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Narendra Modi congratulates Bhutan’s newly elected PM Lotay Tshering (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

New PM of Bhutan Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Bhutan’s newly elected Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party, to congratulate him on his election win. Third elections A statement from the Indian foreign ministry said Modi also welcomed the successful conduct of polls, only the third elections in the Himalayan country … Continued

Explained: What is the Sabarimala pilgrimage, how did restriction on women come about? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

On Wednesday, the Sabarimala temple opened its doors for the first time since a Supreme Court ruling allowed women of all ages to enter the temple. As the controversy continues with protesters not allowing women to enter the temple, a look at what the pilgrimage is about: Sabarimala Deity & temple Lord Ayyappan is the … Continued

Two international astronauts survive space scare. How well is India prepared? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains paper III; Science & Technology)

Amid India’s preparations for a manned space mission, the recent failure of a Russian rocket launch has served a reminder of the perils and technological challenges involved in every space flight. The fact that both astronauts on board survived the failure, on the other hand, has been hailed as an example that underlines the safety … Continued

Ola’s Foodpanda buys Holachef ; To challenge Swiggy and Zomato (Read for understanding; Economics)

Foodpanda, the online food ordering and delivery startup owned by Ola, has acquired Mumbai-based, cloud kitchen firm Holachef for an undisclosed sum. About the Deal Foodpanda will take over Holachef’s employees and kitchen equipment while including Holachef founders in its leadership team. Big Ambitions Holachef marks Ola’s 2nd acquisition within a year, which bought Foodpanda … Continued

Data localisation: why, why not (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Earlier this week, companies around the world scrambled to try and meet a RBI-mandated deadline to store Indian users’ financial data in India, reigniting conversation about “data localisation”. Across ministries and sectors, the government has firmed up its stance on storing data of Indian users in the country, to the discontent of international players and … Continued

Should India have two time zones? National timekeeper adds new arguments (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

OVER THE years, various citizens and political leaders have debated whether India should have two separate time zones. The demand is based on the huge difference in daylight times between the country’s longitudinal extremes, and the costs associated with following the same time zone. Those arguing against the idea, on the other hand, cite impracticability … Continued

Where in the world is Jamal Khashoggi? The Saudi government must tell us (Read only for understanding; Miscellaneous)

Who is Jamal Khashoggi? The disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi has triggered a diplomatic storm. Countries including the U.S. and Turkey as well as international organisations like the UN have turned up the pressure on Riyadh to reveal the truth. The journalist, known for his columns in the Washington Post critical of Saudi … Continued

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