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List of topics for 13 July 2017
News or ArticlePage NumberFor Prelim or Main?AreaWhat to look out for? And, what extra needs to be explored?
1)India-China trade talks deadlocked1


MIRUpdate on India-China relationship:

-India-China trade talks facing a deadlock due to military standoff between two countries at Doklam area.

-India has trade deficit of $51.1billlion with China.(2016-17)

-China has not granted market access to Indian rice, pomegranate, okra and bovine meat. India has banned imports of apple, pear, milk and milk products from China.

-There’s lack of market access for Indian bovine meat in China.(This ban by China was imposed in 1990 in wake of Foot-and-Mouth disease in India.)

2) 6,000 Antarctica1PEnvironment-A massive iceberg weighing more than one trillion tons has broken away from western Antarctica.

-Scientists from Project MIDAS(UK based Antarctic research project) had been monitoring a break in the Larsen C ice shelf — the fourth-largest in Antarctica.

-5,800-square-kilometer(2,239-square-mile) section of Larsen C was confirmed to have broken away by NASA’s Aqua MODIS satellite.

-After the break up, the area of Larsen C has been reduced by more than 12% thus, changing the landscape of the peninsula forever.


-No immediate impacts but an enormous geographical event.

-It’s movement to north of Antarctica can become a hazard to shipping in near future.

It raises questions related to human-induced climate change and other concerns.


3)Bitcoin trade may come under SEBI.

4) Bitcoin- to ban or not to?





What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a form of digital currency, created and held electronically. No one controls it. Bitcoins aren’t printed, like dollars or euros – they’re produced by people, and increasingly businesses, running computers all around the world, using software that solves mathematical problems.

-Bitcoins are decentralized in nature ie it is not owned or controlled by any institution- govt. or pvt.

-An example of crypto currency.

-Currently, crypto currency is neither legal nor illegal.

-They are anonymous in nature ie. they aren’t linked to names, addresses, or other personally identifying information.

(see pros and cons of bitcoins, a matter of debate. )


5) Sorrowful song8MG.S paper-3,

Environmental disasters

What steps could be taken to mitigate disaster caused by flooding of R. Brahmaputra every year?
6) Game of chicken in the high Himalayas8MG.S paper-2, IREquation of Western Countries with both China and India and their underlying interests and to what extent western countries can help resolve dispute between two Asian powers?
7) Veblen good9PEconomyDefinition of Veblen good?

A good for which demand increases when its price increases, and vice versa.


8) Oceanic games9MIRRelevance of Malabar series of exercise?

-China’s growing military strength and its increasing presence in the Indian Ocean.

-It is a platform to improve interoperability between the navies.

Malabar exercise a concern for China.

9) EC told to consider life ban on convicts10MG.S paper -2, polityElectoral reforms

-plea to ban convicted law makers permanently instead of current 6-year ban.

-civil servants are banned for life but a politician can make a come  back.

10)Turkish media reel under12PMisc.World Press Freedom Index:

The Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organisation’s own assessment of the countries’ press freedom records in the previous year.