Migration from factories to farms, a sign of distress

Source: Business Standard  Synopsis: The government’s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) report shows a sharp increase in employment in agriculture. It has increased to 45.6% in 2019-20, compared to 42.5% of the total employment in 2018-19. This is a sign of distress as migration to agriculture has been due to compulsion and not in wake… Continue reading Migration from factories to farms, a sign of distress

Here’s a sure-fire way to boost your count of Olympic medals

Source: live mint  Synopsis: Empirical data shows that the host country gets benefitted from hosting the Olympics. It raises their medal count. Background: Hosting Olympic Games is an economic disaster, even in non-pandemic times. A recent estimate suggests that the cost doubled from initial expectations to $15.4 billion. This includes an additional $3 billion due to… Continue reading Here’s a sure-fire way to boost your count of Olympic medals

Jal Jeevan Mission: Flowing in the right direction

Source: Business Standard  Synopsis: Jal Jeevan Mission promises to go down in history as an iconic development initiative. Its objectives can be duly achieved by encouraging greater participation of corporations and charitable trusts towards it. Background: Rural India has 18.93 crore households, of whom only 17 percent had some version of a tap water connection.… Continue reading Jal Jeevan Mission: Flowing in the right direction

Sports sector in India: Issues and challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The conclusion of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 brought immense joy to the nation. India won its first gold medal in track and field events of the Olympics. A total of 7 medals were won, which marks India’s best score at the Olympics. However, despite this, India finished 48th in the event. Whereas Japan, with… Continue reading Sports sector in India: Issues and challenges – Explained, Pointwise

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Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 and Right to Strike – Explained, pointwise

Introduction Recently, the Minister of Defence introduced the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021, in the Lok Sabha. It seeks to empower the government to declare services mentioned in it as “essential defence services” and prohibit strikes and lockouts in any industrial establishment or unit engaged in such services. The objective behind its introduction is to… Continue reading Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 and Right to Strike – Explained, pointwise

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India’s indigenous aircraft carrier setting sail for sea trials is a historic moment

Source: Indian Express, Time of India  Synopsis: The onset of sea trials of INS Vikrant marks a historic moment for the Indian Navy, which till now had aircraft carriers, but none built at home. The brand-new INS Vikrant is 75% indigenous and is the first big-ticket example of Atmanirbhar India. Background: August 4, 2021, marked… Continue reading India’s indigenous aircraft carrier setting sail for sea trials is a historic moment

Re-negotiate Indus Treaty with Pakistan in light of climate change: Standing Committee on Water Resources

Source: Down to Earth   Synopsis: The 1960 Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan did not take present-day issues like climate change into account. This calls for a renegotiation of the treaty through discussion and deliberation among the two countries. Background: The standing committee of Water resources has submitted its 12th Report to the… Continue reading Re-negotiate Indus Treaty with Pakistan in light of climate change: Standing Committee on Water Resources

Why liberalism is withering on the vine

Source: Business Standard  Synopsis: Liberal ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity cannot be optimised, except in small communities. Background: Liberalism is associated with mainly two popular theories. The first one is given by Adam Smith and focuses on economic liberalism.  While the other one is drawn from the liberals of the French Revolution and focuses… Continue reading Why liberalism is withering on the vine

Building sites could be fined, shut under new dust rules

Source: Times of India  Relevance: Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in India. Controlling pollution in Delhi will result in less pollution in surrounding regions as well. Synopsis: All new large construction sites in Delhi may soon have to install at least three real-time air quality monitoring stations and adhere to strict dust… Continue reading Building sites could be fined, shut under new dust rules

Global food systems are not thinking about women. A UN report calls for action

Source: Down to earth  Synopsis: A recent ‘Action Track’ report of the United Nations has highlighted the vulnerability of women in obtaining equitable access to food. It calls for altering the unequal power structures for more inclusive decision-making in the society that would ensure better accessibility of food by women. Introduction Apart from this UN… Continue reading Global food systems are not thinking about women. A UN report calls for action