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24-11-2021 The Hindu Download

The road to a Himalayan blunder

Context: The Char Dham road project is an ambitious attempt to widen nearly 900 kilometres of hill roads at the cost of Rs.12,000 crore.

Significance of the Char Dham Road Project

  1. National/Border Security: The project is essential to back up troop and arms movement towards the India-China border. 
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24-11-2021 Indian Economics Download

Maximum Support Policy

Context: Rural India needs reforms that will revive the health of its soil and water resources, provide employment for people and enhance quality of life

Challenges in Minimum Support Price (MSP)

  • Issue of MSP relates primarily to cost-effective pricing.
  • Rural India has largely been neglected economically while also being manipulated for v...
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12-11-2021 The Hindu Download

RIGHT TO RECALL

The News:
  • Recently, the Haryana Assembly passed the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Second Amendment and Validation) Act, 2020 which provides the right to recall members of Panchayati Raj Institutions to those who elected them.
  • It also provides women 50% reservation in these rural bodies, and 8% reservation to the "more disadvantaged" among the Backward Classes.
About Right to Recall
  • A recall election is typically a process by which voters seek to remove ...
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11-11-2021 Indian Economics Download

NEW START TREATY

In News:
  • Recently, The United States had extended the New START nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia for five years beyond February 2021.
About New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty)
  • Also known as Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms.
  • The New START treaty is the last remaining arms reduction pact between the former Cold War rivals.
  • The deal was signed in April 2010...
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08-11-2021 Indian Economics Download

REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (RCEP)

The News:

  • After 8 years of negotiation, India recently decided to exit Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) discussions over “significant outstanding issues”.
  • The 15 remaining RCEP countries have signed the agreement, without India. However, India has been given the option of joining it later.
  • The initialising ceremony of RCEP was held recently among member-countries on the sidelines of the 37th ASEAN Summit.

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10-11-2021 The Hindu Download

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS & MOTION OF THANKS

The News:

  • The first Parliament session of 2021 began with the Hon’ble President, Sh. Ram Nath Kovind, addressing the members of both the Houses of Parliament.
  • The President’s address is one of the most solemn occasions in the Parliamentary calendar, and the only occasion in the year when the entire Parliament, i.e., the President, Lok Sabha, and Rajya Sabha comes together.

Background:

10-11-2021 The Hindu Download

PARDONING POWERS OF PRESIDENT

The News:
  • Tamil Nadu government recently urged the President to decide on its request for the release of seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
Pardoning Power of the President: Constitutional Provisions
  • Article 72 – It provides that the President shall have the power to grant pardon, reprieve, respite or remission of punishment and to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of an offence in
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