GS-3, Indian Economy

WTO Talk Explained!

The meeting is in Nairobi, but everyone is talking about the Doha round of negotiations. Why? Formed in 1995, the WTO has 162 member countries. In 1999, violent protests by activists shut down the WTO meeting in Seattle, US, forcing the organisation to restart the new round in 2001 in Doha, the capital of Qatar.… Continue reading WTO Talk Explained!

GS-1, GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Splendid decade, human development in India

India’s ranking on Human Development Index (HDI) rose by a notch in 2014 — to 130 th  from 131st a year earlier. With a score of 0.609 on HDI, India stands well below the average score of 0.630 for countries in the medium human development group. But it is marginally above the South Asian countries’… Continue reading Splendid decade, human development in India

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Panchayats and Gender Imbalance

With the passage of Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Amendment Bill 2015 in March this year, Rajasthan became the first state to insist that candidates for the panchayat polls meet minimum educational qualifications. The minimum qualification required was Class VIII for sarpanches, Class X for the zila parishad and panchayati samiti elections and Class V in tribal reserved… Continue reading Panchayats and Gender Imbalance