Friday, 19 July, 2019

Category: Current affairs


As per a reply from the Ministry of Finance, the NPAs of scheduled commercial banks (SCBs), after reaching a peak of Rs 10,36,187 crore as on March 31, 2018, have declined by Rs 1,02,562 crore to Rs 9,33,625 crore as Read more…


 News The Ministry of Home Affairs has notified a high-level committee to look into the implementation of a clause of Assam Accord that seeks to provide safeguards to preserve and promote social, cultural and linguistic identity of Assamese people. The Read more…


Pakistan has opened its airspace for flights to and from India after a ban of almost four-and-a-half months. Air Space Closure: When airspace is closed, no aircraft is permitted to operate to or from the airport for a stipulated period of Read more…


The union government has introduced the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 to regulate surrogacy in India. Key terms related to Surrogacy: Surrogacy is a practice where a woman gives birth to a child for an eligible couple and agrees to hand over Read more…


The Union Cabinet has approved the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Once it becomes a law, it will help streamline the adjudication of disputes relating to waters of inter-State rivers and river valleys. Background: Inter-state river water disputes are Read more…


Trouble at WTO: There is a sense around the world that the WTO is deep in trouble. Doha round almost abandoned: The last round of multilateral trade negotiations, the Doha Development Agenda, sponsored by the members in 2001, was virtually Read more…


Recently, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is looking to build an Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) to be used by police officers across the country, to identify criminals, missing people, and unidentified dead bodies, as well as for “crime prevention”. What Read more…


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that measles infection has been eliminated in Sri Lanka after the island nation had three years free of any new cases. Sri Lanka has become the fifth country in the WHO Southeast Asia Read more…


To deal with rising cases of child abuse, the Union Cabinet has recently approved amendments to the gender-neutral Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The POCSO (Amendment) Bill was earlier introduced in the 16th Lok Sabha but lapsed Read more…


The US House of Representatives has passed a law that eliminates the country-wise caps on employment-based immigrant visas. Background: As of November 2017, China, India and the Philippines, in that order, accounted for the top three countries whose nationals got approved Read more…