Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 27 June 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. NCW seeks Madhya Pradesh MLA explanation on a tweet.
  2. Hardship may push people into making drugs for a living: UNODC
  3. ASEAN states warn of South China tensions.

1. NCW seeks Madhya Pradesh MLA explanation on a tweet

News Summary

An MLA of Madhya Pradesh tweeted attacking the centre in a misogynistic and sexist way. The National Commission for Women suo-motu took cognizance of the tweet and asked him to apologize for the same. NCW also sought an explanation from him.

Prelims GS – Polity

National Commission for Women: (NCW)

Refer Prelims and Mains content of NCW on 16th June 2020.

2. Hardship may push people into making drugs for a living: UNODC

News Summary

UNODC in its 2020 World Drug Report has highlighted the chances of illegal drug production, supply, and consumption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This could lead to an increase in the number of people resorting to illicit activities linked to drugs to make a living. This was the same which was experienced during the 2008 economic crisis.

Prelims GS – International Relations

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • UNODC has been making the world safer from drugs, organized crime, corruption, and terrorism.
  • It is responsible for Drug Control and Crime prevention.
  • Headquarters: Vienna, Australia.
  • Reports released:
    • World Drug Report,
    • Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

Click here to visit the official website.

3. ASEAN states warn of South China tensions

News Summary

In an online meet of the ASEAN leaders held yesterday, Vietnam and the Philippines complained of the growing insecurity in the South China Sea. The leaders expressed their concern over the Pandemic and the challenges posed in the region but still, they did not make any mention about China openly.

Prelims GS – International Relations

  • Association for South East Asian Nations is an organization of Southeast Asian nations.
  • The Bangkok Declaration of 1967 established the ASEAN.
  • The major aim of ASEAN is to accelerate economic growth, social progress, and cultural development in the Southeast Asian region.
  • Also, ASEAN aims to promote peace and stability in the region.
  • Members of ASEAN:
    • Malaysia
    • Brunei
    • Myanmar
    • Singapore
    • Philippines
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam
    • Laos
    • Indonesia
    • Cambodia
  • India is not a member of ASEAN.
  • Headquarters of ASEAN: Jakarta, Indonesia.

Click here to know more about ASEAN.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – International Relations

India and ASEAN:

India’s cooperation with ASEAN is in line with India’s “ACT EAST POLICY”.

Economic Cooperation:
  • India is the fourth-largest trading partner with ASEAN.
  • India’s export to ASEAN stands at 11.28% of our total exports.
Socio-Cultural cooperation:

India is undertaking socio-cultural cooperation with ASEAN nations through

  • Special training course for ASEAN diplomats
  • Participation of ASEAN students in the National Children’s Science Congress
  • Kaladan Multimodal Project, India Myanmar Thailand Highway are some examples of how India is increasing connectivity with ASEAN nations.

Besides these, India has an annual track of Delhi Dialogue to discuss between ASEAN and India.

For more points on India-ASEAN, refer Ministry of External Affairs website.


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