Order & stability in power supply

Source: Business Standard Synopsis: India’s solar energy price reduction needs other reforms from the government to enhance India’s solar capacity. About Japanese investment in solar energy: In 2015, Japan’s SoftBank Group announced the intention to invest $20 billion in India in solar projects through SB Energy (SBE). It seemed ideal for India. With abundant sunshine… Continue reading Order & stability in power supply

Patent waiver talks falter on developed nations’ hurdles

Source: Times of India Synopsis: After showing some promise, the patent waiver talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO) have hit a hurdle due to a split between the developed and developing countries. What developing countries want, and what is the EU proposing? India and South Africa have suggested that their proposal for Covid drugs,… Continue reading Patent waiver talks falter on developed nations’ hurdles

Govt charts course for usage of new-age fuel

Source: Livemint   Relevance: Green Hydrogen has the potential to become a major source of energy. It will be helpful in dealing with climate change. Synopsis: The government plans to implement the Green Hydrogen Consumption Obligation (GHCO) in fertilizer production and petroleum refining. This would reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels for producing hydrogen… Continue reading Govt charts course for usage of new-age fuel

Two big gaps in our vaccination programme that need attention

Source: Live Mint Synopsis: India’s Capacity to vaccinate has been constrained by many factors. India needs to address those factors to improve its fight against the Pandemic. Background India’s vaccination programme has been hampered by a short supply of vaccines and this has dominated the public discourse. However, there are two other equally important matters… Continue reading Two big gaps in our vaccination programme that need attention

What pushing delimitation does to talks on peace and statehood in J&K

Source: Indian Express Synopsis: The Centre is making serious efforts to restore democracy in J&K but there is no clarity over statehood for J & K. Background: The Gupkar alliance is in news since 2020, Home Minister tweeted, the Congress and the Gupkar Gang want to take J&K back to the era of terror and… Continue reading What pushing delimitation does to talks on peace and statehood in J&K

India’s debt-to-GDP ratio at a 14-year high

Relevance: Present situation of India’s economy, dealing with a high debt burden and an increased Fiscal Deficit.  Synopsis: High Fiscal Deficit, a very high Debt-to-GDP ratio and a high amount of external debt have raised concerns over debt sustainability.  Few concerns and possible solutions.  Rise in Fiscal Deficit & Debt-to-GDP ratio   Fiscal Deficit = 9.3% of… Continue reading India’s debt-to-GDP ratio at a 14-year high

Police reforms are not enough

  Synopsis: Police reforms are much needed in India. In this respect, India can learn a lot from the George Floyd trial.  Killing of George Floyd was in news a few months back. In USA it sparked mass protests culminating in the conviction of the police officer involved in the case.  Why an erosion of public trust in the police… Continue reading Police reforms are not enough

Pakistan on FATF grey list- What does it mean for India?

Synopsis: Pakistan’s has been retained on Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list.   Pakistan will stay on FATF grey list for now. Pakistan missed the mark by one crucial action point out of 27 – being judged deficient in prosecuting the senior leadership of UN-proscribed terror groups.    Read more – Pakistan to remain on FATF greylist -ForumIAS Blog  FATF and Pakistan   Many in the Pakistan are… Continue reading Pakistan on FATF grey list- What does it mean for India?

On the margins with full equality still out of reach

Relevance: The LGBTQ+ community is one of the most vulnerable sections in India and mainstreaming them is a great challenge.  Synopsis:  The global LGBTQ+ community marched ahead after the 1970s. But in India, it was not the case. Despite the Constitution focus on liberation, the marginalised segments such as LGBTQ+ did not receive enough attention so far.   What is section… Continue reading On the margins with full equality still out of reach

Home emissions cause 25% pollution deaths

What is the News?   A study in Nature Communications analysed the number of deaths due to exposure to air pollution from specific sources, between the period of 2017 and 2019.   Key Findings of the Study Related to India:   The total attributable deaths in India due to PM2.5 are estimated at around 8.6 lakhs in 2017 and 9.5 lakhs in 2019.    Among them, 1/4th of… Continue reading Home emissions cause 25% pollution deaths