Big Picture, Uncategorized

Swachh Survekshan 2017

The Swachh Survekshan 2017 (second survey after the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission) was launched recently to assess and rank 500 cities and towns on the basis of the level of sanitation and efforts made respective urban local bodies towards keeping the city clean. The aim is also to capture progress towards Open Defecation Free… Continue reading Swachh Survekshan 2017

GS-1, Uncategorized

Responding to rapid urban expansion

India’s urban population is expected to reach 600 million by 2031. However, much of this growth will not be in the core city but on its peripheries. Major concern: ‘Urban Sprawl’ phenomenon Population growth will not be in the core city. It will mainly be concentrated in semi urban or rural areas surrounding or adjacent… Continue reading Responding to rapid urban expansion

GS-2, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Paid maternity leave increased to 6 months

The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961 to increase paid leave for expectant mothers from three months to six and a half months. The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill of 2016 will now be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. Details: The amendment bill seeks to increase maternity leave to 26… Continue reading Paid maternity leave increased to 6 months

Editorials, GS-2, GS-3, Indian Economy, International Relations, Uncategorized

Arctic opportunities

The Indian Express One of the most dramatic effects of global warming is seen in the Arctic region. In recent years the ice in the Arctic Sea has been melting rapidly. In 2007, a large part of the Arctic Sea became ice free in summer months for the first time in living history. The melting… Continue reading Arctic opportunities

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Dedication of Kudankulam Plant to the Nation

India Russia relationship has moved a mile ahead with the dedication of the 1st Unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. With 1000 Mega Watt, Kudankulam Unit 1 has become the largest single unit of electrical power in India. This also signals the joint commitment of both the nations to develop a partnership ahead for green… Continue reading Dedication of Kudankulam Plant to the Nation