31 July 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

The citizenry test: Assam NRC explained

The citizenry test: Assam NRC explained

Read and note all details about NRC. Very hot topic and can probably be asked in Mains and a related question in Prelims

Leg-up for private sector participation in defence equipment manufacturing

Leg-up for private sector participation in defence equipment manufacturing

Promoting private sector participation in defence will prove to be a boost to Make in India. Read and note important points to quote in Mains answers.

Govt. plans ‘ISRO-like’ ocean mission

Govt. plans ‘ISRO-like’ ocean mission

Make notes of Deep-ocean mission and seabed mining along with UN Seabed authority. Important for Prelims.

Govt planning national e-commerce regulator

Govt planning national e-commerce regulator

E-commerce has expanded manifold in recent times and thus needs a separate regulator. Spam emails are also becoming a big problem. Now an action is being taken to address all such issues. News important primarily for Mains.

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All unselected H-1B petitions returned: U.S.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said that it has returned all the petitions of H-1B visas, popular among Indian IT professionals, that were not selected in the computer-generated lottery system in April

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise

Not much important from UPSC point of view

Supreme Court slams custom of genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation has numerous health hazards associated with it and amounts to the violation of the right to life and dignity of a woman, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra observed

No one can violate the integrity and the bodily privacy of a woman in the name of religion, the Bench observed

Since case is subjudice, more points could emerge in future. Will be covered once all parties make their stand claer in SC.


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30 July 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] Government-mukt governance

[op-ed snap] Government-mukt governance

Very important editorial. Contains an international index and important data related to e-governance. High chances of a question in Pre as well as Mains.

India plans to buy missile shield from U.S.

India plans to buy missile shield from U.S.

Read about NASAMS. Can be asked in Prelims.

Govt to roll out DigiYatra offering for air passengers soon

Govt to roll out DigiYatra offering for air passengers soon

Make notes of digiyatra initiative. Important for Prelims.

All about the FASTag

All about the FASTag

Note all details regarding issuance and usage of FASTag. Can be asked in Prelims

Low Relevance News

In favour of restoring Allahabad’s name: Ram Naik

Amid a growing clamour by the BJP and Hindu seers to rename Allahabad city as Prayag, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has said he is in favour of the change

Mr Naik said changing the name of Allahabad city to its ancient name of Prayag was “appropriate” and timely, given that the Kumbh Mela 2019 was a few months away

Read about Kumbh Mela as intangible cultural heritage. The news is of zero relevance for the exam.

Indian firm to supply heavy vehicles to Army

For the first time, an Indian vehicle manufacturer will deliver heavy duty, high mobility vehicles for the Army’s Russian-built Smerch Multi-Barrel Rocket launchers (MBRL) as well to carry strategic missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

In April, Ashok Leyland was awarded a ₹100-crore contract for 81 high mobility 10×10 vehicles by the Army to replace the Russian vehicles which currently carry the Smerch launchers

No important details from exam point of view.


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26 July 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] India’s Magna Carta

[op-ed snap] India’s Magna Carta

100 years of any event is important and Montford report is an important milestone in Modern Indian History. Read all details and go back to history notes to revise this topic in entirety. Very important for Pre as well as Mains.

Banks agree to resolve stressed assets quickly

Banks agree to resolve stressed assets quickly

Indian banks have signed an inter-creditor agreement and this might help in early resolution of NPAs. Read about Project Sashakt along with this.

[op-ed snap] Iran can’t issue threats to seek India’s help

[op-ed snap] Iran can’t issue threats to seek India’s help

As the deadline for Iran’s sanctions comes near, India’s worries will only increase. Read editorial and make notes for Mains.

Low Relevance News

Slight delay in delivering VVPATs

The Election Commission has said all VVPATs would be delivered well within the time required for preparations ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls

In May 2017, the Commission had placed an order of 16.15 lakh VVPATs to the Public Sector Unit (PSU) manufacturers Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronics Corporation of India Limited, to meet the requirements for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Note the manufacturers. A possibility of it being asked in Prelims remains. No other important points in the news.

Jio Institute hasn’t been given Eminence status: Javadekar

The proposed Jio Institute had not been granted the Institution of Eminence status, as only a Letter of Intent had been issued

A committee headed by N. Gopalaswami was set up to bring Indian Universities on a par with world universities and funding of Rs. 1000 crore would be granted only to public universities

Note the committee and funding clause. Nothing else is important in the news.


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25 July 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

Explained: Ending “No detention Policy” in schools

Explained: Ending “No detention Policy” in schools

Read this explainer to understand the recent decision of scrapping no detention policy and its effects on the education system

Parliament gives nod to Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill

Parliament gives nod to Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill

A major step in curbing corruption. Note important features of the bill. Can be asked in Pre as well as Mains.

[op-ed snap] India needs smart urbanization

[op-ed snap] India needs smart urbanization

A very nice editorial showing the way forward for smart cities and urbanization in India. Important for Mains

[op-ed snap] Anti-trafficking Bill may lead to censorship

[op-ed snap] Anti-trafficking Bill may lead to censorship

Women and children are worst victims of trafficking and a bill introduced to protect them might become counterproductive. Editorial highlights all such sticking points. Read and make notes.

Low Relevance News

Govt stand on Lokpal appointment is ‘wholly unsatisfactory,’ says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has said the government’s stand on completing the appointment of a Lokpal, an ombudsman to protect the common man from corruption in public service and power centres, was “wholly unsatisfactory

Though passed in 2014, the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013 had not been implemented all these years because there was no Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the 16th Lok Sabha

The only important thing in the news is the provision of inclusion of LoP in the search committee.

Privilege notices against Modi, Rahul, Nirmala Sitharaman under my consideration, says Speaker

LS speaker had received five privilege notices against the Prime Minister and five against the Defence Minister from members of Opposition parties for allegedly misleading the House on the Rafale deal during the debate on the motion of no-confidence against the government and these are under her consideration

Not important right now. If admitted, the issue becomes important. Will be covered then.


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24 July 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

Kerala trumps high-profile peers to top Public Affairs Index 2018

Kerala trumps high-profile peers to top Public Affairs Index 2018

Read about PAI and associated details. Can be asked in Prelims

Iran becomes India’s No. 2 oil supplier

Iran becomes India’s No. 2 oil supplier

sanctions on Iran will have a big impact on India too. Read the news to know how. Can be asked in Mains.

[op-ed snap] Two engines of the economy need to fire

[op-ed snap] Two engines of the economy need to fire

Investment has been slowing down in recent past and it needs quick revival to bring a boost in across economy. Editorial discusses measures to be adopted to bring the change.

Low Relevance News

Medical tourists flocking to India

A rare combination of advanced facilities, skilled doctors, and low cost of treatment have made India a popular hub of medical tourism, attracting a large number of foreign patients every year

The Niti Aayog has identified medical value travel (MVT) as a major source of foreign exchange earnings. India currently has around 18% of the global medical tourism market

Not very important from exam perspective

New rules to allow appeals on NRC

The Centre is all set to amend the rules that would enable residents whose names don’t feature in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to file an appeal before the Foreigners Tribunals in Assam

The amendments will be made to the rules in the Foreigners Tribunal Order, 1964 as under the existing law only State or Police could move the Tribunal against a person suspected to be illegally staying in Assam

Will be important when amendment actually happens. Currently its just a proposal


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