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Notebook: Broad Topics

Topic: Basic Sciences

1.Electric and Hybrid Cars – FAME, National Electric Mobility Mission, etc.
2.Social Media: Prospect and Challenges
3.Nobel and other Prizes
4.Antibiotics Resistance
5.Innovations in Sciences, IT, Computers, Robotics and Nanotechnology
6.Innovations in Biotechnology and Medical Sciences
7.Promoting Science and Technology – Missions,Policies & Schemes

Topic: Indian Culture

1.Historical and Archaeological Findings in News


2.Tribes in News
3.Festivals, Dances, Theatre, Literature, Art in News

Topic: Space Technology

1.Gravitational Wave Observations


2.International Space Agencies – Missions and Discoveries
3.ISRO Missions and Discoveries

Topic: Biodiversity

1.New Species of Plants and Animals Discovered

Topic: Climate Change

1.Climate Change Impact on India and World – International Reports, Key Observations, etc.

Topic: Conservation & Mitigation

1.Wildlife Conservation Efforts


2.Earth Overshoot
3.Forest Conservation Efforts – NFP, Western Ghats, etc.
4.Tiger Conservation Efforts – Project Tiger, etc.
5.Wetland Conservation
6.Air Pollution
7.Bharat Emission Standards
8.Mission Clean Ganga

Topic: Disaster Management


1.Forest Fires
2.Urban Floods
3.Disasters and Disaster Management – Sendai Framework, Floods, Cyclones, etc.

Topic: Geographical Features

1.Global Geological And Climatic Events


2.Monsoon Updates

Topic: Basic Sciences

1.Electric and Hybrid Cars – FAME, National Electric Mobility Mission, etc.
2.Social Media: Prospect and Challenges
3.Nobel and other Prizes
4.Antibiotics Resistance
5.Innovations in Sciences, IT, Computers, Robotics and Nanotechnology
6.Innovations in Biotechnology and Medical Sciences
7.Promoting Science and Technology – Missions,Policies & Schemes

Topic: Indian Culture

1.Historical and Archaeological Findings in News


2.Tribes in News
3.Festivals, Dances, Theatre, Literature, Art in News

Topic: Space Technology

1.Gravitational Wave Observations


2.International Space Agencies – Missions and Discoveries
3.ISRO Missions and Discoveries

Topic: Biodiversity

1.New Species of Plants and Animals Discovered

Topic: Climate Change

1.Climate Change Impact on India and World – International Reports, Key Observations, etc.

Topic: Conservation & Mitigation

1.Wildlife Conservation Efforts


2.Earth Overshoot
3.Forest Conservation Efforts – NFP, Western Ghats, etc.
4.Tiger Conservation Efforts – Project Tiger, etc.
5.Wetland Conservation
6.Air Pollution
7.Bharat Emission Standards
8.Mission Clean Ganga

Topic: Disaster Management

1.Forest Fires
2.Urban Floods
3.Disasters and Disaster Management – Sendai Framework, Floods, Cyclones, etc.

Topic: Geographical Features

1.Global Geological And Climatic Events


2.Monsoon Updates

Topic: Bilateral Relations

1.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Nepal


2.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Sri Lanka
3.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Australia
4.Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)
5.Foreign Policy Watch: India-South Korea
6.Indian Ocean Power Competition
7.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Iran
8.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Afghanistan
9.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Myanmar
10.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Pacific Island Nations
11.Foreign Policy Watch: India-France
12.Ministry of External Affairs : Important Updates
13.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Russia
14.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Japan
15.Foreign Policy Watch: India-United States
16.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Southeast Asia
17.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Pakistan
18.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Maldives
19.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Africa
20.Foreign Policy Watch: India – Germany
21.Nepal’s Constitution & Emerging Developments
22.China’s Economic Slowdown
23.Foreign Policy Watch: Cross-Border Terrorism
24.Sri Lanka’s Constitution – Strides in the Right Direction
25.Foreign Policy Watch: The BCIM Corridor
26.Foreign Policy Watch: India-SAARC Nations
27.Rohingya Conflict
28.Foreign Policy Watch: India-China
29.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Bangladesh

Topic: Global Groupings and Conventions


1.Solar Panel Dispute at WTO
2.Trans Pacific Partnership: Latest updates and developments
3.WTO Nairobi meet: Updates on the 10th Ministerial Conference
4.Foreign Policy Watch: India-SCO
5.International Monetary Fund,World Bank,AIIB, ADB and India
6.Human Development Report by UNDP
7.G20 : Economic Cooperation ahead
8.BRICS Summits
9.Climate Change Negotiations – UNFCCC, COP, Other Conventions and Protocols
10.India’s Bid to a Permanent Seat at United Nations
11.AIIB & The Changing World Order
12.Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG) Entry
13.WTO and India

Topic: International Stories of Key Importance

1.BREXIT
2.The Crisis In The Middle East
3.US policy wise : Visa, Free Trade and WTO
4.Contention over South China Sea
5.OBOR Initiative
6.Nepal’s Constitution & Emerging Developments
7.China’s Economic Slowdown
8.Italian Marines Case
9.Iran’s Nuclear Program & Western Sanctions
10.Sri Lanka’s Constitution – Strides in the Right Direction
11.Yemen Crisis

Topic: Regional Groupings

1.Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)


2.Foreign Policy Watch: India-ASEAN
3.Foreign Policy Watch: India-APEC

Topic: Bilateral Relations

1.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Nepal


2.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Sri Lanka
3.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Australia
4.Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)
5.Foreign Policy Watch: India-South Korea
6.Indian Ocean Power Competition
7.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Iran
8.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Afghanistan
9.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Myanmar
10.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Pacific Island Nations
11.Foreign Policy Watch: India-France
12.Ministry of External Affairs : Important Updates
13.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Russia
14.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Japan
15.Foreign Policy Watch: India-United States
16.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Southeast Asia
17.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Pakistan
18.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Maldives
19.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Africa
20.Foreign Policy Watch: India – Germany
21.Nepal’s Constitution & Emerging Developments
22.China’s Economic Slowdown
23.Foreign Policy Watch: Cross-Border Terrorism
24.Sri Lanka’s Constitution – Strides in the Right Direction
25.Foreign Policy Watch: The BCIM Corridor
26.Foreign Policy Watch: India-SAARC Nations
27.Rohingya Conflict
28.Foreign Policy Watch: India-China
29.Foreign Policy Watch: India-Bangladesh

Topic: Global Groupings and Conventions

1.Solar Panel Dispute at WTO


2.Trans Pacific Partnership: Latest updates and developments
3.WTO Nairobi meet: Updates on the 10th Ministerial Conference
4.Foreign Policy Watch: India-SCO
5.International Monetary Fund,World Bank,AIIB, ADB and India
6.Human Development Report by UNDP
7.G20 : Economic Cooperation ahead
8.BRICS Summits
9.Climate Change Negotiations – UNFCCC, COP, Other Conventions and Protocols
10.India’s Bid to a Permanent Seat at United Nations
11.AIIB & The Changing World Order
12.Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG) Entry
13.WTO and India

Topic: International Stories of Key Importance

1.BREXIT
2.The Crisis In The Middle East
3.US policy wise : Visa, Free Trade and WTO
4.Contention over South China Sea
5.OBOR Initiative
6.Nepal’s Constitution & Emerging Developments
7.China’s Economic Slowdown
8.Italian Marines Case
9.Iran’s Nuclear Program & Western Sanctions
10.Sri Lanka’s Constitution – Strides in the Right Direction
11.Yemen Crisis

Topic: Regional Groupings

1.Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)


2.Foreign Policy Watch: India-ASEAN
3.Foreign Policy Watch: India-APEC

Topic: Agriculture

1.Horticulture, Floriculture, Commercial crops, Bamboo Production – MIDH, NFSM-CC, etc.


2.Seeds, Pesticides and Mechanization – HYV, Indian Seed Congress, etc.
3.Animal Husbandry, Dairy & Fisheries Sector – Pashudhan Sanjivani, E- Pashudhan Haat, etc
4.Agricultural Marketing Reforms – eNAM, Model APMC Act, Eco Survey Reco, etc.
5.Soil Health Management – NMSA, Soil Health Card, etc.
6.Food Processing Industry: Issues and Developments
7.Genetically Modified (GM) crops – cotton, mustards, etc.
8.Food Procurement and Distribution – PDS & NFSA, Shanta Kumar Committee, FCI restructuring,
Buffer stock, etc.
9.Organic Farming – Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY), NPOF etc.
10.Irrigation In India – PMKSY, AIBP, Watershed Management, Neeranchan, etc.
11.Crop Insurance – PMFBY, etc.
12.Pulses Production – Subramanian Committee, Eco Survey, etc.
13.Rural Distress, Farmer Suicides, Drought Measures
14.Food Safety Standards – FSSAI, food fortification, etc.
15.Plantation Agriculture – RISPC, Tea Act, etc.
16.Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Produce
17.Sugar Industry – FRP, SAP, Rangarajan Committee, EBP, MIEQ, etc.
18.Fertilizer Sector reforms – NBS, bio-fertilizers, Neem coating, etc.

Topic: Energy

1.Renewable Energy – Wind, Tidal, Geothermal, etc.


2.Biofuel Policy
3.UDAY Scheme for Discoms
4.Oil and Gas Sector – HELP, Open Acreage Policy, etc.
5.Coal and Mining Sector
6.Solar Energy – JNNSM, Solar Cities, Solar Pumps, etc.
7.Policy Wise: India’s Power Sector

Topic: Finance and Banking

1.NPA Crisis
2.Gold Monetisation Scheme
3.FDI in Indian economy
4.Masala Bonds
5.Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
6.PPP Investment Models: HAM, Swiss Challenge, Kelkar Committee
7.Capital Markets: Challenges and Developments
8.Monetary Policy Committee Notifications
9.Tax Reforms
10.Direct Benefits Transfers
11.Government Budgets
12.Pay Commission Updates
13.Central Public Sector Undertakings : Policy Wise
14.Financial Inclusion in India and Its Challenges
15.RBI Notifications
16.Economic Indicators-GDP, FD,etc
17.Banking Sector Reforms
18.Differentiated Banks – Payment Banks, Small Finance Banks, etc.
19.Black Money – Domestic and International efforts
20.Cashless Society – Digital Payments, Demonetization, etc.
21.Goods and Services Tax (GST)
22.Minimum Alternate Tax

Topic: Industries

1.Trade Sector Updates – Falling Exports, TIES, MEIS, Foreign Trade Policy, etc.
2.Innovation Ecosystem in India
3.Services Sector
4.Intellectual Property Rights in India
5.Electronic System Design and Manufacturing Sector – M-SIPS, National Policy on Electronics, etc.
6.Textile Sector – Cotton, Jute, Wool, Silk, Handloom, etc.
7.e-Commerce: The New Boom
8.Corporate Social Responsibility: Issues & Development
9.Pharma Sector – Drug Pricing, NPPA, FDC, Generics, etc.
10.Labour, Jobs and Employment – Harmonization of labour laws, gender gap, unemployment, etc.
11.Make in India: Challenges & Prospects
12.Start-up Ecosystem In India
13.Telecom and Postal Sector – Spectrum Allocation, Call Drops, Predatory Pricing, etc
14.GI(Geographical Indicator) Tags
15.Disinvestment in India
16.Industrial Sector Updates – Industrial Policy, Ease of Doing Business, etc.
17.Microfinance Story of India

Topic: Infrastructure

1.Road and Highway Safety – National Road Safety Policy, Good Samaritans, etc.
2.River Interlinking
3.Steel Industry – Current challenges, National Steel Policy 2017, etc
4.Coastal Zones Management and Regulations
5.Port Infrastructure and Shipping Industry – Sagarmala Project, SDC, CEZ, etc.
6.e-Waste Management
7.Waste Management – SWM Rules, EWM Rules, etc
8.Real Estate Industry
9.Rural Infrastructure Schemes
10.Housing for all – PMAY, etc.
11.Roads, Highways and Logistics infrastructure – Bharatmala, LEEP, SetuBharatam, etc.
12.Civil Aviation Sector – CA Policy 2016, UDAN, Open Skies, etc.
13.Urban Transformation – Smart Cities, AMRUT, etc.
14.Inland Waterways
15.Railway Reforms

Topic: Constitution

1. Judiciary Institutional Issues


2. Judicial Appointments Conundrum Post-NJAC Verdict
3. Official Language of the Union & the issues around
4. Citizenship and Related Issues
5. Delhi Full Statehood Issue
6. Freedom of Speech – Defamation, Sedition, etc.
7. Temple entry for women : Gender Equality v/s Religious Freedom
8. Judicial Pendency
9. Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism – NCA, Lok Adalats, etc.
10. Euthanasia : Euphemism for Killing?
11. Jallikattu Debate
12. Death Penalty Abolition Debate
13. Right To Privacy
14. Judicial Appointments Conundrum Pre-NJAC Verdict

Topic: Governance

1.Civil Services Reforms


2.Kaveri River Water Dispute
3.Water Management – Institutional Reforms, Conservation Efforts, etc.
4.J&K – The issues around the state
5.Medical Education Governance in India
6.Poverty Eradication – Definition, Debates, etc.
7.Land Reforms
8.Liquor Policy of States
9.One Rank One Pension Issue
10.BCCI Reforms – Lodha Committee, etc.
11.AYUSH – Indian Medicine System
12.Prime Minister’s Office : Important Updates
13.Delhi’s Odd-Even Policy Analysis
14.Panchayati Raj Institutions: Issues and Challenges
15.Tourism Sector
16.Corruption Challenges – Lokpal, POCA, etc
17.NHRC Reforms
18.RTI – CIC, RTI Backlog, etc.
19.Aadhaar Card Issues
20.Swachh Bharat Mission
21.National Green Tribunal’s Role and Contributions
22.Censorship Issues – Censor Board, Banning films, etc
23.Digital India Initiatives
24.MGNREGA Scheme

Topic: Health

1.Hunger and Nutrition Issues – GHI, GNI, etc.


2.Organ & Tissue Transplant- Policies, Technologies, etc.
3.Mother and Child Health – Immunization Program, BPBB, PMJSY, PMMSY, etc.
4.Polio Eradication And Endgame Strategy
5.Tobacco: The Silent Killer
6.Communicable and Non-communicable diseases – HIV, Malaria, Cancer, Mental Health, etc.
7.Zika Virus Outbreak
8.Tuberculosis Elimination Strategy
9.Health Sector – UHC, National Health Policy, Family Planning, Health Insurance, etc.

Topic: Human Resource Development

1.LGBT Rights – Transgender Bill, Sec. 377, etc.


2.Minority Issues – Dalits, OBC, Reservations, etc.
3.Child Rights – POSCO, Child Labour Laws, NAPC, etc.
4.Primary and Secondary Education – RTE, Education Policy, SEQI, RMSA, Committee Reports,
etc.
5.Tribal Development
6.NHRC Reforms
7.Higher Education – RUSA, NIRF, HEFA, etc.
8.Skilling India – Skill India Mission,PMKVY, NSDC, etc.
9.Women Safety Issues – Marital Rape, Domestic Violence, Swadhar, Nirbhaya Fund, etc.
10.Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act

Topic: Indian Polity

1.Uniform Civil Code: Triple Talaq debate, Polygamy issue, etc.


2.President’s Rule
3.Electoral Reforms In India
4.NITI Aayog’s Assessment
5.NGOs vs. GoI: The Conflicts and Scrutinies
6.Special Category Status and States
7.Net Neutrality & The Debate Around It
8.Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act
9.Nuclear Energy
Topic: Security Issues

1.Police Reforms – SC directives, NPC, other committees reports


2.Internal Security Trends and Incidents
3.Internal Security Architecture Shortcomings – Key Forces, NIA, IB, CCTNS, etc.
4.Cyber Security – CERTs, Policy, etc
5.Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.
6.North-East India – Security and Developmental Issues