Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Living Planet Report 2018: by WWF

CHAPTER 1- WHY BIODIVERSITY MATTERS? The importance of nature in our lives Humans have evolved, grown and thrived, in nature. Modern human society needs the resources of nature to thrive. Perception that nature is ‘nice to have’ and its protection is secondary to the more important tasks of increasing economic growth, creating jobs, enhancing the… Continue reading Living Planet Report 2018: by WWF

GS-2, Social Issue

Xaxa Committee on Tribal Communities of India Report

The Indian State must aim to ensure that all sections of society share in the economic and social prosperity of the country. It is widely acknowledged that a large section of the Indian population, especially the tribal communities, have not received the full benefits of development processes undertaken over the past six decades and adversely… Continue reading Xaxa Committee on Tribal Communities of India Report

Big issues, Environment, GS-3

Coastal Regulation Zone & Sailesh Nayak Committee

About Coastal Regulation Zone Under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, notification was issued in 1991 for regulation of activities in the coastal area by Ministry of Environment and Forests. These notification known as Coastal Regulation Zone Notification defined the Coastal Regulation Zone or CRZ as coastal land up to 500m from the High Tide Line… Continue reading Coastal Regulation Zone & Sailesh Nayak Committee

Editorials, GS-3

Time for a National Water Commission’

The committee on restructuring the Central Water Commission and Central Ground Water Board in its final report has recommended a new National Water Commission (NWC) be established as the nation’s apex facilitation organisation dealing with water policy, data and governance. Other recommendations made by the committee: Urgent overhaul of the current water management systems. Change… Continue reading Time for a National Water Commission’

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

N.K. Singh to head panel to review FRBM Act

The Hindu What happened? The government has announced the constitution of a panel under Former Revenue Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP N.K. Singh to review the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act of 2003. Considerations before the Panel It will  consider the possibility of replacing absolute fiscal deficit targets with a target range that… Continue reading N.K. Singh to head panel to review FRBM Act

GS-3, Internal security, Uncategorized

National insecurity

Indian Express Issue Accountability needs to be set for lapses in the National Security. Context Something is seriously wrong with our counter-terror security establishment,” Parliament’s Standing Committee on Home Affairs has reported regarding attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. It said that something is seriously wrong with our counter-terror security establishment, Its… Continue reading National insecurity

Editorials, GS-2, Uncategorized

Bitter medicine for the Centre

The Hindu The Supreme Court has set up a three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha to perform the statutory functions of the Medical Council of India. Issues which needs reform on urgent basis are: Need to reduce the cost of medical education and increase access in different parts of the… Continue reading Bitter medicine for the Centre

Editorials, GS-1, Uncategorized

Time to put an end to film censorship

Recently, a committee headed by veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal had submitted its report recommending a number of amendments to the Cinematograph Act, 1952. Central Board of Film Certification The Central Board of Film Certification (often referred to as the Censor Board) is a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,… Continue reading Time to put an end to film censorship

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Two committees to ensure consistency in tax policies

The Union Government has constituted two new committees: Tax Policy Research Unit (TPRU) Tax Policy Council (TPC) Aim: To streamline the taxation policy and administration These committees have been constituted based on the recommendation of the Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC) Tax Policy Research Unit The TPRU will be headed by Revenue Secretary It will carry… Continue reading Two committees to ensure consistency in tax policies

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Arvind Subramanian Panel on GST Tax Rates

The Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian led panel submitted its report on Possible Tax rates under Goods and Services Tax (GST) to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Union government had set up the committee under chairmanship of CEA Dr. Subramanian in June 2015 to arrive at GST rates by factoring in the economic growth rate,  taxpayer… Continue reading Arvind Subramanian Panel on GST Tax Rates