Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

The risks of creating giant banks

Summary: The government has decided to push for the creation of a new banking giant by merging the State Bank of India with its associate banks. The quest to create an Indian bank that will be in the league of global giants is an old one. It has been talked about since the 1991 economic… Continue reading The risks of creating giant banks

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Now, a ‘tatkal’ system to expedite patent examination

The Hindu What happened? The government has amended rules and introduced several measures including a system similar to ‘tatkal’, to expedite examination of patent applications by start-ups as well as entities choosing India for the first filing of patent. Why this move? There are around 2.37 lakh patent applications pending in the country. The government… Continue reading Now, a ‘tatkal’ system to expedite patent examination

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Have we lost the dowry battle?

Livemint National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows a rising graph in the number of dowry cases registered: 9,038 for 2012 10,709 for 2013 10,050 for 2014 Men’s rights activists will tell you this is proof of the law’s misuse. And even the Supreme Court has pointed out in 2014 that section 498A has “dubious… Continue reading Have we lost the dowry battle?

GS-1, Uncategorized

The ghosts of Sykes-Picot + Sykes-Picot pact haunts efforts to end Syrian civil war

The Hindu                                                                    The Hindu History: One hundred years ago on Monday, Britain and France signed a secret agreement carving out “spheres of… Continue reading The ghosts of Sykes-Picot + Sykes-Picot pact haunts efforts to end Syrian civil war

Art & culture, GS-1, Uncategorized

Ancient Buddhist site found in Amaravati

The Hindu News: Assisted by residents of Vaikuntapuram, located in the Amaravati region, Dr. Reddy, who is also CEO of the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada, conducted a search which yielded three mounds studded with brickbats and pottery in red colour. The mounds were formed on huge boulders on which a brick-built stupa was raised. The… Continue reading Ancient Buddhist site found in Amaravati

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

N.K. Singh to head panel to review FRBM Act

The Hindu What happened? The government has announced the constitution of a panel under Former Revenue Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP N.K. Singh to review the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act of 2003. Considerations before the Panel It will  consider the possibility of replacing absolute fiscal deficit targets with a target range that… Continue reading N.K. Singh to head panel to review FRBM Act

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Why we must have the right to choose death

Livemint Issue: Legal provisions for euthanasia The proposed Medical Treatment of Terminally-Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Bill regarding passive euthanasia—its draft is posted on the health ministry website for public feedback—is one such instance. It is a step in the right direction, even if it has shortfalls to be addressed. The question… Continue reading Why we must have the right to choose death

Essay, GS-3, Uncategorized

A work in progress

The Hindu GDP: GDP since 1930’s has been used to measure the economic performance of a nation, and has been shaping the debate on the performance of countries for the past 80 years or so. Today, almost every country maintains GDP statistics. GDP? Click here What are the relative merits and demerits of GDP and… Continue reading A work in progress