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UPSC 2020 Exam - NEWS Analysis 7th January

Updated on 15 February 2020
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Updated on 15 February 2020

Follow-up: Violence in JNU

There have been no arrests so far after vandals broke into the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The incident has been linked as retaliation to anti-CAA protests in Indian universities. 

34 people were injured in the violence

An FIR has been filed against the JNU Students Union Chief.

Latest developments -

Leaders condemn violence at campus

Student organise protest at Gateway of India, Mumbai to show solidarity - police break it up, protest called off

JNU faculty member quits over violence

What you should know -

  • Youth protests against CAA and NRC
  • CAA protest timeline
  • Violence against universities - Jamia, AMU, JNU

Delhi polls from Feb 8

The Election Commission has announced Feb 8 as the date for state elections in New Delhi. The counting of votes would occur on Feb 11

Context -

The announcement comes at a time when Delhi is facing a lot of civil unrest due to anti-CAA and NRC protests. EC Sunil Arora hopes that the state machinery could bring the current law and order situation under control in time for the polls.

What you should know:

  • Anti-CAA and NRC protests timeline
  • Delhi state elections - major contenders
  • Major poll issues for Delhi

SC order: Don’t send children excluded from NRC to detention camps

The Supreme Court has ordered that children who are not included on NRC rolls, but have kin who is, should not be separated from their families and sent to detention camps. 


Assam’s NRC was published on Aug 31 and excluded 19 lakh doubtful voters from the main list. Many of these are children or dependents for people who’ve made it to the final list. An NGO petitioned SC to question the exclusion move. The SC held detaining children as contradictory to Constitution of India’s protections for children under Article 15(3),39,45 and 47 and Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

What you should know - 

  • NRC and its implementation in India
  • Exclusion of children under NRC
  • Detention camps under NRC
  • Detention camps in India vs Detention camps in US (which currently has a similar wave against non-nationals.

Pre-budget consultations on, ministeries ask for more sops

With budget 2020 round the corner, the ministeries for parliamentary affairs, coals and mines have suggested improvements for Railways and service sector among other.


Budget 2020 will arrive amid an economic slowdown, less jobs and higher unemployment. There are many hopes on how it would battle India’s current economic crisis. Tax reliefs, breaks and sops are also expected.

What you should know-

  • Budgets under Modi government
  • Hopes from budget 2020
  • Implementation ethos, infrastructure for NRC, other government measures
  • Better data on India’s current economic situation

Trump threatens Iraq with sanctions

Retaliating to the Iraqi parliament’s resolve to remove US troops from the country, US President Donald Trump has threatened the country with sanctions if US is asked to leave.


Tensions in the region are high after US launched a drone strike against Iranian general Solemani, the head of the Quds force. Iran has vowed severe revenge against US for killing its leader. Iraq, as a neighbour to Iran, may bear the brunt of retaliation against US, if US continues to operate from the region.

What you should know -

  • US relations middle east
  • Iraq-Iran relations
  • US-Iran relations
  • US-Iraq relations

All The Best To All The UPSC 2020 Aspirants !

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