Municipal Mess – From MCD to BMC, paralysis of urban local bodies undermines local governance and democracy

Source: The post is based on the article “Municipal Mess – From MCD to BMC, paralysis of urban local bodies undermines local governance and democracy” published in The Times of India on 7th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein. Relevance: About MCD mayor… Continue reading Municipal Mess – From MCD to BMC, paralysis of urban local bodies undermines local governance and democracy

Spy In The Sky – China’s espionage balloons or espionage ships are part of an aggressive strategy that can target India too

Source: The post is based on the article “Spy In The Sky – China’s espionage balloons or espionage ships are part of an aggressive strategy that can target India too” published in The Times of India on 6th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – India and its neighbourhood- relations. Relevance: About Chinese espionage capabilities. News:… Continue reading Spy In The Sky – China’s espionage balloons or espionage ships are part of an aggressive strategy that can target India too

Bajra Boosters – Policies promoting millets will not work unless governments address farmers’ incentives

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Bajra Boosters – Policies promoting millets will not work unless governments address farmers’ incentives” published in The Times of India on 6th February 2023. “India’s promotion of millets is great but will likely fail” published in the Live Mint on 6th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 3… Continue reading Bajra Boosters – Policies promoting millets will not work unless governments address farmers’ incentives

‘India’s much-hyped tiger recovery needs a total reboot and official monopoly over tiger research should end’

Source: The post is based on the article “‘India’s much-hyped tiger recovery needs a total reboot and official monopoly over tiger research should end’” published in The Times of India on 4th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Environment and Bio-diversity Conservation. Relevance: About issues of tiger conservation. News: According to a world-renowned conservation scientist, India… Continue reading ‘India’s much-hyped tiger recovery needs a total reboot and official monopoly over tiger research should end’

Co-ops Get Their Moment In The Sun

Source: The post is based on the article “Co-ops Get Their Moment In The Sun” published in The Times of India on 4th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Government Budgeting Relevance: Budget 2023-24 for the cooperative sector News: The article discusses measures announced by this year’s budget to boost the cooperative sector. What are some of… Continue reading Co-ops Get Their Moment In The Sun

Pakistan Conundrum – Islamabad’s economic collapse won’t be good for India

Source: The post is based on the article “Pakistan Conundrum – Islamabad’s economic collapse won’t be good for India” published in The Times of India on 4th February 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – India and its neighbourhood- relations. Relevance: About Pakistan’s economic crisis. News: Recently, the IMF review mission rejected Pakistan’s debt management plan and demanded… Continue reading Pakistan Conundrum – Islamabad’s economic collapse won’t be good for India

System Bails Out – Kappan finally free on bail but many aren’t, in contravention of juridical principles

Source: The post is based on an article “System Bails Out – Kappan finally free on bail but many aren’t, in contravention of juridical principles” published in The Times of India on 3rd February 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Governance News: The Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan has been freed from jail after 846 days. He was charged… Continue reading System Bails Out – Kappan finally free on bail but many aren’t, in contravention of juridical principles

The New Great Game In The Himalayas – China’s territorial disputes are as much about dominating important rivers as occupying land

Source: The post is based on the article “The New Great Game In The Himalayas – China’s territorial disputes are as much about dominating important rivers as occupying land” published in The Times of India on 1st February 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Social Issues News: All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) report has revealed an… Continue reading The New Great Game In The Himalayas – China’s territorial disputes are as much about dominating important rivers as occupying land

The New Great Game In The Himalayas – China’s territorial disputes are as much about dominating important rivers as occupying land

Source: The post is based on the article “The New Great Game In The Himalayas – China’s territorial disputes are as much about dominating important rivers as occupying land” published in The Times of India on 1st February 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – International Relations Relevance: concerns associated with water sharing between India and China. News: The… Continue reading The New Great Game In The Himalayas – China’s territorial disputes are as much about dominating important rivers as occupying land

50,000 years on, ‘green comet’ comes visiting again

Source: The post is based on the article “50,000 years on, ‘green comet’ comes visiting again” published in TOI on 30th January 2023 What is the News? Comet C/2022 E3(ZTF), popularly known as the “green comet” which last visited Earth’s neighbourhood 50,000 years ago when the Neanderthals were still roaming its surface can now be… Continue reading 50,000 years on, ‘green comet’ comes visiting again

Build, But Smartly – Infra along LAC is strategically vital. But Joshimath shows why projects must respect mountain ecology

Source: The post is based on the article “Build, But Smartly – Infra along LAC is strategically vital. But Joshimath shows why projects must respect mountain ecology” published in The Times of India on 30th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster and disaster management. Relevance: About the infrastructure construction across LAC. News: India is… Continue reading Build, But Smartly – Infra along LAC is strategically vital. But Joshimath shows why projects must respect mountain ecology

Question From The Homeless In Hills

Source: The post is based on an article “Question From The Homeless In Hills” published in The Times of India on 28th January 2023.  Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster Management   Relevance: problems related to land subsidence in Uttarakhand  News: The land subsidence of Joshimath has been caused due to the failure of the government as well as… Continue reading Question From The Homeless In Hills

Becoming The Global Factory: How To Nail It This Time

Source: The post is based on an article “Becoming The Global Factory: How To Nail It This Time” published in The Times of India on 28th January 2023.  Syllabus: GS 3 – Indian Economy  Relevance: About the factors leading the improvement in the Indian economy  News: India has seen economic growth in recent years and received $84… Continue reading Becoming The Global Factory: How To Nail It This Time

The Indus Waters Treaty, and why India has issued notice to Pakistan seeking changes

Source: The post is based on the following articles “The Indus Waters Treaty, and why India has issued notice to Pakistan seeking changes” published in Indian Express on 28th January 2023 “River Bends – Pakistan should stop subverting the Indus Water Treaty” published in The Times of India on 28th January 2023 What is the… Continue reading The Indus Waters Treaty, and why India has issued notice to Pakistan seeking changes

Invent In India – on defence indigenisation in India

Source– The post is based on the article “Invent In India” published in The Times of India on 27th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Security Relevance– Defence reforms and modernisation News– The article explains the need for defence indigenisation in India. It also explains the steps needed to be taken for defence indigenisation. Why is there… Continue reading Invent In India – on defence indigenisation in India

Fighting The Big G – on big tech’s anti-competitive practices

Source– The post is based on the article “Fighting The Big G” published in The Times of India on 27th January 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Awareness in the field of IT Relevance– Regulation of digital ecosystem News– The article explains the issue of dominant position and anti-competitive practices of big digital players in the digital space.… Continue reading Fighting The Big G – on big tech’s anti-competitive practices

Monuments of National Importance: The Urgent Need for Rationalization

Source: The post is based on the article “Monuments of National Importance: The Urgent Need for Rationalization” published in TOI on 27th January 2023 What is the News? The Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to the Prime Minister has released a report titled ‘Monuments of National Importance: The Urgent Need for Rationalization’. What are Monuments of… Continue reading Monuments of National Importance: The Urgent Need for Rationalization

Ponder This On R-Day – How to make governors constructive constitutional functionaries as originally envisaged by the republic

Source: The post is based on the article “Ponder This On R-Day – How to make governors constructive constitutional functionaries as originally envisaged by the republic” published in The Times of India on 25th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. Relevance: About Friction between the state… Continue reading Ponder This On R-Day – How to make governors constructive constitutional functionaries as originally envisaged by the republic

Joshimath On Sea? – Mega projects for Andaman and Nicobar need to be ultra-sensitive about ecology and tribes

Source: The post is based on the article “Joshimath On Sea? – Mega projects for Andaman and Nicobar need to be ultra-sensitive about ecology and tribes” published in The Times of India on 25th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Relevance: About Great Nicobar Project. News: Nearly 100… Continue reading Joshimath On Sea? – Mega projects for Andaman and Nicobar need to be ultra-sensitive about ecology and tribes

Rock The Jailhouse – Too many Indians are locked up under dozens of obsolete laws. Legal reform must precede prison reform

Source: The post is based on the article “Rock The Jailhouse – Too many Indians are locked up under dozens of obsolete laws. Legal reform must precede prison reform” published in The Times of India on 24th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable… Continue reading Rock The Jailhouse – Too many Indians are locked up under dozens of obsolete laws. Legal reform must precede prison reform

Open IIT Gates – More women are taking a crack at the JEE. Good, because this gender disparity was glaring

Source: The post is based on the article “Open IIT Gates – More women are taking a crack at the JEE. Good, because this gender disparity was glaring” published in The Times of India on 24th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education. Relevance:… Continue reading Open IIT Gates – More women are taking a crack at the JEE. Good, because this gender disparity was glaring

Explained: How nuclear-powered rockets can send missions to Mars in 45 days

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: How nuclear-powered rockets can send missions to Mars in 45 days” published in TOI on 22nd January 2023. What is the News? Recently, as part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts(NIAC) program for 2023, NASA selected a bimodal nuclear propulsion concept for Phase I development which… Continue reading Explained: How nuclear-powered rockets can send missions to Mars in 45 days

No Entry, No Deal – Without more visas, UK FTA makes little sense for India

Source: The post is based on the article “No Entry, No Deal – Without more visas, UK FTA makes little sense for India” published in The Times of India on 23rd January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Relevance: About the process of visa liberalisation.… Continue reading No Entry, No Deal – Without more visas, UK FTA makes little sense for India

Look Who’s Feeding Pendency

Source– The post is based on the article “Look Who’s Feeding Pendency” published in The Times of India on 19th January 2023. Syllabus: GS2- Functioning of judiciary Relevance– Issues impacting the justice delivery News– The article explains the issue of judicial delays and pendency of cases in courts of India. Over 4 crore cases are… Continue reading Look Who’s Feeding Pendency

Because Both Rich And Poor Countries Deserve Good Health …

Source– The post is based on the article “Because Both Rich And Poor Countries Deserve Good Health …” published in The Times of India on 17th January 2023. Syllabus: GS2- Issues related to development and management of health Relevance– India vision of global health cooperation News– The article explains the Indian priorities for global health… Continue reading Because Both Rich And Poor Countries Deserve Good Health …

MoP for the appointment of judges: Law Minister’s suggestion to CJI on appointment of judges: The context and background, explained

Source: The post is based on the articles “Law Minister Kiren Rijiju’s suggestion to CJI DY Chandrachud on appointment of judges: The context and background, explained” published in the Indian Express on 17th January 2023 “Be Wise, Centre & SC – Better than court’s stand & GoI’s proposal is revising the collegium’s memorandum of procedure” published… Continue reading MoP for the appointment of judges: Law Minister’s suggestion to CJI on appointment of judges: The context and background, explained

Share, Don’t Gag – on land subsidence in Joshimath

Source: This post is created based on the article “Share, Don’t Gag”, published in The Times of India on 16th January, 2022. Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3, Disaster Management News: The National Disaster Management Authority has ordered government institutions and officials to not share any information about land subsidence in Joshimath. The order will stay… Continue reading Share, Don’t Gag – on land subsidence in Joshimath

Stirs by non-state actors a potential threat, says CRPF

Source: The post is based on the article “Stirs by non-state actors a potential threat, says CRPF” published in TOI on 16th January 2023. What is the News? The Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) has briefed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Home Ministry on the future challenge to internal security. What is the CRPF? CRPF… Continue reading Stirs by non-state actors a potential threat, says CRPF

Costa Rica’s rainforest canopies tower 150 feet tall — these are the last biotic frontier

Source: The post is based on an article “Costa Rica’s rainforest canopies tower 150 feet tall — these are the last biotic frontier” published in The Times of India on 14th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Environment Relevance: importance canopies of rainforests News: Research has been carried out on the canopies of the rainforests of Costa Rica.… Continue reading Costa Rica’s rainforest canopies tower 150 feet tall — these are the last biotic frontier

The Pee Case: Why India Needs Tort Laws

Source: The post is based on an article “The Pee Case: Why India Needs Tort Laws” published in The Times of India on 14th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Governance Relevance: structural problems with Indian laws News: The article discusses a recent case of misbehavior with a woman in the flight. What are the issues? The accused… Continue reading The Pee Case: Why India Needs Tort Laws

Remove Raj From Raj Bhawans

Source: The post is based on an article “Remove Raj From Raj Bhawans” published in The Times of India on 13th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Indian Polity Relevance: issue associated with the Governor News: The article discusses the changing role of the Governor from the British period to the recent times. What were the roles of… Continue reading Remove Raj From Raj Bhawans

Terra Pharma – WHO ruling on two India-made cough syrups should lead to a thorough, transparent investigation at home

Source: The post is based on the article “Terra Pharma – WHO ruling on two India-made cough syrups should lead to a thorough, transparent investigation at home” published in The Times of India on 13th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health. Relevance: About… Continue reading Terra Pharma – WHO ruling on two India-made cough syrups should lead to a thorough, transparent investigation at home

Bhopal’s Real Lesson – Attempts to get more out of Carbide for the gas tragedy are futile. India needs good law on civil liability

Source: The post is based on the article “Bhopal’s Real Lesson – Attempts to get more out of Carbide for the gas tragedy are futile. India needs good law on civil liability” published in The Times of India on 12th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster Management. Relevance: About compensation for industrial disasters. News: The… Continue reading Bhopal’s Real Lesson – Attempts to get more out of Carbide for the gas tragedy are futile. India needs good law on civil liability

Centre notifies protocols to make flying easy for disabled

Source: The post is based on the article “Centre notifies protocols to make flying easy for disabled” published in TOI on 12th January 2023 What is the News? The Ministry of Civil Aviation has released the ‘Accessibility Standards and Guidelines for Civil Aviation’. What are Accessibility Standards and Guidelines for Civil Aviation? These are standards… Continue reading Centre notifies protocols to make flying easy for disabled

White tufted royal butterfly, a rare species, found in Kerala’s Kannur

Source: The post is based on the article “White tufted royal butterfly, a rare species, found in Kerala’s Kannur” published in TOI on 12th January 2023 What is the News? A team of butterfly observers and researchers have found white tufted royal butterfly, a rare butterfly species in Kannur, Kerala. What is White tufted royal… Continue reading White tufted royal butterfly, a rare species, found in Kerala’s Kannur

Bad and ugly – A Governor’s departure from convention has set off unsavoury events

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Bad and ugly – A Governor’s departure from convention has set off unsavoury events” published in The Hindu on 11th January 2023. “The Guvs Are Off – Governors in some opposition-ruled states are keeping bills pending for long, violating constitutional spirit” published in The Times of India… Continue reading Bad and ugly – A Governor’s departure from convention has set off unsavoury events

Get Wet, Get Well – Wetlands are nature’s shock absorbers. Their degradation in cities is real bad news for urban future

Source: The post is based on the article “Get Wet, Get Well – Wetlands are nature’s shock absorbers. Their degradation in cities is real bad news for urban future” published in The Times of India on 11th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Environment and Bio-diversity Conservation. Relevance: About the role of the governor in the… Continue reading Get Wet, Get Well – Wetlands are nature’s shock absorbers. Their degradation in cities is real bad news for urban future

A mountain reeling under human aggression

Source: The post is based on the following articles “A mountain reeling under human aggression” published in The Hindu on 10th January 2023. “Broken-Back Mountains: Joshimath, Darjeeling, Sikkim” published in The Times of India on 10th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster and disaster management. Relevance: About protecting Hilly areas. News: The Himalayan town Joshimath is under tremendous… Continue reading A mountain reeling under human aggression

Madhya Pradesh HC’s resolution to call ‘lower courts’ as district courts is a welcome step towards ending judicial feudalism

Source: The post is based on an article “Madhya Pradesh HC’s resolution to call ‘lower courts’ as district courts is a welcome step towards ending judicial feudalism” published in The Indian Express on 9th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Governance Relevance: problems associated with lower judiciary News: The High Court of Madhya Pradesh has passed the resolution… Continue reading Madhya Pradesh HC’s resolution to call ‘lower courts’ as district courts is a welcome step towards ending judicial feudalism

Settlement on debris is primary reason for ‘sinking’, states report

Source: The post is based on the article “Settlement on debris is primary reason for ‘sinking’, states report” published in TOI on 9th January 2023 What is the News? The Uttarakhand town of Joshimath which is located at the foothills of the Himalayas, has been reportedly “sinking”, with cracks visible on the walls of the… Continue reading Settlement on debris is primary reason for ‘sinking’, states report

40% of wetlands in India lost in last 30 yrs: Experts

Source: The post is based on the article “40% of wetlands in India lost in last 30 yrs: Experts” published in TOI on 8th January 2023 What is the News? According to estimates by Wetlands International(WI), nearly two of every five wetlands in India have lost their natural existence in the last 30 years. Note:… Continue reading 40% of wetlands in India lost in last 30 yrs: Experts

Driving To Despair – Poor maintenance, poor policing, poor traffic rules enforcement, too much wrong with India’s roads

Source: The post is based on the article “Driving To Despair – Poor maintenance, poor policing, poor traffic rules enforcement, too much wrong with India’s roads” published in The Times of India on 9th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.. Relevance: About preventing accidents on Indian roads. News:… Continue reading Driving To Despair – Poor maintenance, poor policing, poor traffic rules enforcement, too much wrong with India’s roads

Her story Of War – Peace has a better chance with women in charge

Source: The post is based on the article “Her story Of War – Peace has a better chance with women in charge” published in The Times of India on 7th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate. Relevance: About inclusion of women in the peace process. News: India… Continue reading Her story Of War – Peace has a better chance with women in charge

Who Tunnels Through A Sinking Town?

Source: The post is based on the article “Who Tunnels Through A Sinking Town?” published in The Times of India on 7th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster and disaster management. Relevance: About the construction work in the Himalayan region. News: The Himalayan town Joshimath is under tremendous stress, and a portion of it… Continue reading Who Tunnels Through A Sinking Town?

Jolt From Joshimath – Govts have finally woken up to a hill town being on the brink of an ecological disaster. But more needs to be done

Source: The post is based on the article “Jolt From Joshimath – Govts have finally woken up to a hill town being on the brink of an ecological disaster. But more needs to be done” published in The Times of India on 6th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster and disaster management. Relevance: About… Continue reading Jolt From Joshimath – Govts have finally woken up to a hill town being on the brink of an ecological disaster. But more needs to be done

Free speech in India: How Free Speech Is Little Freer

Source: The post is based on the article “How Free Speech Is Little Freer” published in The Times of India on 6th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 2 – Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Relevance: About the SC ruling on free speech in India. News: Recently, the Supreme Court has… Continue reading Free speech in India: How Free Speech Is Little Freer

NAAC releases new benchmarks to assess varsities, autonomous colleges

Source: The post is based on the article “NAAC releases new benchmarks to assess varsities, autonomous colleges” published in TOI on 5th January 2023 What is the News? The National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC) has released the benchmark scores that the colleges and universities receive during their accreditation process to bring transparency to the process. … Continue reading NAAC releases new benchmarks to assess varsities, autonomous colleges

How Free Now? – SC did well to warn against further restrictions on free speech. But misuse of IPC provisions needs checking too

Source: The post is based on the following articles “Why the Supreme Court is right to not curb ministers’ free speech” published in the Indian Express on 5th January 2023. “How Free Now? – SC did well to warn against further restrictions on free speech. But misuse of IPC provisions needs checking too” published in… Continue reading How Free Now? – SC did well to warn against further restrictions on free speech. But misuse of IPC provisions needs checking too

In a first, woman officer gets operationally deployed at the forbidding Siachen Glacier

Source: The post is based on the article “In a first, woman officer gets operationally deployed at the forbidding Siachen Glacier” published in TOI on 3rd January 2023 What is the News? Captain Shiva Chauhan has become the first woman army officer to get operationally deployed on the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield. In… Continue reading In a first, woman officer gets operationally deployed at the forbidding Siachen Glacier

High Growth … But Do More – India’s humming economy isn’t yet helping much of its low-income citizens, who need the education deficit bridged and policies that promote job-creation

Source: The post is based on the article “High Growth … But Do More” published in The Times of India on 4th January 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. Relevance: About the status of the Indian economy. News: Lower-middle-class households are on their… Continue reading High Growth … But Do More – India’s humming economy isn’t yet helping much of its low-income citizens, who need the education deficit bridged and policies that promote job-creation