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The Goal of An Energy-Secure South Asia

Context Given that a 0.46% increase in energy consumption leads to a 1% increase in GDP per capita, electrification not only helps in improving lifestyle but also adds to the aggregate economy by improving the nation’s GDP. Relevance GS-II: Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Dimensions of the […]

India, Europe and the Russian Complication

Context The re-election of Emmanuel Macron as the president of France on Sunday has sent a sigh of relief across Europe and North America. Delhi too is pleased with the return of Macron, who laid a strong foundation for India’s strategic partnership with France. Relevance GS-II: Effect of Policies and Politics of Developed and Developing […]

Revamped FAME-II scheme

Focus: GS III- Indian Economy (Infrastructure) Why in News? Price Bids of the Grand Challenge tender process under the remodeled FAME II scheme for electric buses were opened by Ministry of Heavy Industries About FAME-II FAME India is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission (NEMM) Plan. Main thrust of FAME is to encourage electric vehicles […]

Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for White Goods

Focus: GS III- Indian Economy Why in News? Nineteen companies have filed applications for Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for White Goods (ACs and LED Lights) in the 2nd Round of Applications with committed investments of Rs 1,548 crore. Key points: The prime objective of the PLI scheme is to make manufacturing in India globally competitive by removing sectoral […]

Direct Tax Collections Surge in FY22

Context: India’s net direct tax collections amounted to ₹14,09,640.83 crore for FY22, which is the highest collection ever, signaling that the Indian economy has bounced back after two years of the pandemic. Relevance: GS III- Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: Details About Direct Tax in India About Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Details: […]

Countries Will Have To ‘Justify’ Veto Votes at UN

Context: The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution requiring the five permanent members of the Security Council to justify their use of the veto. Relevance: GS II- Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and agreements involving India Dimensions of the Article: Why such move? What is the Veto Power […]

Europe’s Digital Services Act

Context: Recently, The European Parliament and European Union (EU) Member States announced that they had reached a political agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA), a landmark legislation to force big Internet companies to act against disinformation and illegal and harmful content, and to “provide better protection for Internet users and their fundamental rights”. Relevance: GS III- Cyber Security Dimensions […]

International Religious Freedom Report 2022

Context: The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended that India be designated a ‘Country of Particular Concern’ (CPC), i.e., the category of governments performing most poorly on religious freedom criteria. It has also called for “targeted sanctions” on individuals and entities responsible for severe violations of religious freedom by freezing those individuals’ […]