Weekly Current Affairs Mains (21st to 27th February, 2019)
Topic: India can’t afford to have Bandipur-type forest fires
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 3: Ecology and Environment
In India, forest fires peak during the dry months of March or April before the arrival of the monsoon. To minimize the risk of such fires, the forest departments must improve their management protocols by addressing certain challenges, says a 2018 World Bank Report.
Topic: Regulating drug prices
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 1 : Indian Society
The largest share of out-of-pocket expenditure on health is due to medicines (approximately 70%, according to the NSSO). This is a major access barrier to healthcare, especially for the poor. Health experts have criticised the Drug (Prices Control) Order (DPCO), 2013 for doing little to increase the affordability of medicines.
Topic: What is Article 35A and why does it matter?
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2 : Indian Polity
What is Article 35A?
- Article 35A is a provision in the Indian constitution that grants the Jammu and Kashmir assembly complete freedom to decide or define the permanent residents of the State and grant them special privileges and rights including government jobs, scholarship and other government welfare aids.
Topic: Draft e-commerce policy: Keeping our data safe and secure
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 3 : Indian Economy
The Department of Industry and Internal Trade recently released the draft National ecommerce Policy that sends a clear message that India and its citizens have a sovereign right to their data. Final policy will be issued based on inputs.
Topic: All India Citizens Survey of Police Services
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2 : Indian Governance
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on February 21, 2019 announced to conduct a pan-India survey called ‘All India Citizens Survey of Police Services’ to gauge public perception of police.
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