Low Priority Items of the Day:
Nisha Biswal made USIBC President
Nisha Desai Biswal, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, has been appointed president of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), a forum of U.S. businesses under the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The UPSC generally don’t ask personality based questions. Therefore, this news is of very less importance from the exam perspective. But still, if you can remember the name of the new President, then it may be fruitful for you at the interview stage.(low benefit-to-cost ratio)
Three States cut VAT on petrol, diesel
The governments of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday announced reduction in the value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel, effective midnight on Tuesday.
No need to note down every numerical value, of the increase or decrease in a particular tax rate. Just try to know its possible effects on the economy.
India, U.K. to firm up defence links
India and Britain hope to agree on concrete measures to take forward their defence partnership by next year, ahead of the next meeting of the two Prime Ministers, India’s Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra said during a three-day visit to the U.K. The meeting of the two leaders is widely expected to take place at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London in April 2018.
The article is on an important topic. But this article is full of individual statements of the officials. We can’t fetch anything important from it, for the exam.
Measuring judicial merit
Indian judges wield power like no others. For, which other judiciary can boast a free hand in crafting policy on an almost daily basis, setting up booze free zones, mandating theatrical standing for the national anthem and even controlling a circus called cricket.
The Op-Ed talks about the recent decision taken by the Supreme Court on maintaining the transparency in Judicial appointments and transfers. This article has very less relevance from the UPSC perspective. Because it is of very technical type(in law field). No need to go too deep inside any issue.
(If you have Law as your optional, then you should read it)
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