Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) Concerns

Context: The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), launched in September 2021 will not only simplify processes of hospitals but also increase ease of living according to the Prime Minister. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues Related to Health, Government Policies and Initiatives, Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: What is the Ayushman Bharat Digital […]

Reimagining food systems with lessons from India

Context: The first and historic United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) 2021 which was held in September 2021 concluded after an intense ‘bottom-up’ process conceived in 2019 to find solutions and ‘catalyse momentum’ to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food and help address rising hunger. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and […]

Government notifies new rules to clear retro tax mess

Context: Setting the stage for a closure of the retrospective tax disputes over indirect transfer of assets situated in India, the government notified new rules under the Income Tax Act for specifying the process to be followed by affected taxpayers to settle long-brewing disputes. Relevance: GS-III: Indian Economy (Growth and Development of Indian Economy, Fiscal […]

Minister on Licences for new sugar factories and ethanol

Context: Urging farmers in Maharashtra and other parts of the country to focus on producing ethanol from sugarcane juice instead of sugar, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways said there was a pressing need to stop issuing fresh licenses to set up sugar factories in the State and elsewhere. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology […]

Panel set up to implement Assam Accord

Context: The Assam government set up an eight-member sub-committee to examine and prepare a framework for the implementation of all clauses of the Assam Accord of 1985. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Governance (Government Policies and Interventions, Issues arising due to the design and implementation of policies), GS-II: Polity and Governance (Citizenship) Dimensions of the Article: […]

‘Pandora Papers’ expose offshore assets of heads of state

Context: More than a dozen heads of state and government, including the King of Jordan and the Czech Prime Minister, have hidden millions in offshore tax havens, according to the so-called “Pandora Papers” investigation published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) media consortium. Relevance: GS-III: Internal Security Challenges (Money Laundering), GS-II: International Relations […]

Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) Hanle

Context: The Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) located at Hanle near Leh in Ladakh is becoming one of the globally promising observatory sites, according to a recent study. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About IAO at Hanle About Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen (GROWTH) About IAO at Hanle India’s […]

NGRI proposes landslip warning system

Context: The Council of Scientific And Industrial Research -National Geophysical Research Institute (CSIR-NGRI) has launched an ‘Environmental Seismology’ group to develop a ‘Landslide and Flood Early Warning System’ for the Himalayan region. Relevance: GS-III: Disaster and Management (Natural and Anthropogenic Disasters, Disaster Management in India), GS-I: Geography (Important Geophysical phenomena), GS-III: Science and Technology Dimensions […]

A tiny plant that can ‘digest’ low density plastic sheets

Context: Researchers from University of Madras and Presidency College, Chennai, have isolated an alga species that shows promise as an agent of biodegradation of plastic sheets. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Environmental Pollution and Degradation), GS-III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About Plastic pollution in India About the discovered alga species that […]