A new water policy for India

Synopsis: Article discusses the need of new water policy in India while listing some directions based on which water policy can be drafted.  Introduction  In 2019, the Ministry of Jal Shakti set up a committee to draft a new National Water Policy (NWP). The earlier NWPs of 1987, 2002 and 2012 were drafted entirely within the government… Continue reading A new water policy for India

National Monetisation Pipeline shows promise — and limits

Synopsis: Article focuses on two issues – How much should the government expect to raise from the Asset Monetisation plan? And, whether the plan likely to increase the efficiency of the economy? Background – Read here: National Monetisation Pipeline – Explained, pointwise How much should the government expect to raise from the Asset Monetisation plan?… Continue reading National Monetisation Pipeline shows promise — and limits

Phase 2 of Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme launched by IT Minister

What is the News? Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology launched Phase II of the Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme. What is Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme? Launched by: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in 2014 Aim: To enhance the number of PhDs in Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) and IT/IT Enabled Services (IT/ITES) sectors in… Continue reading Phase 2 of Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme launched by IT Minister

5G spectrum auction to allot airwaves may not happen before 2023

What is the news? According to internal consultations in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the 5G spectrum auctions will be held in the last quarter of the financial year 2022-23 (FY23). The 5G auction would include 3,300 MHz to 3,600 MHz bands along with the milimetre waves. The base price for the 5G spectrum is around Rs 3.63 trillion.… Continue reading 5G spectrum auction to allot airwaves may not happen before 2023

Bhashas & Bharat: The current language policy is wise, born out of pragmatism. We can’t afford linguistic extremism

Synopsis: India’s notion of diversity has allowed multiple languages to flourish and multiple communities to thrive and unite. Introduction Recently, India celebrated the Hindi Diwas 2021. About Hindi Diwas The Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi in Devanagari Script as one of the official languages of the Union of India on 14th September 1959. This day is… Continue reading Bhashas & Bharat: The current language policy is wise, born out of pragmatism. We can’t afford linguistic extremism

Political incentives for populism could let India’s democracy down

Synopsis: A democracy claims to represent the majority or the will of the people. However, often it seems to represent the will of a well-organized minority. Introduction The struggles of democracy to meet the conflicting demands of the electorate are well known. This was on display in 2018 in Goa when taxi drivers came head… Continue reading Political incentives for populism could let India’s democracy down

Why Global Automakers are exiting India? – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction To add to the problems of the Indian automotive industry, another big automaker has announced its exit from India. Ford has decided to stop manufacturing cars in India after failing to find a sustainable path forward. The exit is the latest in the series, after Harley-Davidson announced its withdrawal in Sep… Continue reading Why Global Automakers are exiting India? – Explained, pointwise

Winners and losers in shipping crisis

Synopsis: Challenges faced by exporters due to steep rise in ocean freight rates and congestion in various ports of the world. Introduction There has been a steep rise in ocean freight rates and congestion in various ports of the world. Indian exporters have complained of increase in freight rates by 300% to 1000% for various… Continue reading Winners and losers in shipping crisis

A selective nuclear policy

Synopsis: North Korea has maintained a dubious record of its nuclear program. Given its past record, it becomes difficult to access the direction its nuclear program is going to take. Introduction North Korea recently started its largest fissile material production reactor. This is the same reactor whose production was ceased in December 2018. IAEA (International… Continue reading A selective nuclear policy

Centre Revises “Transport and Marketing Assistance” (TMA) scheme for Specified Agriculture Products’

What is the News? The Centre has revised the “Transport and Marketing Assistance” (TMA) scheme for Specified Agriculture Products’. About Transport and Marketing Assistance(TMA) for Specified Agriculture Products Scheme Launched by: Ministry of Commerce & Industry in 2019. The objective of the Scheme: The scheme aims to provide assistance for the international component of freight… Continue reading Centre Revises “Transport and Marketing Assistance” (TMA) scheme for Specified Agriculture Products’