GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Government plans 27,000km economic corridors

The government is planning to make 44 highway stretches totalling 27,000 km to be developed as “economic corridors” for seamless movement of cargo vehicles, cut delays, deepen economic activities and create jobs. This will be the biggest highway expansion plan since the rolling out of Golden Quadrilateral and North South East West Corridor, totalling 13,000… Continue reading Government plans 27,000km economic corridors

Editorials, GS-1, Uncategorized

Is globalism dead?

Whether you love Donald Trump or you hate him, you cannot deny that he has a knack for capturing the zeitgeist. At his acceptance speech at the recently concluded Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the newly anointed presidential candidate declared in no uncertain terms: “Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.” Trump, presumably, was speaking… Continue reading Is globalism dead?

Big Picture, Uncategorized

One India, One election an interesting concept but its benefits not clear yet

Frequent elections, according to experts, hamper long-term policymaking because every decision is seen as bait for votes. Hence, to end this vicious cycle of elections, PM Modi had recommended holding of simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections all over the country. The PM’s stand on the issue received support from President Pranab Mukherjee recently when… Continue reading One India, One election an interesting concept but its benefits not clear yet

Editorials, GS-3

India’s e-waste problem

The Union environment ministry in March 2016 had notified the E-Waste Management Rules 2016 replacing the 2011 version. With this, the Indian government has taken a key step to combat this most lethal form of pollution. The earlier rules issued five years ago were quite inadequate. Why worry about e-waste? Organic and easily recyclable metal,… Continue reading India’s e-waste problem

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi

First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi The first cargo truck under the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement for cross border movement reached Delhi recently. Key facts: The cargo truck was dispatched from Dhaka on August 27 as part of a trial run and arrived at the Inland Customs Depot… Continue reading First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi

Big issues, Uncategorized

Right to Education Act will have to be amended to scrap the ‘no detention’ policy

The Right To Education (RTE) Act was brought into effect in 2009 and ever since it has been mired in controversies. It is argued that the act in its present form favours some communities by exempting them from stringent rules prescribed in it. These rules, many of which have been severely criticised, are however applied… Continue reading Right to Education Act will have to be amended to scrap the ‘no detention’ policy

Big Picture, GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Indo-US Strategic Ties: Where Is It Heading?

The relationship between India and USA which has been on an upward curve for some time is further seeing an upward trend. The crucial LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement) recently signed by both the countries is a significant step towards strategic and defence ties. What does the Agreement mean? It provides for automatic approvals… Continue reading Indo-US Strategic Ties: Where Is It Heading?

Big Picture, Uncategorized

ISRO test firing Scramjet Rocket Engine.

Introduction The first experimental mission of ISRO’s Scramjet Engine towards realisation of Air Breathing Propulsion System was carried out successfully. It is a new technology which is not available with many countries. India is the fourth country to demonstrate the flight testing of scramjet engine. Many countries have tested a Scramjet but no country has… Continue reading ISRO test firing Scramjet Rocket Engine.

Big Picture, Uncategorized

Is Social Media Globalizing Terrorism?

Social media in the present times has emerged as something inevitable for everyone. In some way or the other, it is having an impact on people and their daily lives. According to a Report from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, United Kingdom, social media has been consciously failing to combat extremism and not… Continue reading Is Social Media Globalizing Terrorism?