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

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India Exits RCEP

Recently, India decided to opt-out of the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal. India held that it will not become part of RCEP until “significant outstanding issues” are resolved. The RCEP negotiations were kick-started during the 21st ASEAN Summit in Cambodia in November 2012 and all participating countries sought to finalise and sign a deal by 2020.… Continue reading India Exits RCEP

GS-2, Uncategorized

Vaccine Hesitancy

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) in a report held that Vaccine hesitancy is among the top 10 threats to global health in 2019. WHO defines Vaccine hesitancy as a delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite the availability of vaccination services. Vaccine hesitancy has been reported in more than 90% of countries in the world. Instances of Vaccine… Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Riyadh Summit

Recently, the Prime Minister of India visited Saudi Arabia to attend the Riyadh Summit, which is the third summit in many years. Southwest Asian sub-region has been under volatile circumstances, ranging from India-Pakistan tensions to crises in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. This geopolitical flux can get aggravated due to rising prices in the oil market. In spite of this, Riyadh Summit demonstrates maturity… Continue reading Riyadh Summit

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

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India-Germany

Recently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited India to participate in the 5th Biennial Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC). Background India was the first country to end the state of war with Germany in 1951, and therefore was among the first countries to grant the Federal Republic of Germany diplomatic recognition. Germany established its Consulate General in Mumbai in 1951,… Continue reading India-Germany

GS-2, Uncategorized

Right To Be Forgotten

Recently, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in favour of the search engine giant Google, which was contesting a French regulatory authority’s order to have web addresses removed from its global database. The European Union’s highest court ruled that an online privacy rule known as the ‘right to be forgotten’ under European law would not apply beyond the borders of… Continue reading Right To Be Forgotten

GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Quantum Supremacy

Recently, Google’s quantum computer, named Sycamore, claimed “quantum supremacy”, as it reportedly did the task in 200 seconds that would have apparently taken a supercomputer 10,000 years to complete. What is “quantum supremacy”? The phrase “quantum supremacy” was coined in 2012 by John Preskill. Quantum supremacy refers to a quantum computer solving a problem that cannot be expected of a classical computer in a normal lifetime. Quantum… Continue reading Quantum Supremacy

GS-3, Internal security, Uncategorized

NAGA Conundrum

The Centre’s interlocutor R N Ravi stressed on the need to resolve key issues with the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN-IM as the Centre approaches toward wrapping Naga peace talk till October 31st deadline. What is Naga Issue? The key demand of Naga groups has been a Greater Nagalim (sovereign statehood) i.e redrawing of boundaries to bring all… Continue reading NAGA Conundrum