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Sri Lanka has not done enough after end of civil war in 2009 to usher in reform and reconciliation (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Sri Lanka has completed 10 years after civil war against Tamil millitants came to an end. Political solution ignored It must be acknowledged that the country has not achieved much tangible progress towards ethnic reconciliation, accountability for war-time excesses and constitutional reform that includes a political solution. The fruits of peace are limited to the … Continued

Why appeals are stuck at WTO, how India will be hit if process breaks down (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics)

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) dispute settlement mechanism is going through a “crisis”: the body is struggling to appoint new members to its understaffed Appellate Body that hears appeals in trade. Unless the issue is resolved, the body could become defunct, and countries locked in international trade disputes will be left with no forum for … Continued

SIMBEX-19 (Relevant for GS Prelims)

SIMBEX is the annual Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise. It was held for the first time in 1993. SIMBEX-19 was held recently. The exercise was conducted in South China Sea. (Source:http://pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1572249&RegID=3&LID=1)

Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex marriage (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. How did we get here? In 2017, the Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline by the court. How does this compare to other countries in the region? Vietnam decriminalised gay … Continued

RBI now uses divergence to compel banks to improve their loan-loss ratios (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics)

What is Divergence in loan recognition? Divergence takes place when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) finds that a lender has under-reported (or not reported at all) bad loans in a particular year and hence asks the lender to make disclosures if under-reporting is more than 10% of bad loans or the provisioning. Which are … Continued

Rising trade deficit of India on account of falling exports (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics)

Falling exports The estimates for foreign trade show a sharp slowdown in merchandise export growth in April, to 0.64% from last earlier. If we do not count 31% increase in shipments of petroleum products to overseas markets, India’s export of goods actually contracted by over 3% in dollar terms last month. Analysis of decrease in … Continued

Why there are no Indian telcos in global list of 5G deployments (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Despite assertions from the government that India “cannot afford to miss”, none of the Indian telecom companies figure in the list of 303 5G deployments by 20 operators in 294 locations across the globe. Currently, no limited or commercial deployments have been identified in India. Highest deployments in Switzerland Switzerland leads as the country with … Continued

Humanist, feminist: Why Iswarchandra Vidyasagar matters (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Modern History)

Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar  was born Iswarchandra Bandopadhyay on September 26, 1820, in Birsingha village of Midnapore district in a poor Brahmin family. Michael Madhusudan Dutt, the 19th century pioneer of Bengali drama, described Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar  as having “the genius and wisdom of an ancient sage, the energy of an Englishman and the heart of … Continued

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