Agnipath is part of a larger process of defence reform and modernisation

News: Recently, the government has launched the Agniveer recruitment reform in the context of defence reforms. Recently other reforms have also taken place. For example; the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has been appointed. In addition, there has been pursuit for reorganisation of the armed forces into theatre commands to promote jointness and synergy. History… Continue reading Agnipath is part of a larger process of defence reform and modernisation

5G technology will soon be here. India must prepare

News: With over 117 crore telecom users and more than 82 crore internet subscribers, India is one of the fastest-growing markets for digital consumers. Top smartphone manufacturers in India have already released phones with 5G capability. Now it is time for the government to improve digital infrastructure, especially optic fibre manufacturing to facilitate smoother implementation of… Continue reading 5G technology will soon be here. India must prepare

G7 is trying hard not to be yesterday’s club

News: Recently, the G7 meeting was concluded in Bavaria in Germany. It was an important meeting since it took place against the backdrop of the Ukraine war, the challenge of post-pandemic economic recovery and the eternal issue of climate change. The G7 final communique It said that there is no legal basis for China’s expansive… Continue reading G7 is trying hard not to be yesterday’s club

Explained: What is the US-led ‘Partners in the Blue Pacific’ initiative to counter China?

What is the News? The US and its allies — Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United Kingdom — have launched the ‘Partners in the Blue Pacific’ Initiative. What is the Partners in the Blue Pacific(PBP) initiative? Launched by: US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United Kingdom  Purpose: It is an “informal mechanism” to… Continue reading Explained: What is the US-led ‘Partners in the Blue Pacific’ initiative to counter China?

Gulabi meenakari brooch to ittar bottles: PM Modi’s gifts to G7 leaders a slice of Indian crafts

What is the News? The Prime Minister has taken along a plethora of artistic gifts for each of the G7 leaders. What are the gifts given by the Prime Minister to G7 leaders? Gulabi Meenakari to US President: It is a GI-tagged art form of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. In this, a piece of pure… Continue reading Gulabi meenakari brooch to ittar bottles: PM Modi’s gifts to G7 leaders a slice of Indian crafts

Explained: Speaker’s powers in a rebellion

What is the News? The Supreme Court has extended the time for rebel MLAs in the Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly, to file a written response to the Deputy Speaker’s disqualification notice. This decision is important because the Supreme Court in previous instances has upheld the Speaker’s powers under the Tenth Schedule. It has allowed judicial… Continue reading Explained: Speaker’s powers in a rebellion

Explained: What is Hermit, the Pegasus-like spyware that targeted Android, iOS devices?

What is the News? Hermit is the latest sophisticated spyware in the news, and it is believed to have targeted iPhones and Android devices in Italy and Kazakhstan. What is Hermit? Hermit is a spyware developed by the Italian commercial spyware vendor RCS Lab. How does Hermit spread? The spyware is distributed by text message… Continue reading Explained: What is Hermit, the Pegasus-like spyware that targeted Android, iOS devices?

Niti Aayog’s report on India’s gig economy: what has the think-tank recommended?

What is the News? NITI Aayog has released a report titled ‘India’s Booming Gig and Platform Economy’. What is “India’s Booming Gig and Platform Economy” Report? Click Here to read about the report What are the other findings of the report? LFPR of Women and Person with Disabilities The Female Labour Force Participation in India… Continue reading Niti Aayog’s report on India’s gig economy: what has the think-tank recommended?

Explained: Where is Kaliningrad, why is it in focus amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

What is the News? As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, the spotlight is on Kaliningrad, Russia’s westernmost region. The region is at the centre of a row after Lithuania decided to ban goods part of EU sanctions from moving through its territory to reach Kaliningrad.  Where is Kaliningrad? Kaliningrad is located on the Baltic Sea. It… Continue reading Explained: Where is Kaliningrad, why is it in focus amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

Sushil Kumar Modi writes: The online marketplace is skewed in favour of big players and hurts small businesses and consumers

News: The proliferation of a wide range of e-commerce platforms has created convenience and increased consumer choice. But, the online aggregator platforms have damaged large segments of small and medium businesses and favour the domination of a few big platforms. Across the world, small businesses are suffering from the unethical practices and unequal bargaining power… Continue reading Sushil Kumar Modi writes: The online marketplace is skewed in favour of big players and hurts small businesses and consumers