Headlines of the Day 17-02-2024

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    HeadlineSourceSyllabusKey points to know
    Broom grassThe Hindu(Page 1)Agriculture (GSIII)– What is broom grass?
    – Its significance
    Nohar irrigation projectThe Hindu(Page 4)Infrastructure (GSIII)– What are the key facts related to the Nohar irrigation project?
    The clear message in the Court’s ‘no’ to electoral bondsThe Hindu(Page 8)
    Indian Express(Page 14)
    Indian Express(Page 9)
    Polity and Governance (GSII) – What are electoral bonds?
    – What are the key findings from the Supreme Court’s verdict on electoral bonds?
    Free trade agreement involving India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)The Hindu(Page 8)

    IR (GSII) 
    – What is the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)?
    – Its significance for India
    PMGKAY: FCI plans to deliver foodgrains in bags with PM’s photoThe hindu(Page 10)Polity and Governance (GSII) / Economy (GSIII) – What is the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)?
    – Its objectives
    Torpedoes, refueller aircraft in new deals cleared by DACThe Hindu(Page 12)Defence (GSIII) – What are the roles and responsibilities of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)?
    Use Chabahar port, India tells Central Asian countriesThe Hindu(Page 12)
    IR (GSII)– What are the key facts related to the Chabahar port?
    – Its significance for India
    Apparel exports The Hindu(Page 14)
    IR (GSII) / Economy (GSIII)
    – How is the Red Sea crisis affecting apparel exports?
    – What can be done?
    ED probe finds no FEMA violations in Paytm caseThe Hindu
    Economy (GSIII)– What is Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)?
    – Its significance, concerns and the way forward
    Digital Services Act (DSA) kick in todayThe Hindu

    IR (GSII)– What is the Digital Services Act (DSA)?
    – Its significance, concerns and the way forward
    PM SVANidhi scheme has put end to exploitation of street vendorsIndian Express(Page 4)
    Economy (GSIII)


    – What is the PM SVANidhi scheme?
    – Its objectives
    INSAT-3DS: India’s latest weather satellite

    Cartosat-2 deorbited
    Indian Express(Page 9)


    Indian Express(Page 9)
    S&T (GSIII)– What is the INSAT-3DS?
    – Its objectives


    – What are the key facts related to Cartosat-2?
    Jaishankar, Blinken talk on progress in India-US strategic tiesIndian Express(Page 11)

    IR (GSII) 
    – What is the significance of the United States for India?
    – Key areas of cooperation between the two nations
    Minimum Support PricesIndian Express(Page 14)
    Indian Express(Page 23)
    Economy (GSIII)

    – What are MSPs, and how are they decided?
    PM Modi’s Dubai address underlines government’s commitment to people-centrismIndian Express(Page 15)


    IR (GSII)– What are the key highlights of PM Modi’s Dubai address?
    Copper is key to energy transition, strong demand in India may emerge from 2030Indian Express(Page 21)Economy (GSIII) / Environment (GSIII)– What are the key facts related to Copper?
    China’s ‘Xiaokang’ border defence villagesIndian Express(Page 23)

    IR (GSII) – Why is China moving its nationals into its vacant ‘defence villages’ along LAC?
    – What are its likely implications for India?
    OpenAI launches SoraIndian Express(Page 23)S&T (GSIII) – What is Sora and how does it work?
    India signs MoU with Colombia on sharing India’s open-sourced DPIsPIBIR (GSII) – What is the significance of Colombia for India?
    – Key areas of cooperation between the two nations
    Sagar Aankalan’ guidelinespibGovernance (GSII) / Economy (GSIII)– What is the significance of the ‘Sagar Aankalan’ guidelines?