FSSAI releases draft regulations for GM foods:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Biotechnology.   FSSAI releases draft regulations for GM foods: Context: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released draft regulations for GM foods.   Overview of the Draft: No one can manufacture or sell any food products or food ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without prior …

Green Bonds:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.   Context: State Bank of India, the country’s largest commercial bank, has dual listed its $650 million green bonds simultaneously on the India International Exchange (India INX) and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE). This dual listing is in line with this year’s topic of World Investor Week, ‘Sustainable Finance’, …

Interpol

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: The Interpol has elected Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Director Praveen Sinha as a Delegate for Asia in its Executive Committee.   About the Interpol Executive Committee: The Executive Committee has 13 members from different countries comprising the …

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO):

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.     Context: At the recently held 20th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government, India observed that raising bilateral issues is counterproductive to the spirit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).   What’s the issue? China and Pakistan have …

OPEC+ move to hit recovery:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   OPEC+  Context: China, the world’s largest crude importer, is non-committal about its intentions to release oil from its reserves on a request from the United States, while OPEC producers were not mulling changing tactics in light of the U.S. action. …