Goaltide Daily News 2020

Oct 28, 2020

News 1:
Contesting neighbours, revised geopolitical playbooks: The Hindu

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Syllabus Reference: GS-II

India and its neighbourhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.


The article explains India’s dynamic Foreign policy with special emphasis on China and West Asia. It says, the theory of interests superseding ideology in foreign policy is fast unravelling practically, both from the perspectives of India and China. While in the recent past, the Indo-Pacific, with the development of the Quad, has taken centre stage, other geographies such as West Asia have also started to showcase bolder examples of New Delhi and Beijing’s metamorphosing approaches towards the international arena.

News 2:
Explained: How Covid-19 has affected finances of state governments: Indian Express

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Syllabus Reference: GS-III Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. As the title of the article suggests, it discusses how the pandemic has affected the Fiscal Deficits of the states. It also discusses various other aspects what are the impacts, has the same thing occurred in the past pandemics and various models which are trying to address the issue. Read and make a note out of it.

News 3:
Climate and Agriculture: The Statesman

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Syllabus Reference: GS-III

Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation


The new farm laws have grabbed our attention for various reasons. However, the debates around don’t mostly consider the environmental cost of these laws. The author tries to bring up this dimension as well. There are some data in the article which you can quote directly  in your exam. Read the article completely.

News 4:
Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters: Down to Earth

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Syllabus Reference: GS-I and GS-III

Salient features of world’s physical geography. Distribution of key natural resources across the world

Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

This year certain unusual phenomena have happened in the Arctic region and the author who is a scientist working from over decades in the region is trying to explain what those phenomena are, why are they happening and what are their implications. The article looks little technical. However, UPSC loves asking out of box questions and that too analytical in nature. We at GoalTide always strive to provide you guidance to face such questions and sail through. Read the article without fail.


28 October Question

  1. How India can play better role in Indo Pacific Region to curb China influence in that region? If you don’t know what India Pacific region, see first map, then start.
  2. List out importance of India’s huge coastline. How India can use its coastline for economic benefits and inclusive development of the region?

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