Topic 1: India-Middle East-Europe mega economic corridor

Why in news: Indian Prime Minister announced the launch of the India-Middle East-Europe mega economic corridor.

About the project:

Need of the project:

What is the Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII)?

Need for an alternative

Significance of the project for India:

China’s Belt and Road InitiativeThe BRI is an ambitious plan to develop two new trade routes connecting China with the rest of the world.It is an effort to develop an expandedinterdependent market for China, grow China’s economic and political power, and create the right conditions for China to build a high technology economy.The BeltThe Silk Road Economic ‘Belt’ element refers to plans for a revitalized series of ancient overland trading routes connecting Europe and Asia to be built largely with Chinese expertise.The RoadIn 2014 China outlined plans to additionally establish new sea trade infrastructure along the old Marco Polo route – a maritime silk road connecting ChinaSoutheast AsiaAfrica, and Europe.This would be a longer route avoiding the Malacca Strait, incorporating fuelling stations, ports, bridges, industry, and infrastructure through Southeast Asia and into the Indian Ocean.Pakistan is seen as perhaps the most crucial partner country in this effort through the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Topic 2: Quote: The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior

Context of this quote

Meaning of the quote:

What can be interpreted from this quote about public life and duty?

Topic 3: Global Biofuels Alliance

Why in news: India launched the Global Biofuels Alliance on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.

About the Global Biofuels Alliance:

What is Biofuel:

Significance for India:

Current scenario of India’s oil import or consumption


Way forward:

Topic 4: G-20 Satellite Mission for Environment and Climate Observation

Why in news: India proposed to launch a G-20 Satellite Mission for Environment and Climate Observation, with an aim to help the countries of the Global South.

Key details:

Topic 5: What should be done with electronic waste?

Why in news: A recently released report has talked about changing the outlook on e-waste management.

Key details:

Does India have e-waste management?

Significance of a circular economy:

How can e-waste be recycled?



Topic 6: Online games of chance vs games of skill

Why in news: The Supreme Court ordered an interim stay on the Karnataka High Court ruling that online games like rummy are not taxable as ‘betting’ and ‘gambling’ under the Central Goods and Services (GST) Act, 2017.

Key details:

Games of skill vs games of chance

Topic 7: False promise to marry

Why in news: If a man promises to marry a woman but never intends to, and still has ‘consensual’ sex with her, it will amount to a criminal offence under Section 69 of the proposed Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), 2023.

Key details:

Section 69

How has the IPC dealt with cases of ‘false promise to marry’?

Difference between ‘false promise’ and ‘breach of promise’



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