GS-3, Uncategorized

How the forces protect VIPs?

Context The Government has recently downgraded the security cover of former PM Manmohan Singh, from Special Protection Group (SPG) to Z plus of the CRPF. How does the government decide the level of protection an individual needs? The Home Ministry takes the decision based on inputs from intelligence agencies, which include the Intelligence Bureau and the… Continue reading How the forces protect VIPs?

GS-2, Uncategorized

Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Himachal top India’s child well-being index

Child well-being index, a tool designed to measure and tracks children’s well-being comprehensively has been released. Details: The report released by the non-government organisation World Vision India and research institute IFMR LEAD. The report is an attempt to look at how India fairs on child well-being using a composite child well-being index. The India child… Continue reading Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Himachal top India’s child well-being index

GS-3, Uncategorized

RBI transfer ‘surplus’ to government

Context Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Board has approved a transfer of Rs 1,76,051 crore to the government, including a surplus or dividend of Rs 1,23,414 crore, and a one-time transfer of excess provisions amounting to Rs 52,637 crore. Bimal Jalan Committee The outflow from the RBI’s reserves was limited to this amount only because… Continue reading RBI transfer ‘surplus’ to government

GS-3, Uncategorized

Rediscovering Development Banks

Context Finance Minister recently announced a slew of measures to boost the economy and financial market sentiments. One of the measures was a proposal to establish an organisation to provide credit enhancement for infrastructure and housing projects with an aim to enhance fund flows towards such projects. The announcement can have far-reaching implications for India’s financial system.… Continue reading Rediscovering Development Banks

GS-3, Uncategorized

Boosting Regional Air Connectivity

Context Civil Aviation, being a central subject, gets little attention from states. It is evident from the fact that very few States in India have active civil aviation departments. The Regional Connectivity Scheme, Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN), has become a game changer as this flagship programme has a built-in mechanism to develop stakes of State governments in… Continue reading Boosting Regional Air Connectivity

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

A bottom-up approach to conservation

Issue: The 2018 floods and landslides in Kerala that caused huge financial losses and manifold human tragedies were thought of as a once-in-a-century calamity, and that normalcy will return soon. Further, the probability of two such back-to-back events was only 1 in 10,000. Hence, in 2019, a repeat of the shocking train of intense floods,… Continue reading A bottom-up approach to conservation

GS-2, Uncategorized

On the wrong side

The editorial talks about Press Council of India backing Kashmir restrictions Issue: The Press Council of India has moved the Supreme Court supporting the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to impose restrictions on communication in the state following the abrogation of Article 370. Issues are being raised about the Press Council of India… Continue reading On the wrong side

GS-2, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Privacy Judgement and the Aftermath

Context Two years ago, in August 2017,a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court in Justice K. S. Puttaswamy (Retd) Vs Union of India unanimously held that Indians have a constitutionally protected fundamental right to privacy that is an intrinsic part of life and liberty under Article 21. It held that privacy is a natural right that inheres in all natural persons, and… Continue reading Privacy Judgement and the Aftermath

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

A New Battlefront in the WTO

Context: U.S. President Donald Trump recently attacked the World Trade Organization (WTO) for allowing countries such as India and China to engage in unfair trade practices that affect American economic interests. World Trade Organization (WTO): The WTO was envisaged as an international trade body to help foster more trading in goods and services between nations. It tries to achieve the goals… Continue reading A New Battlefront in the WTO