Weekly Current Affairs Mains (31st January to 6th February, 2019)
Topic: Tougher scanning, looser encryption: What new rules want from Web Firms?
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 3: Science & Technology
The government recently published 609 pages of suggestions and comments from a range of relevant parties on a new set of guidelines for intermediaries that it issued at the end of last year. The Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018 could have a farreaching impact on the way social media websites, and the Internet as a whole, operate in India. Counter-comments will be accepted until February 14.
Topic: Study says cow urine may be a reason for global warming
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 3: Ecology and Environment
Cow urine a minor fount of research in India for its medicinal benefits may also contribute to global warming. The urine from the ruminant is a source of nitrous oxide emissions (N2O), a gas that is 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Most times, when cow urine is used in degraded pastures, which are also seen in vast tracts of land in India, N2O emissions are tripled, says a study conducted in Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago, and published in the latest edition of the peer-reviewed Scientific Reports.
Topic: The curious origins of Indian planning
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 3: Indian Economy
Two recent books — Tryst With Prosperity – Indian business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 by Medha M Kudaisya and ‘The Bombay Plan – Blueprint for Economic Resurgence by Sanjaya Baru and Meghnad Desai (eds) — have brought to life this long-forgotten document to tell the fascinating tale of the origins of India’s economic planning.
Topic: A fifth of the world’s healthy land degraded in 15 years
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 1: World Geography
The world needs emergency steps to stop desertification that now grips almost all countries. This emerged clearly after the first day of the 17th Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation (CRIC17) of the United Nation’s Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Guyana.
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