Surveillance reform is the need of the hour

Context: It is worth asking why the government would need to hack phones and install spyware when existing laws already offer impunity for surveillance. This unsettling query arises on the basis of reports emerging from a collaborative investigation by journalists from around the world, including from India’s The Wire, titled the ‘Pegasus Project’. Reports say […]

Internet via high-altitude balloons in Cuba

Context: President Joe Biden was called by a Governor of the U.S. to greenlight a plan to transmit the Internet to people in Cuba via high-altitude balloons when their government has blocked access. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: Delivering Internet by Balloon Drawbacks of the Loon Significance and benefits of […]

Moon’s Wobble Effect

Context: A recent study has brought into the focus the wobbling movement of the moon and how it could be a potential problem. Relevance: Prelims, GS-I: Geography Dimensions of the Article: What is the wobbling movement of the moon? Why will this wobble become a problem? What is the wobbling movement of the moon? The […]

Monsoon Deficit problem for oilseed farmers

Context: The easing of the monsoon post June 2021 has resulted in a 32% rainfall deficit during that period, and is likely to push farmers into changing their kharif crop patterns. Relevance: GS-III: Agriculture (Cropping patterns), GS-I: Geography (Important geophysical phenomena) Dimensions of the Article: What is cropping pattern? Rabi Crops Kharif Crops Zaid Crops […]

Bombay HC on Speedy trial as a fundamental right

Context: The Bombay High Court observed, “For how many years without trial, can people languish in jail. Speedy trial is a fundamental right.” Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Governance (Judiciary, Constitutional Provisions, Fundamental Rights) Dimensions of the Article: Data regarding Delay in Justice Reasons for delay in Justice Way Forwards Data regarding Delay in Justice As […]

Schemes for School Children and girls’ education

Context: Union Minister of Education in his reply in the Lok Sabha said that the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education is implementing various welfare schemes for incentives for girls education. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Government Policies and Interventions, Welfare Schemes, Issues regarding Education) Dimensions of the Article: Kasturba Gandhi Balika […]

Indigenous Production of Defence Equipment

Context: Raksha Rajya Mantri in his reply in the Rajya Sabha said that the ‘Make in India’ scheme is implemented in defence sector to promote indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence items.  Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Internal Security Challenges Dimensions of the Article: Progress under the Make in India Scheme Initiatives under the AatmaNirbhar Bharat […]