Let telcos pay in installment over 20 years (IE) In its plea before the SC, the DoT has also suggested that the interest on the past unpaid amount, penalty and the interest on penalty with respect to past dues, may be frozen as of October 24, 2019.

RBI’s focus on liquidity is correct (TH) The messaging from the press conference of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das is loud and clear: the central bank has an armoury of weapons
 

GS3: Environment

Arunachal puts off survey of road through tiger reserve (TH) We are committed to preserving Pakke Tiger Reserve for coming generations, says CM. today daily current affairs

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