Environment, GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Explained: How cars can run on hydrogen

Explained: How cars can run on hydrogen Why in news? Ahead of next July’s Tokyo Olympics, Japan is gearing up to put on its roads thousands of vehicles based on a hydrogen cell technology, also known as ‘fuel cells’. How it works? Fuel used: Hydrogen + Oxidant Process:  Produced electricity by an electrochemical process Fuel… Continue reading Explained: How cars can run on hydrogen

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This day in History: 16 December

16th December 1971: India defeated Pakistan in Bangladesh War ‘Jai Bangla! Jai Bangla!’ From the banks of the great Ganges and the broad Brahmaputra, from the emerald rice fields and mustard-coloured hills of the countryside, from the countless squares of countless villages came the cry. ‘Victory toBengal! Victory to Bengal!’ They danced on the roofs… Continue reading This day in History: 16 December

GS-2, Uncategorized

Why BRICS matters for INDIA?

In the run-up to 11th BRICS summit that is scheduled to be held at Brasilia (Brazil) on 13-14 Nov, Indian Prime Minister has articulated a vision of strengthening and reforming the multilateral system itself. Origin In 2001, the British Economist Jim O’Neill coined the term BRIC to describe the four emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The… Continue reading Why BRICS matters for INDIA?

GS-3, Uncategorized

What Makes Doing Business Easier

In the latest ranking for countries in ease of doing business, the World Bank has placed India 63rd out of 190 countries — an improvement of 14 places from its 77th position last year. India figures in the top ten most improved countries in the world for the third consecutive year. India’s score improved from 67.23 (2019) to 71.0 (2020). Challenges to Ease of… Continue reading What Makes Doing Business Easier

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Chief Justice of India under the Ambit of the RTI Act

Recently, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India (SC) ruled that the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) would come under the ambit of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act), as CJI is a public authority under the RTI Act. The declaration of assets by ministers and legislators provide the citizenry with more… Continue reading Chief Justice of India under the Ambit of the RTI Act

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Supreme Court on Religious Practices

The Supreme Court’s five-judge constitution bench has decided to refer the Sabarimala temple case, clubbed with other 3 pending cases broadly related to the rights of women in the sphere of religion, to a larger 7-judge Bench. This leads the apex court into potentially dangerous and conflicting territories. The new bench has been tasked with finding the balance between the Right to… Continue reading Supreme Court on Religious Practices

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Convergence of Agriculture and Nutrition

Agricultural productivity in India has seen impressive growth in recent years fuelled by systemic and scientific improvements like the Green Revolution, globalisation and industrialisation of the food sector. Even after all this growth, malnutrition continues to remain a challenge with serious social and economic costs. There has been a significant disconnect between agriculture and nutrition… Continue reading Convergence of Agriculture and Nutrition

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New Sri Lanka Leadership

Recently, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is elected as new President of Sri Lanka. This election was based on security issues that emerged after a suicide bombing attack (claimed by Islamic State) on Easter Sunday this year. Rajapaksa's win signals the return to power for the controversial family, that is known for its pro-China tilt and also infamously remembered for… Continue reading New Sri Lanka Leadership

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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

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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