GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Ltd (PMC Bank)

Context The Reserve Bank of India has placed Mumbai-based Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC Bank) a Leading Cooperative Bank headquartered in Mumbai under directions and has slapped restrictions on its operations RBI imposed curbs on the activities of PMC for a period of six months. Background Founded in 1984, PMC Bank was the youngest bank to… Continue reading Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Ltd (PMC Bank)

GS-2, Uncategorized

Childhoods lost in a troubled paradise

Context This article speaks about incidents of Illegal detention, violence and torture in the valley region of Jammu and Kashmir and how this has led to mental trauma in the children and stress in Adults. Stats Between 1990 and 2005, a total of 46 schools were occupied by the armed forces In 2018, the Jammu… Continue reading Childhoods lost in a troubled paradise

GS-2, GS-3

A Better Way of Waste Management

The first rule of waste management all over the world is that households must segregate their waste before it is collected from the doorstep. Also, the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 in India prescribe the same. Waste segregation can help Indian cities ‘get’ cleaned up, as current modes of solid waste disposal just make the city to… Continue reading A Better Way of Waste Management

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Indo-Arctic Strategic Construct

Recently, the Indian Prime Minister at Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), mentioned India’s willingness to play “a significant role in the Arctic Council.” It provides an opening for India to pursue a grandiose Arctic plan. India has been an observer member of the Arctic Council since 2013. Why should India be concerned about the Arctic? India will have to… Continue reading Indo-Arctic Strategic Construct

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

The attack on Agroecology

What is Agroecology? It is recognized worldwide as a system that enhances fertile landscapes, increases yields, restores soil health and biodiversity, promotes climate resilience and improves farmers’ well-being. Its practices are supported by many agricultural scientists, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, farmers’ groups and several NGOs. It basically makes… Continue reading The attack on Agroecology

Social Issue, Uncategorized

Live-in Relationships

Meaning It involves continuous cohabitation between the partners without any responsibilities or obligations towards one another. The Supreme Court in Indra Sarma vs. V.K.V. Sarma defined live-in relationships as- A domestic cohabitation between an adult unmarried male and an adult unmarried female. Supreme Court on Live in relationships The Supreme Court has, in several rulings, held that… Continue reading Live-in Relationships

GS-3, Uncategorized

Biotechnology Sector in India

India is among the first countries to set up a specialized agency i.e. department of biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology for the development of research and human resources in the biotechnology sector in 1986. What is Biotechnology and its Applications? Biotechnology harnesses cellular and bio-molecular processes to develop technologies and products that… Continue reading Biotechnology Sector in India

GS-2, Uncategorized

Right to Internet Access and Digital Literacy

Recently, the Kerala High Court, in Faheema Shirin v. the State of Kerala case, declared the right to Internet access as a fundamental right forming a part of the right to privacy and the right to education under Article 21 of the Constitution. The court held that, in an information society, unequal access to the Internet creates and reproduces… Continue reading Right to Internet Access and Digital Literacy

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

United Nations Climate Action Summit

Context United Nations Climate Action Summit was held in New York. It was convened to identify urgent and concrete solutions to climate change. Mr. Modi’s speech It covered four important aspects of India’s climate action — the push for renewable energy, electric mobility, mixing of biofuel to reduce consumption of fossil fuels, and the Jal… Continue reading United Nations Climate Action Summit

Uncategorized

Reforming Centrally Sponsored Scheme

Recently, the union government has amended the terms of reference (ToR) issued to the Fifteenth Finance Commission, asking it to examine a separate mechanism for funding of defence and internal security. The amendment is based on the rationale that if Union government is required to contribute through Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), on the matters of the… Continue reading Reforming Centrally Sponsored Scheme