Certainly, uncertainty has declined – on world economy

Source– The post is based on the article “Certainly, uncertainty has declined” published in The Business Standard on 6th February 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Economy Relevance– Global economic prospects and impact on India News– Over the past year, global macroeconomic stability has improved, which sets the stage for good growth from 2024. What was the situation… Continue reading Certainly, uncertainty has declined – on world economy

Green growth push – New initiatives have long-term potential

Source: The post is based on the article “Green growth push – New initiatives have long-term potential” published in the Business Standard on 6th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Environment and Bio-diversity Conservation. Relevance: About the green growth push in the Budget 2023-24. News: The Union Budget has focussed on many green growth push initiatives… Continue reading Green growth push – New initiatives have long-term potential

Decluttering the defence budget

Source: The post is based on an article “Decluttering the defence budget” published in Business Standard on 3rd February 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Government Budgeting Relevance: Budget 2023-24 for the defence News: The article discusses the shortcomings of the Budget 2023-24 in the defence sector. What are the shortcomings with the budget in the defence sector?… Continue reading Decluttering the defence budget

A ‘waterfall’ for insolvency resolution

Source– The post is based on the article “A ‘waterfall’ for insolvency resolution” published in the Business Standard on 3rd February 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Changes in Industrial Policy and their Effects on Industrial Growth Relevance– Exit process of the business News– The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has recently issued a discussion paper inviting comments on… Continue reading A ‘waterfall’ for insolvency resolution

Budget 2023: 80,000 start-ups exempt from angel tax, says gov

Source: The post is based on the article “Budget 2023: 80,000 start-ups exempt from angel tax, says gov” published in Business Standard on 3rd February 2023 What is the News? The Finance Minister has made several announcements related to the startup sector in the Union Budget 2023-24. What are the announcements made in the Budget… Continue reading Budget 2023: 80,000 start-ups exempt from angel tax, says gov

Why state must cede power to communities

Source– The post is based on the article “Why state must cede power to communities” published in the Business Standard on 1st February 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Economy. GS1- Society Relevance– Developmental model across the world News– The article explains the reason for the broken state of affairs across the most advanced societies. It also explains… Continue reading Why state must cede power to communities

Economic survey 2022-23 highlights

Source: The post is based on the following articles “The Economic Survey that wasn’t” published in The Hindu on 1st February 2023. “The Economic Survey’s growth forecast is a little too optimistic”, “An economic overview that scores on cogency” and “India’s Economic Survey has got back to its true and tested format” published in the… Continue reading Economic survey 2022-23 highlights

Known unknowns of the fertiliser subsidy

Source: The post is based on an article “Known unknowns of the fertiliser subsidy” published in Business Standard on 31st January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Indian Economy Relevance: concerns associated with subsidy on fertilisers News: The government last year came up with measures to bring down the fertiliser subsidy bill. The article provides an analysis of… Continue reading Known unknowns of the fertiliser subsidy

Education challenges of employment

Source: The post is based on an article “Education challenges of employment” published in Business Standard on 31st January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Employment Relevance: India’s labour force participation rate and unemployment News: The article discusses how education is associated with employment and labour participation rate in India. What are highlights of the data? India suffers… Continue reading Education challenges of employment

Green debut – Green bonds can help lower borrowing cost

Source: The post is based on an article “Green debut – Green bonds can help lower borrowing cost” published in Business Standard on 30th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Economic Development Relevance: About green bonds News: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week for the first time issued sovereign green bonds worth Rs 8,000 crore… Continue reading Green debut – Green bonds can help lower borrowing cost

Regional RBIs: The case for baby RBIs

Source: The post is based on the article “The case for baby RBIs” published in the Business Standard on 28th January 2023.  Syllabus: GS3- Indian economy and mobilisation of resources  Relevance: Issues relating to monetary policy  News: The article explains the possibility of regional RBIs for India.  What is the need for regional RBIs in India? … Continue reading Regional RBIs: The case for baby RBIs

A chink in the Indo-Pak ice

Source: This post is created based on the article “A chink in the Indo-Pak ice”, published in Business Standard on 27th January 2023. Syllabus Topic – GS Paper 2 – International relations – India and its neighborhood News: Lately, India- Pakistan relations have taken a positive turn after years of stagnancy. What are the developments?… Continue reading A chink in the Indo-Pak ice

Building resilience for the long game

Source– The post is based on the article “Building resilience for the long game” published in the Business Standard on 25th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Indian economy and mobilisation of resources Relevance– Issues related to fiscal policy News-The article explains the economic scenario around the world and for India. It also provides some suggestions for… Continue reading Building resilience for the long game

Structural strength – The basic structure of the Constitution has authority

Source: The post is based on the article “Structural strength – The basic structure of the Constitution has authority” published in the Business Standard on 25th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. Relevance: About basic structure doctrine. News: The Vice President of India in 83rd All-India… Continue reading Structural strength – The basic structure of the Constitution has authority

Endorsement disclosure – Fine violators, do not jail them

Source: The post is based on the article “Endorsement disclosures – Fine violators, do not jail them” published in Business Standard on 24th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Relevance: About guidelines for social-media influencers and celebrities. News:… Continue reading Endorsement disclosure – Fine violators, do not jail them

The gas paradox: Govt encouraging huge investment to push demand but imposing policies that deter domestic exploration and production

Source: The post is based on an article “The gas paradox: Govt encouraging huge investment to push demand but imposing policies that deter domestic exploration and production” published in Business Standard on 23rd January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Economic Development Relevance: import dependency of India on oil and gas News: The article discusses the policies adopted… Continue reading The gas paradox: Govt encouraging huge investment to push demand but imposing policies that deter domestic exploration and production

State actors and information warfare – We should recognise that many can play the game of manipulation targeting the Indian information space

Source: The post is based on an article “State actors and information warfare – We should recognise that many can play the game of manipulation targeting the Indian information space” published in Business Standard on 23rd January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Technology Relevance: misuse of the internet technology News: Countries these days use the internet… Continue reading State actors and information warfare – We should recognise that many can play the game of manipulation targeting the Indian information space

A step too far – ‘Fake news’ rules will damage press freedom

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Draft amendments to IT rules: A looming censor” published in the Indian Express on 23rd January 2023. “A step too far – ‘Fake news’ rules will damage press freedom” published in the Business Standard on 23rd January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Role of media and social networking… Continue reading A step too far – ‘Fake news’ rules will damage press freedom

Chexit, in parts: Reshoring, friend-shoring and billions of dollars in sops

Source– The post is based on the article “Chexit, in parts: Reshoring, friend-shoring and billions of dollars in sops” published in the Business Standard on 21th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Economy Relevance– Issues related to global economy News– The article explains the shift of numerous factories and supply-chain dependence away from China. China is facing… Continue reading Chexit, in parts: Reshoring, friend-shoring and billions of dollars in sops

Internet blues for media

Source: The post is based on an article “Internet blues for media” published in Business Standard on 20th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – IT and Computer Relevance: reasons behind declining internet users in India News: There has been a decrease in the use of the internet by the people. This article discusses the reasons behind low… Continue reading Internet blues for media

Prioritising stability over growth

Source– The post is based on the article “Prioritising stability over growth” published in the Business Standard on 20th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Indian economy and issues relating to growth Relevance– Issues related to fiscal policy News– The article explains the economic outlook for India. It also provide some suggestions for the upcoming budget What… Continue reading Prioritising stability over growth

Margin of safety

Source– The post is based on the article “Margin of safety” published in the Business Standard on 19th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Indian economy and mobilisation of resources Relevance– Issues related to money and capital markets News– The article explains the recently released consultation paper “Blocking of Funds for Trading in Secondary Market” for public… Continue reading Margin of safety

Overtaking China – New population estimates have wider implications

Source: The post is based on the article “Overtaking China – New population estimates have wider implications” published in Business Standard on 19th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 1 – Population and Associated Issues Relevance: challenges with increasing population News: The article discusses the challenges with India due to the increasing population. What is the news? According to… Continue reading Overtaking China – New population estimates have wider implications

India’s fertility rate dips, but the decline is faster in Bangladesh, Nepal

Source: The post is based on the article “India’s fertility rate dips, but the decline is faster in Bangladesh, Nepal” published in Business Standard on 19th January 2023. What is the News? India’s fertility rate has declined to below the replacement rate. But Nepal’s and Bangladesh’s fertility rates declined faster between 1990 and 2020. What… Continue reading India’s fertility rate dips, but the decline is faster in Bangladesh, Nepal

Cleaning up FCI’s operations

Source: The post is based on an article “Cleaning up FCI’s operations” published in Business Standard on 18th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Issues Related to Development Relevance: measures required to bring reforms in Food Corporation of India (FCI).  News: CBI carried out “Operation Kanak” that revealed the corruption in Food Corporation of India (FCI). What… Continue reading Cleaning up FCI’s operations

India’s merchandise trade crosses the $1-trillion mark in 2022

Source: The post is based on the article “India’s merchandise trade crosses the $1-trillion mark in 2022” published in Business Standard on 17th January 2023. What is the News? India’s merchandise trade crossed the $ 1 trillion mark in the calendar year 2022 with the share of exports at $450 billion and imports at $723… Continue reading India’s merchandise trade crosses the $1-trillion mark in 2022

SEBI moots ASBA-like payment system for secondary market stock trade

Source: The post is based on the article “SEBI moots ASBA-like payment system for secondary market stock trade” published in Business Standard on 17th January 2023. What is the News? Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI) has given details of a proposed framework for shifting to a new payments system for secondary market trades.  The… Continue reading SEBI moots ASBA-like payment system for secondary market stock trade

Crisis in the Himalayas

Source: The post is based on the article “Crisis in the Himalayas” published in the Business Standard on 18th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster and disaster management. Relevance: About protecting the Himalayan Ecosystem. News: The Himalayan town Joshimath is under tremendous stress, and a portion of it has started sinking. The real issue has always… Continue reading Crisis in the Himalayas

Wealth Report 2023 Attitude Survey: India Findings: Wealth of 9 in every 10 ultra-rich Indians rose in ’22: Knight Frank report

Source: The post is based on the article “Wealth of 9 in every 10 ultra-rich Indians rose in ’22: Knight Frank report” published in Business Standard on 16th January 2023. What is the News? Real estate company Knight Frank has released a report titled “Wealth Report 2023 Attitude Survey: India Findings”. What are the key… Continue reading Wealth Report 2023 Attitude Survey: India Findings: Wealth of 9 in every 10 ultra-rich Indians rose in ’22: Knight Frank report

Balance of powers The constitutional bedrock should stay untouched

Source: The post is based on the article “Balance of powers The constitutional bedrock should stay untouched” published in the Business Standard on 17th January 2023 Syllabus: GS 2 – Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. Relevance: About basic structure doctrine. News: The Vice President of India in 83rd All-India Presiding Officer’s conference… Continue reading Balance of powers The constitutional bedrock should stay untouched

Asia’s prospects: Status quo or a rougher ride?

Source: The post is based on the article “Asia’s prospects: Status quo or a rougher ride?” published in Business Standard on 16th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Economy Relevance: Development model in Asia and issues associated with it. News: The article discusses the prevailing Asia’s development model and the problems associated with it. What are the… Continue reading Asia’s prospects: Status quo or a rougher ride?

A matter of tenure and retirement of PSB chiefs

Source: The post is based on the article “A matter of tenure and retirement of PSB chiefs” published in Business Standard on 16th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Government Policies & Interventions for Development Relevance: benefits of raising the retirement age of bank’s chiefs. News: The Ministry of Finance has issued the extension of the CEO of… Continue reading A matter of tenure and retirement of PSB chiefs

Of metals and rare earths

Source– The post is based on the article “Of metals and rare earths” published in Business Standard on 14th January 2023. Syllabus: GS1-Geography,GS2-International Relations Relevance: Minerals related Distribution of resources across the world News- The article explains the need to diversify sources of rare earth minerals. The news that Sweden has just discovered a large deposit of… Continue reading Of metals and rare earths

India may be in better economic shape to create a rupee trade zone

Source– The post is based on the article “India may be in better economic shape to create a rupee trade zone” published in the Business Standard on 13th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Economy Relevance: Issues related to trade News- The article explains the possibility of the rupee becoming a trade zone. What was the situation… Continue reading India may be in better economic shape to create a rupee trade zone

Delays, even with no jurisdiction

Source: The post is based on an article “Delays, even with no jurisdiction” published in Business Standard on 12th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Indian Economy Relevance: problems with the IBC, 2016. News: Judicial delays are acting as hindrance towards the insolvency process. It takes almost two years to admit an application and another two years to… Continue reading Delays, even with no jurisdiction

Conservative budgeting – Fiscal space should be used carefully

Source: The post is based on an article “Conservative budgeting – Fiscal space should be used carefully” published in Business Standard on 11th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Indian Economy Relevance: ways to use additional fiscal resources News: The Union government is confident of achieving the fiscal deficit target of 6.4 per cent of gross domestic product… Continue reading Conservative budgeting – Fiscal space should be used carefully

Asia the saver – The global savings glut may persist as, despite ageing rapidly, Asia can continue to be a net saver

Source: The post is based on an article “Asia the saver – The global savings glut may persist as, despite ageing rapidly, Asia can continue to be a net saver” published in Business Standard on 10th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 1 – Population and Associated Issues Relevance: impact of demographic changes on Current Account balance News: The article… Continue reading Asia the saver – The global savings glut may persist as, despite ageing rapidly, Asia can continue to be a net saver

From RIL to L&T and Adani, corporate giants build on EPC rule change

Source– The post is based on the article “From RIL to L&T and Adani, corporate giants build on EPC rule change” published in the Business Standard on 10th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Investment models Relevance– Issues related to infrastructure development News– The article explains the increasing preference of big infrastructure firms for EPC contracts. Reliance… Continue reading From RIL to L&T and Adani, corporate giants build on EPC rule change

Report on municipal finances: Municipal corporations in India are gasping for funds

Source: The post is based on the article “Municipal corporations in India are gasping for funds” published in Business Standard on 10th January 2023 What is the News? The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has released a study titled “Report on municipal finances”. The study reveals how municipal bodies are increasingly dependent on fund transfers from… Continue reading Report on municipal finances: Municipal corporations in India are gasping for funds

How countries treat their ultra-rich

Source: The post is based on the article “How countries treat their ultra-rich” published in the Business Standard on 9th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 1 – Effects of globalization on Indian society. Relevance: About capitalism and its present impact on globalization. News: In the recent period, some rich and powerful people have faced trouble in… Continue reading How countries treat their ultra-rich

Strategic space & diffidence

Source– The post is based on the article “Strategic space & diffidence” published in the Business Standard on 7th January 2023. Syllabus: GS2- International relations Relevance– External challenges and its management by Indian strategic establishment News– The article explains the external security environment of India. It also explains India strategic outlook on issues impacting its… Continue reading Strategic space & diffidence

Time to take stock – on India’s military preparedness

Source: The post is based on an article “Time to take stock” published in Business Standard on 6th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Security Relevance: challenges with the Indian military News: India is the world’s only major country that faces a three-and-a-half front military threat. The article discusses the military challenges that India faces. What are the… Continue reading Time to take stock – on India’s military preparedness

India in the GVC diversification strategy: A reality check

Source– The post is based on the article “India in the GVC diversification strategy: A reality check” published in the Business Standard on 5th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Economy Relevance– Issues related to the global economy and trade. News– The article explains the restructuring of the global value chain(GVC) in recent times. IT also compare… Continue reading India in the GVC diversification strategy: A reality check

Cost advantages – Nano-fertilisers will reduce subsidy outgo

Source: The post is based on the article “Cost advantages – Nano-fertilisers will reduce subsidy outgo” published in the Business Standard on 5th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies. Relevance: About Nano-fertilisers. News: DAP is the second-most consumed fertiliser in India. After the success of nano-urea, the nano version… Continue reading Cost advantages – Nano-fertilisers will reduce subsidy outgo

Restrictions on NGO activities: Beyond civil society – ‘Protectionism’ in social services is impractical

Source: The post is based on the article “Beyond civil society – ‘Protectionism’ in social services is impractical” published in the Business Standard on 4th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – The role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders. Relevance: About restrictions on NGO activities. News: Recently, at least… Continue reading Restrictions on NGO activities: Beyond civil society – ‘Protectionism’ in social services is impractical

The jobs & technology trade-off

Source: The post is based on the article “The jobs & technology trade-off” published in the Business Standard on 4th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Employment. Relevance: About job-displacing technology. News: The negative impact of technological progress on jobs is often ignored. With India’s G20 presidency, India is expected to bring a human-centric approach to… Continue reading The jobs & technology trade-off

Being pragmatic about energy sources

Source: The post is based on the article “Being pragmatic about energy sources” published in Business Standard on 3rd January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Environment Relevance: concerns associated with adoption of clean energy. News: The Russia-Ukraine war has again made countries dependent on fossil fuels for energy generation which has impacted the adoption of clean energy. What… Continue reading Being pragmatic about energy sources

The New Year looks decidedly gloomy in India’s political neighbourhood

Source: The post is based on the article “The New Year looks decidedly gloomy in India’s political neighbourhood” published in the Business Standard on 3rd January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – India and its neighbourhood- relations. Relevance: About challenges in India’s political neighbourhood. News: Three key Indian neighbourhood countries with which India has economic ties — Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and… Continue reading The New Year looks decidedly gloomy in India’s political neighbourhood

Demand to exploration: Key warning signals for India’s gas industry in 2023

Source: The post is based on the article “Demand to exploration: Key warning signals for India’s gas industry in 2023” published in the Business Standard on 2nd January 2022. Syllabus: GS 3 – Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. Relevance: About gas-based economy in India. News: Indian natural gas business is key to the country achieving its… Continue reading Demand to exploration: Key warning signals for India’s gas industry in 2023

Free distribution of food grains: Sobering year end reality

Source: The post is based on the article “Sobering year end reality” published in Business Standard on 31st December 2022.  Syllabus: GS 3 – Food Security Relevance: Concerns with the free distribution of food grains.  News: The government has recently allowed free food grains under NFSA till December 2023 and discontinued PMGKAY. This article discusses the impact of… Continue reading Free distribution of food grains: Sobering year end reality