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Technology In Education: Are We Addressing The Real Problems?

Imagine two villages separated by a lake. The only way anyone can get from one village to the other is by swimming across the lake. How do you make travel easier? You could start a boat service or you could build a simple wooden bridge. You could even build a concrete bridge so that vehicles… Continue reading Technology In Education: Are We Addressing The Real Problems?

Essay, Uncategorized

Debate: Is GDP a true and accurate measurement of growth?

A new book, The Great Invention by Ehsan Masood, unveils the genesis of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and how it shaped the modern economic paradigm. It comes at a time when a growing number of people are questioning this flawed metric. Is GDP a true and accurate measurement of growth? Exclusive excerpts from the… Continue reading Debate: Is GDP a true and accurate measurement of growth?

Essay, Uncategorized

India Created Its Own Education Crisis, But There’s Hope Yet

The recent report tabled in Parliament that more than 100,000 schools in India have just one teacher is an alarming wake-up call for the government and all stakeholders. However, it also offers a genuine opportunity to transform India's archaic education landscape now that a new policy is under discussion. Four significant challenges confront the education… Continue reading India Created Its Own Education Crisis, But There’s Hope Yet

Big issues, GS-2, Uncategorized

Judiciary Vs Executive – Judicial Appointments

The justice system is caught in a tussle between the committee of Supreme Court justices and the government over who has the final say on appointing judges. India’s 24 high courts should have 1091 judges. However, as many as 470 positions are vacant. Many are not happy with the present collegium system. The two decade… Continue reading Judiciary Vs Executive – Judicial Appointments

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Don’t blame nature, bolster disaster preparedness

A Parliamentary panel has rejected Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi’s contention that there cannot be preparation for a disaster like the Chennai floods which “occurs once in 100 years”. Details: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in its report on ‘Disaster in Chennai caused by torrential rainfall and consequent flooding’ has strongly recommended that… Continue reading Don’t blame nature, bolster disaster preparedness

Big Picture, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Merger of Associate Banks with SBI

Introduction The five banks set to merge with SBI are State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore,State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Hyderabad and State Bank of Patiala. SBI will also absorbBharatiya Mahila Bank. This is a bigger merger. 6 banks will be merging at the same time. This has never happened… Continue reading Merger of Associate Banks with SBI

Big issues, Environment, GS-3

Coastal Regulation Zone & Sailesh Nayak Committee

About Coastal Regulation Zone Under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, notification was issued in 1991 for regulation of activities in the coastal area by Ministry of Environment and Forests. These notification known as Coastal Regulation Zone Notification defined the Coastal Regulation Zone or CRZ as coastal land up to 500m from the High Tide Line… Continue reading Coastal Regulation Zone & Sailesh Nayak Committee

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Judicial Appointments and RTI: Should It Be Allowed?

One of the landmark legislations of the country which actually transformed the nature of governance in the country and brought in transparency and accountability is the Right to Information Act passed in 2005. This Act mandates timely response to the request of citizens for government information. However, there are still certain areas where RTI should… Continue reading Judicial Appointments and RTI: Should It Be Allowed?