GS-3, Indian Economy, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Should the government exit navratna companies?

Why in news? Last month, the Cabinet approved sale of the government’s stake in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, a navratna public sector company with oil refining and marketing operations. Backgrounder The Public Sector Enterprises are run by the Government under the Department of Public Enterprises of Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. The government… Continue reading Should the government exit navratna companies?

GS-3, Uncategorized

ROHINGYA CRISIS

ROHINGYA CRISIS Why in News? Case regarding The Genocide in 2017 committed by the Myanmarese military on Rohingya Muslims of Rakhine valley, Mayanmar - was taken to International Court of Justice (ICJ) by a tiny west-African state Gambia on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Background Rohingya is ethnic Muslim minority group, largely comprising… Continue reading ROHINGYA CRISIS

GS-2, GS-3, Uncategorized

Destruction of public property: What the law says

Why need to read? Despite a law against the destruction of property, incidents of rioting, vandalism, and arson have been common during protests across the country. Important for: GS Paper 3 (Internal Security), Public Administration Paper 2 (Law and Order) What the law says The Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 punishes anyone… Continue reading Destruction of public property: What the law says

Environment, GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Explained: How cars can run on hydrogen

Explained: How cars can run on hydrogen Why in news? Ahead of next July’s Tokyo Olympics, Japan is gearing up to put on its roads thousands of vehicles based on a hydrogen cell technology, also known as ‘fuel cells’. How it works? Fuel used: Hydrogen + Oxidant Process:  Produced electricity by an electrochemical process Fuel… Continue reading Explained: How cars can run on hydrogen

GS-3, Uncategorized

What Makes Doing Business Easier

In the latest ranking for countries in ease of doing business, the World Bank has placed India 63rd out of 190 countries — an improvement of 14 places from its 77th position last year. India figures in the top ten most improved countries in the world for the third consecutive year. India’s score improved from 67.23 (2019) to 71.0 (2020). Challenges to Ease of… Continue reading What Makes Doing Business Easier

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Convergence of Agriculture and Nutrition

Agricultural productivity in India has seen impressive growth in recent years fuelled by systemic and scientific improvements like the Green Revolution, globalisation and industrialisation of the food sector. Even after all this growth, malnutrition continues to remain a challenge with serious social and economic costs. There has been a significant disconnect between agriculture and nutrition… Continue reading Convergence of Agriculture and Nutrition

GS-3, Uncategorized

How Markets Can Serve Climate

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, 2019 which will be held in Madrid, Spain in December, has the challenge of deciding how markets can be deployed to deal with climate change. Also known as Conference of the Parties (COP), it is the 25th UN Climate Change Conference (COP25). The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a product of the Kyoto Protocol, is one such market instrument that can help the industry as… Continue reading How Markets Can Serve Climate

GS-3, Uncategorized

Telecom Sector: Challenges & Way Forward

Recently, the Supreme Court allowed the Centre's plea to recover Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) of about Rs 92,000 crores from the telecom service providers. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, upheld the definition of AGR formulated by the Department of Telecommunications. The bench made it clear that there would be no further litigation on the issue and it… Continue reading Telecom Sector: Challenges & Way Forward

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Call of the River

Recently, Lok Sabha passed the amendment to Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956. The Bill is yet to be discussed in the Rajya Sabha. It proposes a permanent tribunal and several other measures to improve the settlement of inter-state river water disputes. The resolution of water dispute is governed by the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956. According to… Continue reading Call of the River

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Tackling the Air Pollution

Recently, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority- EPCA declared a public health emergency in New Delhi as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category. Air Pollution as Public Health Emergency Air pollution is now the third-highest cause of death among all health risks, ranking just above smoking, in India. An environment think tank Centre for Science and Environment in its report “At… Continue reading Tackling the Air Pollution