GS-3, Indian Economy

Regulatory Roadblock to Ease of Doing Business

Recently, the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2019 report ranked India 77th among 190 countries, apart from it India is counted as one of the world’s most attractive investment destinations. However, in order to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25, India certainly needs to improve more on ease of doing the business front. Legislations and Challenges to Ease of… Continue reading Regulatory Roadblock to Ease of Doing Business

GS-2, International Relations

India’s Embrace of Strategic Hedging

Recently, Indian PM attended three summit-level meetings with France, United States and Russian President, within a time period of two weeks. Further, in the month of October 2019, China's President Xi Jinping will visit India. The simultaneous engagements with Russia, the US and China point towards the significance of remarkable strategic hedging in India’s foreign policy. Despite the differences… Continue reading India’s Embrace of Strategic Hedging

Agriculture, GS-3

Zero-Budget Natural Farming

Addressing the United Nations conference on desertification (COP-14), Indian PM told the global community that India is focusing on Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). ZBNF was also highlighted in budget 2019 in the bid to double farmer's income by 2022. However, scientists from the National Academy of Agricultural Sciencessuggested that there is no need for the government to promote ZBNF unless there… Continue reading Zero-Budget Natural Farming

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2

Jan Soochna Portal

Recently, the government of Rajasthan had launched Jan Soochna Portal (JSP), which is in concurrence with the spirit of Right to Information Act (RTI). This virtually makes JSP a Janta Information System. JSP envisages public disclosure of data, which is the furtherance of civil society reforms initiated by the RTI, making it in synergy with good governance. Thus, JSP… Continue reading Jan Soochna Portal

GS-3, Indian Economy

Economic Slowdown and its Fix

Recently, India resolved that it would be a $5-trillion economy in 2024. However, GDP growth slowed to a six-year low of 5 % during the first quarter of 2019. According to NITI Aayog, the present economic crisis is the worst crisis India is facing since Independence. Reduction in growth automatically leads to hampering of development goals… Continue reading Economic Slowdown and its Fix

Environment, GS-3

Natural Sources of Unpolluted Water

India is home to 17% of the world’s population but has only 4% of the world’s freshwater resources. At present, 75% of Indian households do not have access to drinking water, and close to 90% of rural households have no access to piped water. In this context, the government resolved to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024 under the .… Continue reading Natural Sources of Unpolluted Water

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2

Uniform Civil code — the debate, the status

Last week, while hearing a matter relating to properties of a Goan, the Supreme Court described Goa as a “shining example” with a Uniform Civil Code, observed that the founders of the Constitution had “hoped and expected” a Uniform Civil Code for India but there has been no attempt at framing one. What is a Uniform Civil… Continue reading Uniform Civil code — the debate, the status

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2

What Is Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act?

What is Public Safety Act? The act lays down guidelines required to maintain the safety and security of the people and the state. The PSA empowers the authorities to detain any person “acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order”. This law is called the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.… Continue reading What Is Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act?

GS-2, International Relations

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

News Summary: Addressing the SCO Summit, Modi raised various issues, including terrorism and trade protectionism. He came up with a new template he described as “HEALTH” for cooperation among SCO members. H for Healthcare cooperation E for Economic cooperation A for Alternative energy L for Literature T for Terrorism-free society H for Humanitarian cooperation On Terrorism: Modi raised the issue of… Continue reading Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2

Ladakh Under Sixth Schedule

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has recommended that the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh be included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. NCST, a constitutional body to safeguard socio-cultural rights of Scheduled Tribes, was entrusted with the responsibility of examining the status of tribals in Ladakh, by the Centre. If included, Ladakh will be the only… Continue reading Ladakh Under Sixth Schedule