Low crop yield in India: WHAT FARMING NEEDS: A GIANT TECH LEAP

Source: The post is based on the article “WHAT FARMING NEEDS: A GIANT TECH LEAP” published in the Livemint on 22nd November 2022. Syllabus: GS-3 – Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country. Relevance: About low crop yield in India. News: Low crop yield in India is a grave concern for Indian Agriculture. How low crop… Continue reading Low crop yield in India: WHAT FARMING NEEDS: A GIANT TECH LEAP

Revised Personal Data Protection Bill: One step forward, one step back

Source: The post is based on the article “Revised Personal Data Protection Bill: One step forward, one step back” published in the Indian Express on 22nd November 2022. Syllabus: GS-2 – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Relevance: About the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022.… Continue reading Revised Personal Data Protection Bill: One step forward, one step back

About transferring the judges: The Bar and the Bench

Source: The post is based on the article “The Bar and the Bench” published in the Indian Express on 22nd November 2022. Syllabus: GS-2 – Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. Relevance: About transferring the judges of High Courts. News: The transfers of high court judges, especially from Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh High Courts… Continue reading About transferring the judges: The Bar and the Bench

Private-sector participation in space: Space for start-ups

Source: The post is based on the article “Space for start-ups” published in the Business Standard on 22nd November 2022. Syllabus: GS3- Awareness in the field of space Relevance: About the private-sector participation in space. News: The successful launch of Vikram-S, India’s first privately built rocket from start-up Skyroot, has focused on the opening up of space to… Continue reading Private-sector participation in space: Space for start-ups

G20: Lessons from Bali summit and what it implies for India’s presidency

Source: The post is based on the article “G20: Lessons from Bali summit and what it implies for India’s presidency” published in the Business Standard on 21st November 2022. Syllabus: GS – 2: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Relevance: About G20’s joint communique and its lessons for India.… Continue reading G20: Lessons from Bali summit and what it implies for India’s presidency

Incremental win – COP-27 commits to compensation fund, but leaves important questions for later

Source: The post is based on the following articles “COP27: A lost opportunity” published in the Indian Express on 21st November 2022. “Incremental win – COP-27 commits to compensation fund, but leaves important questions for later” published in The Hindu on 21st November 2022. “Weather Shifts In Climate Talks” published in The Times of India… Continue reading Incremental win – COP-27 commits to compensation fund, but leaves important questions for later

Humans face reproductive crisis as sperm count declines: Study

Source: The post is based on the article “Humans face reproductive crisis as sperm count declines: Study” published in the Business Standard on 17th November. What is the News? An international team of researchers has found a significant decline in sperm counts over the years in many countries globally, including India. The decline reflects a global… Continue reading Humans face reproductive crisis as sperm count declines: Study

‘The Chinese are planning a series of Himalayan dams of such worrying scale that they must be halted’

Source: The post is based on the article “‘The Chinese are planning a series of Himalayan dams of such worrying scale that they must be halted’” published in The Times of India on 17th November. Syllabus: GS 1 – Geographical features and their location changes in critical geographical features. Relevance: About the features of the Himalayas.… Continue reading ‘The Chinese are planning a series of Himalayan dams of such worrying scale that they must be halted’

The inspiration for New India: The unsung martyrs of Mangarh

Source: The post is based on the article “The inspiration for New India: The unsung martyrs of Mangarh” published in the Indian Express on 17th November. Syllabus: GS 1 – The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country. Relevance: About the Mangarh Massacre and relevance of tribal movements.… Continue reading The inspiration for New India: The unsung martyrs of Mangarh

OTT services should not have an unfair edge over Indian telcos

Source: The post is based on the article “OTT services should not have an unfair edge over Indian telcos” published in the Livemint on 17th November. Syllabus: GS 3 – Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. Relevance: About the Draft Telecom Bill and status of (telecom service providers) TSPs and OTTs (over-the-top). News: The proposed… Continue reading OTT services should not have an unfair edge over Indian telcos

Committee to monitor bulk drug parks

Source: The post is based on the article “Committee to monitor bulk drug parks” published in the Livemint on 17th November. What is the News? The department of pharmaceuticals has set up a high-level committee to monitor the progress of bulk drug parks that are being set up in three states. The parks in Andhra Pradesh,… Continue reading Committee to monitor bulk drug parks

Health as the focus of air pollution policy

Source: The post is based on the article “Health as the focus of air pollution policy” published in The Hindu on 16th November. Syllabus: GS 3 – environmental pollution and degradation. Relevance: About the status of health in India’s pollution policy-making. News: The harmful effects of air pollution on health has again been highlighted by the poor… Continue reading Health as the focus of air pollution policy

A call to action to avoid climate catastrophe

Source: The post is based on the article “A call to action to avoid climate catastrophe” published in The Hindu on 16th November 2022. Syllabus: GS 3 – Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation. Relevance: About the required actions to avoid climate catastrophe. News: Climate change is a global problem that requires cooperation between all nations. Hence, more than… Continue reading A call to action to avoid climate catastrophe

India’s LT-LEDS: Setting the COP agenda

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Setting the COP agenda” published in the Indian Express on 16th November 2022. “COP-27: India’s net-zero strategy lays out the challenge before it, and the world” published in the Indian Express on 16th November. Syllabus: GS 3 – Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation. Relevance: About the key takeaways of… Continue reading India’s LT-LEDS: Setting the COP agenda

World Population Prospects 2022: India’s Population Growth Appears To Be Stabilising: United Nations

Source: The post is based on the following articles “India’s Population Growth Appears To Be Stabilising: United Nations” published in NDTV on 16th November. “World @ 8 billion, India set to be most populous” published in Indian Express on 15th November 2022. What is the News? The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social… Continue reading World Population Prospects 2022: India’s Population Growth Appears To Be Stabilising: United Nations

Forced transmission-New guidelines for satellite channels leave wide scope for interpretation

Source: The post is based on the article “Forced transmission-New guidelines for satellite channels leave wide scope for interpretation” published in the Business Standard on 15th November 2022. Syllabus: GS 2 – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Relevance: About the concerns associated with mandatorily… Continue reading Forced transmission-New guidelines for satellite channels leave wide scope for interpretation

G20 Summit: What’s at stake?

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Making G20 relevant: The body works best when it makes an enabling global economic environment its focus. India should take note” published in The Times of India on 15th November 2022. “G20 Summit: What’s at stake?” published in the Indian Express on 15th November 2022. Syllabus: GS… Continue reading G20 Summit: What’s at stake?

Financing India’s infrastructure: India has to invest $55 billion p.a. in urban infra to meet needs of growing population: World Bank report

Source: The post is based on the article “India has to invest $55 billion p.a. in urban infra to meet needs of growing population: World Bank report” published in The Hindu on 15th November 2022. What is the News? Recently, the World Bank released a report titled “Financing India’s Infrastructure Needs: Constraints to Commercial Financing and Prospects for… Continue reading Financing India’s infrastructure: India has to invest $55 billion p.a. in urban infra to meet needs of growing population: World Bank report

Projects to track small fishing vessels along India’s coast makes progress

Source: The post is based on the article “Projects to track small fishing vessels along India’s coast makes progress” published in The Hindu on 15th November 2022 What is the News? As part of coastal security measures instituted post-26/11 Mumbai attacks the Indian government has instituted a project to install transponders on small fishing vessels… Continue reading Projects to track small fishing vessels along India’s coast makes progress

Bilateral trade with India doubled to $2 billion in the past two years, says Ambassador of Norway

Source: The post is based on the article “Bilateral trade with India doubled to $2 billion in the past two years, says Ambassador of Norway” published in The Hindu on 15th November 2022 What is the News? In the last two years, bilateral trade between India and Norway has doubled to $2 billion. What is the present status of… Continue reading Bilateral trade with India doubled to $2 billion in the past two years, says Ambassador of Norway

Green yields – Transparency will be critical for green bonds

Source: The post is based on the article “Green yields – Transparency will be critical for green bonds” published in the Business Standard on 14th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 3 – Indian economy Relevance: About India’s Sovereign Green Bonds Framework News: Union government issued a robust framework for sovereign green bonds. This will allow the government to issue… Continue reading Green yields – Transparency will be critical for green bonds

The coal reality: How coal is phased out is India’s policy choice, the transition cannot be decided by West’s interests

Source: The post is based on the article “The coal reality: How coal is phased out is India’s policy choice, the transition cannot be decided by West’s interests” published in The Times of India on 14th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 3 – Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. Relevance: About phase out coal. News: Far from the… Continue reading The coal reality: How coal is phased out is India’s policy choice, the transition cannot be decided by West’s interests

More judges please: Till collegium’s there GoI must clear names fast

Source: The post is based on the article “More judges please: Till collegium’s there GoI must clear names fast” published in The Times of India on 12th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 2 – Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. Relevance: About the delay in judicial appointments. News: The Supreme Court issued notice to the… Continue reading More judges please: Till collegium’s there GoI must clear names fast

A court of the future: There is need to finetune mechanisms of accountability within judiciary

Source: The post is based on the article “A court of the future: There is need to finetune mechanisms of accountability within judiciary” published in the Indian Express on 12th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 2 – Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. Relevance: About accountability within the judiciary. News: The Supreme Court need some… Continue reading A court of the future: There is need to finetune mechanisms of accountability within judiciary

India & EU: Standard deviations

Source: The post is based on the article “India & EU: Standard deviations” published in the Business Standard on 12th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 2 – Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests. Relevance: About the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) rules. News: Recently, the European Securities and Markets Authority… Continue reading India & EU: Standard deviations

In EWS verdict, a discrimination antithetical to equality

Source: The post is based on the article “In EWS verdict, a discrimination antithetical to equality” published in The Hindu on 12th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 2 – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Relevance: About India’s reservation criteria. News: The Supreme Court of India in… Continue reading In EWS verdict, a discrimination antithetical to equality

We must break ‘lock-ins’ of water usage in agriculture

Source: The post is based on the article “We must break ‘lock-ins’ of water usage in agriculture” published in the Livemint on 11th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 3 – different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage. Relevance: About breaking India’s lock-ins of water usage. News: The annual United Nations climate conference is underway in Sharm el-Sheikh,… Continue reading We must break ‘lock-ins’ of water usage in agriculture

C-DOT emerges as govt’s biggest bet for India’s ongoing 5G rollout

Source: The post is based on the article “C-DOT emerges as govt’s biggest bet for India’s ongoing 5G rollout” published in the Business Standard on 11th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 3 – indigenization of technology and developing new technology. Relevance: About Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT). News: The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) has emerged… Continue reading C-DOT emerges as govt’s biggest bet for India’s ongoing 5G rollout

Content slot: On guidelines for television channels

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Content slot: On guidelines for television channels” published in The Hindu on 11th November 2022.   “It’s pointless pushing TV to serve national causes” published in the Livemint on 11th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 2 – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of… Continue reading Content slot: On guidelines for television channels

Air pollution in Delhi: In the hopes for a clear blue sky

Source: The post is based on the article “In the hopes for a clear blue sky” published in The Hindu on 10th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 3 – Environmental pollution and degradation. Relevance: About air pollution in Delhi. News: Pollution-related curbs in Delhi were lifted and schools opened, despite air quality continuing to be in the “very poor”… Continue reading Air pollution in Delhi: In the hopes for a clear blue sky

Our choking cities: How we can improve air and water quality in urban spaces

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Our choking cities: How we can improve air and water quality in urban spaces” published in the Indian Express on 10th November 2022.   “Reduce year-round pollutants to make Delhi’s air less hazardous” published in Livemint on 10th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 3 – Environmental pollution and degradation. Relevance: About… Continue reading Our choking cities: How we can improve air and water quality in urban spaces

Reservation criteria: The EWS judgment and the shadow of Pandora

Source: The post is based on the article “The EWS judgment and the shadow of Pandora” published in The Hindu on 10th November 2022.   Syllabus: GS 2 – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Relevance: About India’s reservation criteria. News: The Supreme Court of India… Continue reading Reservation criteria: The EWS judgment and the shadow of Pandora

The irrelevance of regional rural banks

Source: The post is based on the article “The irrelevance of regional rural banks” published in the Business Standard on 9th November 2022.  Syllabus: GS 3 – Indian Economy. Relevance: About regional rural banks (RRBs). News: Several of the regional rural banks (RRBs), are now facing an existential crisis due to dwindling business and soaring bad assets.… Continue reading The irrelevance of regional rural banks

The Supreme Court order on PF pensions

Source: The post is based on the article “The Supreme Court order on PF pensions” published in The Hindu on 9th November 2022.  Syllabus: GS2 – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Relevance: About the recent court ruling on EPF Pension. News: The Supreme Court… Continue reading The Supreme Court order on PF pensions

EWS quota provides social justice to the economically marginalised

Source: The post is based on the article “EWS quota provides social justice to the economically marginalised” published in the Indian Express on 9th November 2022.  Syllabus: GS 2 – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Relevance: About social justice in India. News: The Supreme… Continue reading EWS quota provides social justice to the economically marginalised

New species of estuarine crab discovered in Cuddalore named after Annamalai University

Source: The post is based on the article “New species of estuarine crab discovered in Cuddalore named after Annamalai University” published in the The Hindu on 9th November 2022.  What is the News? The new species discovered in the estuary of Cuddalore district by the faculty of Annamalai University has been named ‘Pseudohelice annamalai’. This is… Continue reading New species of estuarine crab discovered in Cuddalore named after Annamalai University

How India can contribute to the peace efforts in the Russia-Ukraine war

Source: The post is based on the article “How India can contribute to the peace efforts in the Russia-Ukraine war” published in the Indian Express on 8th November 2022.  Syllabus: GS2 – Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests Relevance: About India’s approach to the Ukraine crisis. News: India’s External Affairs Minister went… Continue reading How India can contribute to the peace efforts in the Russia-Ukraine war

EWS verdict underscores that judiciary has been a reluctant supporter of caste-based reservation

Source: The post is based on the following articles “EWS verdict underscores that judiciary has been a reluctant supporter of caste-based reservation” published in the Indian Express on 8th November 2022.  “Economics, exclusion” published in The Hindu on 8th November 2022.  “Explainer: Why EWS quota became such a tangled legal debate” published in The Times of India on 8th… Continue reading EWS verdict underscores that judiciary has been a reluctant supporter of caste-based reservation

India should incentivize state-level fiscal responsibility

Source: The post is based on the article “India should incentivize state-level fiscal responsibility” published in Livemint on 7th November 2022.  Syllabus: GS 2 – Devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein. Relevance: About the state-level fiscal responsibility. News: To ensure fiscal discipline, the government at all levels must be made… Continue reading India should incentivize state-level fiscal responsibility

About the proposed telecom bill: Do not let a licence raj for apps set India back

Source: The post is based on the article “Do not let a licence raj for apps set India back” published in Livemint on 7th November 2022.  Syllabus: GS 3 – Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. Relevance: About the proposed telecom bill News: India’s proposed telecom bill could transform how the internet is used in… Continue reading About the proposed telecom bill: Do not let a licence raj for apps set India back

Revive NJAC: The collegium system ultimately hurts the judiciary’s credibility. Parliament’s idea was better

Source: The post is based on the article “Revive NJAC: The collegium system ultimately hurts the judiciary’s credibility. Parliament’s idea was better” published in The Times of India on 7th November 2022.  Syllabus: GS 2 – Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. Relevance: About the need for NJAC(National Judicial Appointments Commission) News:… Continue reading Revive NJAC: The collegium system ultimately hurts the judiciary’s credibility. Parliament’s idea was better

New hope for malaria vaccine: the science, challenges, opportunity

Source: The post is based on the article “New hope for malaria vaccine: the science, challenges, opportunity” published in the Indian Express on 7th November 2022.  Syllabus: GS 3 – Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Relevance: About Malaria vaccines and India’s vaccine research. News: Malaria kills nearly 600,000 people every year, the majority… Continue reading New hope for malaria vaccine: the science, challenges, opportunity

The Falcon Heavy launch: the most powerful operational rocket in the world

Source: The post is based on the article “The Falcon Heavy launch: the most powerful operational rocket in the world” published in The Hindu on 7th November 2022.  What is the News? Recently, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket into a geosynchronous Earth orbit from the Kennedy Space Center. The company hails this as the most… Continue reading The Falcon Heavy launch: the most powerful operational rocket in the world

About winter pollution in Delhi: Severe policy lapse

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Severe policy lapse-Pollution control needs a holistic approach” published in the Business Standard on 7th November 2022.  “What will finally save us from toxic air isn’t democracy” published in the Livemint on 7th November 2022.  Syllabus: GS 3 – Environmental pollution and degradation. Relevance: About winter pollution in Delhi. News:… Continue reading About winter pollution in Delhi: Severe policy lapse

Explained | Can convicted legislators be disqualified from the Assembly?

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained | Can convicted legislators be disqualified from the Assembly?” published in The Hindu on 3rd November 2022.  What is the News?  Two legislators from Uttar Pradesh were convicted of criminal charges and one of them has been disqualified from the state assembly.  When does conviction attract disqualification?  Section 8 of… Continue reading Explained | Can convicted legislators be disqualified from the Assembly?

India saw natural disasters almost every day in first 9 months of 2022: CSE report

Source: The post is based on the article “India saw natural disasters almost every day in first 9 months of 2022: CSE report” published in DTE on 1st November 2022.  What is the News?  According to a report by the Delhi-based non-profit organization Centre for Science(CSE), India saw natural disasters almost every day in the first 9 months of… Continue reading India saw natural disasters almost every day in first 9 months of 2022: CSE report

Remembering EK Janaki Ammal, India’s first woman PhD in Botanical Sciences

Source: The post is based on the article “Remembering EK Janaki Ammal, India’s first woman PhD in Botanical Sciences” published in the Indian Express on 5th November 2022.  What is the News?  The 125th birth anniversary of Janaki Ammal was recently observed.   Who was Janaki Ammal?  Janaki Ammal was born in 1897. She was a pioneering botanist and the… Continue reading Remembering EK Janaki Ammal, India’s first woman PhD in Botanical Sciences

A brush for change

Source: The post is based on the article “A brush for change” published in The Hindu on 4th November 2022.  What is the News?  24 artists have attempted to draw attention to the severity of climate change, at a time when experts are preparing for COP27 in Egypt.  What are the art forms drawn by artists to draw attention… Continue reading A brush for change

Somewhere over the rainbow climate impact is visible

Source: The post is based on the article “Somewhere over the rainbow climate impact is visible” published in DTE on 4th November 2022.  What is the News?  A research has found that the changes in cloud cover and liquid precipitation due to increased greenhouse gas emissions are projected to lead to a net increase in mean global annual rainbow… Continue reading Somewhere over the rainbow climate impact is visible

Aibawk cluster in the Aizwal, Mizoram becomes the first cluster to be completed under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission

Source: The post is based on the article “Aibawk cluster in the Aizwal, Mizoram becomes the first cluster to be completed under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission” published in PIB on 4th November 2022.  What is the News?  Aibawk cluster in the Aizwal district of Mizoram has become the first cluster to be completed under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji… Continue reading Aibawk cluster in the Aizwal, Mizoram becomes the first cluster to be completed under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission