25 June 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

India, Bangladesh Navies to join hands

India, Bangladesh Navies to join hands

Note about CORPAT exercises and all the countries that India conducts these exercise with. Also about the importance of all such endeavors

GSP: win-win for Indo-U.S. trade

GSP: win-win for Indo-U.S. trade

The US wants to review GSP status of India and this could affect India’s exports in a big way. Make notes about all such impacts and why this system should continue as is to be beneficial to both India & USA

Celebrating the goddess who bleeds

Celebrating the goddess who bleeds

Important news for Art & Culture. Ambubachi Mela or related facts can be asked in Prelims

[op-ed snap] The tools for counting

[op-ed snap] The tools for counting

Editorial discusses the gaps left in SECC & how Census 2021 can be planned in order to get a holistic picture of Indian society and its changed pattern over the years

Low Relevance News

Haksar doctrine set tone for better ties with Beijing, says book by Jairam Ramesh

News discusses the fact that it was the former diplomat and civil servant P.N. Haksar who “invented” the formula in 1987 that India and China could cooperate in other areas even as they addressed their differences on the boundary question

Nothing important from UPSC perspective as this doctrine is less discussed in India-China relations but since UPSC is always ready to give surprises, just keep in mind the name of doctrine and broad details about it for Mains

India cuts export quotas for Maldives

India has lowered the limits on the export of certain essential commodities such as potatoes, onions, and eggs to the Maldives

No important act included in the news apart from the 1981 agreement between India and Maldives.


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21 June 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

U.S. pulls out of United Nations Human Rights Council

U.S. pulls out of United Nations Human Rights Council

Time to read and make notes about UNHRC as the U.S. pulling out of it has brought it back into the spotlight

Also, read about impacts of America’s policies on India

[op-ed snap] The imperative to offer refuge

[op-ed snap] The imperative to offer refuge

Rohingya crisis has been looming for a long time. The editorial discusses various international conventions and other possible measures to resolve refugee issues

A Mains question can be framed around it

[op-ed snap] Growth in the machine

[op-ed snap] Growth in the machine

Artificial Intelligence has been making the rounds in government domain now and serious discussions have started on its use

Editorial discusses its possible uses which can be quoted in Mains answers as well as essay topics related to technology and its uses

Dairy in Doldrums: Turning milk crisis into an international ‘gift’ opportunity

Dairy in Doldrums: Turning milk crisis into an international ‘gift’ opportunity

The article does a postmortem of recent agricultural protests and reasons that led to spilling of milk on roads

Read it in entirety to gain better knowledge about how the agri markets function and how global factors affect domestic production

Low Relevance News

Shillong is 100th Smart City

Smart Cities Mission entered its fourth year and the Centre has finally announced the 100th and last city which will be part of the project: Shillong

No important update apart from this. Smart cities have been asked in Mains 2016 so very less chance of repetition

India, South Korea to align policies for southeast Asia

India and South Korea will align their policies for the region during the visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to India next month

Modi’s Act East policy and Moon’s New Southern policy will be aligned

Not very important until any big announcement is made after the planned visit


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20 June 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

Rajya Sabha fault lines clear for Deputy Chairman poll

Rajya Sabha fault lines clear for Deputy Chairman poll

Elections for Vice chairman of Rajya Sabha are due next week. Since UPSC has asked a question related to the presidential election in Prelims this year, there is a probability that a direct or indirect question on this topic can be asked next year.

Along with news, go back to Laxmikant and read all details about Rajya Sabha and its functioning

India launches its first National Healthcare Facility Registry

India launches its first National Healthcare Facility Registry

Read about NHRR and National Health Profile. Less important for Prelims but has a high chance of appearing in GS Paper 2 in Mains.

How to make affordable housing more attractive

How to make affordable housing more attractive

With launch of various welfare schemes for poor, their performance and lacunae also need to be noted.

The newscard discusses ways to help make PMAY more inclusive. All points are useful and can be used directly in Mains.

Low Relevance News

India, Maldives talks to end logjam

Proposed meeting between India & Maldives later this month to resolve various issues which are affecting bilateral relations.

Substantial points can only be taken from final statements after the meeting. Nothing important as of now.

India for rules-based world order: Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind has said that India wants to be a rule framer in a multi-polar world

President Kovind’s speech highlighted the syncretic connections between the European and Indian traditions of art, politics and state formation

Nothing important from exam point of view.


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19 June 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

In a first, WHO recommends quadrivalent influenza vaccine

In a first, WHO recommends quadrivalent influenza vaccine

Read about types of influenza and need for a quadrivalent vaccine.

A static science topic combined with CA makes this a potential source of Prelims question

Aadhaar virtual IDs becoming a real problem for NBFCs

Aadhaar virtual IDs becoming a real problem for NBFCs

Note all details about Aadhar Virtual IDs and problems being faced in its use.

Some of them can also be quoted in Mains answers.

Govt. teams up with Google for flood warning

Govt. teams up with Google for flood warning

Note departments concerned with flood warnings and information dissemination.

Also, read about Artificial intelligence and machine learning which have a high probability of appearing in mains

Indian plant seed could bring clean water to millions 

Indian plant seed could bring clean water to millions

Plant species in news have been appearing in Prelims year after year. Very very important.

Low Relevance News

Road map laid for India-U.S. meet

Indian and U.S. experts began three-day consultations to find meeting points in bilateral relations in preparation for the first-ever 2+2 dialogue

COMCASA and BECA are the two foundational agreements that India is yet to sign and these will be discussed in the meeting.

Nothing important from exam perspective as such agreements have been hitherto asked in the exam

Arab group wants India on board in Yemen

The Arab coalition which is fighting to secure the strategic Yemeni port of Hodeidah will be reaching out to India for its support

Note down Hodeidah. Nothing else is important for the exam.


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18 June 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

[op-ed snap] Countering China in the Indo-Pacific

[op-ed snap] Countering China in the Indo-Pacific

The op-ed not only lists various important naval exercises and ports but also highlights the ways in which India can use partnerships with the USA, Japan & Australia to its advantage. A must-read for both Pre as well  as Mains

[op-ed snap] Parched or polluted: on India’s water crisis

[op-ed snap] Parched or polluted: on India’s water crisis

Niti Aayog’s Composite Water Management Index has highlighted the serious condition of water resources in India. Immediate measures that can be taken are mentioned in the op-ed and can be quoted in Mains answers based on this issue.

India’s proposed Assumption Island deal stands cancelled

India’s proposed Assumption Island deal stands cancelled

Note on maps position of Assumption island and all nearby places. UPSC has turned back to places in news approach from 2018 Prelims. Also, remember about SAGAR program & IORA

Low Relevance News

Centre accused of ‘illegally’ denying details on RTI Act

An activist has accused the government of “illegally” withholding information about amendments proposed to the Right to Information Act, 2005

Not much relevant for exam apart from the following:

Important detail: Section 8(i)(i) of the RTI Act, 2005 exempts the government from giving information about Cabinet papers, including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers

PM renews call for debate on simultaneous polls

PM Modi has again called for widespread consultation on simultaneous elections in the country during the fourth governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog

The topic has appeared in UPSC Mains in 2017 and has bleak chances of appearing again. Also, no important details from UPSC perspective


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16 June 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

Zero tillage good for cotton cultivation

Zero tillage good for cotton cultivation

Read about zero tillage and its advantages. Can be asked in Prelims as well as Mains.

Why is Telangana’s Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project important?

Why is Telangana’s Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project important?

The project has some unique features and is important for Andhra Pradesh’s drought prone areas. Read details of it as well as rivers associated.

Blue revolution a bane of Kolleru

Blue revolution a bane of Kolleru

Each year one or two wetlands make it to UPSC Prelims in one way or another. Note details about the lake and threats posed to its expanse.

The Vaishnav monks of Assam’s Majuli island

The Vaishnav monks of Assam’s Majuli island

News on Art & Culture are a rare sight but whenever they appear all details related to the art forms discussed should be noted. Here Sattriya dance form as well as majuli island is important.

Low Relevance News

Maharashtra lets refugees self-survey their properties

Maharashtra government has now allowed thousands of Sindhi and Punjabi refugees who migrated from Pakistan to carry out self-assessment and survey of their properties

Nothing important from UPSC pesrpective

Only important detail in news is The Displaced Persons (Compensation and Rehabilitation) Act, 1954 which governs colonies of refugees

Govt likely to penalise insurance companies for delaying payment under NHPS

The government has proposed to impose penalty on insurance companies for delay in payment to hospitals for settlement of claims under its ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS)

NHPS has been discussed in detail in previous news cards in detail. No important update in this news


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15 June 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

20 States on board to implement Ayushman Bharat

20 States on board to implement Ayushman Bharat

Ayushman Bharat is an ambitious scheme for ensuring Universal health coverage. Note all pros and cons for this as there is a high probability of a question appearing in Mains on it

The rising risks to financing India’s current account deficit

The rising risks to financing India’s current account deficit

Newscard explains ill effects of rising CAD. Note reasons behind it and also reports and agencies mentioned in relation to it.

Reports have been a favorite area of UPSC in Prelims.

DRDO turns Pinaka rocket system into guided missile, developmental trials soon

DRDO turns Pinaka rocket system into guided missile, developmental trials soon

Very important for SciTech part for both Pre & Mains. Questions have been appearing on indigenous missile and other defense systems being developed

Low Relevance news

Digital India brought slew of services to the doorsteps of common man, says Modi

Digital India was launched with an aim to connect India’s villages and youth

No important line in news apart from this one.

Cess collected for construction workers too low for their welfare

A PIL has been filed in SC saying that the cess collected from construction companies, which is meant to pay for such workers’ welfare, is abysmally low

Important point: According to the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act, 1996, a 1% cess is to be levied and collected on all types of construction activities, whether by government, PSUs or private players

Has very fewer chances of coming in the exam but now you don’t know what can so keep this point somewhere in mind!


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13 June 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

[op-ed snap] The government needs to handle public sector banks with care

[op-ed snap] The government needs to handle public sector banks with care

Oped discusses issues plaguing PSBs and what should be effectively done in order to bring house back in order.

A mains question has a high probability of appearing as this issue has been in news for quite a long time now

[pib] 3,000 Additional Atal Tinkering Labs Announced

[pib] 3,000 Additional Atal Tinkering Labs Announced

Read and make notes about Atal Innovation Mission and Atal Tinkering Labs.

Useful for both Pre as well Mains. These initiatives can also be quoted in Essay related to innovation ecosystem in India

SEBI panel to study option of direct overseas listings

SEBI panel to study option of direct overseas listings

GDR & ADR can be asked in Prelims. Also note details about listing of companies overseas

Low Relevance news

Belt and Road Initiative: Inept translation of Qingdao Declaration alters India’s stand

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s English statement on the declaration implied Delhi’s support for the Chinese connectivity project

India is the only member state of the SCO which is not a part of the BRI, and has publicly criticised it

The only important part from the news is SCO and BRI which have been discussed in the various previous news in detail

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project set to miss land acquisition target: sources

India is set to miss a December deadline to acquire land for a Japan-backed $17 billion bullet train project

Important details to be noted: Japan is majority-funding the train project through a 50-year loan and at least 70% of the core components of the rail line will be supplied by Japanese companies


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