Topic 1: Centralized Public Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System

Context: 13th Report on Central Ministries/Departments performance on CPGRAMS released by DARPG.

Key Details:


Public Grievances

Topic 2: Sections 298, 295A, 505 (2), and 153A of the Indian Penal Code

Context: In the past 12 weeks, at least five men have been arrested in Maharashtra for allegedly putting up posts glorifying Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

Key details:

The Provisions:

Section 153A

Section 505

Section 295A

Section 298

Safeguards against misuse

Topic 3: World’s largest grain storage plan

Context: The Union Cabinet recently approved the constitution of an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to facilitate the “world’s largest grain storage plan in the cooperative sector”.

Need for grain storage plan

The storage plan:

What are PACS?Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) are village level cooperative credit societies that serve as the last link in a three-tier cooperative credit structure headed by the State Cooperative Banks (SCB) at the state level.Credit from the SCBs is transferred to the district central cooperative banks, or DCCBs, that operate at the district level.The DCCBs work with PACS, which deal directly with farmers.These are cooperative bodies.Individual farmers are members of the PACS, and office-bearers are elected from within them.A village can have multiple PACS.PACS are involved in short term lending or what is known as crop loan.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee:

Budgetary allocation

Benefits of the plan

Topic 4: New chikungunya vaccine

Context: A new clinical study shows promising results of a Phase III chikungunya vaccine trial, the first time the shot has been tested in humans.

What is Chikungunya?

Treatment and vaccines

Global scenario

The new vaccine:

Topic 5: Dheeram scheme

Context: The Ernakulam District Kudumbashree Mission is set to roll out ‘Dheeram’, a project aimed at imparting martial arts-based self-defence training to women, at two gender resource centres shortly.

About the scheme:

About Kudumbashree scheme:

Topic 6: The status of transgenic crops in India

Context: Three States, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana, have deferred a proposal, approved by the Centre’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), to test a new kind of transgenic cotton seed that contains a gene, Cry2Ai, that purportedly makes cotton resistant to pink bollworm, a major pest.  

What is the status of transgenic crops in India?

Process of regulating transgenic crops in India

About GMO:

The science behind crop Genetic modification

Developing GM crops

Global GM crop cultivation

Regulating GM crops

Statutory bodies on GM crop regulation in India

Advantages of GM crops


Way forward

Topic 7: Compromise settlement for wilful defaulters

Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed wilful defaulters and loans accounts involved in frauds to go in for a compromise settlement with banks to settle their dues.

What is a compromise settlement?

The recent move by RBI:


Who are wilful defaulters?

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