How can Agnipath be made more attractive? Recommendations from 2 former army leaders

News: Recently, the government of India introduced a new recruitment scheme for the armed forces, Agnipath. Violent protests erupted in parts of India ever since the launch of the scheme. Must read: Cabinet clears Agnipath Scheme What are the advantages of the Agnipath Scheme? a) Lower the age profile in the units, b) Create a more empowered… Continue reading How can Agnipath be made more attractive? Recommendations from 2 former army leaders

World Trade Organisation Must Get Back To Trade

News: For the first time in a decade, the members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have finalized a historic deal at the 12th Ministerial Conference(MC12). The key issues include a reduction in fishery subsidies, patent waivers for making a vaccine for the pandemic, food security and e-commerce. Read more: Outcomes of 12th Ministerial Conference of… Continue reading World Trade Organisation Must Get Back To Trade

Being Truly Presidential

News: With the Presidential election around the corner, there is a question that who will be the ideal president for 21st-century India? What are the different types of Presidents India witnessed? According to the author, the past Presidents of India can be grouped into three categories. Presidents of stature: These are individuals who had formidable… Continue reading Being Truly Presidential

Baptism by fire: Army pension needs pruning. But Agnipath protests show future soldiers’ anxiety needs better responses

News: Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved an attractive recruitment scheme for Indian youth to serve in the Armed Forces called AGNIPATH. Violent protests erupted in parts of India ever since the launch of the scheme. Must read: Cabinet clears Agnipath Scheme Need: The US in FY-2018 set aside 10% of the defence department’s total… Continue reading Baptism by fire: Army pension needs pruning. But Agnipath protests show future soldiers’ anxiety needs better responses

5G Impact: Traffic To Teaching, Factories To Farming

News: The government has announced the rollout of the transformational 5G services. This will bring about a revolutionary change in communication with benefits spanning various sectors. What is 5G technology? Read here: 5G technology What are the benefits of 5G technology? Education: a) With the enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) feature of 5G, the full potential… Continue reading 5G Impact: Traffic To Teaching, Factories To Farming

‘Majority of migrants moved within same state in 2020-21’: PLFS

What is the News? The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has released the ‘Migration in India 2020-21’. What is Migration in India 2020-21 Report? Purpose: The report is based on the first-time collection of additional data during the annual round of the Periodic Labour Force Survey for July 2020-June 2021. The report separates… Continue reading ‘Majority of migrants moved within same state in 2020-21’: PLFS

RBI lens on neobanks amid rapid growth in customers

What is the News? The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) is taking a hard look at the neobank business model where fintechs plug into a conventional bank’s network and become customer-facing banking service providers. What are Neo Banks? Neo-banks are online-only financial technology (fintech) companies that operate solely digitally or via mobile apps. Simply put, neo-banks… Continue reading RBI lens on neobanks amid rapid growth in customers

Agnipath will lead to a leaner military, savings in pensions. But there are challenges beyond the bold step forward,

News: Recently, the Government of India has announced the Agnipath Scheme for recruitment of soldiers, the majority of whom will serve for four years. What is the Agnipath scheme It will lead to recruitment of non-officer personnel to the armed forces, who will be called as the Agniveer. They will be hired on contract in the age… Continue reading Agnipath will lead to a leaner military, savings in pensions. But there are challenges beyond the bold step forward,

Patently false: WTO debate on waiving vax IPR misses the point. Equitable access needs quick tech transfer

News: The ongoing WTO ministerial conference in Geneva is discussing, among other things, a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights (IPR) on Covid vaccines. The genesis was an earlier India-South Africa proposal in October 2020. Since then, many other countries have backed the idea. Of course, as the draft says, India won’t benefit on account… Continue reading Patently false: WTO debate on waiving vax IPR misses the point. Equitable access needs quick tech transfer

Air Quality Life Index: Indians losing 5 years of life due to air pollution: Study

What is the News? The Air Quality Life Index has been released. What is the Air Quality Life Index? Produced by: Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago(EPIC)  Purpose: The index converts air pollution concentrations into their impact on life expectancy. From this, the public and policymakers alike can determine the benefits of air… Continue reading Air Quality Life Index: Indians losing 5 years of life due to air pollution: Study