National Policy for Rare Diseases 2021

Synopsis – National Policy for Rare Diseases 2021 is a good start; it provides financial assistance for one-time treatments of up to Rs. 20 lakh, implements a crowdfunding mechanism, establishes a rare disease registry, and allows for early detection. Introduction- Recently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved the National Rare Disease Policy… Continue reading National Policy for Rare Diseases 2021

Cut in rate on small saving schemes withdrawn by Finance Minister

Synopsis – The Union government rolls back interest cut on small saving schemes interest rates, blaming the decision on an oversight. Introduction – The finance ministry has reversed its decision to cut interest rates on small savings accounts, citing an error. Reversing a rate cut of up to 110 basis points (1.1 percentage points) announced… Continue reading Cut in rate on small saving schemes withdrawn by Finance Minister

Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill, 2020 – Associated Issues

Synopsis – The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020  Continues to ignore Pregnant person’s rights. Introduction- Recently, The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020  passed in the upper house by voice vote. The bill seeks to amend the MTP Act, 1971. It provides for enhancing the upper gestation limit from 20 to 24 weeks for… Continue reading Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill, 2020 – Associated Issues

Cost and Benefits of Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project in Australia

Synopsis – Adani is making one of the world’s largest new coal investments in the Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland. This article analyzes the Costs and Benefits of the Project. Introduction- New investment in coal will be a major factor if India is not able to meet its commitment against Climate Change. Recently the… Continue reading Cost and Benefits of Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project in Australia

Critical case of Rohingya people

Source- The Hindu Syllabus- GS 2- India and its neighbourhood relations. Synopsis – By deporting Rohingya people to Myanmar, India is violating international law. Introduction- The Southeast Asian country, Myanmar, has been in turmoil since the army seized power and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, alleging fraud in a November election her party… Continue reading Critical case of Rohingya people

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Sachin Waze Case | The Issue of Right to Legal Counsel in Custody

Synopsis – The NIA recently arrested Sachin Waze in the Antilia case. Waze has filed an application seeking permission to meet his lawyer. In this article, we will see the provisions regarding the right to legal counsel for those in police custody. Introduction- In Feb., an SUV was found parked near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s multi-story… Continue reading Sachin Waze Case | The Issue of Right to Legal Counsel in Custody

Public trust is key to successful vaccination programmes

Synopsis- Need transparency and timely data sharing to build public trust in the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Introduction- Major European countries, including Germany, France, Italy, and Spain have halted the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. This is followed by the warnings of harmful blood clots in some recipients. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the… Continue reading Public trust is key to successful vaccination programmes

Issue of High Vacancies in Higher Educational Institutions

Synopsis – According to the Education Ministry’s committee, there is a high rate of Vacancies for faculty positions in Central institutions for higher education. State-sponsored preparatory programmes are essential to fill vacancies. Introduction- The government provides reservations for faculty positions to the weaker sections under the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019.… Continue reading Issue of High Vacancies in Higher Educational Institutions

Supreme Court’s Judgment on State Election Commission

Synopsis – The Supreme Court in its recent judgment ruled that government officials cannot be appointed as State Election Commissioner (SEC). Introduction- 25 years have passed since local governance was introduced in India by the 73rd and 74th Constitution Amendments. However, there is very little and actual progress in this direction. There is inadequate devolution… Continue reading Supreme Court’s Judgment on State Election Commission

Growth plan for Agriculture sector in India

Source- The Indian Express Syllabus – GS 3 – Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing. Synopsis- Indian agriculture sector needs infrastructure investment, linking FPO’s with the market and a diversified… Continue reading Growth plan for Agriculture sector in India

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The Issue of Programme Code for Media outlets

Synopsis – Karnataka High Court directs media outlets to stick to Programme Code. Introduction Karnataka minister resigned after media aired footage that allegedly featured him and an unidentified woman. There has been speculation about the prospect of more such CDs that could be aired. Following that, PIL filed by Jarkiholi’s lawyer. It seeks to take… Continue reading The Issue of Programme Code for Media outlets

Need of Specific Law for National Security Screening of Inward FDI

Synopsis – There is no clear law for national security screening of inward FDI in India. It is a major Introduction- As per some media reports, India may ease restrictions on FDI by Chinese companies. They will be allowed to invest up to 25 percent in a company through an automatic route. Last year India… Continue reading Need of Specific Law for National Security Screening of Inward FDI

Need for Fire Safety training and technologies

Synopsis- Despite large fires in the past, building and fire safety standards continues to be ignored. Introduction- The current fire protection measures in all major cities do not account for all contemporary fire hazard issues. It makes fire safety a growing concern. The Fire accident at Eastern Railway Headquarter in Kolkata is a prime example… Continue reading Need for Fire Safety training and technologies

Revisiting the Ruling of Indra Sawhney Case

Synopsis: The Supreme Court is examining the constitutional validity of the Maratha reservation policy. During the hearing, it mentioned that it will re-examine the landmark verdict in the Indra Sawhney vs Union of India case 1992. What is the Indra Sawhney Case? The Mandal Commission- In 1979 the Second Backward Classes Commission was set up… Continue reading Revisiting the Ruling of Indra Sawhney Case

Why India should Focus More on Climate Change Adaptation?

Synopsis- Climate Change initiatives are not working as per their aims. India’s climate policy should focus on Climate Change Adaptation measures instead of emission mitigation. Introduction The United Nations COP-26 summit is set to take place in Glasgow in November 2021. This conference was originally scheduled to be held last year but delayed due to… Continue reading Why India should Focus More on Climate Change Adaptation?

SC calls for tightening the regulatory norms for OTT platforms.

Source- The Hindu Syllabus- GS 2 – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Synopsis- SC should try to stop the ongoing outrage against web series Tandav not join it. Introduction- The Supreme Court was hearing Aparna Purohit’s [the commercial head of Amazon Prime… Continue reading SC calls for tightening the regulatory norms for OTT platforms.

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Consequences of Yemen Civil war

Synopsis- Joe Biden declared that the US will no longer back the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. Yemen Civil war resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and a humanitarian crisis. A reconciliation is urgently required. Background of Yemen civil war- The civil war between the Yemeni government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels began in 2014.… Continue reading Consequences of Yemen Civil war

NEP 2020 and language policy

Synopsis- Since colonial times, efforts to introduce education policy based on mother tongue have failed. The NEP 2020 also fails to uphold a multilingual educational approach. Introduction Since colonial times, all committees and commissions recognized the importance of education in the mother tongue. Its proponents include Elphinstone’s Minute of 1824, Macaulay’s Minute of 1835, and… Continue reading NEP 2020 and language policy

India-EU trade relations

Synopsis – After Brexit, India can strengthen bilateral trade and investment relations with the EU by signing a Free Trade Agreement(FTA). This will mutually benefit India and the EU. Introduction The EU is India’s largest trading partner. It accounts for 11 per cent of total Indian trade in 2019, making it more important than China.… Continue reading India-EU trade relations

NGT and associated challenges

Synopsis- The National Green Tribunal(NGT) instead of protecting the environment is facing trouble due to internal issues within the NGT. Introduction The National Green Tribunal(NGT) is a dedicated tribunal to deal with matters relating to the environment. The NGT website even mentions that the tribunal has cleared 90% of the cases. But a close look… Continue reading NGT and associated challenges

Issues in the Process of Decarbonization

Synopsis- Grid failure in Texas and flash flood in Uttarakhand highlighted the issues in the process of decarbonization. Introduction Almost every major country has agreed to a time-bound, “net-zero” carbon emissions target. They are also in agreement over the steps required for decarbonization. However, it is not sufficient to just set the targets. There are… Continue reading Issues in the Process of Decarbonization

Significance of New IT Rules, 2021 for Social Media

Source- The Indian Express Syllabus- GS 3 – Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and issues relating to intellectual property rights. Synopsis- Government published IT rules for Social Media and OTT Platforms. Guidelines are for internet intermediaries and digital media organizations. Introduction- The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology [MeitY]… Continue reading Significance of New IT Rules, 2021 for Social Media

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Flaws in Corruption Perception Index

Synopsis– Corruption Perception Index as a measure of corruption cannot be used as a base for policymaking. Introduction- Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is an index published annually by Transparency International [TI] since 1995. The index ranks countries by their perceived levels of corruption as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. India’s ranking– 86th with an overall rating of… Continue reading Flaws in Corruption Perception Index

Frequent transfer of public servants affect public administration

Synopsis- Frequent transfer of public servants ultimately affect their morale, performance, and also the public administration. Introduction- An analysis of the executive record (ER) sheets of thousands of IAS officers reveals that the frequent transfers in service are normal. But, frequent transfers have an adverse impact on their morale. This will lead to a decline… Continue reading Frequent transfer of public servants affect public administration

Delhi Court’s ruling on Disha Ravi Toolkit case

Synopsis – Delhi court grants bail to Disha Ravi in its ruling in the tool kit case. It termed evidence produced by Delhi police as inappropriate. Introduction- Delhi Court granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested in the Greta Thunberg ‘toolkit’ case. Delhi Police arrested her on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy in… Continue reading Delhi Court’s ruling on Disha Ravi Toolkit case

Australia’s news media bargaining code

Synopsis – Australian government proposed a bargaining code. This code has provisions to compensate media companies for using their content. Background Australia’s recently proposed News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code Bill 2020. The law would make technology platforms like Google and Facebook pay media publishers. The payment will be made for using their news… Continue reading Australia’s news media bargaining code

Landmark verdict on Sexual harassment and its value for Women

Synopsis – The key takeaways from the landmark verdict on Sexual harassment by Delhi High Court and its value for women. Background – Recently Delhi court has acquitted a former journalist in a defamation case filed by a former Union minister. In this case, a journalist initially made allegations of sexual harassment against the former… Continue reading Landmark verdict on Sexual harassment and its value for Women

Proposal to establish Bad bank and Development Finance Institution [DFI]

Source- The Indian Express Syllabus- GS 3 – Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development, and employment Synopsis- Budget 2021 proposed the formation of bad banks to manage NPAs and DFI for raising funds. Introduction In Union Budget 2021 -22, Finance Minister has proposed to set up an ARC (Asset Reconstruction… Continue reading Proposal to establish Bad bank and Development Finance Institution [DFI]

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