September 16 to 30, 2017

The consolidated PDF comprising 12 Issues; 60 questions for GS Mains with answers on current and short notes / news summaries from GKToday can be downloaded from This Link.

Reduction in Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC)

September 30, 2017

The telecom sector in India is in doldrums in recent times. A new issue recently emerged when the telecom regulator TRAI revised the Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC) and brought them down from 14 paise per minute to 6 paise per minute from October 1, 2017. Understanding IUC Interconnection means...

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Simultaneous Elections in India

September 29, 2017

Our Prime Minister has time and again supported the idea of holding simultaneous elections to panchayats, urban local bodies, states and Parliament so that parties and workers spending too much time and money in electioneering, can make use of the time for social work and to take people-oriented programmes...

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Gorkhaland Movement: History, Key Events and Recent Agitations

September 28, 2017

In the last week of September, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) had called off it’s over 100-day old indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling after the home minister made an appeal. Currently, the normalcy is returning to the hills. This monograph deals with the Gorkhaland Issue in detail, keeping into various...

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Q+A: Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya)

September 27, 2017

“Saubhagya” is a central government initiative to provide electricity connections to the remaining un-electrified houses both in rural as well as in urban areas, to achieve universal electrification in the country. The households in remote and inaccessible areas, where grid lines extention is not feasible, solar power pack and...

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Religious Conversion and Anti-Conversion Laws in India

September 22, 2017

Recently, Jharkhand cabinet had approved an anti-conversion bill to be introduced in State Assembly. The bill contains stiff jail sentences and fines for converting people through “allurement” or “coercion”. The bill got some limelight and we review it along with broader topic – anti-coven version laws of various states...

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Make in India – Defence: Review of Key Initiatives

September 20, 2017

Currently, India has the third largest military in the world and is the sixth biggest defence spender. Indian defence industry is dominated by defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) and ordnance factories (OFs) which contribute about 90% of the total domestic defence manufacturing output. Need for Make in India in...

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Background: Narmada Bachao Andolan and Sardar Sarovar Dam

September 19, 2017

Fifty-six years after the foundation stone was laid, the Sardar Sarovar Dam project in Narmada district’s Kevadia has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17. The dam was dedicated to the nation by opening the 30 gates installed in it. On June 17, these gates were closed...

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Robotics in Public Health and Medical Science

September 18, 2017

Robotic surgery or robot-assisted surgery provides some relief for the cancer patients against the relentless cancer disease. The cancer patients look towards them for precision during radiation and chemotherapy. They also perform many intricate surgeries with precision. The da Vinci surgical robot with brains equivalent to software packed in...

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Rise of militant anti-fascist movements that began in Europe in the 1920s and Current Anti-fascist movements

September 18, 2017

Recently, the US had witnessed anti-fascists demonstrations at the University of California, Berkeley. The anti-fascists held demonstrations to prevent the university from providing a platform for a far right speaker Gavin McInnes who is known for his anti-immigrant rhetoric. Eventually, the speaker was evicted from the campus before he...

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Q+A: Current Geo Politics in the Arctic Region

September 17, 2017

The Arctic and the Antarctic are relentlessly changing due to the global warming and the exponential melting of ice. This has led to the Geographical changes, which mainly govern the interests of the nations. By this means, the Arctic has gained the Geopolitical apprehension in the recent years. What...

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