Week Page : March 3rd-7th, 2021

The week that went by!



Daily snippets

(i). Centre garners ₹77,815 crore in spectrum auction, Jio top bidder

(ii). Mullaperiyar case hearing

(iii). Cybercrime volunteer plan

(iv). Women’s rights activists ask CJI to step down

(v). U.S. think tank report classifies India as ‘partly free’

(vi). Voicing dissent against govt. is not sedition: SC

(vii). Free education: Centre told to reply on contempt petition

(viii). SC asks for NIA response on Navlakha’s bail petition

(ix). Bombay HC asks Amazon to take down Telugu film

(x). NHRC asks for report in Naudeep case

(xi). OTT platforms will not have to register : Centre

(xii). HC seeks reply on vaccine eligibility

(xiii). SC quashes notifications by Maharashtra EC

(xiv). HC upset with police over leak of chargesheet in Delhi riots case

(xv). Funds for SCs and STs remain largely unused

(xvi). ‘Lift ban on blood donation by transgenders’

(xvii). Prioritise the elderly, SC tells private hospitals

(xviii). Look into petition alleging chopping of trees by DIAL’

(xix). Free entry for women at ASI sites on March 8

(xx). Now, a help desk for transgenders

(xxi). ‘Put off IT rules, consult stakeholders’

(xxii). First woman convict on death row in Independent India : Shabnam Ali


Daily snippets

(i). India and Japan back in new Sri Lanka port project

(ii). Emergency was a mistake, says Rahul

(iii). Army to induct 6,000 new light machine guns for frontline troops

(iv). Covaxin shows 81% efficacy, also works against variants

(v). 14 Trojans found in servers, says Minister

(vi). ‘Linguistic barriers to education must go’

(vii). Jagan launches ‘AP Fact Check’ website

(viii). Pochampally rainbow woven into six yards

(ix). Farm laws an internal matter of India: envoy

(x). More Myanmar nationals take refuge in Mizoram

(xi). Nirmala dismisses report on human rights issues

(xii). Quad to hold leadership summit

(xiii). Three ­member expert panel takes stock of turtle conservation

(xiv). NSD likely to get Institute of Importance status

(xv). Himalayan serow spotted in Assam

(xvi). Haryana's job reservation in private jobs

(xvii). Field trials for Census-NPR to begin soon

(xviii). The ongoing vaccination drive

(xix). Political talks back on the table

(xx). Bengaluru, Shimla 'most liveable' cities

(xxi). Delhi to get its own school education board

(xxii). EVMs for the first time


Daily snippets

(i). ‘National consensus govt. is in the interest of Nepal­-India ties’

(ii). ‘Pfizer, Oxford shots effective for elderly’

(iii). Khashoggi killing: U.S. tells Saudi Arabia to take action

(iv). ‘Pak. needs legislation to meet FATF benchmarks’

(v). India, 17 countries face U.S. anti­-dumping tax

(vi). Blinken calls China the ‘biggest geopolitical test’ for U.S.

(vii). ICC opens probe into war crimes in Palestinian areas

(viii). China targets 6% growth, tech supremacy

(ix). China’s defence budget to cross $200 billion

(x). More bloodshed in Myanmar as UNSC set to meet on crisis

(xi). India reaffirms Lanka defence ties

(xii). ‘World is no closer to answer on virus origins’

(xiii). Pakistan PM survives confidence vote

(xiv). Pope, top Shia cleric plead for ‘peace’ in historic Iraq meet

(xv). Intense fighting in Yemen’s Marib leaves at least 90 dead

(xvi). U.S. Senate clears Biden’s $1.9 tn COVID-19 aid plan

(xvii). Bangladesh border killings are due to crime : EAM

(xviii). UN tells Myanmar military to stop using force on protestors

(xix). India wants Chabahar port on key corridors


Analysis : The path to peace in Ethiopia

(i). The story so far

(ii). The crisis in Ethiopia

(iii). How Ethiopia is holding up

Commentary : Recalibrating relations with EU

(i). EU and Self-reliant India

(ii). India-EU export potential

(iii). Product graduation

(iv). Approach to FTAs

(v). Non-Tariff measures (NTMs)

Analysis : The perils facing Britain

(i). Background

(ii). Glorious past

(iii). Coal’s rise and decay

(iv). Post- Brexit

Commentary : Protecting personal liberty

(i). Background

(ii). Case analysis

(iii). Where the law stands

Story : The Kremlin’s buzzword now is Russia looking East

(i). Background

(ii). Russia and the EU

(iii). Fallout of Russia’s West-oriented approach

Story : Cybersecurity challenge ‘Red Echo’ over India

(i). The story so far

(ii). How did Recorded Future track malware in Indian systems?

(iii). What is ShadowPad?

(iv). What were Red Echo’s targets?

(v). What is the objective of Red Echo?

Story : India and Pakistan ceasefire agreement

(i). Background

(ii). Explored further

(iii). How the ceasefire agreement might turn out

Story : Global climate change events

1. Background

2. Building climate change consciousness

Analysis : The Yemen Crisis

(i). Background

(ii). The war

Story : Spectrum Auction

(i). Background

2. About the Spectrum roll-out

3. Indian telecom scene


Daily snippets

(i). Private investment missing from economy : RBI

(ii). Ambani tops Indian billionaire list with $83 billion

(iii). Spectrum will boost Jio, Bharti's market share

(iv). Trade with Iran

(v). FDI equity inflow crosses $51 billion

(vi). Fuel prices to drop if brought under the ambit of GST

(vii). Delhi's budget to be over 65,000 crores

(viii). Pandemic and household income

(ix). Cryptocurrency regulations

(x). India wary of OPEC+ production cuts

(xi). Production Linked Incentives to lead recovery : PM

(xii). Venezuela plans 1-million bolivar bill


Daily snippets

(i). Printing neurons


Daily snippets

(i). Mary Kom to head AIBA panel

(ii). Indian Grand Prix

(iii). Silver for Sarita, Broze for Kuldeep


1. Nepal and Constitutional Reforms https://rb.gy/k1mxil

2. District courts and protection of human rights https://rb.gy/tlv0o2

3. The 'path of law' https://rb.gy/vdej4j

4. India's sustained benevolent racism https://rb.gy/0d42qc

5. Patching the gaps in India's cybersecurity https://rb.gy/a9nhji

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Sources referred to : The Hindu, The Indian Express, Live Law, Bar & Bench