INDIA, BANGLADESH RIVER TRADE ROUTE

Focus: GS-III International Relations Why in news? India and Bangladesh are set to operationalise a new riverine trade route connecting Sonamura in Tripura to Daudkandi in Bangladesh. Details The route is being operationalised under an agreement signed by the two sides to boost riverine trade by adding two new routes and five more ports in […]

INDIA, VIETNAM TALK ON CHINA

Focus: GS-III International Relations Why in news? China’s destabilising actions in the region figured at a meeting of the India-Vietnam joint commission on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation, during which the two countries agreed to work more closely together in the Indo-Pacific. Details During the virtual meeting, co-chaired by the Indian external affairs minister […]

CHINA FLOATS BRICS 5G BASE AS INDIA MULLS BAN

Focus: GS-III International Relations Why in news? China has proposed the creation of what it calls a ‘BRICS innovation base’ to take forward 5G and Artificial Intelligence (AI) cooperation among the five countries. Details China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology urged fellow nations, including India, to boost cooperation in areas including 5G and AI. […]

1ST ALL-WEATHER ROUTE TO LADAKH

Focus: Prelims, GS-I Geography, GS-III International Relations Why in news? India’s national security planners are pushing hard to complete an all-weather strategic route to Ladakh that will link Darcha in Himachal Pradesh to Nimu via Padum in Kargil’s Zanskar valley. Details Senior military commanders said the third route to connect Ladakh by road is urgently […]

NGT SLAMS MINISTRY’S REPORT

Focus: GS-II Governance, GS-III Environment and Ecology Why in news? The National Green Tribunal has slammed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) over its report on the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) which proposes 20-30% reduction of air pollution by 2024. Details The NGT disapproved the submission of the MoEF that a committee, upon […]

THE JUMP IN FOREX RESERVES MAY NOT BE A POSITIVE SIGN

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Why in news? Amid the covid-19 pandemic, India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves have been going up at a very fast pace and have touched a new high, in absolute terms, almost every week. Clearly, there has been a very rapid increase in the country’s foreign exchange reserves since March-end, after the […]

IT TAKES TWO: URBAN AND RURAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Focus: GS-III Indian Economy Introduction Over the past month or so, leading economic indicators have pointed towards a two-paced recovery. Sales of tractors and two-wheelers, proxies of rural demand, appear to have rebounded strongly, indicating that the pickup in rural areas has been swifter than in the urban centres which have borne the brunt of […]

THE MARGINALISATION OF JUSTICE IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE

Focus: GS-II Social Justice Introduction The pursuit of greed and narrow self-interest leads to severe inequalities, to an unequal division of social benefits. Given the compulsion to advance our self-interest, the burden is easily passed on to those among us who are powerless to desist it. In simple words: The poor cannot afford to reject […]

PRADHAN MANTRI RASHTRIYA BAL PURASKAR 2021

Focus: GS-II Governance Why in news? Ministry of Women and Child Development has invited nominations for the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar-2021 from children, individuals and institutions. Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puruskar The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (formerly known as the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement) is India’s Highest Civilian Honour bestowed upon […]

UMANG APP THROUGH CSCS

Focus: GS-III Science and Technology Why in news? The National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) has signed an MOU with CSC (Common Service Center) e-Governance Services India Limited, to facilitate delivery of UMANG services at CSCs, in an assisted mode, thereby making services on UMANG app available to citizens through the […]