Digital markets must be defined well for competition regulation

Context: Digital markets operate differently than traditional markets. Hence, the rise of the digital sector has presented unique challenges for Indian regulatory authorities, including the Competition Commission of India (CCI). Further, several issues emerging from the growth of digital markets are being analysed by regulators in other countries simultaneously, resulting in a lack of guidance… Continue reading Digital markets must be defined well for competition regulation

What explains India’s U-turn on wheat exports?

News: Union government has recently banned the exports of wheat. However, there are certain conditions, under which exports will be allowed: First, where an irrevocable letter of credit has already been issued. Second, one window has been kept open for the neighboring countries in the notification. It says export will be allowed to other countries… Continue reading What explains India’s U-turn on wheat exports?

Fiddling with a climate response while our workers face the heat

News: Meteorologists are predicting that temperatures will rise above 50°C across much of South Asia, owing to less rainfall than usual in this period. Extreme heat and high humidity can prevent human sweat from evaporating, reducing the body’s ability to cool down, this condition is called ‘Wet-bulb’ temperature. Several Indian cities have recently experienced wet-bulb… Continue reading Fiddling with a climate response while our workers face the heat

India plans dam project as China seeks to divert river

What is the News? India plans to construct the country’s second-largest dam at Yingkiong in Arunachal Pradesh to counter China’s ambitious water diversion scheme of the Brahmaputra River. What are China’s plans for the Brahmaputra River? China’s 14th five-year plan has proposed building a massive dam over the Brahmaputra river, known in China as the… Continue reading India plans dam project as China seeks to divert river

One In Four Adults In India Suffers From Hypertension, Says ICMR

What is the News? According to the India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) study, at least one in every four Indian adults suffers from hypertension, but only about 10% get their blood pressure under control. What is the India Hypertension Control Initiative(IHCI)? Launched in: 2017 It is a multi-partner initiative of the Union Health Ministry, ICMR,… Continue reading One In Four Adults In India Suffers From Hypertension, Says ICMR

An inflation focus that neglects growth could lead to stagflation 

News: Recently, the International Monetary Fund published statistics on actual inflation rates and growth rates in the world in economy group-wise which also include corresponding figures for India, for the period 2015-2019, 2020, 2021 and projections for 2022. What are the findings?  The global economy is confronted with a daunting prospect, as accelerating inflation and… Continue reading An inflation focus that neglects growth could lead to stagflation 

Burden of cancers in India: India’s Cancer Burden to rise to 29.8 million in 2025: ICMR

What is the News? Indian Council for Medical Research(ICMR) has released a report titled ‘Burden of cancers in India’. What are the key findings of the report? Cancer Cases in India in 2021 The number of Indians suffering from cancer in 2021 was around 26.7 million. The highest incidence was in the North (2,408 patients… Continue reading Burden of cancers in India: India’s Cancer Burden to rise to 29.8 million in 2025: ICMR

Adenoviruses: The Mystery of an Unknown Bug, Sick Kids

What is the News? The World Health Organization(WHO) has said that 348 probable cases of hepatitis in children potentially linked to adenovirus have been reported from 20 countries across five global regions. What is Hepatitis? Click Here to read about it What are Adenoviruses? Adenoviruses are a group of common viruses that infect the lining… Continue reading Adenoviruses: The Mystery of an Unknown Bug, Sick Kids

How India fares on NFHS Wealth Index, in 5 charts

What is the News? According to the National Family Health Survey(NFHS) Wealth Index, a vast chunk of India’s poor in terms of ownership of consumer goods and household assets resides in a handful of eastern and northeastern states. What is the Wealth Index? The wealth index is a measure of living standards based on households’… Continue reading How India fares on NFHS Wealth Index, in 5 charts

We require dependable ways to recycle lithium batteries

Source: This post is based on the article “We require dependable ways to recycle lithium batteries” published in Livemint on 11th May 22. Syllabus: GS3 – Environment, Industrial policy and growth Relevance: Reuse and recycling of lithium batteries News: In March 2022, the Indian government announced four recipients for its Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme… Continue reading We require dependable ways to recycle lithium batteries