Regulating misleading advertisements

GS Paper 4 Syllabus: Media Ethics   Context: The Central Consumer Protection Authority has come up with the Guidelines for Prevention of Misleading Advertisements and Endorsements for Misleading Advertisements, 2022.     Bait advertising: It means enticing consumers to buy the product at a lower price. High Tech:-Computers and other high-tech items are easy to …

Modernise co-operative banks

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilisation of resources, growth, development and employment.   Context: Cooperation Minister has highlighted that cooperative banks will not be given a “second-grade” treatment but they should adopt modern and transparent banking methods to stay in the competition. Status: As per RBI, as of March 2019, …

Covid vaccines prevented 42 lakh deaths in India in the first year

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Science and Technology   Context: A study by Lancet Infectious Disease has estimated that Covid-19 vaccines prevented nearly 1.98  crore deaths worldwide — out of a potential 3.14 crore deaths — in the first year of the vaccine programme. These include 42.10 lakh deaths prevented in India. What does the study …

Group wants new order on MGNREGA workers revoked

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections, issues related to development and management of the social sector.   Context: The Union Rural Development Ministry must withdraw its order to discontinue manual attendance for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) worksites with more than 20 workers and use a mobile phone-based application, …

Pakistan’s economic muddling and the IMF challenge

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: India and its neighbourhood relations, important international institutions(IMF)   Context: The Pakistani rupee (PKR) has been falling continuously from 150 in April 2021 to 213 against the dollar on 21 June, an all-time low. Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves have been depleting during the last one year. According to State Bank of …

BRICS support dialogue between Russia, Ukraine

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Bilateral, regional and global grouping and agreements involving India.   Context: The Russian President called for the strengthening of BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) at a virtual summit of leaders of the grouping hosted by China. Indian Prime Minister focussed on the importance of BRICS in the post-pandemic global …