GS-2, Uncategorized

Stubble Burning

Recently, the Supreme Court had ordered the Centre to prepare a comprehensive national scheme, in consultation with the States, within three months to wean small and marginal farmers away from stubble burning. Air pollution in Delhi NCR has now become a familiar story, repeated with minor variations every year, mainly aggravated by stubble burning in Punjab and… Continue reading Stubble Burning

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, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Aspirational Districts’ Programme

India is amongst the leading economies of the world and envisages to become $5 trillion by 2024-25. However, presently the quality of life of many of its citizens is not consistent with this growth story, this is reflected in UNDP’s 2018 Human Development Index wherein India is ranked 130. Living standards in India are affected by significant… Continue reading Aspirational Districts’ Programme

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, 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, Uncategorized

Defence Reforms: Chief of Defence Staff

Context In his Independence Day speech, PM announced that India will soon have a Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). The CDS is meant to be a single-point military advisor to the government, and to coordinate long-term planning, procurement, training and logistics of the three services. Its creation was recommended in 2001 by the Group of Ministers… Continue reading Defence Reforms: Chief of Defence Staff

Editorials, GS-2, Public Admin 2

Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Context Recently the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by both Houses of Parliament with an objective of stopping the rampant sexual abuse of children. It seeks to provide more stringent punishment, including death penalty, for sexual crimes against children. The present bill is welcome in certain respects as it specifically defines… Continue reading Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019

GS-2, Uncategorized

National Medical Commission Bill

Recently, the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 was passed by the parliament. The bill sets up the National Medical Commission (NMC) which will act as an umbrella regulatory body in the medical education system. Also, the NMC will subsume the MCI and will regulate medical education and practice in India. Apart from this, it also… Continue reading National Medical Commission Bill

GS-2, Uncategorized

Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019

This article is significant for GS Paper - 2 Issues Arising Out of Design & Implementation of Policies Issues Related to Women The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha with to facilitate altruistic surrogacy in the country. The government claims that regulating surrogacy will put an end to rampant commercialisation of the… Continue reading Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Cabinet approves National Steel Policy 2017

The Indian steel sector has grown exponentially over the past few years to be the third largest producer of steel globally, contributing to about 2% of the country's GDP and employing about 5 lakh people directly and about 20 lakh people indirectly. Key features of the National Steel Policy 2017: Create self-sufficiency in steel production… Continue reading Cabinet approves National Steel Policy 2017