Richer, and poorer: Inequality will continue to scar the economy long after Covid leaves us

Source: Times of India Relevance: Covid pandemic has increased the already huge inequality in the world. Steps to tackle this should be initiated. Synopsis: There is a high possibility that the post-Covid world would be a more unequal world. Introduction Mass deaths reduced the labor force, and post-pandemic labor scarcity resulted in increased pay. Inequality… Continue reading Richer, and poorer: Inequality will continue to scar the economy long after Covid leaves us

Stimulus ‘inadequate’, 25% of MSME loans may default: Panel

Source: Indian Express Relevance: A legislative group assessed the stimulus package for MSMEs by the Central government. Synopsis: Concerned about the dire state of small businesses, the committee advised that the government announce a “bigger economic package aimed at increasing demand, investment, exports, and job creation to help the economy, particularly MSMEs.” Introduction  The stimulus… Continue reading Stimulus ‘inadequate’, 25% of MSME loans may default: Panel

Strengthen the Code

Source: Indian Express Syllabus: GS 3 Synopsis: The IBC’s results have fallen short of expectations. The procedure must be simplified. Introduction  The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) was established by Parliament five years ago, bringing about a structural change in the framework that regulates India’s corporate insolvency resolution procedure.  The IBC establishes a time limit… Continue reading Strengthen the Code

Healthcare privatization has not served India well

Source: live Mint Synopsis: Our failure to invest in public health facilities has resulted in a disproportionately large role for private services in this industry.  Introduction  India opened its markets to private participation 30 years ago.  Overall, sectors dominated by private players boast of a reasonable degree of competitive intensity. The value delivered for prices… Continue reading Healthcare privatization has not served India well

A climate risk

Source: The Hindu Relevance: The article highlights the impacts of Climate Change on the seasons of India. Synopsis: Only adequate planning can protect against nature’s unavoidable extremes. What changes have occurred in the climate trends over the Arabian Sea? State the reasons for the same. In the previous two decades, the frequency and intensity of… Continue reading A climate risk

SC junks part of 97th amendment

Source: Hindu What is the news? The Supreme Court has knocked down portions of a constitutional amendment that limited states’ exclusive control over cooperative organizations. Introduction Part IXB, added to the Constitution in 2012 by the 97th Amendment, outlined the rules for operating cooperative organizations. The amendment’s provisions, which were passed by Parliament without being… Continue reading SC junks part of 97th amendment

Govt may hike OBC creamy layer slab

Source: Livemint What is the news? The Union government is considering raising the creamy layer income threshold for other backward classes (OBCs) beyond the current Rs 800,000 per annum. Introduction The Union government is said to be considering raising the barrier to Rs 1.2 million, bringing more people under the OBC reservation who may have… Continue reading Govt may hike OBC creamy layer slab

It is time for New Delhi to review its old ‘one China’ policy stance

Source: Live mint Relevance: The article highlights one of the policy measures available with India, against Chinese aggression. Synopsis: India should adopt tougher positions on Tibet and Taiwan as it recalibrates ties with Beijing after China’s border aggression Introduction  Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly congratulated the Dalai Lama on his 86th birthday. It was the… Continue reading It is time for New Delhi to review its old ‘one China’ policy stance

How education can combat prejudice

  Source: click here Synopsis: Education can combat caste and religious discrimination by critically interacting with the perceptual histories that children have internalised. Introduction The conviction and sentence of a police officer for the murder of George Floyd is a huge victory for the US Black Lives Matter movement. Despite a long and significant effort… Continue reading How education can combat prejudice

Puzzle out how to make vax ring-fences succeed

Source: Live Mint Relevance: A forest fire-based ring-fence approach is useful to contain Covid spread also. Synopsis: The concept of using vaccine rings to prevent Covid flare-ups deserves a try. Introduction  For the past two months, the deadly 2nd wave of Covid has been waning, but the number of daily infections is alarmingly high. Over… Continue reading Puzzle out how to make vax ring-fences succeed

The pandemic gave us a sandbox for real-world trials

Source: Live mint Synopsis: Covid-mandated testing on everything from ecological systems to BPO laws has generated valuable information. Introduction  The impacts of noise on sea life have been studied by marine scientists. The sound of onboard motors can affect fish feeding habits and cause migratory patterns to shift at sea. The solar hum of container… Continue reading The pandemic gave us a sandbox for real-world trials

Three economic risks in need of mitigation plans

Source: Live Mint Synopsis: RBI’s Financial Stability Report listed Inflation, a reversal of capital inflow, and lenders’ mounting bad assets are all listed as potential threats. All three should be avoided. Introduction Many central banks throughout the world have recently taken various measures to deal with economic pressures. Markets have become agitated as a result… Continue reading Three economic risks in need of mitigation plans

What CCI has to do with economic opportunity?

Source: LiveMint   Synopsis: The CCI wants to monitor monopolistic, restrictive, exploitative, and exclusionary trade practices. It ordered a probe into huge digital corporations like Google, Amazon, and WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, as well as sectors like cars. What is CCI? Why was it introduced? India’s antitrust regulator, the CCI, was established in 2003. It… Continue reading What CCI has to do with economic opportunity?

Keeping alive conversations about AIDS

Source: The Hindu Relevance: India needs to look for each and every way to control the pandemic. Among that, lessons from chronic diseases might provide some valuable suggestions. Synopsis: To handle the COVID-19 pandemic, we can learn from the lessons of chronic diseases like HIV/AIDS. Introduction  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a… Continue reading Keeping alive conversations about AIDS

False notions of gender roles should be corrected early

Source: click here Synopsis: In order to encourage gender equality-related transformation in society, it is necessary to intervene at the school level. Introduction  Recently a 24-year-old woman who was believed of being harassed for dowry, died tragically recently. It reveals a lot about the situation of women’s empowerment in our culture. 7,115 deaths were recorded… Continue reading False notions of gender roles should be corrected early

Recovery takes more than reforms

Source: click here  Syllabus: GS 3 Synopsis: The focus must be on food supply and not money supply for economic recovery. Introduction  The recent growth estimations of the National Statistical Office show that after a contraction in the first quarter of last year, growth accelerated gradually afterward. This would have assured a recovery if the… Continue reading Recovery takes more than reforms

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Renewed uncertainty

Source: click here Syllabus: GS 3 Synopsis: A near-term revival in consumption-led demand appears bleak now. Introduction  The recent factory output data released by the National Statistical Office indicate a rocky start to the economy in the new fiscal year.  April’s Index of Industrial Production (IIP) estimates show all three sectoral parts of the index,… Continue reading Renewed uncertainty

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Humanity matters, capitalism needs an upgrade

Source: click here Syllabus: GS 3 Synopsis: The COVID-19 vaccine crisis is a time when companies must rethink the resolve behind their existence. Introduction  Capitalists are of the opinion that private producers of vaccines must make profits because it’s their compensation for investing in research and production. If the cost of vaccines is unaffordable for… Continue reading Humanity matters, capitalism needs an upgrade

Tussle between Government and Social Media Platform

  Synopsis: The Government of India ordered micro-blogging platform Twitter to remove the label of manipulated media from some posts shared by its officials. This included Union Ministers, but this order has no legal foot to stand on. Background   It is alleged that the Government of India is willing to empower officials to attack political… Continue reading Tussle between Government and Social Media Platform

Central Vista Project – Demolition of National Institutions

 Synopsis: Demolition of national institutions for Central Vista Project require thorough analysis. Introduction  The Government of India’s Central Vista redevelopment project is being treated as a national priority amid a pandemic. This is very debatable. The project comprises the construction of a new Parliament building and new residences for the Prime Minister and the Vice… Continue reading Central Vista Project – Demolition of National Institutions

Breach of Constitutional Propriety by Governor

Synopsis: Governor Dhankhar’s official visit to violence-hit areas is a breach of constitutional propriety. Introduction  The West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s recently visited areas hit by post-poll violence in Cooch Behar.  This starts grave disobedience of the limits of constitutional decorum. The governor ignored the norm that constitutional heads should not show their differences with… Continue reading Breach of Constitutional Propriety by Governor

The Nuclear Challenge from North Korea

  Synopsis: North Korea’s economic doubts and the U.S.’s nuclearization distresses need to be addressed. Introduction North Korea and the US are headed towards a diplomatic showdown. This was a result of Biden’s call for strict discouragement in response to North Korea’s nuclear programme. Pyongyang accused the Biden administration of being hostile. Mr Biden said… Continue reading The Nuclear Challenge from North Korea

Natural Gas Can be India’s Alternative Road to Clean Energy

Synopsis: India should not solely focus on the end goal of decarbonisation. First it must try to ‘green’ its fossil fuel energy bag by increasing the share of natural gas. Introduction  Policymakers, climate diplomats, academicians, corporates, and NGOs are currently focussed on the concept of net-zero carbon emissions. Also, they are looking for the suitable… Continue reading Natural Gas Can be India’s Alternative Road to Clean Energy

New Rules by ECI and Effectiveness of Multi-Phase Polling

Synopsis: New rules by the high court will help prevent a new surge after counting days. Election Commission of India also needs to reconsider the effectiveness of Multi-Phase Polling. Introduction  The Election Commission of India has banned victory celebrations after the election results are declared on May 2. ECI took the step after receiving criticism for… Continue reading New Rules by ECI and Effectiveness of Multi-Phase Polling

U.S.-India Climate Pact For Sustainable Post-Pandemic Development

    Synopsis: The U.S.-India climate pact has the prospective to support sustainable post-pandemic development. Introduction  Lately, U.S. President Joe Biden organized the Leaders Summit on Climate involving nations in charge of the highest carbon emissions.  This is a tiny assurance in a pandemic-stricken world that future growth paths will be aligned away from fossil… Continue reading U.S.-India Climate Pact For Sustainable Post-Pandemic Development

Significance of India Pakistan Agreement on Consular Access

Synopsis: India Pakistan Agreement on Consular Access is inactive. Hundreds of Indian fishermen have been suffering in Pakistan’s prisons for years with no end in sight. Background: An Indian fisherman named Ramesh Taba Sosa is the recent victim of an inhuman and crooked system involving India and Pakistan. Sosa died in a prison hospital in… Continue reading Significance of India Pakistan Agreement on Consular Access

Issues in Pricing Mechanism of Covid-19 vaccines 

Synopsis: A single price for Covid-19 vaccines will fuel production and ensure efficient vaccination. Introduction  Economists suggest market-based solutions for covid-19 vaccines due to their claimed efficiency. The market depends on the price mechanism and the forces of supply and demand.  Increased competition pushes up supply and pushes down prices. This combination leads to an… Continue reading Issues in Pricing Mechanism of Covid-19 vaccines 

Important of Stepping Up National Climate Action Plans

Synopsis: Governments must effectively step up their national climate action plans. There is an opportunity to bring consensus for that in the upcoming Leaders’ Summit hosted by the United States. Introduction  It is time for bold climate action. We need to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius to stop the climate crisis from becoming… Continue reading Important of Stepping Up National Climate Action Plans

Making Education Accessible and Affordable

Synopsis: The AIR and DD, and Internet service providers are some possible solutions for making education accessible and affordable. Introduction Access and affordability continue to impact teachers and students. Teachers and policymakers are working, but the results are not encouraging. Exams have lost their reliability and learning has taken a back seat. The health of… Continue reading Making Education Accessible and Affordable

The long battle against the extremists

Synopsis: The long battle against Maoists is not providing the optimum results. Unusual wars are not fought just on the ground; They also require proper soft strategy. Introduction  22 jawans martyred on the April 3 encounter between security forces and the Maoists in Sukma. Also, one CoBRA jawan, Rakeshwar Singh Minhas held hostage by the… Continue reading The long battle against the extremists

Vulnerability reminder

Synopsis: The RBI needs to ensure stricter oversight over large-value credit-related corporate frauds. Introduction The U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel’s decision to allow absconding diamond dealer Nirav Modi’s return to India, three years after state-owned Punjab National Bank admitted it had been deceived of over ₹14,000 crores. This is a reminder that there is a… Continue reading Vulnerability reminder

University cannot give up its role as a site of dissent and questioning

Synopsis: The exit of Pratap Bhanu Mehta from Ashoka University has challenged popular assumptions about the space for unregulated intellectual freedom. Introduction  Concerns about the future of the academy and the ecosystems that define its routes have risen.  The 967 universities and 128 institutions include state, central, deemed and 370 private universities and accommodate around… Continue reading University cannot give up its role as a site of dissent and questioning

Significance of Lessons from the First COVID Wave

Synopsis: Partial lockdowns again are going to widen economic and social inequalities. Every step towards prevention must consider the Lessons learnt from the first COVID-19 wave in India. Introduction India’s second COVID-19 wave is more contagious than the first. Many States have imposed lockdowns of various scales. However, political rallies, social and religious events are… Continue reading Significance of Lessons from the First COVID Wave

Issue of Freedom of Navigation in EEZs

Synopsis: States should consult the coastal state before conducting military exercises in an EEZ exclusive economic zone. Introduction The USS John Paul Jones conducted a ‘Freedom of Navigation Operation’ 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands. The operation took place inside India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). India’s consent was not taken in conducting this… Continue reading Issue of Freedom of Navigation in EEZs

Importance of Clinical Trials in COVID-19 Treatment

Synopsis: Clinical Trials have been instrumental in the development of treatment for Covid-19 so far. Introduction The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on March 11, 2020. Doctors did not know how to treat patients with COVID-19 in the beginning. Clinical care was dominated by opinion, narratives, and code of belief in the… Continue reading Importance of Clinical Trials in COVID-19 Treatment

Need of Peace Between India and Pakistan

Synopsis: Peace Between India and Pakistan is essential for the transformation of South Asia. Introduction  The Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan agreed to strictly observe ceasefire agreements between the two countries. This matched with the Pakistani PM’s statement that Pakistan’s only issue is Kashmir, and it can only be fixed through… Continue reading Need of Peace Between India and Pakistan

NYAY Scheme: Significance of Cash Transfer Schemes

Synopsis: Congress has promised the revival of the NYAY scheme in its Kerala manifesto. This cash transfer scheme could have been beneficial during the lockdown. Introduction The NYAY Scheme has become more relevant in today’s age and time of the Pandemic crisis. This scheme offers a monthly transfer of ₹6,000 to homes living below the… Continue reading NYAY Scheme: Significance of Cash Transfer Schemes

Refugee problem in India and its solutions

Synopsis: By introducing appropriate legal and institutional measures India has to solve the issue of the refugee problem in India. Introduction The fleeing Myanmar citizens were turned away at the Indian border in the Northeast. This revived the debate about protecting refugees in India. Rohingyas also faced similar problems earlier. India was witnessing the Citizenship… Continue reading Refugee problem in India and its solutions

Chinese Threat to Hong Kong’ Democracy

Synopsis:  The new electoral techniques represent the end of democracy in Hong Kong that was never truly democratic. Background  Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. Recently the Hong Kong’s Chief Executive and members of its legislature were chosen in an undemocratic way. Adding to that, the Chinese government also made drastic changes… Continue reading Chinese Threat to Hong Kong’ Democracy

Empowerment of Transgender community in India

Synopsis: The introduction of 13 members of the Empowerment of Transgender community into the Chhattisgarh police is an encouraging step. Introduction  13 members of the transgender community selected as constables under the Chhattisgarh police. This move is truly historic and exciting for this community.  The Tamil Nadu police also welcomed a few transgender earlier. Their… Continue reading Empowerment of Transgender community in India

Tarrem attack – How Maoists Still Manage to Attack Security Forces?

Synopsis: The tarrem attack points out that the declining Maoists remain a strong military threat. Introduction  Over 20 paramilitary personnel died in an encounter with the Maoists in the Tarrem area near Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. There is a long-running conflict in this remote tribal region.  Reports point out a Maoist surprise attack on the paramilitary personnel.… Continue reading Tarrem attack – How Maoists Still Manage to Attack Security Forces?

Increasing Racial Discrimination: Causes and Way Forward

Synopsis: The use of the internet has increased the prevalence of Racial Discrimination. The only way to overcome racism is by anti-racism action. Introduction Every year March 21 observes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is a global movement to fight prejudice and intolerance. It provides an opportunity to explore the… Continue reading Increasing Racial Discrimination: Causes and Way Forward

Need of Continuing with Inflation Targeting

Synopsis: Inflation is still a big worry for policymakers. That is why the government is still willing to retain the inflation targeting. Introduction The Finance Ministry will continue with the inflation-targeting framework. It will guide the interest rate decisions of the RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee over the five-year period. The Department of Economic Affairs notified… Continue reading Need of Continuing with Inflation Targeting

Importance of Land Record Modernisation

Synopsis: The importance of Land Record Modernisation became more evident during the pandemic. For access to formal loans and government relief programs, land records are important. However, the poor availability of clear and updated land titles remains a problem. Background The land is both an asset and a source of livelihood for poor people in… Continue reading Importance of Land Record Modernisation

Afghan Peace Process and India’s stake in it

Synopsis: India should actively involve in the Afghan Peace Process and use its influence to guarantee peace in Afghanistan. Introduction: India’s position in the Afghan Peace process has evolved over the years. There is a subtle shift in New Delhi’s approach towards the Afghan crisis. For example, In the 1990s and 2000s, India constantly opposed… Continue reading Afghan Peace Process and India’s stake in it

Need for an Integrated Digital System in Indian Justice System

Synopsis: Implementation of an integrated digital system for the criminal justice system will help in speedy justice. Background 43 years old Vishnu Tiwari was recently found innocent by the Allahabad High Court. Vishnu was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape under the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of… Continue reading Need for an Integrated Digital System in Indian Justice System

Vehicle Scrappage Policy: Challenges and Suggestions

Synopsis: Vehicle Scrappage policy will work if incentives are aimed at increasing fuel-efficiency. Introduction  The Transport Ministry announced the Vehicle Scrappage policy, after the move for a green tax on ageing and polluting automobiles. This step promises economic benefits, a cleaner environment, and thousands of jobs. Vehicles belonging to the government and the public sector… Continue reading Vehicle Scrappage Policy: Challenges and Suggestions

GNCT of Delhi Amendment Bill 2021 and Supreme Court’s Verdict

Synopsis: GNCT of Delhi Amendment Bill 2021 appears to go against the idea of representative government. Introduction  The Centre’s Bill is trying to amend the law that relates to the governance of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The bill claims that its aim is to implement the Supreme Court judgments on Delhi’s governance structure.… Continue reading GNCT of Delhi Amendment Bill 2021 and Supreme Court’s Verdict