National Achievement Survey 2021 has been conducted successfully across the country, with enthusiastic participation of schools and students

What is the News? National Achievement Survey 2021 has been conducted successfully across the country. As per initial, nearly 96 percent of schools and 92 percent of the targeted sampled children participated in the survey. What is the National Achievement Survey? ​​National Achievement Survey(NAS) is a nationally representative large-scale survey of students’ learning undertaken by… Continue reading National Achievement Survey 2021 has been conducted successfully across the country, with enthusiastic participation of schools and students

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

Natural wealth of the nations

What is the News? The World Bank has released a report titled ‘The Changing Wealth of Nations 2021’. The report is a periodic evaluation of wealth generation and distribution beyond the traditional GDP [gross domestic product] matrix and includes natural resources as part of a country’s wealth. What are the key findings of the report?… Continue reading Natural wealth of the nations

At least 420 million hectares forest lost since 1990: Survey

What is the News? The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has released the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2020 Remote Sensing Survey. What is the FRA 2020 Remote Sensing Survey? The Survey was launched by FAO in 2018. The objectives of the survey are two-fold: To build country capacities to use… Continue reading At least 420 million hectares forest lost since 1990: Survey

UNEP production gap report: Net-zero targets by countries are empty pledges without plans

What is the news? UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has recently released the Production Gap Report (PGR). The released document is the 3rd assessment of the production gap report. This report highlights the discrepancy between countries’ planned fossil fuel production levels and the global levels necessary to limit warming to 1.5°C. About the Production Gap Report… Continue reading UNEP production gap report: Net-zero targets by countries are empty pledges without plans

Pandemic fuelled rise in child sexual abuse online: report

What is the News? The Global Threat Assessment report 2021 has been released by WeProtect Global Alliance. Note: WeProtect Global Alliance is a global movement of more than 200 governments, private sector companies and civil society organisations working together to transform the global response to child sexual exploitation and abuse online. What is the purpose… Continue reading Pandemic fuelled rise in child sexual abuse online: report

World’s most powerful passports as per Henley’s Index; India at 90th spot

What is the News? Henley & Partners has released the Henley Passport Index. What is the Henley Passport Index? Henley Passport Index(HPI) was started in 2006 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index (HVRI) and was modified and renamed in January 2018. The index ​​ranks the passports of countries according to the number of destinations… Continue reading World’s most powerful passports as per Henley’s Index; India at 90th spot

Around 1.3 billion people at high risk of conflict and displacement: Report

What is the News? Institute of Economics and Peace(IEP), an international think tank has released a report titled “Ecological Threat Report (ETR) 2021”. About Ecological Threat Report(ETR)  This is the second edition of the Ecological Threat Report (ETR), which analyses 178 independent states and territories.  The report assesses threats relating to food risk, water risk,… Continue reading Around 1.3 billion people at high risk of conflict and displacement: Report

Sowing better to eat better

Synopsis: Understanding the new challenges plaguing the agricultural system and remedies needed.  Introduction  The health of a country’s agri-food systems determine the health of its people. Findings from the first round of the 5th “National Family Health Survey” suggest that nutrition related indicators have worsened in most States. The survey covers 17 States and five Union Territories, which comprise 54% of India’s population. … Continue reading Sowing better to eat better

Boost tourism through disruption

Synopsis: Tourism infrastructure has huge untapped potential in India especially with respect to jobs. The government has to take steps to unleash the full potential.  Introduction  As per the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report of 2019, India improved from 65th position in 2013 to 34th position in 2019. However, the Indian tourism and hospitality sector was… Continue reading Boost tourism through disruption