Scientists’ take on the Union Budget 2023-24

Source: The post is based on an article “Scientists’ take on the Union Budget 2023-24” published in The Hindu on 6th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Budget Relevance: announcement made in the Budget 2023-24 for science and technologies. News: The article discusses how various science and tech organizations can play the role on the announcement made… Continue reading Scientists’ take on the Union Budget 2023-24

The discrepancies in the latest AISHE report

Source– The post is based on the article “The discrepancies in the latest AISHE report” published in The Hindu on 6th February 2023. Syllabus: GS2- Issues related to development and management of education Relevance– Statistics about higher education in India News– The All-India Survey on Higher Education 2020-21 report was released recently. What is the… Continue reading The discrepancies in the latest AISHE report

India’s just energy transition is more than a coal story

Source– The post is based on the article “India’s just energy transition is more than a coal story” published in The Hindu on 6th February 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Infrastructure: Energy Relevance– Issues related to clean energy transition News– Just Energy Transition Partnership (JET-P) is emerging as the key mechanism for multilateral financing by developed countries… Continue reading India’s just energy transition is more than a coal story

The tax gambit – Government should not stop nudging people towards safe, long-term savings

Source: The post is based on the article “The tax gambit – Government should not stop nudging people towards safe, long-term savings” published in The Hindu on 6th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Government Budgeting. Relevance: About new income tax system. News: During the budget speech, the government introduced the new income tax system. What… Continue reading The tax gambit – Government should not stop nudging people towards safe, long-term savings

Going green – The Budget can help India transition out of its dependence on fossil fuels

Source: The post is based on the article “Going green – The Budget can help India transition out of its dependence on fossil fuels” published in The Hindu on 4th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Energy. Relevance: About green initiatives in budget 2023-24. News: In the recent budget highlighted the government’s commitment to move towards… Continue reading Going green – The Budget can help India transition out of its dependence on fossil fuels

Charge sheet scrutiny is not a case of prying eyes

Source– The post is based on the article “Charge sheet scrutiny is not a case of prying eyes” published in The Hindu on 4th February 2023. Syllabus: GS2- Functioning of judiciary Relevance– Issues related to Criminal justice system News–  The Supreme Court has ruled that a charge sheet filed against an accused in a criminal… Continue reading Charge sheet scrutiny is not a case of prying eyes

Tihar jail to get AI-powered surveillance system

Source: The post is based on the article “Tihar jail to get AI-powered surveillance system” published in The Hindu on 4th February 2023. What is the News? Tihar jail is installing artificial intelligence(AI)-powered CCTV cameras to monitor inmates and fight crime.The premises will also have a real-time grievance redressal system. What is Tihar Jail? Tihar… Continue reading Tihar jail to get AI-powered surveillance system

Supreme Court eases procedures for terminally ill patients to withdraw medical treatment

Source: The post is based on the article “Supreme Court eases procedures for terminally ill patients to withdraw medical treatment” published in The Hindu on 4th February 2023. What is the News? The Supreme Court has modified its 2018 judgment on passive euthanasia and living wills. What is a Living Will/advance medical directive(AMD)?  Click Here… Continue reading Supreme Court eases procedures for terminally ill patients to withdraw medical treatment

Govt. extends deadline for laggard solar scheme

Source: The post is based on the article “Govt. extends deadline for laggard solar scheme” published in The Hindu on 4th February 2023. What is the News? The deadline for the PM KUSUM scheme to install 30,000 MW solar power capacity in rural India by 2022 has now been pushed to March 2026. What is… Continue reading Govt. extends deadline for laggard solar scheme

Govt eases rules to help disabled register vehicle

Source: The post is based on the article “Govt eases rules to help disabled register vehicle” published in The Hindu on 4th February 2023. What is the News? The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has asked states to register vehicles owned by people with disabilities under the ownership category of ‘Divyangjan’ and extend necessary… Continue reading Govt eases rules to help disabled register vehicle

Trading more within Asia makes economic sense

Source– The post is based on the article “Trading more within Asia makes economic sense” published in The Hindu on 3rd February 2023. Syllabus: GS2- Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements Relevance– Trade and Economic relations across Asia News– IMF has warned that global trade would slow down from 5.4% in 2022 to 2.4%… Continue reading Trading more within Asia makes economic sense

Fire and ice – Problem facing Ladakh

Source– The post is based on the article “Fire and ice” published in The Hindu on 3rd February 2023. Syllabus: GS2- Polity. GS1- Regionalism Relevance– Regional political issues News– The people of Ladakh are on agitation for their demands. What are the demands of agitating people in Ladakh? They are demanding the inclusion of the… Continue reading Fire and ice – Problem facing Ladakh

Union Budget 2023-24: Push for ELS cotton yield to reduce imports

Source: The post is based on the article “Union Budget 2023-24: Push for ELS cotton yield to reduce imports” published in The Hindu on 3rd February 2023 What is the News? The Budget has proposed to enhance the productivity of extra-long staple (ELS) cotton through public-private partnerships. This is meant to lower the import dependence… Continue reading Union Budget 2023-24: Push for ELS cotton yield to reduce imports

No bar on contesting two seats in one poll

Source: The post is based on the article “No bar on contesting two seats in one poll” published in The Hindu on 3rd February 2023 What is the News? The Supreme Court has refused to set aside a provision in the election law which allows candidates to contest polls from two constituencies simultaneously. What was… Continue reading No bar on contesting two seats in one poll

CITES database reveals red sanders smuggling

Source: The post is based on the article “CITES database reveals red sanders smuggling” published in The Hindu on 3rd February 2023 What is the News? The CITES trade database has recorded 28 incidents of red sanders confiscation, seizure and specimens from the wild being exported from India. What is Red Sanders? Red Sanders(Pterocarpus santalinus)… Continue reading CITES database reveals red sanders smuggling

Cut in MGNREGS outlay is not a concern: Somanathan

Source: The post is based on the article “Cut in MGNREGS outlay is not a concern: Somanathan” published in The Hindu on 3rd February 2023. What is the News? In the Union Budget 2023-24, the Union Government has reduced the allocation for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme(MGNREGS). What is the MGNREGA allocation… Continue reading Cut in MGNREGS outlay is not a concern: Somanathan

A raft of concessions amid consolidation

Source– The post is based on the article “A raft of concessions amid consolidation” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. What is the news? The Finance Minister has presented the budget for FY2024. She termed it as the “first Budget in Amrit Kaal”. What are the key focus areas of the budget? Inclusive… Continue reading A raft of concessions amid consolidation

The social sector has been short-changed once again

Source– The post is based on the article “The social sector has been short-changed once again” published in The Hindu on 1st February 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Mobilisation of resources Relevance– Fiscal policy News– The article explains the focus of the budget. It talks about the allocation for welfare programmes of the government. It also explains… Continue reading The social sector has been short-changed once again

Is judicial majoritarianism justified?

Source: The post is based on an article “Is judicial majoritarianism justified?” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Governance Relevance: Concerns associated with judicial majoritarianism News: The article discusses judicial majoritarianism and issues surrounding it. What is judicial majoritarianism? Judicial majoritarianism refers to numerical majorities, i.e., number of judges supporting a… Continue reading Is judicial majoritarianism justified?

Allocation of ₹7,000 cr. for Phase 3 of eCourt will improve justice delivery system: Law Minister

Source: The post is based on the article “Allocation of ₹7,000 cr. for Phase 3 of eCourt will improve justice delivery system: Law Minister” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. What is the News? The Finance Minister has allocated ₹7,000 crore for the introduction of Phase 3 of the eCourts Project. What is… Continue reading Allocation of ₹7,000 cr. for Phase 3 of eCourt will improve justice delivery system: Law Minister

PAN to be used as common identifier for digital systems

Source: The post is based on the article “PAN to be used as common identifier for digital systems” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. What is the News? The Finance Minister has said that the Permanent Account Number(PAN) would be used as a common identifier for all digital systems of specified government agencies.… Continue reading PAN to be used as common identifier for digital systems

Major thrust planned for green energy

Source: The post is based on the article “Major thrust planned for green energy” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. What is the News? The Finance Minister has announced a slew of measures for “Green Growth” while presenting the Union Budget. What are the initiatives announced to promote Green Energy? “Green Growth” has… Continue reading Major thrust planned for green energy

Government to set up 100 5G labs to develop new apps

Source: The post is based on the article “Government to set up 100 5G labs to develop new apps” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. What is the News? The Finance Minister in Budget 2023-24 has announced several initiatives in the technology sector. What are the initiatives announced in the Budget in the technology… Continue reading Government to set up 100 5G labs to develop new apps

Women get a one-time small savings scheme

Source: The post is based on the article “Women get a one-time small savings scheme” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. What is the News? In the Union Budget 2023-24, the Finance Minister has announced a new small savings scheme for women called Mahila Samman Saving Certificate(MSSC). What is a Mahila Samman Saving… Continue reading Women get a one-time small savings scheme

What is the government’s new policy of UPI for NRIs?

Source: The post is based on the article “What is the government’s new policy of UPI for NRIs?” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. What is the News? National Payments Corporation of India(NPCI) has paved the way for international (phone) numbers to be able to transact using UPI.  Recently, the Union Cabinet approved an… Continue reading What is the government’s new policy of UPI for NRIs?

Budget 2023: PM Awas Yojana share rises by 66%, with more focus on Tier 2 and 3 cities

Source: The post is based on the article “Budget 2023: PM Awas Yojana share rises by 66%, with more focus on Tier 2 and 3 cities” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. What is the News? The Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister has increased the allocation for the PM Awas Yojana (PMAY)… Continue reading Budget 2023: PM Awas Yojana share rises by 66%, with more focus on Tier 2 and 3 cities

New tax regime gives spending flexibility

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Zero tax for annual income up to ₹7 lakh under new scheme” published in The Hindu on 2nd February 2023. “‘New tax regime gives spending flexibility’” and “New tax regime is very attractive now” published in the Livemint on 2nd February 2023. “Tax rebate under the new regime, explained… Continue reading New tax regime gives spending flexibility

Solar energy is not the best option for India

Source– The post is based on the article “Solar energy is not the best option for India” published in The Hindu on 1st February 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Energy Relevance– Sources of energy News– The article explains how the overemphasis on solar power is not the right option for India. It also provides arguments in support… Continue reading Solar energy is not the best option for India

The funding and demand for MGNREGA

Source: The post is based on the article “The funding and demand for MGNREGA” published in The Hindu on 1st February 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Governance Relevance: MGNREGS and associated concerns News: The article discusses the performance of MGNREGS and challenges associated with it. What are some highlights of Economic Survey 2022-23 on the Mahatma Gandhi… Continue reading The funding and demand for MGNREGA

Shumang Leela: The art of gender-bending

Source: The post is based on the article “Shumang Leela: The art of gender-bending” published in The Hindu on 29th January 2023. What is the News? A traditional style of theatre art called Shumang Leela from Manipur has entertained and informed audiences for centuries. What is Shumang Leela? Shumang Leela is a traditional form of… Continue reading Shumang Leela: The art of gender-bending

Shipbuilding has the potential to strengthen the mission of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’: Economic Survey

Source: The post is based on the article “Shipbuilding has the potential to strengthen the mission of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’: Economic Survey” published in The Hindu on 1st February 2023. What is the News? According to the Economic Survey 2023, shipbuilding has one of the highest employment multipliers and is capable of generating mass employment in… Continue reading Shipbuilding has the potential to strengthen the mission of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’: Economic Survey

Economic Survey 2022-23: Indian start-ups exploring reverse-flipping

Source: The post is based on the article “Economic Survey 2022-23: Indian start-ups exploring reverse-flipping” published in The Hindu on 1st February 2023. What is the News? According to the Economic Survey 2022-23, the Indian startup ecosystem is facing several challenges despite recording an increase in the number of startups to 84,012 in 2022 from… Continue reading Economic Survey 2022-23: Indian start-ups exploring reverse-flipping

Share of education in budgetary allocations has fallen over the past seven years: Survey

Source: The post is based on the article “Share of education in budgetary allocations has fallen over the past seven years: Survey” published in The Hindu on 1st February 2023. What is the News? According to the Economic Survey 2023, the share of education in budgetary allocations has fallen over the past seven years. What… Continue reading Share of education in budgetary allocations has fallen over the past seven years: Survey

Out-of-pocket health spending still high, despite hike in government expenditure

Source: The post is based on the article “Out-of-pocket health spending still high, despite hike in government expenditure” published in The Hindu on 1st February 2023. What is the News? According to the Economic Survey 2022-23, almost half of all health spending in India is still paid by patients themselves directly at the point of… Continue reading Out-of-pocket health spending still high, despite hike in government expenditure

Economic survey 2022-23 highlights

Source: The post is based on the following articles “The Economic Survey that wasn’t” published in The Hindu on 1st February 2023. “The Economic Survey’s growth forecast is a little too optimistic”, “An economic overview that scores on cogency” and “India’s Economic Survey has got back to its true and tested format” published in the… Continue reading Economic survey 2022-23 highlights

‘General Assembly divided over UN reforms’

Source– The post is based on the article “General Assembly divided over UN reforms” published in The Hindu on 31st January 2023. Syllabus: GS2- Important international institutions Relevance– Global governance News– The article explains the reason behind the slow pace of UNSC reforms. It also explains the issues with UNSC working. What are the reasons… Continue reading ‘General Assembly divided over UN reforms’

A problem of science at the Padma awards

Source– The post is based on the article “A problem of science at the Padma awards” published in The Hindu on 31st January 2023. Syllabus: GS1- Indian culture Relevance– Awards and recognitions News– The article explains the issues raised by recent conferring of Padma awards under science and engineering category to plant breeders. It also… Continue reading A problem of science at the Padma awards

Tasks for India’s millet revolution

Source– The post is based on the article “Tasks for India’s millet revolution” published in The Hindu on 31st January 2023. Syllabus: GS1- Economic geography. GS1- Cropping patterns in various parts of country Relevance– Diversification of agriculture for sustainability News– The article explains some facts and statistics about millets in India. It also explains the… Continue reading Tasks for India’s millet revolution

Delhi CM launches website showing real-time data on sources of air pollution

Source: The post is based on the article “Delhi CM launches website showing real-time data on sources of air pollution” published in The Hindu on 31st January 2023. What is the News? Delhi Chief Minister has launched a website called www.raasman.com. What is the purpose of this website launched by the Delhi CM? The website… Continue reading Delhi CM launches website showing real-time data on sources of air pollution

I&B Ministry issues advisory on private TV channels’ ‘public service broadcasting’ obligation

Source: The post is based on the article “I&B Ministry issues advisory on private TV channels’ ‘public service broadcasting’ obligation” published in The Hindu on 31st January 2023. What is the News? The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has issued fresh advisories with respect to the Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Television Channels… Continue reading I&B Ministry issues advisory on private TV channels’ ‘public service broadcasting’ obligation

Soliga ecarinata: New genus of wasp named after Soliga community in Karnataka

Source: The post is based on the article “New genus of wasp named after Soliga community in Karnataka” published in The Hindu on 30th January 2023. What is the News? The scientific community has named a new genus of wasp after the Soliga community. What is Soliga ecarinata? Soliga ecarinata is a new wasp that… Continue reading Soliga ecarinata: New genus of wasp named after Soliga community in Karnataka

Plan in place to eradicate invasive plant species from Kerala’s wildlife habitat

Source: The post is based on the article “Plan in place to eradicate invasive plant species from Kerala’s wildlife habitat” published in The Hindu on 31st January 2023. What is the News? The Nodal Centre for Biological Invasions (NCBI) at the Kerala Forest Research Institute(KFRI) has come out with a management plan to eradicate Senna… Continue reading Plan in place to eradicate invasive plant species from Kerala’s wildlife habitat

Process to set up Sixteenth Finance Commission set to kick off soon

Source: The post is based on the article “Process to set up Sixteenth Finance Commission set to kick off soon” published in The Hindu on 31st January 2023. What is the News? The government will soon kick off the process to set up the Sixteenth Finance Commission. What is the Finance Commission? Click Here to… Continue reading Process to set up Sixteenth Finance Commission set to kick off soon

In NREGA reforms, prioritise the worker and her dues

Source– The post is based on the article “In NREGA reforms, prioritise the worker and her dues” published in The Hindu on 30th January 2023. Syllabus: GS2- Government policies and interventions Relevance– Schemes for employment generation News– The article explains the issues with MGNREGA. It suggests the reforms needed for the scheme. What are the… Continue reading In NREGA reforms, prioritise the worker and her dues

Revisit the tax treatment of tobacco products

Source– The post is based on the article “Revisit the tax treatment of tobacco products” published in The Hindu on 30th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Indian economy and mobilisation of resources Relevance– Taxation of products that generates negative externalities News– The article explains issues with taxation structure on tobacco products In 2017, the economic burden… Continue reading Revisit the tax treatment of tobacco products

India’s call to modify the Indus Waters Treaty

Source: The post is based on the article “India’s call to modify the Indus Waters Treaty” published in The Hindu on 30th January 2023 What is the News? India has sent a notice to Pakistan calling for the ‘modification’ of the Indus Waters Treaty owing to Pakistan’s persistent objections regarding India’s Kishenganga (KHEP) and Ratle… Continue reading India’s call to modify the Indus Waters Treaty

Student enrolments went up by 7.5% in 2020-21, All India Survey on Higher Education data show

Source: The post is based on the following articles: “Ministry of Education releases All India Survey on Higher Education(AISHE) 2020-2021” published in PIB on 29th January 2023 “Student enrolments went up by 7.5% in 2020-21, All India Survey on Higher Education data show” published in The Hindu on 30th January 2023 What is the News?… Continue reading Student enrolments went up by 7.5% in 2020-21, All India Survey on Higher Education data show

Warning bells – India’s regulatory framework must infuse confidence in investors, savers

Source: The post is based on the article “Warning bells – India’s regulatory framework must infuse confidence in investors, savers” published in The Hindu on 30th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. Relevance: About India’s regulatory environment. News: The latest stock… Continue reading Warning bells – India’s regulatory framework must infuse confidence in investors, savers

India’s groundwater governance is in better shape

Source: The post is based on the article “India’s groundwater governance is in better shape” published in The Hindu on 28th January 2023.  Syllabus: GS1- Economic geography. GS2- Government policies and interventions  Relevance: Regulation and management of groundwater resources. News: The article explains the facts and statistics about groundwater in India. What are some facts… Continue reading India’s groundwater governance is in better shape