Headlines of the Day 21-12-2023

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    PIB, The Hindu, Indian Express, Mint, AIR

    HeadlineSourceSyllabusKey points to know
    LS passes Bills to replace British-era criminal lawsThe Hindu: (Page 1)

    Polity and Governance (GSII)– What are the key provisions of the Bills passed by the Lok Sabha to replace the British-era criminal laws?
    Kolattam dance The Hindu: (Page 8)Art and Culture (GSI)– What is the Kolattam dance?
    – Its significance 
    India’s defence Budget and national security goals The Hindu: (Page 10)Defence (GSIII)– What is India’s defence Budget? Is it on par with the major countries?
    – What more needs to be done?
    Inflation in IndiaThe Hindu: (Page 11)Economy (GSIII)
    – What is inflation?
    – What causes inflation in India: Demand or supply issues?
    Outcomes of the COP-28 climate summitThe Hindu: (Page 12)Environment (GSIII)– What is COP-28?
    – What are the major outcomes of the COP-28 climate summit?
    Lok Sabha passes Telecom Bill 2023The Hindu: (Page 14)

    Polity and Governance (GSII)– What are the key provisions of the Telecom Bill 2023 passed by the Lok Sabha recently?
    – Its significance, criticism and the way forward
    The Central Goods and Services Tax (Second Amendment) Bill and the Provisional Collection of Taxes BillThe Hindu: (Page 14)Polity and Governance (GSII) / Economy (GSIII)

    – What is the Central Goods and Services Tax (Second Amendment) Bill and the Provisional Collection of Taxes Bill?
    – Its key provisions, significance, criticism and the way forward
    Sahitya Akademi announces awards; Requiem in Raga Janki best English workThe Hindu: (Page 16)Art and Culture (GSI) / Governance (GSII)
    – What is the Sahitya Akademi award?
    – Its significance
    DisinflationThe Hindu: (Page 17)Economy (GSIII)– What is disinflation?
    – How does it affect the economy?
    Multilateral development banksThe Hindu: (Page 17)Economy (GSIII)
    – What are multilateral development banks (MDBs)?
    – Its significance 
    Elimination of child labour a distant goal: Parliamentary panelIndian Express(Page 6)Social Issues (GSI) / Governance (GSII) – What is child labour?
    – Steps taken by the government for its elimination?
    suspension of MPsIndian Express(Page 12)Governance (GSII) – How MPs are suspended in the Parliament?- How is it different from disqualification?
    A broken education system: Apps and coaching classes are the wrong solutionIndian Express(Page 13)Education (GSII)– What is India’s education system?
    – How Apps and coaching classes are impacting it?
    Why garlic prices are up, and will stay high for some timeIndian Express(Page 16)Economy (GSIII)– What are the key facts related to garlic?
    – What are the factors that determine its prices?
    Bihar to develop Sita’s birthplaceIndian Express(Page 16)History (GSI)– What are the mentions of present-day Bihar in the Ramayana?
    – What are the Bihar government’s plans for Punaura?
    greenwashingIndian Express(Page 16)Environment (GSIII)

    – What is greenwashing?
    – How does it work?
    – Is greenwashing positive or negative?
    Global crude oil, fuel flows via Suez Canal plungeIndian Express(Page 17)World Geography (GSI) / Economy (GSIII)– What is crude oil?
    – What is the strategic importance of the Suez Canal for global fuel supply?
    India and New Zealand discussed a range of bilateral and multilateral issuesIndian Express(Page 17)
    GS2 (IR)– India-New Zealand: What are the key areas of cooperation between the two nations?
    – What more can be done?
    Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana achieved their target of Rs. 1000 Crore in sales in FY 2023-24PIBGS 2 (Health)– What is the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana?
    – Its aims and objectives
    Smart India Hackathon (SIH)PIBGS2 (Education)– What is the Smart India Hackathon (SIH)?- Its significance
    sub-schemes under the RAMP programmePIBEconomy (GSIII)
    – What is the RAMP programme?
    – Its objectives
    NITI Aayog report, ‘A Green and Sustainable Growth Agenda for the Global Economy’PIBGovernance (GSII) / Economy (GSIII)
    – What are the key findings of the ‘A Green and Sustainable Growth Agenda for the Global Economy’ report?