GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2

What Is Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act?

What is Public Safety Act? The act lays down guidelines required to maintain the safety and security of the people and the state. The PSA empowers the authorities to detain any person “acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order”. This law is called the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.… Continue reading What Is Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act?

GS-2, International Relations

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

News Summary: Addressing the SCO Summit, Modi raised various issues, including terrorism and trade protectionism. He came up with a new template he described as “HEALTH” for cooperation among SCO members. H for Healthcare cooperation E for Economic cooperation A for Alternative energy L for Literature T for Terrorism-free society H for Humanitarian cooperation On Terrorism: Modi raised the issue of… Continue reading Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2

Ladakh Under Sixth Schedule

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has recommended that the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh be included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. NCST, a constitutional body to safeguard socio-cultural rights of Scheduled Tribes, was entrusted with the responsibility of examining the status of tribals in Ladakh, by the Centre. If included, Ladakh will be the only… Continue reading Ladakh Under Sixth Schedule

GS-2, International Relations

Eurasian Economic Forum

Recently, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) organized the Eurasian Economic Union meeting. The forum called for greater cooperation in the spheres of communication, technology, and development amongst its member-nations. The entire event was organized to discuss and deliberate upon China’s Belt and Road Initiative, because of which India, despite being present in the SCO summit, decided to skip this meeting. The forum promoted the revival… Continue reading Eurasian Economic Forum

Agriculture, Environment, GS-3

Explained: How world is losing fertile land

The UNCCD meeting takes place every two years and the ongoing one in Greater Noida is the 14th such meeting. Since this meeting is taking place in India this time so it becomes significant for UPSC. Why is desertification a concern? A variety of factors, both natural and human-induced, are known to be affecting the… Continue reading Explained: How world is losing fertile land

GS-3, Science & Tech

National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP)

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP). Details: India has the world’s largest livestock population of 125-crore plus heads, but cattle productivity is low, and animal diseases are a major concern. The diseases have resulted in some overseas markets being shut to Indian dairy and meat products, and prevented the industry from… Continue reading National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP)

Environment, GS-3

A case for a differential global carbon tax

Introduction Climate change is a global problem, and a global problem needs a global solution. The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report suggests that we, as humankind, might have just over a decade left to limit global warming. The IPCC says total global emissions will need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels… Continue reading A case for a differential global carbon tax

Uncategorized

District collector vs District Magistrate vs District Judge

The position of District Collector was created by Warren Hastings in 1772. The main functions of the district collector were to supervise general administration, to collect land revenue and to maintain law and order in the district. He was the head of the revenue organization. He was responsible for registration, alteration, and partition of holdings;… Continue reading District collector vs District Magistrate vs District Judge

Uncategorized

Questions about International Relations

Can India's International North-South Transport Corridor be a counter to China's Belt and Road Initiative? The International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is not a counter to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). INSTC was conceived long before BRI came into picture. INSTC is a join initiative taken by India, Russia and Iran.  The ‘Inter-Governmental Agreement… Continue reading Questions about International Relations

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Focus on Small Towns to Generate Rural Jobs

Context Union Budget 2019-20 included several initiatives to diversify India’s stagnating rural economy, such as: Setting up of 100 new rural artisanal clusters 80 livelihood incubators and 20 technology business incubators to train 75,0000 entrepreneurs in agribusiness skills Formation of 10,000 new farmer producer organisations Thrust to improve connectivity by upgrading 1,25,000 km new roads, under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana… Continue reading Focus on Small Towns to Generate Rural Jobs