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GS1: Indian Society
A case for including Tulu in the Eighth Schedule (TH) Placing all deserving languages on an equal footing will promote social inclusion and national solidarity
GS1: Art and Culture
Explained: What is the historical significance of Nankana Sahib in Pakistan? (IE) Gurdwara Janam Asthan (also called Nankana Sahib Gurdwara) is built over the site where Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was believed to be born in 1469.
GS2: Social issues
Taking stock of infant deaths: in Rajasthan, Gujarat and the rest of India (IE) As outrage continues over the deaths of babies in J K Lon Hospital in Kota, Rajasthan, and in the civil hospital in Rajkot, Gujarat, the fact remains that India has the most child deaths in the world. In 2017, UNICEF estimated 8,02,000 babies had died in India.
US food labels will now display calories per serving and for entire product (DTE) Change in accordance with new FDA rules, intended to make consumers aware
Punctured cover: India’s crop insurance scheme loses sheen (DTE) Three years and seven crop seasons after it was rolled out, nobody seems to be happy with the Centre’s flagship farm insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. While the number of farmers enrolling under the scheme has gone down, insurance companies too are pulling out of it.
4 Nirbhaya case convicts to be hanged on Jan. 22 (TH) The convicts have 14 days to use their final legal options. They will be in separate cells, in solitary confinement, and will be allowed one last meeting with their families.
Simply Put | The nominal GDP worry (IE) The estimated growth of 7.53% in ‘nominal’ terms is the lowest since 1975-76. Also, this is the first time since 2002-03 that nominal GDP growth is projected to be in single digits. Why is this a major concern?
Government projects slower GDP growth (TH) 5% estimate in line with RBI forecast.
Productivity has big role in India’s $5 tn GDP dream (Mint) Mint explains the intricate relationship between total factor productivity (TFP) and growth
GS3: Science and Technology
Warning issued on reactions to epilepsy drug (TH) Aimed at ensuring safety of patients using Lamotrigine, prescribed for treating bipolar disorder and epilepsy, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation
Solar power: In a slump India’s booming (DTE) Labels on any food packet in the United States (US) have begun to display calories per serving, in addition to those for the entire product from January 1, 2020, in accordance with the order of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Govt appointing teachers in minority institutes valid: SC (ToI) such institutions cannot claim to have absolute right.
GS2: International Relations
Explained: The nuclear deal Iran has stepped away from; what happens next (IE) The E3 group of countries — Britain, France, and Germany — have called on Tehran to resume its commitments under the deal.
Explained: What is Protecting Power? (IE) Following the killing of Iranian military and intelligence commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in a drone attack carried out by the United States on Friday, the Iranian government registered its protest with the Swiss Embassy in Tehran.
Explained: What is JUS COGENS? (IE) The jus cogens rules have been sanctioned by the Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties of 1969 and 1986. According to both Conventions, a treaty is void if it breaches jus cogens rules.
GS3: Agricultural issues
“Farmers Science Congress highlights the importance of farmer’s innovations (PIB) The Farmer’s Science Congress was inaugurated for the first time in the 107 years of history of the Indian Science Congress, highlighting the importance of farmer’s innovations and their scientific validity.
ICAR to set up innovation fund to help farmers (TH)” It will be used to scientifically validate, upscale and propagate innovations by farmers
Stressed urban cooperative banks to face PCA-like curbs (TH) RBI’s action includes cancellation of banking licence
AI & machine learning will contribute Usd 1 trillion to Indian economy by 2035; government committed to ensuring stable environment for investors and startups- Piyush Goyal (PIB) The NSE Knowledge Hub will enhance skills and help academic institutions in preparing future-ready talent for the financial service industry. It is also available on mobile and attempts to bring together world class content and learners through this state- of- the- art and future- ready platform.
Climate change claimed 1,659 lives in 2019, the 7th warmest year on record (Mint) Heavy rain- and flood-related incidents took the maximum toll, a report says
1 million migratory birds counted at Odisha’s Chilika lake (DTE) A record 1,105,040 migratory birds belonging to 184 species have arrived in Odisha’s Chilika lake this year, the annual bird count conducted by the Chilika Wildlife Division on January 5, 2020, showed.
Bushfires have reshaped life on Earth before. They could do it again (DTE) Australia is one of only 17 ‘megadiverse’ countries, much of which is concentrated in areas torched by the current fires
Blaze down under (IE) In Australia’s bushfires lie warnings about the complex ways in which climate variables interact.
Government of India’s UJALA & Street Lighting National Programme Complete Five Successful years f Illuminating India (PIB) SLNP is the world’s largest streetlight replacement programme and UJALA is the world’s largest domestic lighting project. Both have been spearheaded and implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
The double burden of malnutrition: the need for urgent policy action (TH) India has addressed the problem but more needs to be done
The tussle over Belagavi (TH) In 1957, slighted by the implementation of the States Reorganisation Act, 1956, Maharashtra demanded readjustment of its border with Karnataka.
171 hospitals de-listed from PM’s health scheme after fraud (TH) Private hospitals found doing procedures reserved for govt. units; fines worth ₹4.6 cr levied. Daily current affairs January 2020
GS2: International Relations
Spotting an opportunity in changing fundamentals (TH) Growing rivalry between the United States and China could spell a strategic moment for India
Is West Asia headed for war? (TH) Iran has multiple options for retaliation. It can target U.S. troops in Iraq, either using mid-range rockets or ballistic missiles. Iran-backed proxies in the region, from Hezbollah in Lebanon to the PMF in Iraq and the Houthis in Yemen, can carry out attacks, targeting America’s allies and assets.
Why has the U.S. crippled the functioning of the WTO? (TH) Global trade disputes are complex and difficult to resolve. For proper enforcement of trade rules, a binding, two-stage dispute settlement system was established at the World Trade Organization in the 1990s
first-of-its-kind turtle rehab centre comes up in Bihar (DTE) A first-of-its-kind rehabilitation centre for freshwater turtles will be inaugurated in Bihar’s Bhagalpur forest division in January 2020. The rehab centre, spread over half a hectare, will be able to shelter 500 turtles at a time.
Delhi gets its first smog tower: What is it and how does it work? (IE) In China, a similar smog tower has been able to compress the carbon waste generated to produce gemstones.
Bhitarkanika census finds an increase of 15 saltwater crocodiles from last year (DTE) The population of the saltwater or estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) has increased in the water bodies of Odisha’s Bhitarkanika National Park and its nearby areas in Kendrapara district, with forest officials counting 1,757 individuals in this year’s annual reptile census on January 3, 2020. Daily current affairs January 2020
Kerala to take more cover under Miyawaki forests (TH) Afforestation concept to be used in govt. offices, schools and puramboke land
GS3: Science and Technology
How humans affect genetic connectivity of four mammals (TH) Four wide-ranging mammals — jungle cats, leopards, sloth bears and tigers — were studied in central India. daily Affairs January 2020