Editorials, GS-1, Uncategorized

‘Smart Cities’ mission

The core infrastructure elements in a Smart City would include: > adequate water supply, > assured electricity supply, > sanitation, including solid waste management, > efficient urban mobility and public transport, > affordable housing, especially for the poor, > robust IT connectivity and digitalisation, > good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation, > sustainable environment,… Continue reading ‘Smart Cities’ mission

Big Picture, GS-2, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Impact of Chinese slowdown

China’s economy grew at 6.9% in 2015, but that was a slowest growth rate for the world’s second largest economy in 25 years. The IMF has projected China’s growth rate to be 6.3% in 2016. There are expectations of further devaluation of renminbi or yuan by China to boost its exports. This could erode the… Continue reading Impact of Chinese slowdown

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

The Basics for Free Speech

Article Link It is generally understood that the contempt of court jurisdiction in India is exercised not to protect the dignity of an individual judge but to protect the administration of justice from being maligned. However, the recent notice issued by the Bomaby High Court to the Booker Prize-winning writer Arundhati Roy for committing what… Continue reading The Basics for Free Speech

Editorials, GS-2, Internal security, International Relations, Uncategorized

Negotiating with the Taliban

The recently concluded Doha Dialogue on ‘Peace and Security in Afghanistan’ presents a number of opportunities for the international community, as well as India, in dealing with the resurgent Taliban phenomenon. This conference was significant because key leaders from the Taliban’s Qatar office, the only one of its kind set up by the dominant Taliban… Continue reading Negotiating with the Taliban

Big Picture, GS-1, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Religion and Women’s Rights

Debate over Religion Vs Women’s Rights is back in focus after the detention of over 350 women by the Police in Maharashtra. Hundreds of women activists were stopped by the police when they attempted to enter the Shani Shingnapur Temple situated in Maharashtra to challenge its 400-year-old tradition of allowing only men to enter its… Continue reading Religion and Women’s Rights

Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

A Ringside View of the Proposed GST

Article Link If implemented, GST will be the single most important tax reform in the country since independence. However, it has been in the offing for a decade now and continues to figure as a top priority on the economic agenda of the government. What’s the issue now? Although the model GST has been the… Continue reading A Ringside View of the Proposed GST

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Ensuring Privacy in a Digital Age

Article Link 28th January, 2106 was celebrated as the International Data Privacy Day around the world. The idea behind Data Protection day is to celebrate our right to data protection and raise awareness of the law in this area. Why this day (28th Jan)? It is because it was on this day (28th Jan), in… Continue reading Ensuring Privacy in a Digital Age

Big Picture, Uncategorized

Minority status to Universities: Is it necessary?

Last week an issue, which has always been controversial was reopened. It is about whether Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Mila Islamia were minority universities. The government has said that Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia are not minority educational institutions. In the case of AMU, the Attorney General has argued that this is… Continue reading Minority status to Universities: Is it necessary?

Editorials, GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Superbug and Quantum Dot

Article Link Does nanotechnology hold the key to stopping antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the deadly infections they cause? Scientists in Colorado think it just might. How? Scientists have developed light-activated nanoparticles — each roughly 20,000 times smaller than the thickness of a single human hair and have shown in lab tests that these “quantum dots” are… Continue reading Superbug and Quantum Dot

Editorials, GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Fourth Industrial Revolution

CEOs, political leaders, social entrepreneurs, technologists and other global leaders are all at Davos to further the World Economic Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world. But, the big buzz at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this year is about the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. What is Fourth Industrial Revolution? As described… Continue reading Fourth Industrial Revolution