GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India-US Logistics Support Agreement

India and the US have signed an in-principle agreement for sharing military logistics. The agreement will give two nations access to logistic support from each other besides refueling and birthing facilities. The US has also made it clear that if India wants transfer of high end technology, it needs to sign three foundational agreements. These… Continue reading India-US Logistics Support Agreement

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Trading charges

Article Link In February, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The focus of the law is to enhance enforcement of IPR over the U.S.’s trading partners. It introduces important measures relating to intellectual property rights (IPR) issues. This law is expected to impact India’s ability to… Continue reading Trading charges

Environment, Geography, GS-1, GS-3, Uncategorized

The interlinking of rivers offers some solutions, but comes with a big load of problems

Environmental: Inbuilt in the linking philosophy is that the rivers flooding is a disaster and that it should be curbed. River flooding, in lowland areas particularly, is good for agriculture and ecology. If all human civilization and development are due to sustainability of agriculture then there is no earth process that is more beneficial to… Continue reading The interlinking of rivers offers some solutions, but comes with a big load of problems

GS-2, GS-3, Internal security, International Relations, Uncategorized

Indian maritime challenges and its diplomatic dimensions

India shifts its focus from ‘using’ to ‘securing’ maritime security in the Indo-Pacific. Scope of discussion Maritime challenges & Our new Maritime Security Strategy Geopolitical aspects of maritime challenges – Fodder for Mains & Essay Indian maritime agencies – Fodder for Prelims Diplomatic dimensions – Fodder for Prelims & Interview Challenges ahead? Mains & Interview Indian Maritime challenges… Continue reading Indian maritime challenges and its diplomatic dimensions

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

6 energy rich gulf countries and the India's evolving relationship with this regional grouping. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a regional political organisation comprising the energy rich Gulf monarchies – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. When and why was it founded? Establishment in Abu Dhabi in 1981 |… Continue reading Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Significance of RCEP for India?

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between – The 10 members of ASEAN Additional members of ASEAN +3 = China, Japan, South Korea Members with which ASEAN countries have FTA = India, Australia, New Zealand RCEP includes more than 3 billion people, has a combined GDP of about $17… Continue reading Significance of RCEP for India?

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

What are LSA, CISMOA and BECA agreements?

Scope of discussion What do we mean by LSA, CISMOA & BECA – Back2basics terms Why the US wants India to sign them? Mains & Interview Why was India averse to signing these pacts? Mains What is Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI)? Prelims & Mains What are LSA, CISMOA and BECA agreements? Welcome to the world of 3 foundational… Continue reading What are LSA, CISMOA and BECA agreements?

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Bibek Debroy Committee on Restructuring of Indian Railways

#1. The process of accounting in Indian Railways is “very complicated”. “It is impossible to figure out what the rate of return on a project is” The financial statements of Indian Railways need to be re-drawn, consistent with principles and norms nationally and internationally accepted. #2. Streamline recruitment & HR processes Remove the multiplicity of channels of… Continue reading Bibek Debroy Committee on Restructuring of Indian Railways

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Nuclear Security Summit (2010 – 2016)

The 4 NSS held in this series were –  2010 – Washington 2012 – Seoul 2014 – The Hague 2016 – Washington How did this all begun? The nuclear security summit initiative began with an April 2009 call by U.S. President Barack Obama to hold a global summit on nuclear security in 2010 as part… Continue reading Nuclear Security Summit (2010 – 2016)

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

Aim: To generate awareness and improve efficiency of delivery of welfare services meant for women Launched on 22 January 2015 with an initial corpus of Rs. 100 crore Joint initiative of Ministries of Women & Child Development, Health & Human Resource Development Districts Identified The three criteria for selection of districts: Districts below the national… Continue reading Beti Bachao Beti Padhao