Topic 1: Yuva Pratibha

Context: MyGov, in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, launches ‘YUVA PRATIBHA – Singing Talent Hunt.

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Topic 2: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Context: Most countries in Asia and the Pacific are inadequately prepared to manage the rising challenges of extreme weather events and natural disasters, according to a new study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

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Way forward:

Topic 3: Farmer Producer organisations

Context: India developed the concept of farmer producer organisations (FPO) in early 2000s to help small farmers gain economies of scale and improve their market standing by negotiating collectively.

What are FPOs?

Challenges faced by FPOs

Way forward:


Topic 4: Persona non grata

Context: China declared a Canadian diplomat in Shanghai as persona non grata.

What is persona non grata?

Topic 5: Enforcement Directorate

Context: The SC reserved its judgment on a batch of petitions challenging the third extension given to Director of Enforcement.

About ED:

At what stage does the ED step in when a crime is committed?

Other roles and functions of the ED

Can the ED investigate cases of money laundering retrospectively?

Topic 6: Common uniforms at higher ranks of the Army

Context: A decision has been taken at the recent Army Commanders Conference that all officers of the rank of Brigadier and above — Major Generals, Lieutenant Generals, and General — will wear common uniform items irrespective of their regimental or corps affiliation.

Key details:

Present position:

Need for change:

Topic 7: International Maternal Newborn Health Conference

Context: India leads a list of 10 countries that together account for 60 per cent of global maternal deaths, stillbirths and newborn deaths, and 51 per cent of live births globally, a report released by the United Nations has said.

Key findings:

What needs to be done?

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