GS-3, Uncategorized

How Markets Can Serve Climate

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, 2019 which will be held in Madrid, Spain in December, has the challenge of deciding how markets can be deployed to deal with climate change. Also known as Conference of the Parties (COP), it is the 25th UN Climate Change Conference (COP25). The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a product of the Kyoto Protocol, is one such market instrument that can help the industry as… Continue reading How Markets Can Serve Climate

GS-2, Uncategorized

Revival of Traditional Indian Medicine

The traditional Indian system of medicine, which comprises of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH), is a perennially neglected alternative medicine sector. It played an important role against the imperialistic British reign by the cultural nationalistic reassertion but is losing its significance in modern times. This article focuses on the challenges it faces… Continue reading Revival of Traditional Indian Medicine

GS-2, Uncategorized

Stubble Burning

Recently, the Supreme Court had ordered the Centre to prepare a comprehensive national scheme, in consultation with the States, within three months to wean small and marginal farmers away from stubble burning. Air pollution in Delhi NCR has now become a familiar story, repeated with minor variations every year, mainly aggravated by stubble burning in Punjab and… Continue reading Stubble Burning

GS-4, Uncategorized

Guru Nanak Dev

Recently, the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated. He is known as a philosopher, poet, traveller, political rebel, social leveller, mass communicator and a spiritual master- on whose teachings the religion of Sikhism is founded. About Guru Nanak Dev Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539) was born in a village, Talwandi Rai Bhoe, near Lahore (it was… Continue reading Guru Nanak Dev

GS-3, Uncategorized

Telecom Sector: Challenges & Way Forward

Recently, the Supreme Court allowed the Centre's plea to recover Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) of about Rs 92,000 crores from the telecom service providers. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, upheld the definition of AGR formulated by the Department of Telecommunications. The bench made it clear that there would be no further litigation on the issue and it… Continue reading Telecom Sector: Challenges & Way Forward

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India Exits RCEP

Recently, India decided to opt-out of the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal. India held that it will not become part of RCEP until “significant outstanding issues” are resolved. The RCEP negotiations were kick-started during the 21st ASEAN Summit in Cambodia in November 2012 and all participating countries sought to finalise and sign a deal by 2020.… Continue reading India Exits RCEP

GS-2, Uncategorized

Vaccine Hesitancy

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) in a report held that Vaccine hesitancy is among the top 10 threats to global health in 2019. WHO defines Vaccine hesitancy as a delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite the availability of vaccination services. Vaccine hesitancy has been reported in more than 90% of countries in the world. Instances of Vaccine… Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Riyadh Summit

Recently, the Prime Minister of India visited Saudi Arabia to attend the Riyadh Summit, which is the third summit in many years. Southwest Asian sub-region has been under volatile circumstances, ranging from India-Pakistan tensions to crises in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. This geopolitical flux can get aggravated due to rising prices in the oil market. In spite of this, Riyadh Summit demonstrates maturity… Continue reading Riyadh Summit

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Call of the River

Recently, Lok Sabha passed the amendment to Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956. The Bill is yet to be discussed in the Rajya Sabha. It proposes a permanent tribunal and several other measures to improve the settlement of inter-state river water disputes. The resolution of water dispute is governed by the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956. According to… Continue reading Call of the River

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Tackling the Air Pollution

Recently, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority- EPCA declared a public health emergency in New Delhi as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category. Air Pollution as Public Health Emergency Air pollution is now the third-highest cause of death among all health risks, ranking just above smoking, in India. An environment think tank Centre for Science and Environment in its report “At… Continue reading Tackling the Air Pollution