Six Technology Innovation Platforms launched to foster technological innovations in Heavy Industries

What is the news? The Ministry of Heavy Industries has launched six web-based technology innovation platforms. What is the purpose of these six technology innovation platforms? The six platforms aim to bring together the Industry & Academia to foster technological innovations in heavy industries.  They do this by offering opportunities to industries to seek optimum… Continue reading Six Technology Innovation Platforms launched to foster technological innovations in Heavy Industries

Watch for secretive behaviour, tendency to switch screens: govt advisory on online gaming among children

What is the news? The Centre has issued an advisory to parents and teachers on the threats posed by online gaming, observing that the closure of schools due to the lockdown has caused an increase in children using cell phones and the internet. Issued by: Ministry of Education It comes days after Rajya Sabha Chairman… Continue reading Watch for secretive behaviour, tendency to switch screens: govt advisory on online gaming among children

How reforms are building momentum for ‘India’s century’

News: The repeal of the three farm laws is seen through different lenses. Some see it as a sign of stepping back from progressive laws, while others see it as something in the interest of farmers. Despite taking back some progressive steps, to reform certain sectors like agriculture, due to lack of political consensus, many… Continue reading How reforms are building momentum for ‘India’s century’

Skill India launches a programme to upskill Street Food Vendors, making them eligible for e-cart license

What is the News? The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship(MSDE) has launched a programme to upskill street vendors. What is the programme to upskill the street vendors? The programme will be implemented under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0. Objective: To provide relevant skills to… Continue reading Skill India launches a programme to upskill Street Food Vendors, making them eligible for e-cart license

MoHUA to launch awareness campaign on SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge

What is the News? As part of the ‘World toilet Day’ celebrations,  the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has launched a week-long awareness campaign on Safai Mitra Suraksha Challenge(SSC). What is the Safai Mitra Suraksha Challenge(SSC)? Aim: To prevent ‘hazardous cleaning’ of sewers and septic tanks and promote their mechanized cleaning. Key Activities under… Continue reading MoHUA to launch awareness campaign on SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge

Hunger isn’t about biology. It’s about politics

News: In the absence of an organized food security net and political commitment, India is being crippled by the challenge of pervasive hunger and malnourishment James Vernon in his book Hunger: A modern history wrote that hunger is a timeless and inescapable biological condition. While he was right, the real problem was captured by Karl… Continue reading Hunger isn’t about biology. It’s about politics

How to buy better: India needs new mechanisms for defence purchases, for enhancing both efficiency & reputation

News: French portal Mediapart recently claimed in a new report that it has evidence of kickbacks[1] being paid by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation to help secure the sale of Rafale fighter aircraft to India. Reports have further alleged that the CBI and the ED had evidence of bribes being paid since October 2018 but… Continue reading How to buy better: India needs new mechanisms for defence purchases, for enhancing both efficiency & reputation

The case of demonetisation in India

News: Popular narratives play a much bigger role in economic policymaking than economists and policymakers acknowledge. For instance, the Weimar hyperinflation of 1921-24 is deeply embedded in the German consciousness. Even now, nearly 100 years after the event, German society trusts financial stability and distrusts public debt. Fiscal conservatism remains the dominant narrative and has… Continue reading The case of demonetisation in India

India Launches E-Amrit Portal on EVs at COP26

What is the News? On Transport Day at COP26, India, represented by NITI Aayog participated in the fourth ministerial dialogue of the Zero-Emission Vehicle Transition Council(ZEVTC). Moreover, the Government of India also launched the E-Amrit portal on this occasion. What is the Zero-Emission Vehicles Transition Council(ZEVTC)? ZEVTC was formed in November 2020. It is a global… Continue reading India Launches E-Amrit Portal on EVs at COP26

After selling the Maharajah

News: The gains from the sale of Air India would be incomplete if follow-up steps are not taken to reorganise the civil aviation ministry. Reforms of this ministry are long overdue, and the Air India sale should expedite such a decision. What does the Union civil aviation ministry do? The ministry is responsible for formulating… Continue reading After selling the Maharajah

Launch of NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission Digi-Book Innovations for You Sector in Focus – Health Care

What is the News? NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has launched – “Innovations for You”. About Innovations for You  Innovations for You is a digital book that aims to showcase the success stories of Atal Innovation Mission’s Startups in different domains.  These startups have worked to create new, disruptive and innovative products, services and… Continue reading Launch of NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission Digi-Book Innovations for You Sector in Focus – Health Care

PM action plan: Single environment Act, birth certificate for citizenship, jobs clause in FTAs

What is the News? The Government of India has prepared a comprehensive 60-point action plan following the Prime Minister’s marathon meeting with secretaries of all departments and ministries. What are the key features of the 60 point action plan? The plan is targeted at specific ministries and departments and mainly focuses on three areas. These… Continue reading PM action plan: Single environment Act, birth certificate for citizenship, jobs clause in FTAs

The final frontier of space technology

Synopsis:  Emerging tech is helping leverage space for various terrestrial uses. Introduction Technological innovations are now driving space activities and research. The space industry is using technologies like 5G, advanced satellite systems, 3D printing, big data, and quantum technology in its activities according to a report by Analytics Insight. It is also helping scientists, researchers… Continue reading The final frontier of space technology

Country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium launched by D/o Biotechnology, Post COVID 19

What is the News? The Department of Biotechnology has launched a ‘One Health’ consortium in a virtual mode. What is the purpose of the ‘One Health’ Consortium? One Health Consortium has been launched to carry out surveillance of important viral, bacterial, & parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens in India. The consortium will also… Continue reading Country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium launched by D/o Biotechnology, Post COVID 19

PM launches Gati Shakti- National Master Plan for infrastructure development

What is the news? Prime Minister has launched the Gati Shakti – National Master Plan for Multi-modal Connectivity. The Gati Shakti scheme will subsume the Rs 110 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline that was launched in 2019. Read more: ‘Gati Shakti’ master plan to give Rs 100-trillion infrastructure boost What is PM Gati Shakti? Gati… Continue reading PM launches Gati Shakti- National Master Plan for infrastructure development

Cabinet approves the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation – AMRUT 2.0 till 2025-26

Source: This post is based on the following articles:  “Cabinet approves the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation – AMRUT 2.0 till 2025-26” published in PIB on 12th October 2021. “Cabinet approves AMRUT 2.0” published in Livemint on 13th October 2021. What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the Atal Mission for… Continue reading Cabinet approves the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation – AMRUT 2.0 till 2025-26

Cabinet approves the continuation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) (SBM U) till 2025-26 for sustainable outcomes

Source: This post is based on the article “Cabinet approves the continuation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) (SBM U) till 2025-26 for sustainable outcomes” published in PIB on 12th October 2021. What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) till 2025-26. What are the objectives of Swachh… Continue reading Cabinet approves the continuation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) (SBM U) till 2025-26 for sustainable outcomes

Explained: Why launch of Indian Space Association is significant

Synopsis: Indian Space Association has been launched by the Prime Minister of India. The industry association will act as an independent and “single-window” agency for enabling the opening up of the space sector to start-ups and the private sector. What is ISpA? ISpA is the Premier Industry Association of Space and Satellite companies, which aspires… Continue reading Explained: Why launch of Indian Space Association is significant

Palk Bay scheme to get a fillip: Murugan

What is the News? The Union Government is considering increasing the unit cost of deep-sea fishing vessels to make them more attractive to fisherfolk. At present, the Palk Bay scheme covers fishing vessels up to Rs 80 Lakh. The government is considering to increase this amount to Rs 1.3 Cr. What is the Palk Bay… Continue reading Palk Bay scheme to get a fillip: Murugan

Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying unveils National Digital Livestock Mission Blueprint at NDDB

What is the news? Union Minister of State Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying unveiled the National Digital Livestock Mission Blueprint at National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). What is the National Digital Livestock Mission (NDLM)? NDLM is a digital platform developed jointly by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) and NDDB on the foundation… Continue reading Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying unveils National Digital Livestock Mission Blueprint at NDDB

How seven mega textile parks will help the industry

What is the news? The government recently cleared the PM MITRA scheme to set up seven mega textile parks over five years. Read more: Government has approved setting up of 7 Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM MITRA) Parks  What does the scheme mean for the Textile industry? Help to address the bottlenecks: The… Continue reading How seven mega textile parks will help the industry

Our automobile sector needs a hearty dose of tax relief

Synopsis: Due to a demand slump and reluctance shown by entrepreneurs to invest in the auto industry, it is going through a rough phase. This sector can be a key driver for the future economic growth of India. Introduction Indian auto industry suffered yet another setback when the renowned automaker, Ford Motors, decided to exit… Continue reading Our automobile sector needs a hearty dose of tax relief

Government has approved setting up of 7 Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM MITRA) Parks

What is the news?   The government has approved the setting up of seven PM MITRA textiles parks, following the “Union Budget for 2021-22″ commitments, with a total outlay of Rs. 4,445 crores in a period of 5 years.  About “PM-MITRA” Scheme The scheme aims to realize the vision of building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat by positioning India strongly on the Global… Continue reading Government has approved setting up of 7 Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM MITRA) Parks

Why India needs an urbanization policy?

Synopsis: Cities are drivers of economic growth. As India urbanizes, it must ensure that its cities offer a decent quality of life and facilitate job creation. Introduction According to UN projections, from a population of 377 million in 2011, Indian cities are projected to house 870 million people by 2050. However, cities face several challenges… Continue reading Why India needs an urbanization policy?

On Digital Health ID, proceed with caution

Synopsis: Government must weigh all pros and cons, learn from experiences of other countries to ensure that a good policy does not die due to poor implementation. What are some potential benefits of ABDM? – Well-organized data repositories that enable easy access to records can stimulate much-needed research on medical devices and drugs. This storehouse… Continue reading On Digital Health ID, proceed with caution

Kamdhenu Deepawali 2021 campaign launched

What is the news? Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying has launched a Kamdhenu Deepawali campaign to promote Cow Entrepreneurship and Cow based Panchgavya products. About the Kamdhenu Deepawali campaign Kamdhenu Deepawali campaign is to make cows to be economically useful by proper economical use of Cow Dung and Cow Urine too along with… Continue reading Kamdhenu Deepawali 2021 campaign launched

PM launches Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 and AMRUT 2.0

What is the news? Prime Minister launched Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0. Both of them will be implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). About the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 The mission would be implemented over five years — from 2021 to 2026. The… Continue reading PM launches Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 and AMRUT 2.0

Gaming disorder increases during pandemic

What is the news? The pandemic spurred an increase in the use of Internet devices has resulted in an increase in gaming addiction throughout India. About the Online games and gaming addiction in India According to the All India Gaming Federation, India’s online gaming industry is expected to be worth ₹15,500 crores by 2023. A… Continue reading Gaming disorder increases during pandemic

Digital health mission in a click? Not yet

Synopsis: Experts have stated that though ABDM is a step in the right direction, India needs a commensurate push towards establishing a robust infrastructure that’ll be required for its success. What are some issues with the pilot? Public health experts are not very confident about the pilot that was run in six Union territories as… Continue reading Digital health mission in a click? Not yet

The IT Rules fail the test of constitutionality 

Synopsis: In this article, we will analyze the IT Rules 2021. How it poses danger to the freedom of speech and expression. We will discuss the various orders passed by the High Courts.  Introduction  Recently, the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 were notified on February 25.  Today, there are more than… Continue reading The IT Rules fail the test of constitutionality 

Government approves Rs. 4,400 crore investment in ECGC Ltd. in 5 years to provide support to exporters as well as banks

What is the News? The government of India has approved capital infusion of ₹4,400 crores to ECGC Ltd. (formerly known as Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd.) over a period of five years, i.e. from FY 2021-2022 to FY 2025- 2026. About ECGC Ltd. (formerly known as Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd.)… Continue reading Government approves Rs. 4,400 crore investment in ECGC Ltd. in 5 years to provide support to exporters as well as banks

Nature-based, people-centred solutions for water

Synopsis: Suggestion and reforms mandated by the draft New National Water Policy. Introduction Since Independence, water policy in India has focused primarily on construction of large dams and extraction of groundwater. However, the new National Water Policy (NWP), drafted for the first time by a committee of independent experts, points out the limits in further… Continue reading Nature-based, people-centred solutions for water

When Digital Meets Health

Synopsis: GoI’s new initiative ‘Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission ‘has the potential to revolutionise patient care. Introduction Currently, with the processes followed in hospitals when a patient develops any complication, it gets difficult to track events. Bedside paper records contain very little detail to analyse and interpret with accuracy. Today it is a nightmare for… Continue reading When Digital Meets Health

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’

Union Minister inaugurates Emergency Landing Facility for Indian Air Force in Barmer, Rajasthan

  What is the News? Union Defence Minister and Minister for Road Transport and Highways have jointly inaugurated Emergency Landing Facility(ELF) for the Indian Air Force(IAF). About Emergency Landing Facility(ELF) Purpose: It will be used for emergency landings of the Indian Air Force aircrafts.  Located at: It is a 3 km stretch located on Gandhav-Bhakasar… Continue reading Union Minister inaugurates Emergency Landing Facility for Indian Air Force in Barmer, Rajasthan

Government Provides Big Boost to Exporters

What is the News? The Government of India has announced that it would clear all dues of exporters under various export promotion schemes. What are the various export promotion schemes under which dues will be cleared? About Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS)  Click here to Read about MEIS Note: RoDTEP scheme which came into… Continue reading Government Provides Big Boost to Exporters

New rules to reform financial powers of armed forces

What is the news? In order to address operational needs of the armed forces, Defence Minister has released order on Delegation of Financial Powers to Defence Services (DFPDS), 2021. The last DFPDS was released in 2016. Under this order, new rules have been released to enhance the delegation of revenue procurement powers for the Army,… Continue reading New rules to reform financial powers of armed forces

‘Main Bhi Digital 3.0’ Special Campaign for Digital Onboarding, Training for street vendors launched

What is the News? The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has launched  ‘Main Bhi Digital 3.0’ Campaign. About ‘Main Bhi Digital 3.0’ Campaign It is a special campaign for Digital Onboarding and Training of street vendors under the PM SVANidhi scheme. The campaign has… Continue reading ‘Main Bhi Digital 3.0’ Special Campaign for Digital Onboarding, Training for street vendors launched

Ministry of Jal Shakti launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021

What is the News? The Ministry of Jal Shakti has presided over the e-launch of Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021. About Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021 Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021 is organized by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase -II. Aim: To support the acceleration… Continue reading Ministry of Jal Shakti launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2021

A new Vajpayee moment for the troubled Indian telecom sector

Synopsis: There is a need to maintain a robust telecom sector for country-wide access to citizens and for accelerating economic growth. Introduction India opened up the telecom sector to private investment in 1994. But, aggressive bidding by companies to get licences led to financial stress, including defaults. Reforms introduced in 1999 by the A.B. Vajpayee… Continue reading A new Vajpayee moment for the troubled Indian telecom sector