Editorials

Editorials

30 March-2024

HEPATITIS B IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN IN INDIA

  • About Hepatitis

  • Types of Hepatitis
  • Government Initiatives to Tackle Hepatitis
  • Recommendations for Improved Awareness and Prevention

29 March-2024

NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS CAN HELP SUNDARBANS SURVIVE

  • About Sundarbans

  • Challenges Faced by the Sundarbans
  • Sustainable Solutions for Sundarbans Protection
  • Conclusion

28 March-2024

ON HOLI, A LOOK AT JAIPUR’S TRADITIONAL CELEBRATIONS WITH ‘GULAAL GOTA’

  • About Gulaal Gota

  • Historical Significance and Economic AspectsImmunisation Decline
  • Challenges and Future Prospects
  • Unique Holi Traditions Across India

27 March-2024

MEASLES ACCOUNTED FOR MOST EXCESS DEATHS AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 RELATED VACCINE DISRUPTIONS

  • Key Highlights of the Report

  • Global Immunisation Decline
  • Importance of Catch-Up Vaccines
  • Major Initiatives Related to Immunisation

26 March-2024

CINEMATOGRAPH (CERTIFICATION) RULES, 2024

  • Key Aspects of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 2024

  • Significance of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 2024

  • Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)

  • Film Industry in India
23 March-2024

GLOBAL METHANE TRACKER 2024

  • Major Highlights of Global Methane Tracker 2024

  • Understanding Methane

  • Way Forward

22 March-2024

INTEGRATED OMBUDSMAN SCHEME(RB-IOS)

  • Factors Behind the Surge in Complaints

  • RBI Integrated Ombudsman Scheme (RB-IOS)

  • Conclusion

21 March-2024

MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT COMES INTO FORCE FOR 2024 LOK SABHA ELECTIONS.

  • What is MCC and its Evolution?

  • Key Provisions of MCC

  • Issues Associated with MCC?

  • Way Forward

  • Conclusion

20 March-2024

NABARD TO LAUNCH ₹1000-CRORE BLENDED FUND FOR AGRI-STARTUPS

  • Agri Startups and Associated Challenges

  • Services Offered by Agritech Startups

  • Challenges

  • Other Initiatives by the Government
  • Nabventures: Fund for Rural Agriculture Startup

19 March-2024

PANDAVULA GUTTA DESIGNATED EXCLUSIVE GEO-HERITAGE SITE IN TELANGANA

  • Key Facts About Pandavula Gutta

  • Key Facts About Ramgarh Crater

  • Geo-Heritage Site/National Geological Monuments

18 March-2024

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2024

  • About the Human Development Report

  • Key Highlights of the Report

  • India’s Progress

16 March-2024

CREDIT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR JAN AUSHADHI KENDRAS

  • Jan Aushadhi Kendra Credit Assistance Program

  • Jan Aushadhi Kendras

  • SIDBI

  • PMBI

15 March-2024

NEW SATELLITE-BASED TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM TO REPLACE OLD SYSTEMS

  • New Proposed Highway Tolling System

  • FASTag

  • GAGAN

  • Conclusion

14 March-2024

FRENCH LAWMAKERS TO ENSHRINE ABORTION RIGHTS IN FRANCE’S CONSTITUTION

  • What is Abortion?

  • Proponents of Abortion Rights

  • Opponents of Abortion

  • Legal Provisions Related to Abortion in India

  • Concerns Related to Abortion

  • Way Forward

13 March-2024

AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS FIND CORAL BLEACHING IN GREAT BARRIER REEF’S FAR NORTH

  • Factors Contributing to Coral Bleaching in GBR

  • Implications of Coral Bleaching

  • Conclusion

12 March-2024

INDIA, INDONESIA SIGN PACT TO TRADE IN LOCAL CURRENCIES

  • MoU between RBI and Bank Indonesia

  • India-Indonesia Relations

  • Efforts for the Internationalization of the Rupee

  • Balance of Payments (BoP)

  • Conclusion

11 March-2024

PUNJAB-HIMACHAL DISPUTE OVER THE SHANAN HYDROPOWER PROJECT

  • Historical Background

  • Claims of Different Parties

  • Legal Actions and Central Intervention

  • Inter-State River Water Disputes

  • Conclusion

9 March-2024

UNION MINISTER PRALHAD JOSHI LAUNCHES “COAL LOGISTICS PLAN AND POLICY”

  • What is the Coal Logistics Plan and Policy?

  • Status of the Coal Sector in India

  • Challenges Related to Coal for India

  • Why India Advocates for Phasing Down Coal Instead of Phasing Out?

  • Way Forward

8 March-2024

CENTRE’S HOUSING SCHEME FOR TRIBAL GROUPS: PM-JANMAN

  • Challenges Hindering PM-JANMAN Implementation

  • Understanding PM-JANMAN

  • Foundational Features of PM-JANMAN

7 March-2024

TEMPLE DISCOVERIES HIGHLIGHT CHALUKYA EXPANSION

  • Recent Excavation Highlights
  • Key Features of the Chalukya Dynasty
  • Aihole Inscription of Pulikesin II
  • Conclusion
6 March-2024

MAJULI’S MASK CRAFT & MANUSCRIPT PAINTINGS GETS GI TAG

  • Narasapur Crochet Lace Craft
  • Majuli Masks and Manuscript Painting
  • Conclusion
5 March-2024

RARE DISEASE DAY 2024

  • What is Rare Disease Day?
  • Understanding Rare Diseases
  • Global Rare Diseases Burden
  • Characteristics and Impact
  • Challenges Faced
  • Landscape of Rare Diseases in India
  • Policy and Implementation Challenges
  • Treatment Accessibility and Funding
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
4 March-2024

GROWTH OF SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY IN INDIA

  • What are Semiconductor Chips?

  • Global State of Chip Manufacturing

  • Government Initiatives to Promote Chip Manufacturing in India

  • Significance of Chip Manufacturing Industry for India

2 March-2024

SUPREME COURT: MARRIAGE CAN’T BE GROUND TO SACK WOMAN

  • Key Facts of the Case
  • SC’s Observations
  • Policy Framework for Women Military Officers
  • SC’s Actions in Favor of Women Officers
  • Government’s Arguments
  • Significance of Increasing Women’s Representation
  • What is MNS?
  • Way Forward
1 March-2024

ARTICLE 371A AND ITS IMPACT ON COAL MINING IN NAGALAND

  • Understanding Article 371A

  • Regulation of Rat-Hole Mining in Nagaland

  • Impact of Article 371A on Mining Regulation

  • Way Forward
28 February 2024

ON SURROGACY, INDIAN LAW GOES A STEP FURTHER — BUT NOT FAR ENOUGH

  • Major Provisions of the Amended Surrogacy Rules

  • Understanding Surrogacy

  • Other Provisions Related to Surrogacy in India

  • Conclusion
27 February 2024

RAISINA DIALOGUE 2024

  • 2024 Theme and Thematic Pillars

  • Similar Dialogues around the World

  • Key Takeaways of Raisina Dialogue 2024

26 February 2024

BharatGPT GROUP UNVEILS HANOOMAN

  • Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPTs)

  • Large Language Models (LLMs)

  • ChatGPT

  • Hanooman
24 February 2024

NEARLY 50% OF PREGNANCIES IN INDIA ARE HIGH-RISK

  • Key Findings of the Study

  • Factors Contributing to High-Risk Pregnancies

  • Indian Government Initiatives Related to Pregnant Women

23 February 2024

EFFORTS ON TO GET UNESCO TAG FOR ‘PARUVETA UTSAVAM’ OF AHOBILAM

  • Paruveta Utsavam – Significance and Rituals

  • Folklore and Historical Connection

  • Chenchu Tribe

  • Intangible Cultural Heritage

  • Conclusion
22 February 2024

CARING FOR THE ELDERLY

  • Projections for India

  • Anticipated Impacts

  • Challenges Faced by the Elderly

  • Recommended Solutions

21 February 2024

WHY THE NEW SANCTUARY IN ERODE DISTRICT HAS FOREST-DWELLERS WARY

  • Concerns Regarding the Notification of the Thanthai Periyar Sanctuary

  • Recent Madras High Court Order

  • Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006

  • Forest Dwellers Rights Under FRA, 2006

  • Gram Sabha Empowerment

  • Relationship with Other Laws
  • Key Facts About Thanthai Periyar Sanctuary
20 February 2024

58TH JNANPITH AWARDS: JAGADGURU SWAMI RAMBHADRACHARYA, GULZAR WINNERS FOR 2023

  • What is the Jnanpith Award?

  • Contributions of Gulzar and Jagadguru Rambhadracharya

  • Gulzar

  • Jagadguru Rambhadracharya

19 February 2024

SC SAYS JAIL, NOT BAIL, IS THE RULE UNDER THE UAPA

  • Evolution of Bail Provisions under UAPA

  • Understanding UAPA

  • Related Concerns

  • Way Forward

7 February 2024

ODISHA TO ESTABLISH A MELANISTIC TIGER SAFARI – A FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD

  • Odisha’s Vision for Melanistic Tiger Safari

  • Other Colour Variations in Tigers

  • Similipal Tiger Reserve

  • Conclusion

6 February 2024

RBI’S GUIDELINES ON STATE ‘GUARANTEES’ ON BORROWINGS

  • Constituting a Guarantee

  • Issues with Guarantees

  • Key Recommendations

  • Types of Guarantees Given by the Government

  • Conclusion

5 February 2024

CHINA’S SHIFTING ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

  • Major Factors Contributing to Economic Challenges in China

  • Other Challenges Related to China in Global Context

  • India’s Transition Amid Economic Turmoil in China

  • Challenges Hindering India’s Progress

  • Way Forward

3 February 2024

2500-YEAR-OLD SOLUTION TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Key Highlights
  • Significance of the Study
  • India’s Climate Change Mitigation Initiatives
  • Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences
  • Conclusion
2 February 2024

WORLD LEPROSY DAY

  • Purpose of World Leprosy Day Observation
  • About Leprosy
  • Global Burden of Leprosy
  • India’s Leprosy Scenario
  • Initiatives for Leprosy Eradication
1 February 2024

RECONSIDERING THE FREE MOVEMENT REGIME

  • Free Movement Regime (FMR)
  • Potential Reasons for Reconsidering the FMR
  • Major Aspects of India-Myanmar Relations
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
29 January 2024

JAL JEEVAN MISSION: PAVING THE WAY FOR RURAL WATER ACCESSIBILITY

  • Challenges in Achieving 100% Coverage
  • Recommendations for Overcoming Challenges
  • Future Focus
27 January 2024

PROMOTION OF GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS (GIS) IN INDIA

  • Geographical Indication (GI)
  • Status of GI Tags Registration
  • Concerns Regarding GI Tags in India
  • Potential Reforms and Solutions
25 January 2024

12TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ASIAN BUDDHIST CONFERENCE FOR PEACE (ABCP)

  • Major Highlights of the 12th General Assembly
  • About the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace (ABCP)
  • How Buddhist Teachings Converge with Principles of Good Governance
  • How Teachings of Buddha Navigate Present-Day Challenges
  • Conclusion
24 January 2024

MORE BRUTAL WINTER WEATHER IS ON THE WAY AFTER DEADLY STORMS AND COLD

  • Factors Causing Severe Winter Storms
  • Winter Storms
  • Hypothermia
  • Way Forward and Precautions
23 January 2024

INDIA-BANGLADESH RELATIONS

  • Historical Ties
  • Economic Cooperation
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Energy Cooperation
  • Defence Cooperation
  • Multilateral Engagement
  • Points of Tensions
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
22 January 2024

STATES STARTUP RANKING 2022

  • Objective of States’ Startup Ranking
  • Key Findings of States’ Startup Ranking 2022
  • Status of Indian Startup Ecosystem
  • Initiatives to Promote Startups
  • National Startup Awards 2023
  • Conclusion
20 January 2024

HIMALAYAS ON FIRE

  • What is Forest Fire?
  • Factors Contributing to Forest Fires in Himalayan Region
  • Government Initiatives to Cope With Forest Fires
  • Way Forward
19 January 2024

MARGINAL INCREASE: THERE ARE 1,811 SALTWATER CROCODILES IN ODISHA’S BHITARKANIKA, ANNUAL CENSUS REVEALS

  • Key Points Related to Saltwater Crocodiles
  • Key Facts about Bhitarkanika National Park
  • Conclusion
18 January 2024

HOW INDIAN WOMEN CAN RID THEMSELVES OF CERVICAL CANCER

  • Understanding Cervical Cancer
  • India’s Cervical Cancer Landscape
  • CERVAVAC – A Indigenous Solution
  • Government Initiatives and Challenges
  • Strategies to Eliminate Cervical Cancer
  • WHO Targets and Government Initiatives
  • Technological Advancements and Population-Level Awareness
  • Comprehensive Approach to Strengthen Care
  • Conclusion
17 January 2024

ANGANWADI WORKERS AND HELPERS GO ON INDEFINITE FAST IN ANDHRA PRADESH

  • Anganwadi Services and Role of Anganwadi Workers
  • Major Roles and Responsibilities of AWWs
  • Challenges Encountered by AWWs
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
12 January 2024

OVER 100 ACTIVE PERMAFROST STRUCTURES IDENTIFIED IN JHELUM BASIN, CAN CAUSE CATASTROPHIC DISASTERS IN FUTURE: STUDY

  • What are Rock Glaciers?
  • Potential Impacts of Active Rock Glaciers
  • Jhelum Basin of the Kashmir Himalayas
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
11 January 2024

BURIED IN CEMENT DUST: KASHMIR’S SAFFRON PRODUCTION TAKES A HIT, FARMERS FORCED TO SWITCH OCCUPATION

  • Factors Contributing to Decline in Saffron Production
  • Key Facts About Kashmiri Saffron
  • Initiatives to Promote Saffron Production
  • Way Forward
  •  Conclusion
10 January 2024

THE CHALLENGE OF ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

  • Key Findings
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
  • Implications of AMR Spread
  • Measures Taken to Address AMR
  • Way Forward
  •  Conclusion
9 January 2024

FUTURE OF STREAMING. IF OTT IN 2023 WAS ABOUT GROWTH, IN 2024 IT WILL BE ABOUT PROFITABILITY

  • Benefits of OTT
  • Limitations of OTT
  • State of OTT in 2023 and Outlook for 2024
  • Laws Regulating OTT Platforms
  • Better Regulation Suggestions
  • Conclusion

 

8 January 2024

INDIA TO BECOME A FULL MEMBER OF THE SKA OBSERVATORY

  • Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO)
  • India’s Involvement in SKAO
  • Radio Telescopes
  • Major Radio Telescopes
  • Gravitational Waves
  • India’s Commitment to Gravitational Wave Research
  • Conclusion
6 January 2024

POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION REGULATIONS, 2023

  • Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2023
  • Key Objectives
  • Qualifications and Duration of Courses
  • Establishment of Post-Graduate Medical Institutions
  • Minimum Standards of Requirements
  • Criticisms
  • NMC’s Perspective
  • Conclusion
5 January 2024

WHY 2024 MAY SEE ACTION ON BIODIVERSITY CREDITS

  • Biodiversity Credits
  • Implementation and Noteworthy Initiatives
  • Challenges and Uncertainties
  • Initiatives Related to Biodiversity Conservation
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
4 January 2024

WHY IS UPSKILLING NECESSARY FOR THE RURAL YOUTH?

  • Controlling Rural Youth Migration
  • Enhancing Rural Education
  • Conclusion
3 January 2024

HORTICULTURE BOOST: LITCHI CULTIVATION HAS EXPANDED TO 19 INDIAN STATES, ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS

  • About Litchi
  • What is Horticulture?
  • Initiatives for Horticulture
  • Conclusion
2 January 2024

CABINET APPROVES THE MIGRATION AND MOBILITY AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND ITALY

  • Key Provisions
  • Other Areas of Cooperation
  • Security Collaboration
  • Other Initiatives
  • Conclusion
30 December 2023

INDIAN NAVY IN A THREATENING RED SEA

  • Importance of Shipping Trade
  • Vulnerability of Indian Ocean Shipping
  • Possible Reasons for Attacks
  • Global Response
  • Challenges for Indian Navy
  • Conclusion
29 December 2023

OPEN SALE OF HAZARDOUS PESTICIDES CONTINUES TO IMPACT THE HEALTH OF FARMERS IN MAHARASHTRA

  • Types of Pesticides
  • Pesticide Poisoning
  • Recently Banned Pesticides
  • Regulation of Pesticides in India
  • Concerns Regarding Pesticide Use
  • Way Forward
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28 December 2023

MAKING HEALTH OUR TOP PRIORITY IN 2024

  • Status of NCDs in India
  • Causes of the NCD Epidemic
  • Government Initiatives
  • Conclusion
27 December 2023

A DIVE INTO SANITATION SOLUTIONS: PROCESSING, MANAGING AND TREATING USED WATER

  • Types of Sanitation Systems in India
  • The Necessity of Complex Sanitation Systems
  • Need for Sanitation Systems in India
  • India’s Sanitation Status and Achievements
  • Challenges in Implementation of Sanitation Systems in India
  • The Way Forward
  • Conclusion
26 December 2023

YEAR ENDER: PM MODI’S CAMARADERIE WITH PRESIDENT BIDEN BOLSTER INDIA – US RELATIONS

India and the United States share a strategic partnership based on shared values and mutual interests. The Prime Minister of India recently highlighted the positive trajectory in bilateral relations, emphasizing deepening engagement and understanding driven by national interest………..

25 December 2023

ILLEGAL SAND MINING: 20 ARRESTED, 40 BIG BOATS SEIZED IN BIHAR POLICE OPERATION ON SONE RIVER

  • Sand Mining
  • Sources of Sand in India
  • Factors Contributing to Illegal Sand Mining
  • Consequences of Sand Mining
  • Initiatives to Prevent Sand Mining in India
  • Case Study: Sone River
23 December 2023

UNODC GLOBAL STUDY ON HOMICIDE 2023

  • Key Findings of the Global Study on Homicide 2023
  • Factors Contributing to Homicide
  • Regional Variances
  • Victims
  • Targeted Killings and Impact on Aid Workers
  • Projections and Vulnerability
  • Key Highlights Related to India
  • Conclusion
22 December 2023

EVERGREENING OF LOANS STILL REMAINS A BANE OF BANKING

  • Understanding Evergreening of Loans
  • RBI’s Findings on Evergreening Practices
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
21 December 2023

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & MACHINE LEARNING IN SPACE SCETOR

  • AI and ML Applications in Space Exploration
  • Ongoing AI and ML Projects in India’s Space Sector
  • Challenges in AI and ML Implementation
  • Conclusion
20 December 2023

INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY’S COAL 2023 REPORT

  • Key Highlights of the Report
  • Future Projections and Uncertainties
  • Factors Influencing Decline in Coal Demand
  • China’s Dominance in Coal Markets
  • Coal Industry Shifts
  • Conclusion
19 December 2023

PM MODI, OMAN’S SULTAN ADOPT VISION DOCUMENT, DISCUSS GAZA

India and Oman have recently adopted the “India Oman Joint Vision Partnership For the Future,” signifying enhanced bilateral cooperation. The Vision Document outlines collaboration in key sectors, emphasizing shared interests and objectives.
18 December 2023

BAN FLAVOURED VAPES: WHO URGES COUNTRIES TO USE TOBACCO-STYLE CONTROLS

  • Concerns Raised by WHO Regarding E-Cigarettes
  • Arguments in Favour of e-Cigarettes
  • Government Initiatives Related to Tobacco Consumption
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
16 December 2023

PM MODI TO INAUGURATE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SUMMIT ON TUESDAY

India recently inaugurated the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) Summit, with the Prime Minister highlighting crucial aspects of the nation’s AI initiatives. As the lead chair of GPAI in 2024, India played a pivotal role, and the summit witnessed discussions on various themes related to responsible AI, data governance, the future of work, and innovation.
15 December 2023

RAJYA SABHA PASSES BILL ON APPOINTMENT OF CEC, ELECTION COMMISSIONERS

  • Key Provisions of the Bill
  • Changes in Salary and Conditions
  • Removal Process
  • Current Appointment Process
  • Concerns Regarding the Bill
  • Shift from Judicial Benchmark to Executive Control
  • Limiting Eligibility to Civil Servants
  • Concerns About Lack of Parity
  • Conclusion
14 December 2023

GOVT BANS ONION EXPORTS TILL MARCH 31, 2024 DUE TO PRICE SURGE

  • Onion Export Ban: A Strategic Move
  • Price Control Measures
  • Addressing Scarcity
  • Ensuring Food Security
  • Key Facts About Onions
  • Wheat Stock Limits: Curbing Hoarding Practices
  • Preventing Hoarding
  • Maintaining Food Security
  • Current Scenario of Wheat Distribution
  • Conclusion
13 December 2023

BIOGAS CAN FUEL A GREEN ECONOMY

  • Benefits of Bio CNG
  • Government’s Vision for Bio CNG
  • Challenges and Measures
  • Effective Implementation Strategies
  • Conclusion
12 December 2023

SC VERDICT ON ABROGATION OF ARTICLE 370

  • Key Points of the Recent Supreme Court Judgment
  • Historical Context of Article 370
  • Key Changes Brought by the 2019 Order
  • Legal Challenges and Federalism Concerns
  • Signs of Peace and Security in J&K
  • Conclusion
11 December 2023

INDIA’S ALARMING ‘FIXED DOSE COMBINATION’ PROBLEM

  • Issues with Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs)

  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

  • Types of Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Conclusion
9 December 2023

IMPROVED DRUG REGIMENS FOR TB TO CUT TREATMENT TIME

The Union World Conference on Lung Health 2023 witnessed groundbreaking advancements in the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), addressing the challenges posed by the current state of TB in India. With India reporting the highest number of TB cases globally, new drug regimens offer hope in transforming TB care.

08 December 2023

SECTION 6A OF CITIZENSHIP ACT NOT THE SAME AS GRANTING AMNESTY TO ‘ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS’, SAYS SC

  • Understanding Section 6A
  • Provisions and Implications
  • Constitutional Validity
  • Demographic and Cultural Impact
  • Understanding Citizenship
  • Citizenship Act
  • Conclusion
07 December 2023

FLIGHT TO SUSTAINABILITY

  • Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
  • Benefits
  • Government Initiatives
  • Roadblocks in Adoption
  • Synthetic Petrol
  • Issues with Adoption
  • Strategies for Adoption
  • Conclusion
06 December 2023

THE GLOBAL CLIMATE 2011-2020: A DECADE OF ACCELERATION.

  • Key Highlights of the Report
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Oceanic Changes
  • Marine Heatwaves and Sea Level Rise
  • Ozone Hole and Successes
  • Impact on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • WMO’s Recommendations for Mainstreaming Action
  • Conclusion
05 December 2023

DAMNED BY OUR DAMS AS SAFETY ISSUES SWRIL

  • Status of Dam Infrastructure in India
  • Status of Dam Safety
  • Reasons for Poor Dam Safety
  • Expert Suggestions for Dam Safety in the Himalayas
  • Government Initiatives
  • Conclusion
04 December 2023

COP28 TURNS ATTENTION TO POTENT METHANE EMISSIONS

  • Methane’s Potency and Lifespan
  • Uncertain Emissions
  • Methane Emission Sources
  • Human Activity (60%)
  • Natural Sources (40%)
  • Strategies for Methane Reduction
  • Fossil Fuel Sector
  • Infrastructure Repair
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Global Methane Pledge
  • Methane Action Plan Globally
  • Oil and Gas Industry Commitments
  • Conclusion
02 December 2023

WOMEN WANT CHANGE, SOCIETY NEEDS CHANGE

The present trend: The Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum concludes that it will take 131 years to close the global gender gap; it is 149 years in populous South Asian countries including India.

01 December 2023

INDIA IS BUILDING ITS OWN ‘SOVEREIGN AI’.

India is strategically developing its own ‘sovereign AI’ to harness the economic potential of artificial intelligence. The government envisions not just competing with generative AI models but also applying AI to real-life use cases in healthcare, agriculture, governance, and language translation

28 November 2023

NASA’S PSYCHE SPACECRAFT

NASA’s Psyche spacecraft, launched on October 13, 2023, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, has achieved a remarkable milestone in space exploration. By successfully firing a laser signal back to Earth, the mission marks a crucial step in our understanding of the metallic asteroid Psyche, situated between Mars and Jupiter.

27 November 2023

COAL ISN’T EASY TO EXCLUDE FROM SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The global pursuit of sustainable development faces a significant challenge in the form of coal, a highly polluting yet extensively utilized energy source. Despite efforts to transition to cleaner alternatives, coal retains a prominent position in the global and Indian energy mix, necessitating a careful examination of its role, impacts, and strategies for a sustainable future.

24 November 2023

BATTERY WASTE MANAGEMENT RULES, 2022

  • Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022: An Overview

  • Gaps in Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022

  • Addressing Gaps: Recommendations

  • Conclusion
23 November 2023

CLIMATE CRISIS: INEQUALITY HOTSPOT STUDY SHOWS WHERE WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE ARE HIT HARDEST

  • Key Highlights
  • How Climate Change Affects Women in Agri-Food Systems
  • How Climate Change Affects Women in Agri-Food Systems
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
22 November 2023

COAL ISN’T EASY TO EXCLUDE FROM SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  • Need for Electricity Security
  • Balancing Emissions and Development
  • Challenges and Strategies
  • Coal’s Role in Electricity
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
21 November 2023

A RENEWED FOCUS ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

  • Initiatives by Indian Military in Emerging Technologies
  • Challenges and the Conceptual Dilemma
  • Shortcomings and Reform Imperatives
  • Reforms for Realizing Potential
  • Conclusion
20 November 2023

UNCERTAIN FUTURE IN A SEA OF POPPIES

Opium cultivation in India, a critical component of the agricultural landscape, has taken an uncertain turn with the Union government’s decision to involve private players in production and processing.

18 November 2023

SHOULD ELECTIONS BE STATE FUNDED?

A recent Constitution Bench, led by the Chief Justice of India, has concluded hearings challenging the electoral bonds scheme, sparking discussions on the delicate balance between voters’ right to information and donor confidentiality. The crux of the matter is the dire need for transparency in election funding, reigniting the discourse on state or public funding of elections.

17 November 2023

CHALLENGING THE ELECTORAL BOND SCHEME

Political parties in India have been resistant to public scrutiny of their funds, primarily sourced from big businesses. To counter this lack of transparency, civil society has used public interest litigation (PIL) to empower voters and enhance transparency in political funding. However, legislative maneuvers and schemes like the Electoral Bond Scheme (EBS) have obscured corporate donor identities.

16 November 2023

PRADHAN MANTRI PVTG DEVELOPMENT MISSION

The Union Budget for the fiscal year 2023-24 has witnessed a substantial increase in the budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. This surge reflects the government’s commitment to addressing the unique challenges faced by tribal communities in India. The budget emphasizes a holistic approach, aiming to uplift tribal populations by providing essential amenities, educational opportunities, and sustainable livelihoods.

14 November 2023

AFTER THE CELEBRATION: HOW MOONSHOT CLEARS THE WAY FOR THE BIG & THE BOLD

  • What is Chandrayaan-3 programme ?

  • Mission Objectives

  • Components

  • For the UK

  • Major Findings

  • Confirmed Lunar Surface Elements

  • Here are five key imperatives for New Delhi.

  • Conclusion

10 November 2023

INDIA-UK TRADE DEAL: PROSPECTS & CHALLENGES

  • Current Status of India-UK Trade Relations:

  • Benefits of India-UK FTA

  • For India

  • For the UK

  • Challenges Associated with the FTA
  • Recommendations
  • Conclusion
9 November 2023

MOVE TOWARDS E-FIR, BUT WITH CAUTION

  • Understanding e-FIR

  • Key Provisions of the Law Commission’s Report

  • What are Cognizable Offenses

  • Challenges and Considerations

  • Significance of Human Intervention

  • E-Authentication Techniques

  • Conclusion

8 November 2023

HOW THE PERSONAL DATA OF 815 MILLION INDIANS GOT BREACHED

The breach of personal data affecting 815 million Indians, including sensitive information like Aadhaar numbers and passport details, has raised significant concerns about data security.

07 November 2023

MOTHER, CHILD, AND THE POSHAN TRACKER

The Poshan Tracker, initiated by the Government of India, is revolutionizing nutritional monitoring through a large-scale mobile application. This trailblazing system represents a significant leap forward in global health.

06 November 2023

CAN A TRANS WOMAN INVOKE THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT?

The issue of whether a transgender woman, post a sex reassignment surgery, can be considered an ‘aggrieved person’ under Section 2(a) of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005, is set to be examined by the Supreme Court

04 November 2023

INDIA’S EMERGING CHALLENGE IN BHUTAN

The growing diplomatic ties between Bhutan and China have given rise to new concerns for India, warranting the establishment of updated diplomatic boundaries. The visit of Bhutan’s foreign minister, Tandi Dorji, to China and the consequent agreements have set in motion changes in the geopolitical landscape of the region

03 November 2023

MARATHA RESERVATION: WHY EVERYONE WANTS A ‘SARKARI NAUKRI’ IN NEW INDIA

The recent demands for government jobs in “New India” amid caste-based army regiment protests, skill development centers, and Maratha reservation concerns highlight the significance of state employment.

02 November 2023

UN report on groundwater extraction: Every drop counts

The United Nations University’s recent report highlights the critical depletion of groundwater in India, emphasizing the urgent need for effective measures to manage aquifers responsibly. This has been a persisting concern, with 27 out of 31 aquifers in the country depleting faster than they can be replenished.

01 November 2023

AKHAURA-AGARTALA RAIL LINK TO BE INAUGURATED VIRTUALLY BY PM MODI, SHEIKH HASINA TODAY

India and Bangladesh are set to inaugurate three significant developmental projects that have been executed with Indian assistance. The projects aim to bolster connectivity and energy security in the region.

31 October 2023

SEBI ORDERS ON FINFLUENCERS: A BAD INFLUENCE

The recent actions taken by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) against financial influencers (finfluencers) highlight the need to ensure the flow of accurate financial information and safeguard the interests of investors.

30 October 2023

WHAT HAS CAUSED THE RECENT THAW IN U.S.-VENEZUELA TIES?

The recent thaw in U.S.-Venezuela relations, marked by a significant victory for Maria Corina Machado in the Venezuelan opposition primary and the easing of sanctions against the country’s oil, gas, and mining industries, is a complex development influenced by various geopolitical factors.

27 October 2023

WARMING TIES: ON BHUTAN-CHINA RELATIONS AND INDIA’S CONCERNS

The recent visit of the Bhutanese Foreign Minister to China, coupled with the 25th round of boundary talks and the signing of the Cooperation Agreement, marks a significant shift in the dynamics between Bhutan and China.

26 October 2023

THE LEGALITY OF USING WHITE PHOSPHORUS

  • Properties of White Phosphorus

  • Military Uses of White Phosphorus

  • Legal Framework and International Accusations

  • Legal Framework on White Phosphorus

  • Strengthening Legal Mechanisms

  • Conclusion

25 October 2023

THE COURT’S ‘NO FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO MARRY’ IS WRONG

The Supreme Court of India’s stance asserting the absence of a fundamental right to marry for same-sex individuals, as demonstrated in the case of Supriyo Chakraborty, has raised significant concerns.

23 October 2023

THE COURT’S ‘NO FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO MARRY’ IS WRONG

The Supreme Court of India’s stance asserting the absence of a fundamental right to marry for same-sex individuals, as demonstrated in the case of Supriyo Chakraborty, has raised significant concerns.

21 October 2023

THE POLITICS OF A CASTE CENSUS, ITS IMPACT ON SECULARISM

The clamor for a caste census by the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) and the reluctance exhibited by Hindutva forces, primarily led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has invoked discussions on the impact of a caste census on secularism in India.

20 October 2023

THE SHAPE OF CLIMATE JUSTICE IN A WARMING INDIA

India’s role in global climate negotiations and its domestic policies are increasingly scrutinized in the context of environmental justice. The recent G-20 summit in Delhi has pledged ambitious goals for renewable energy but lacked consensus on phasing out fossil fuels, a primary cause of the climate crisis.

19 October 2023

SEVERE DROUGHT GRIPS THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

The Amazon rainforest, often regarded as the planet’s lungs, is facing a severe crisis due to a debilitating drought. The region is experiencing a devastating impact on indigenous communities, the environment, and wildlife. This phenomenon, caused by a conjunction of natural events, is leading to a grim future for the Amazon rainforest and poses significant global implications.

18 October 2023

LEGAL ARGUMENT FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE

The five-judge Constitution Bench, by a majority view held that same-sex marriage cannot be guaranteed as a legal right and that non-heterosexual couples cannot claim an unqualified right to marry.

17 October 2023

LONG TERM RISK OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Risk is a dynamic and ever-evolving concept, susceptible to shifts in societal values, technological advancements, and scientific discoveries. For instance, before the digital age, sharing one’s personal details openly was relatively risk-free. Yet, in the age of cyberattacks and data breaches, the same act is fraught with dangers.

16 October 2023

THE WORLD NEEDS TO STOP TAKING WATER FOR GRANTED

The theme for World Food Day (October 16) this year — ‘Water is Life, Water is Food’. Countries face severe challenges such as drought, floods, unseasonal rains and prolonged dry spells

13 October 2023

SHIFTING TO MILLETS INCREASES GROUNDWATER RECHARGE MORE THAN DRIP IRRIGATION IN INDIA’S NORTHERN PLAINS: STUDY

A recent study has explored the potential benefits of shifting crop patterns from rice and wheat to millets in the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) region of India. The study suggests that such a transition can significantly reduce water consumption, increase farmers’ profits, and improve food production. This approach is particularly relevant in addressing the challenges posed by groundwater depletion and unsustainable agricultural practices in the region.

12 October 2023

GLOBAL HUNGER INDEX

The 2023 Global Hunger Index (GHI) reveals the concerning state of hunger across the world, indicating that progress against this issue has stagnated. India ranks 111th out of 125 countries in the GHI, with a score of 28.7, signifying a serious level of hunger. While neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka also face hunger challenges, India performs relatively better within the South Asian and Sub-Saharan African regions.

11 October 2023

WOMEN WANT CHANGE, SOCIETY NEEDS CHANGE

The present trend: The Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum concludes that it will take 131 years to close the global gender gap; it is 149 years in populous South Asian countries including India.

10 October 2023

ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Introduction
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced many millions of people and has its roots in a colonial act carried out more than a century ago.
Why is it in the news?
Israel declaring war on the Gaza Strip after an unprecedented attack by the armed Palestinian group Hamas. Hamas fighters have killed more than 800 Israelis in assaults on multiple towns in southern Israel.
9 October 2023

INSIGHTS INTO THE BIHAR CASTE CENSUS

Why is it in the News?
The Bihar government in June 2022 issued notification for conducting a caste survey. The two-phase counting exercise was completed in August this year involving around 2.64 lakh enumerators documenting details of 29 million registered households.
06 October 2023

NATIONAL UNITY, A THREE-DIMENSIONAL VIEW

The modes of National Unity

India’s national unity evolved over more than a century, through political and social movements and legal and constitutional designs. This involved intense battles and wise compromises among constituent groups.

05 October 2023

CLIMATE POLYCRISIS

What is Climate Change?

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, but since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels (like coal, oil, and gas), which produces heat-trapping gases.

04 October 2023

THE VACHATI CONUNDRUM

The Horrific Incident that occurred in 1992

On June 20, 1992, about 300 uniformed officials unleashed violence on the village on the pretext of unearthing smuggled sandalwood.

03 October 2023

THE NARRATIVE OF DEVELOPMENT AND POPULISM

Slew of Infrastructure projects in MP

On September 14, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of projects worth over 50,700 crore in the election-bound State of Madhya Pradesh. This included a petrochemical complex and 10 new industrial projects.

30 September 2023

GLOBAL DISPUTE SETTLEMENT, INDIA, AND APPELLATE REVIEW

What is WTO?

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations.

At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments.

29 September 2023

REFORM CAN ADDRESS INDIA’S KIDNEY TRANSPLANT DEFICIT

Overview of Kidney Transplant Scenario in India

India’s organ shortage when it comes to kidneys is alarming. In 2022, over two lakh patients needed a transplant, but there were only about 7,500 transplants (about 3.4%).

27 September 2023

WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, TACKLING NEW DISEASE SCENARIOS

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivers a stark warning: climate change heightens the global risk of infectious diseases.

For instance, the periodicity of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks no longer follows expected patterns.

Dengue manifests in two to three peaks throughout the year. Variability in temperature, precipitation, and humidity disrupt disease transmission cycles. These also alter the distribution of the vectors (carrier) and animal reservoirs that host the parasite.

26 September 2023

Children, a key yet missed demographic in AI regulation

GS 1 (Society & Social Issues) & GS 3 (Science & Technology)

What is Artificial Intelligence?

In simple terms, Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. Machines today can learn from experience, adapt to new inputs, and even perform human-like tasks with help from artificial intelligence (AI).

Artificial intelligence examples today, from chess-playing computers to self-driving cars, are heavily based on deep learning and natural language processing.

25 September 2023

SIMULATANEOUS ELECTIONS – BUT ONLY IN A PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM

  • What is the desire of the government?

  • Deeper Problem in implementing One Nation One Poll in India

  • Law Commission Opinion on the issue

  • Effect on Legislation in the absence of a majority

  • Basic Structure Doctrine as a hurdle

  • The Opposition view on the Issue

23 September 2023

ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN INDIA

What is ADR?

ADR refers to a bouquet of mechanisms that enable disputing parties to resolve their differences amicably, without the intervention of courts.

Given the delays in Indian court proceedings and increasing cost of litigation, the significance of ADR in India cannot be understated.

21 September 2023

VIETNAM – KEY PIECE OF AMERICA INDO-PACIFIC PUZZLE

In International Relations, there is no permanent friend of permanent enemy, but permanent interests

In international relations, strategic turnarounds are not uncommon, and are in fact embedded in the very tapestry (arrangement) of anarchical (radical) structural realities.

Yet, even by those standards, the immediacy and scale of the volte-face (U-turn) in relations between the United States and Vietnam since the Cold War has been remarkable.

19 September 2023

GLOBAL BIO-FUEL ALLIANCE & INDIAN CONTEXT

The story so far:

On September 10, on the sidelines of the annual G-20 summit in New Delhi, an India-led grouping came together to give impetus to the production and use of biofuels, an alternative to fossil fuels like petroleum and diesel.

The grouping, called the Global Biofuels Alliance (GBA) would attempt to bring countries together to co-develop, accelerate technological advances in production processes, and advocate for the use of biofuels particularly in the transport sector.

18 September 2023

How will India-Middle East – Europe Economic corridor impact trade?

The story so far:

During the recently concluded G-20 summit in New Delhi, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to establish the ‘India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor’ (IMEC).

The signatories included leaders of India, US, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the European Union (EU), Italy, France and Germany.

14 September 2023

A mockery of pedagogic ethics, the breaking of a bond

“By assigning a day for teachers and another one for children, India seems to have forgotten that the two form a bond; no worthwhile education can take place when this bond breaks”.
Gaps in teacher training
News from schools regularly reminds us that the momentum generated by the Right to Education (RTE) Act that was enacted over a decade ago has subsided.

13 September 2023

THE BHARATIYA NYAYA SANHITA NEEDS A RELOOK

Recently, the Central government introduced a few new offences in the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) Bill to deal sternly with terrorism-related crimes and organised crimes. It is feared that some terms in the Bill may be challenged as they are vague.

It is important that the offences in any penal law are clearly defined. Those who administer the law must know what offence has been committed so that arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement does not occur.

In Shreya Singhal v. Union of India (2015), the Supreme Court held Section 66A of the Information Technology Act as unconstitutional. It found the term “grossly offensive” in the Section to be vague and devoid of precision.

09 September 2023

An overhaul, the criminal law Bills, and the big picture

The New Bills:

The central government introduced three Bills in Parliament in August. Called the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), 2023, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS), 2023 and the Bharatiya Sakshya (BS) Bill, 2023.