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State Governments Structural Interventions That Can Create Higher-Wage Jobs

Context The recent decision to deduct off-budget borrowings from state borrowing limits reminds chief ministers to be good policy ancestors. Relevance GS-II: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources Dimensions of the Article Financing Welfare State Structural interventions that can create high wage jobs Shifting resources to […]

Combination of Cooperative and Competitive spirit

Context The ongoing discords between the Centre and states over issues ranging from the allocation of financial resources to fixing of GST rates has once again brought to the fore issues pertaining to our federal structure, the resolution of which is essential for the country’s growth. Relevance GS-II: Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and […]

Safety of Women

Focus: GS I- Indian Society,  Women Why in News? To enhance the safety and security of women in the country, Ministry of Home Affairs has taken several initiatives which are funded by the Nirbhaya Fund. Details: Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) is an online analytical tool launched to monitor and track timely completion of […]

Traditional Medicine

Focus: GS II- Health Why in News? The Union Minister for Ayush and  Ports, Shipping & Waterways announced major initiatives to boost the traditional medicinal practice including Sowa Rigpa, Ayurveda and Naturopathy in the state of Sikkim. The Minister was attending the National Workshop on Sowa Rigpa – the traditional & ancient medicinal practice of […]

Norms Eased for Research Into Genetically Modified (GM) Crop

Context: Recently, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has issued guidelines easing norms for research into Genetically Modified (GM) crops and circumventing challenges of using foreign genes to change crops profile. Relevance: GS III- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Highlights of the Guidelines What is genome editing? How is gene editing different from GMO […]

Phytoremediation With Hyperaccumulators

Context: A study published in the JNKVV (Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya) research journal concluded that heavy metal pollution of soil is “emerging at a speedy rate” in India due to industrialisation. Relevance: GS II- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: How does soil get contaminated? What are hyperaccumulator plants? How can phytoremediation with hyperaccumulators […]

Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Context: Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), the Ministry of Culture held inaugural ceremony to commemorate the year long celebration of the 250th Birth Anniversary of  Raja Ram Mohan Roy from today in Kolkata. It will continue till next year 22nd May.  Relevance: GS I- Personalities in News Dimensions of the Article: […]

The Rise of AI chips

Context: AI chips with their hardware architectures and complementary packaging, memory, storage and interconnect technologies, make it possible to infuse AI into a broad spectrum of applications to help turn data into information and then into knowledge.  Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article What are AI chips? Difference between traditional chips […]

Look Out Circular

Context: Recently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court while quashing a Look Out Circular (LOC) against petitioner Noor Paul passed omnibus instructions to the respondents including the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) to serve a copy of the LOC to the affected person, state the reasons for issuing the […]