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Today’s(January 12, 2022) Important News Headlines

Subject  The Hindu Headlines Relevance
GS 2 & GS 3 4 Solar power all set to brighten lives of farmers PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan) Scheme
GS 1, GS 2 & GS 3 6 Treating the planet well can aid progress 1. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
2. Human Development Index (HDI)
3. Q. Ever since the UNDP took up the computation of the HDI driven by the vision of Mahbub ul Haq and articulated by Amartya Sen in 1990, there have been adjustments such as inequality-adjusted HDI. Elaborate.
4. Gender Development Index 5. Gender Inequality Index
6. Multidimensional Poverty Index
7. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
8. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
9. The Chipko movement (1973)
10. The Silent Valley movement (the late 1970s)
11. Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
GS 3 6 Extending GST compensation as a reform catalyst 1. Q. The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India was a grand experiment in cooperative federalism in which both the Union and the States joined hands to rationalise cascading domestic trade taxes and evolve a value-added tax on goods and services. Discuss.
2. Tax Buoyancy?
GS 2 7 Hate speech in the time of free speech 1. Amish Devgan v. Union of India (2020)?
2. Q. Taking a cue from best international standards, it is important that specific and durable legislative provisions that combat hate speech are enacted by amending the IPC and the Information Technology Act. Discuss.
GS 4 7 Making a case for side hustling Q. Companies need to recognise that they don’t own the employee. It is best to accept that employees are not just employees but individuals with diverse needs, motivations, aspirations, and interests. Analysis.
GS 3 10 BrahMos advanced variant test fired 1. sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
2. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
GS 2 10 India’s passport rank improves to 83 from 90 Henley Passport Index
GS 2 Text(01) Election Campaign Funding by political parties Q. Where do political entities get money for canvassing and campaigning? What are the rules around election fundraising? Explain.
GS 3 Text(02) COVID-19’s own groundhog day Q. The pandemic has changed profoundly our idea of space and time, and this would have a definite psychological and social impact. Discuss.

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