GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

The fee for NSG membership

The Hindu News: China’s announcement that it intends to oppose India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group unless it agrees to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). For the past year, India had made admission to the 48-member NSG a focus of its international outreach, though membership has been a goal since the India-U.S. civil nuclear… Continue reading The fee for NSG membership

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Ken-Betwa project: Panel warns of dangers to ecology and animal life

A team of wildlife experts have submitted a crucial report on Ken-Betwa River linking project. The report warns of the dangers to the ecology and animal life due to the proposed Ken-Betwa project. Details: The report neither endorses nor disapproves of the Ken-Betwa project but notes that if the government were to go ahead it… Continue reading Ken-Betwa project: Panel warns of dangers to ecology and animal life

GS-3, Indian Economy, Pub admin 1, Uncategorized

INFRACON, ePACE and up-Scaled INAM PRO launched

The government has launched ePACE, INFRACON and an updated version of INAMPRO, three innovative IT initiatives of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, developed in house by NHIDCL(National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd.) Details: ePACE (Projects Appraisal & Continuing Enhancements) is an online integrated Management Information System that brings projects from all wings… Continue reading INFRACON, ePACE and up-Scaled INAM PRO launched

Editorials, GS-2, Uncategorized

A blow against free speech

Article Link In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court recently turned down a clutch of petitions challenging provisions of criminal defamation under the Indian Penal Code. The Supreme Court has ruled that the provisions are valid and do not violate the Constitution. The apex court’s verdict will have a significant effect particularly on politicians, activists… Continue reading A blow against free speech

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Jobs & Economic Growth

Asia-Pacific Human Development Report just released by UNDP says that by 2050 more than 280 million people will enter the jobs market in India, a 33 per cent increase from current levels—but let us have a look at the numbers: 5 million New non-agricultural jobs were created annually between 1999-2000 and 2004-2005 An additional 7.5… Continue reading Jobs & Economic Growth

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Domestic violence Act misused: Centre

The government recently told the Rajya Sabha that provisions of the Domestic Violence and Anti-Dowry Acts are being misused and several NGOs had also given reports supporting it. Details: Records show that only 13 persons were convicted out of the 639 charge sheeted in 2014 under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005.… Continue reading Domestic violence Act misused: Centre

GS-3, Uncategorized

SC pulls up Centre, States for failing to tackle drought

The Supreme Court has pulled up states for their “ostrich-like attitude” on drought, saying they ignored information provided by central agencies and failed to take any preparatory steps to tackle a possible disaster. Important observations made by the court: States are not assessing the drought situation in time leading to serious consequences. The adverse or… Continue reading SC pulls up Centre, States for failing to tackle drought

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Renewables are not enough

Article Link Summary: World leaders, on April 22, ratified the global climate agreement reached in Paris last December. The agreement requires 195 countries to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with the goal of not exceeding 1.5°C. The countries have also committed to “intended nationally determined contributions” (INDCs) to limit or… Continue reading Renewables are not enough

GS-2, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

All you need to know about the new IPR Policy

Article Link Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently released India’s new National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy. The Policy which is in compliance with WTO’s (World Trade Organisation) agreement on TRIPS (Trade Related aspects of IPRs), aims to sustain entrepreneurship and boost ‘Make in India’ scheme. It also aims to create awareness about economic, social and… Continue reading All you need to know about the new IPR Policy