Special Article

30 March-2024

INDIA WORLD’S TOP ARMS IMPORTER BETWEEN 2019-23: SIPRI

  • Key Highlights of Recent SIPRI Data
  • Understanding SIPRI
  • Recent Indian Government Initiatives to Reduce Arms Imports
  • Way Forward
  • Mains Question
29 March-2024

INDIA’S NEED TO CURB BLACK CARBON EMISSIONS

  • About Black Carbon (BC)

  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)

  • Challenges

  • Other Measures to Mitigate Black Carbon Emissions

  • Way Forward

  • Mains Question
28 March-2024

WHAT IS SIMA, GOOGLE DEEPMIND’S NEW AI THAT CAN PLAY VIDEO GAMES WITH YOU

  • About Predictive AI
  • Exploring SIMA by Google DeepMind
  • Unveiling AlphaGeometry by DeepMind
  • Applications of Predictive AI Models
  • India’s Initiatives for Generative AI
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
27 March-2024

HIMACHAL PRADESH JOINS LIST OF STATES BANNING COTTON CANDY AFTER SAMPLES FAIL FOOD SAFETY TEST

  • Key Highlights

  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
26 March-2024

REVERSE OSMOSIS

  • What is the RO Water Purification Method?

  • Reasons for Growing Demand for RO Water

  • What are the Concerns Related to the RO Process?

  • Recommended TDS Limits for Safe Drinking Water

  • Technologies to Address Mineral-Related Issues Within RO Systems

  • Way Forward

  • Mains Question
23 March-2024

FAIR SHARE FOR HEALTH AND CARE REPORT

  • Key Highlights of the Report

  • Government Initiatives to Tackle Gender Disparity

  • Recommendations to Address Gender Disparity in Healthcare

  • Mains Question
22 March-2024

LOW-CARBON ACTION PLAN (LCAP)

  • Components of the Low-Carbon Action Plan (LCAP)

  • Benefits of LCAPs

  • Challenges of LCAPs

  • Initiatives Related to Waste Management in India

  • Way Forward for LCAP Implementation
  • Mains Question
21 March-2024

ONLY 10 COUNTRIES HAD HEALTHY AIR QUALITY IN 2023: REPORT

  • Key Highlights of the World Air Quality Report 2023

  • WHO Air Quality Guidelines

  • Implications and the Way Forward

  • Challenges in Managing Nuclear Waste

  • Mains Question
20 March-2024

BOOSTING EXPORTS FROM MSMES

  • Key Recommendations of the Report
  • Current Scenario of the MSME Sector in India
  • What is MSME?
  • Current Challenges Related to the MSME Sector in India
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
19 March-2024

WHAT IS NUCLEAR WASTE AND WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF HANDLING IT?

  • Nuclear Waste

  • Managing Nuclear Waste

  • Disposal Methods

  • Challenges in Managing Nuclear Waste

  • India’s Approach to Nuclear Waste Management

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
18 March-2024

INDIA-EFTA TRADE DEAL

  • Key Highlights of TEPA

  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

  • India’s Relations with EFTA Nations

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
15 March-2024

GUJARAT GOVERNMENT BEGINS ₹1,200-CRORE REDEVELOPMENT OF SABARMATI ASHRAM

  • Historical Significance of the Sabarmati Ashram

  • The Dandi March

  • The Sabarmati Ashram Redevelopment Project

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
14 March-2024

IN GUJARAT, HARNESSING THE VALUE OF DUNG TO BOOST FARMERS’ INCOME

  • How Farmers Are Harnessing the Value of Dung

  • Challenges

  • India’s Initiatives Related to Biogas

  • Mains Question

13 March-2024

INDIA’S INITIATIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

  • Inaugurated Initiatives for Soil Health Management

  • Revamped Soil Health Card Portal and Mobile Application

  • School Soil Health Programme

  • Krishi Sakhi Convergence Programme (KSCP)

  • CFQCTI Portal

  • Impact Envisaged by These Initiatives

  • Concerns Regarding Soil Health in India
  • Mains Question
12 March-2024

ASI SURVEY OF BHOJSHALA COMPLEX AS ORDERED BY MADHYA PRADESH HC

  • Bhojshala Temple-Kamal Maula Mosque Complex

  • Methods Adopted by the ASI for Excavation

  • Limitations of Various Methods

  • Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

  • Mains Question

11 March-2024

SECOND ROCKET LAUNCHPORT IN TAMIL NADU’S KULASEKARAPATTINAM

  • Need for a New Launchport

  • Significance of Kulasekarapattinam Launchport

  • Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)

  • Features of SDSC SHAR

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
9 March-2024

THE CARBON IMPACT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

  • Spiking Neural Networks (SNNs) and Lifelong Learning (L2)

  • Challenges Leading to High Carbon Footprint of AI

  • Role of AI in Addressing Climate Change

  • Making AI Sustainable

  • Mains Question
8 March-2024

GENOME INDIA PROJECT

  • What is the Genome India Project?

  • Significance of the Genome India Project

  • Understanding Genome Sequencing

  • Applications of Genome Sequencing
  • Conclusion: Unlocking Genetic Insights for India’s Future

  • Mains Question
7 March-2024

THE UNJUST CLIMATE: FAO

  • Key Findings of the Report
  • Recommendations of the Report
  • FAO’s Initiatives to Tackle Climate Change
  • Mains Question
6 March-2024

OBESITY IN INDIA

  • Key Highlights of the Study
  • Understanding Overweight, Thinness, and Obesity
  • India’s Initiatives Related to Nutrition
  • Way Forward
  • Mains Question
5 March-2024

RAJYA SABHA ELECTIONS 2024

  • How are Rajya Sabha Elections Conducted?
  • Amendment to Representation of the People Act, 1951
  • Process of Election in Rajya Sabha
  • Legal Precedents
  • Does Anti-Defection Law Apply?
  • Understanding Cross Voting
  • Implications of Cross Voting
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
4 March-2024

MUSLIM PERSONAL LAWS

  • Assam Muslim Marriage and Divorce Registration Act, 1935
  • Reasons Behind the Repeal
  • Arguments Against the Repeal
  • Muslim Personal Law in the Public Eye
  • Muslim Personal Law
  • Application in India
  • Personal Laws in Other Religions 
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
2 March-2024

DISTINCT DISQUIET IN THE HIMALAYAS

  • Shifts in Weather Patterns

  • Glacial Melting and Glacier Lake Outbursts

  • Adaptation Measures

  • Government Initiatives

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
1 March-2024

RISING NITROGEN POLLUTION THREATENS RIVER SUB-BASINS AROUND THE WORLD

  • What is Nitrogen Pollution?

  • Sources of Nitrogen Pollution

  • Major Impacts of Nitrogen Pollution

  • Related Government Initiatives
  • Way Forward

  • Mains Question

28 February-2024

WHY MAHARASHTRA IS EXEMPTING PRIVATE SCHOOLS FROM RTE QUOTA ADMISSIONS

  • Key Amendments to Surrogacy (Regulation) Rules

  • Reasons Behind State Introductions

  • Implications and Arguments

  • Significant Provisions of the RTE Act
  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
27 February-2024

A BRIEF HISTORY OF INDIAN SPICES

  • Ancient Origins

  • Trade Routes

  • Indian Spice Market Dynamics

  • Government Initiatives
  • Mains Question

26 February-2024

INDIA SEEKS $26 BILLION OF PRIVATE NUCLEAR POWER INVESTMENTS.

  • Alignment with India’s Energy Goals

  • India’s Energy Goals

  • Implementation of Investment Plan

  • Mains Question

24 February-2024

CHINA’S ‘XIAOKANG’ BORDER DEFENCE VILLAGES ALONG THE LAC, NOW BEING OCCUPIED

  • Xiaokang Border Defence Villages

  • Concerns for India

  • India’s Initiatives along the LAC

  • Mains Question

23 February-2024

POLLUTION WATCHDOG FACES IRE OF PARLIAMENTARY PANEL OVER PLASTIC WASTE

  • Findings of the PAC Report

  • Measures Taken to Curb Plastic Pollution

  • Recommendations of the PAC Report

  • The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

  • Mains Question

22 February-2024

HAVING PANCHAYATS AS SELF-GOVERNING INSTITUTIONS

  • Salient Features of the 73rd and 74th Amendments

  • Current Status of Finances of PRIs

  • Need for Self-Sufficiency

  • Suggestions for Boosting Financial Resources of PRIs

  • Related Initiatives

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
21 February-2024

NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR SCHEDULED CASTES SUBMITS REPORT TO PRESIDENT OF INDIA

  • National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSCs)

  • History

  • Composition

  • Functions

  • Power of NCSC

  • Other Constitutional Provisions for the Upliftment of SCs

  • Mains Question
20 February-2024

THE UNTAPPED POTENTIAL OF STEM CELLS IN MENSTRUAL BLOOD

  • Menstrual Blood Stem Cells (MenSCs)

  • Role in Women’s Health

  • Challenges in Menstrual Stem Cell Research

  • Endometriosis and Fusobacterium Bacteria

  • Understanding Stem Cells

  • Mains Question
19 February-2024

REPORT ON THE ‘DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF JUTE INDUSTRY.’

  • Potential of Jute Industry

  • Production and Export Data (2022-23)

  • Major Challenges Faced by Jute Industry

  • Key Facts About Jute

  • Key Recommendations of the Standing Committee

  • Government Schemes Related to Jute Industry

  • Mains Question
07 February-2024

THE PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS (PREVENTION OF UNFAIR MEANS) BILL, 2024

  • Need for the Bill

  • Objectives of the Bill

  • Key Provisions

  • Concerns

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
06 February-2024

RENEWABLES 2023 REPORT

  • Major Highlights of the Renewables 2023 Report

  • Major Challenges Highlighted

  • IEA’s Recommendations

  • India’s Renewable Energy Targets and Government Initiatives

  • What is IEA?

  • Conclusion
05 February-2024

WORLD WETLANDS DAY

  • Ramsar Convention

  • World Wetlands Day (WWD)

  • Characteristics of Newly Designated Ramsar Sites

  • Conservation Initiatives for Wetlands

  • In conclusion
03 February-2024

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROMOTION OF SEAWEED CULTIVATION

  • Key Points
  • Seaweed Species in India
  • Major Seaweed Beds
  • Significance of Seaweeds
  • Government Initiatives
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
02 February-2024

IGNORING AN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IN DISTRESS

  • Special Provisions for Agriculture in the Budget
  • Budget Allocations
  • Food and Fertilizer Subsidies
  • Official Data on the Agricultural Sector
  • Issues with the Government’s Report
  • Recommendations
  • Mains Question
01 February-2024

ACID RAIN

  • Formation of Acid Rain
  • Causes of Acid Rain
  • Forms of Acid Rain/Deposition
  • Impacts of Acid Rain
  • Acid Rain Mitigation Measures
  • Way Forward
  • Mains Question
29 January 2024

INSTITUTIONS OF EMINENCE (IOE) SCHEME

  • Objectives of the Scheme
  • Selection Process and Criteria
  • Benefits of Institutions of Eminence Scheme
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
27 January 2024

OVER 3% OF ALL CANCER PATIENTS IN INDIA ARE UNDER 15; 4.6% UNDER 20: STUDY

  • Key Highlights of the Study
  • Distribution of Cancers in Different Age Groups
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas and Gender Differences
  • Gender Disparities and Social Determinants
  • Challenges in CNS Tumor Registration in India
  • Global Disparities in Cancer Types
  • India’s Initiatives Related to Cancer Treatment
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
25 January 2024

THE NEED TO OVERHAUL A SEMICONDUCTOR SCHEME

  • Semiconductors
  • India Semiconductor Mission (ISM)
  • DLI Scheme
  • Overall Semiconductor Market Scenario
  • Challenges in the Semiconductor Industry in India
  • Issues in the Implementation of DLI Scheme
  • Suggestions for Overhauling ISM and DLI Scheme
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
24 January 2024

THE TRUTH ABOUT INDIA’S BOOMING TOY EXPORTS

  • Current State of India’s Toy Industry
  • Factors Responsible for Improvement of toy industry
  • Major Concerns Related to India’s Toy Industry
  • What should be done?
  • Mains Question
23 January 2024

RAM TEMPLE

  • Timeline of Ram Janmabhoomi Movement
  • Uniqueness of Ram Temple
  • Nagara Style of Temple Architecture
  • Mains Question
22 January 2024

A PASSENGER ATTACKED A PILOT. HOW ARE AIRLINES EXPECTED TO RESPOND?

  • Levels of Disruptive Behaviour
  • Airlines’ Response to Unruly Behaviour
  • Procedure After the Incident
  • Penalties for Unruly Behaviour
  • India’s Civil Aviation Market
  • Rules Governing Unruly Behaviour
  • Measures to Contain Unruly Behavior
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
20 January 2024

GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM) CROPS

  • India’s Demand for Edible Oil
  • Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
  • GM Mustard – Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11)
  • Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC)
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
19 January 2024

PM TO OPEN ₹4,000 CRORE MEGA INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN KOCHI

  • Three Different Projects Inaugurated
  • Significance of These Projects
  • Future Plans for Maritime Infrastructure
  • Infrastructural Measures for Strengthening
  • Government Initiatives Related to Infrastructure
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
18 January 2024

JUDICIAL CONTRADICTION IN DELHI CHIEF SECRETARY’S EXTENSION

  • Ongoing Tussle in NCT of Delhi
  • Issues with Government of NCT of Delhi Act, 2023
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
17 January 2024

GOVERNMENT BACKS VERDICT DENYING AMU MINORITY STATUS

  • History of AMU
  • Why Does the Dispute Persist?
  • Observations of the Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court Cases Related to Minority Community
  • Constitutional and Statutory Provisions
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
12 January 2024

WORLD ECONOMIC SITUATION AND PROSPECTS 2024

  • Global GDP Growth
  • India’s Perspective
  • Inflation
  • Climate Change
  • Investment
  • Labour Market
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Impact on Global Employment
  • Trade
  • International Finance and Debt
  • Multilateralism and Sustainable Development
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
11 January 2024

FINANCE PANEL SHOULD CURB POPULISM

  • Constitution of Finance Commission
  • Need to Curb Populism in India
  • Populist Policies Aggravating the Debate
  • How the Finance Commission can Help Curb Populism
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
10 January 2024

UNDERSTANDING THE EU’S CARBON BORDER TAX

  • EU’s CBAM
  • Challenges in CBAM Implementation
  • Implications for India
  • Steps to Counter CBAM
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
09 January 2024

WHY IS CHILD MARRIAGE STILL HIGH IN WEST BENGAL?

  • Policy Interventions in West Bengal
  • Challenges in Law Implementation
  • Impacts of Child Marriage
  • Initiatives to Tackle Child Marriage
  • Way Forward
  • Mains Question
08 January 2024

THE DISPUTE ON INDIA’S DEBT BURDEN

  • Key Observations of the IMF Report
  • Concerns for Public Debt Management in India
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
6 January 2024

REVIVAL OF THE TIGER: A JOINT EFFORT, A CULTURAL RENAISSANCE

  • Corbett Tiger Reserve: A Conservation Success Story
  • Unsung Heroes: Forest Staff and Stewardship
  • Wildlife Corridors and Human-Wildlife Conflict
  • Community Engagement for Conservation
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
5 January 2024

FROM THE MOON TO EUROPA, SIX SPACE MISSIONS TO BE EXCITED FOR IN 2024

  • NASA’s Space Missions
  • ISRO’s Space Missions for 2024
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
4 January 2024

INDIA’S STEEL SECTOR RECORDS REMARKABLE GROWTH, EMERGES AS THE 2ND LARGEST GLOBAL PRODUCER

  • State of Steel Sector in India
  • Government Initiatives for Steel Sector Growth
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
3 January 2024

BANKS ARE FINE, BUT THERE ARE RISKS

  • Evolution of Indian Banks Over the Years
  • Current Status of the Indian Banking Regime
  • Obstacles Ahead for the Indian Banking Sector
  • Fortifying the Indian Banking Sector Moving Ahead
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
2 January 2024

PM-KISAN BENEFICIARIES DWINDLING, GOVT ADDS 34 LAKH IN SPECIAL DRIVE

  • Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra
  • PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana
  • Challenges
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
30 December 2023

NOT ZERO-SUM

  • Why the Relationship Between India and Russia is Strategically Significant?
  • Energy Security
  • Economic Convergence
  • What are the Key Issues in India-Russia Relationship?
  • What Should the Way Forward?
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
29 December 2023

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR AN INDUSTRIAL POLICY

  • Make in India Policy
  • Rationale behind Make in India
  • Successes and Failures
  • Why Make in India Fell Short
  • Role of MSMEs in Job Creation
  • Need for National Industrial Policy
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
28 December 2023

A DIVE INTO SANITATION SOLUTIONS

  • Historical Evolution of Sanitation Systems in India
  • Types of Sanitation Systems
  • Sanitation System in India
  • Challenges and the Way Forward
  • Conclusion
27 December 2023

INDIA BLOC LEADERS TO PROTEST AGAINST SUSPENSION OF MPS FROM PARLIAMENT

  • Process of Suspension of MPs
  • Why is the Provision for Suspension of MPs Required?
  • Issues Associated with Suspension of MPs
  • Way Forward
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
26 December 2023

CHINA BANS EXPORT OF RARE EARTH PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, CITING NATIONAL SECURITY

China’s recent ban on the export of technology for extracting and separating Rare Earth Metals (REEs) raises significant concerns globally. As China accounts for 90% of global refined output of these critical elements, the ban has implications for international supply chains and strategic dependence…………….

25 December 2023

INDIA’S JOBS CRISIS, THE MACROECONOMIC REASONS

  • Types of Employment in India
  • Jobless Growth in India’s Case
  • Addressing Unemployment in India
  • Conclusion
23 December 2023

RESEARCHERS PATENTING NEW TREATMENT FOR NICOTINE ADDICTION

  • Key Highlights of the Study
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
  • Status of Tobacco Consumption in India
  • Government Initiatives Related to Tobacco Consumption
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
22 December 2023

INDIA’S ETHANOL CONUNDRUM

The global commitment to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030, as evidenced by over 100 countries at COP28 in Dubai, places India at a crucial juncture regarding its ethanol blending target. Despite the noteworthy increase in Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) from 1.6% in 2013-14 to 11.8% in 2022-23, the 20% target by 2025 faces challenges due to low sugar stocks and an anticipated sugarcane production shortfall………………..

21 December 2023

INDIAN FOREST AND WOOD CERTIFICATION SCHEME

  • Indian Forest & Wood Certification Scheme (IFWCS)
  • Recent Announcements in Forest Management
  • Conclusion
20 December 2023

INDIAN NAVY HELPS EVACUATE INJURED CREW MEMBER FROM HIJACKED SHIP IN ARABIAN SEA

  • What is Maritime Piracy?
  • Strongest Zones of Pirate Activity
  • Global Initiatives Related to Maritime Piracy
  • India’s Initiatives Related to Maritime Piracy
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
19 December 2023

LOGISTICS EASE ACROSS DIFFERENT STATE (LEADS) 2023

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry recently unveiled the 5th edition of the “Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) 2023” report. This indigenous data-driven index plays a crucial role in assessing and enhancing logistics infrastructure, services, and human resources across India’s 36 States and Union Territories (UTs)……………………..
18 December 2023

ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE, ONE VALUE

Political equality is a cornerstone of democratic principles, ensuring that every citizen has an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. The fairness of this participation, however, is significantly influenced by the drawing of electoral constituencies.
16 December 2023

WHAT TAVLEEN SINGH DOESN’T GET: RESERVATION IS THE OXYGEN FOR MY UPHILL JOURNEY

  • Evolution of Reservation System
  • Constitutional Provisions and Amendments
  • Need for Reservation in India
  • Issues with Reservation System
  • Potential Solutions
  • Conclusion
15 December 2023

WORK OF CONSULTANCY FIRMS WITH GOVERNMENT MUST BE REGULATED

  • Benefits of Consultancy Firms in Public Policy Making
  • Challenges Posed by Consultancy Firms
  • Way Forward
  • Mains Question
14 December 2023

INDIA, DISABILITY INCLUSION AND THE POWER OF ‘BY’

  • Understanding Disability in India
  • Challenges Faced by Persons with Disabilities
  • Initiatives for Empowerment
  • Measures for Improvement
  • Mains Question
13 December 2023

CALIBRATING A STRATEGY FOR INDIA’S FUTURE GROWTH

  • Changing Global Conditions
  • Reasons behind Declining Export-led Growth Strategy
  • Impact on India
  • Measures for India
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
12 December 2023

NATIONAL MISSION FOR CLEAN GANGA

  • National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)
  • Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI)
  • River Cities Alliance (RCA)
  • Objective of Collaboration
  • Other River Rejuvenation Initiatives in India
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
11 December 2023

INDIA’S GROWING NEIGHBOURHOOD DILEMMAS

  • John Mearsheimer’s Theory of Offensive Realism
  • Dilemmas before India in Current Geopolitics
  • How China Stands Out from India
  • Why India Faces These Dilemmas
  • Potential Result of Geopolitical Shift
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
09 December 2023

ONLINE GAMING INDUSTRY SIGNS VOLUNTARY CODE OF ETHICS

The online gaming industry has recently taken a significant step by voluntarily adopting a code of ethics. This move signifies a proactive effort towards self-regulation and the creation of a more stable and responsible gaming environment. The responsibility for matters related to online gaming has been entrusted to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology by the Government of India.

08 December 2023

WORLD SOIL DAY

  • World Soil Day (WSD)
  • Theme 2023

  • Study on Soil Micronutrients and Nutritional Status

  • Nutrient Deficiency in India Soil

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question
07 December 2023

SHARED BLAME – CYCLONE MICHAUNG

  • Cyclone Michaung Overview
  • Factors Exacerbating the Situation

  • Recommended Measures

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question

06 December 2023

THE CASE OF DELAYED BAIL AND TRIAL

  • Background and Overview of UAPA
  • Arguments in Favor
  • Arguments Against
  • Judiciary’s View
  • Reform Measures
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
05 December 2023

CLIMATE TARGETS WILL STAY ELUSIVE WITHOUT STRONGER SOCIAL CAPITAL

  • Social Capital
  • Challenges in Tackling Climate Change in Diverse Indian Societies

  • Strategies for Addressing the Challenges

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question

04 December 2023

CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE IN INDIA

  • Key Highlights

  • Challenges

  • Key Terms/Phrases

  • Examples and References

  • Key Facts/Data

  • Critical Analysis

  • Way Forward

  • Mains Question

02 December 2023

SRI LANKA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH INDIA, PARIS CLUB ON DEBT TREATMENT

Recent developments highlight Sri Lanka’s successful negotiation of a preliminary debt restructuring deal with India and the Paris Club Group, signaling a potential revival of its IMF loan programme. This agreement…………….

01 December 2023

IT’S TIME TO REVAMP THE STRUCTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT

The burgeoning backlog of cases in the Supreme Court, totaling a staggering 80,000, has become a pressing concern, necessitating structural reforms to enhance efficiency and expedite justice delivery.

28 November 2023

CENTRE EXEMPTS CERT-IN FROM AMBIT OF RTI ACT

The recent exemption of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) from the Right to Information Act, 2005, has sparked discussions on the transparency of its operations. This move, executed under Section 24(2) of the RTI Act, raises concerns about limited public access to information regarding CERT-In’s activities.

27 November 2023

MGNREGA AND SOCIAL AUDITS

Recent data from the Management Information System (MIS) on Social Audit, maintained by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), provides insights into the progress and challenges of social audits within the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). The information sheds light on the efficacy of this anti-corruption mechanism.

24 November 2023

THE SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AI AND QUANTUM COMPUTING

  • Quantum Computing Overview

  • Quantum-AI Convergence and Its Implications

  • Addressing Data Challenges in Quantum-AI Convergence

  • Ethical Considerations

  • Overcoming Challenges

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question

23 November 2023

2ND VOICE OF GLOBAL SOUTH SUMMIT

  • Key Highlights of Second VOGSS
  • Historical Context
  • Evidence of Escalating Influence of the Global South
  • Challenges for India as Voice of the Global South
  • Way Forward
22 November 2023

WHAT THE OECD REPORT SAYS OF CLIMATE FINANCE AHEAD OF COP 28

  • OECD Overview
  • Key Findings of the OECD Report
  • Significance of the OECD Report
  • Climate Finance Accountability and Issues
  • Climate Finance Needs and Future Projections
  • Role of the Private Sector
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
21 November 2023

IT IS HIGH TIME THE COLONIAL INSTITUTION OF THE GOVERNOR IS REINED IN

  • Governor’s Powers Regarding Bill Passage
  • Challenges Associated with Governor’s Office
  • Constitutional Makers’ Views
  • Should the Office of Governor be Abolished?
  • Reform Measures
  • Constitutional Reforms Suggested
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
20 November 2023

WHY PEACE IN WEST ASIA MATTERS TO INDIA

India’s stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict reflects a commitment to fostering a political resolution and enduring peace in the volatile West Asian region. This perspective aligns with India’s overarching strategic interests, particularly……….

18 November 2023

NATO SUSPENDS CFE TREATY AS RUSSIA PULLS OUT, HEIGHTENING SECURITY CONCERNS

The recent announcement by NATO to formally suspend the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) in response to Russia’s withdrawal from the agreement has reignited Cold War-era discussions on security and geopolitical tensions. This move underscores the complex dynamics between Russia and NATO, with implications for global security, particularly in Eastern Europe.

17 November 2023

INDIA, ‘KILLER ROBOTS’ AND THE CHINA CHALLENGE

Artificial Intelligence (AI), a transformative force, presents challenges globally, particularly in responsible applications across civil and military domains. While civilian AI regulation has progressed, discussions on military use, especially lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), are gaining momentum.

16 November 2023

OUR HYPOCRISY ON ALCOHOL: IT’S ABOUT POLITICS AND MONEY — NOT HEALTH

The complex relationship between society, politics, and alcohol consumption in India reflects an intricate web of values, beliefs, and economic considerations. This article delves into the inherent contradictions and hypocrisies surrounding India’s approach to alcohol, emphasizing the need for a transparent and open dialogue to address the challenges associated with its consumption

14 November 2023

A TELCO DOUBLE DIP ATTEMPT THAT THREATENS NET NEUTRALITY

  • Understanding Net Neutrality

  • Key Principles of Net Neutrality

  • Stakeholders in the Net Neutrality Space

  • Significance of Net Neutrality

  • Regulatory Status in India

  • Key Debates on Net Neutrality in India

  • Perspective of OTT Platforms

  • Concerns for Consumers

  • Way Forward for an Inclusive Digital Landscape in India

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question

10 November 2023

CHIP OFF THE BLOCKS: ON SEMICONDUCTOR FABRICATION IN INDIA

  • What are semiconductors?

  • Applications in Electronic Devices

  • About India Semiconductor Mission (ISM)

  • Underutilized Production-Linked Incentives

  • Need for a Holistic Approach
  • Challenges in Private Capital and Technological Advancements
  • Clarity in Objectives and Tangible Outcomes
  • Conclusion
  • Mains Question
09 November 2023

AN UNDER-DISCUSSED FACET OF COLONIAL HISTORY

  • Unearthing a Forgotten History

  • Imperial Exploitation and Its Consequences

  • Indentured Labour: A New Form of Bondage

  • Sri Lankan Tea and the Indian Tamil

  • Challenges and Discrimination

  • Resilience and Struggle

  • Decolonization for a Brighter Future

  • Conclusion

  • diversity and strength of the nation.
  • Mains Question
08 November 2023

DON’T IGNORE THE THREAT OF ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

The Delhi Declaration under India’s G20 presidency has highlighted crucial commitments to fortify global health architecture by promoting resilient, inclusive, and sustainable health systems.

07 November 2023

CANCER, HEART DISEASE, DIABETES — THEY ARE ALL IN INDIA’S POLLUTED AIR.

The prevalence of air pollution in India, particularly in cities like Delhi and Mumbai, has raised significant concern due to its far-reaching effects on public health. Airborne pollutants, notably particulate matter and toxic gases have been associated with a myriad of chronic diseases and health issues.

06 November 2023

THE ZIKA GENOME AND INSIGHTS IN THE ERA OF EMERGING OUTBREAKS

The dengue virus and its equally infamous cousin, the Zika virus, together infect up to around 400 million people every year. The Zika virus and genomic studies of it have opened fascinating windows into our knowledge of the infectious disease and its relevance in the context of emerging outbreaks.

04 November 2023

PORT INFRASTRUCTURE IN INDIA

Port infrastructure plays a pivotal role in the economic development of a nation. It serves as a crucial facilitator for international trade, employment generation, reduction of logistics costs, and the enhancement of the blue economy.

03 November 2023

THIEVES & SERVERS

Recent cybersecurity breaches, notably the ICMR server incident exposing the data of 81 crore vaccinated Indians, highlight the vulnerability of healthcare systems in India.

02 November 2023

STOCKTAKING CLIMATE FINANCE — A CASE OF CIRCLES IN RED INK

The state of climate finance in global discourse is a pivotal matter, especially when considering the challenges and commitments pertaining to mitigation and adaptation. With a focus on commitments made and the need for global action, the issue of adequate climate finance remains a central concern.

01 November 2023

ELECTORAL BONDS HAVE BEEN A MIXED BAG

Electoral bonds introduced in 2018 as a unique instrument for political funding have garnered attention and controversy due to their impact on transparency in funding for political parties

31 October 2023

REVAMPING THE BIOGAS SECTOR IN INDIA

The Indian government has recently introduced significant policy changes aiming to augment the growth and investments in the biogas sector, signifying a renewed emphasis on biofuels. These initiatives encompass various schemes, a global alliance, and incentives to boost biogas production and utilization.

30 October 2023

A CHINA-INDIA PARTNERSHIP, ITS VAST GLOBAL POTENTIAL

The global landscape has been riddled with crises in recent times, exposing traditional and non-traditional security threats and raising questions about the state of the world. Amidst this, the collaboration between China and India presents an opportunity to reshape the world using ancient wisdom and modern diplomacy.

27 October 2023

BREAKING THE ICE: HOW INDIA CAN HELP SAVE THE ARCTIC

India, emerging as a leader in the Global South, has a pivotal role in shaping global climate policies, particularly in the Arctic. The rapid warming of the Arctic, exacerbated by geopolitical tensions and developmental pressures, demands urgent attention. India’s consensus-building prowess, showcased at the G20 Summit, presents a unique opportunity to address the critical issues affecting the Arctic.

26 October 2023

INDIA MUST STRATEGISE AGAINST EU CARBON TAX

  • EU’s Carbon Border Tax (CBAM)

  • India’s Concerns regarding CBAM

  • Compliance Challenges

  • Against FTA Norms

  • Contradiction with Green Transition Commitments

  • How should India respond to the EU’s CBAM?

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question

25 October 2023

BLOOD TRANSFUSION IN INDIA – BLOODY MESS

  • What is Blood Transfusion?

  • System of Blood Transfusion in India

  • Transfusion-Related Infections in Thalassemia Patients

  • Blood Transfusions in Chronic Conditions

  • Mismanagement of Blood Resources

  • Urgent Need for Reform

  • Conclusion

  • Mains Question

23 October 2023

RESTORING THE ECOLOGICAL HEALTH OF THE HIMALAYAS

The Himalayan region, particularly states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim, has faced severe environmental devastation. To address these concerns, the Supreme Court of India has initiated a discussion on the carrying capacity of the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) and its towns and cities

21 October 2023

LEVERAGING AGROECOLOGICAL APPROACHES FOR CLEAN AND GREEN VILLAGES

In India, villages hold the key to the nation’s transformation, especially in an agrarian economy. The concept of ‘Clean and Green’ Villages is central to this rural development endeavour. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has adopted this as the fifth theme in its mission to rejuvenate rural ecosystems through the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP).

20 October 2023

WHY ARE EARTHQUAKES FREQUENT IN AFGHANISTAN?

Afghanistan experiences a high frequency of devastating earthquakes due to its location over active fault lines where tectonic plates frequently collide.

19 October 2023

CROP RESIDUE MANAGEMENT IN INDIA

Efficient and ecologically sustainable management of crop residue, often referred to as agricultural waste, is a pressing issue in India. The remnants of crops, including stubbles, stalks, husks, and other byproducts, present both a challenge and an opportunity. In recent years, the Indian government has recognized the importance of addressing this concern and has been striving to find effective solutions for crop residue management.

18 October 2023

A RENEWED SRI LANKAN ENGAGEMENT

The situation in Sri Lanka has faced a significant economic crisis, leading to a decline in the country’s financial stability. However, India has played a pivotal role in extending support, which not only has helped alleviate the economic distress but also strengthened the bilateral relationship between both nations.

17 October 2023

PALLIATIVE CARE

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a branch of medicine that looks at improving the quality of life of those having life-limiting illnesses like cancers, end-stage kidney disease, debilitating brain disorders, complications of diabetes, and heart disease among others. Early initiation of palliative care in patients with advanced disease has shown to reduce health expenditure by up to 25%.

11 October 2023

THE STATE OF INDIA’S SCHEDULED AREAS

The State of Scheduled Tribes

India’s 705 Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities — making up 8.6% of the country’s population — live in 26 States and six Union Territories.

09 October 2023

NEWSCLICK CONTROVERSY

What is the allegation against the NewsClick?

The main allegation in the FIR against NewsClick is that the news portal allegedly received illegal funding from China routed through the United States.

06 October 2023

DIABETES: THE TICKING TIME BOMB

Diabetes: Scenario in India

11.4% of India’s population or 10.13 crore people are living with diabetes and 15.3% of the population or an additional 13.6 crore people are pre-diabetic.

It also found that 28.6% of the population would be considered to be obese as per the BMI measure.

04 October 2023

INDIA-AFGHANISTAN RELATIONS: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

(Source: Ministry of External Affairs Website)

Why in the News?

On September 30, Afghanistan announced the closure of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Delhi.

Embassy of Afghanistan blamed multiple factors including lack of cooperation from the Government of India and a lack of resources to operate any further.

03 October 2023

COUNTING DEATHS IN INDIA PRISON

The story so far:

In August this year, the Supreme Court Committee on Prison Reforms found suicide to be the leading cause of ‘unnatural’ deaths among Indian prisoners, with U.P. recording the highest number of suicides between 2017 and 2021.

02 October 2023

REMEMBERING GANDHI ON HIS BIRTHDAY

“Be the Change you wish to see”

Such an apt quote that is distinctively applicable in any generational evolutionary trajectory. Gandhiji was one of the 20th century’s best-known political and spiritual personalities. Born in a small town, he was aware of the hardships people were going through at the time.

He developed his beliefs about human unity. He became the voice of the voiceless and crafted the Independence path of the nation.

He was a person who made significant contributions to the nation’s rise from the shackles of British tyranny. He’s none other than Mahatma Gandhi.