The Wage Gap, Hard Truths, and Necessary Actions

Context India plays an important role in the global economic growth and structural transformation story. However, asymmetries continue to abound (exist in large numbers) in the country’s labour market. A commensurate improvement in its labour market outcomes, as well as a more equitable distribution of the fruits of economic progress, will spur further economic growth […]

No Bargaining on Food Security

Context The Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister recently stated that no bargaining can take place at the expense of food security. He was speaking at the 9th session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture’s governing body (ITPGRFA). The meeting was held in New Delhi. Relevance GS Paper 2: […]

SC Quota for Dalit Muslims and Christians

Context: The Centre is likely to soon decide on setting up a national commission to study the social, economic and educational status of Dalits who converted to religions other than Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Several petitions are pending before the Supreme Court seeking Scheduled Caste (SC) reservation benefits for Dalits who converted to Christianity or […]

Ethereum’s Merge event

Context: Recently, the Ethereum blockchain fully transitioned to a new way of processing transactions. This is an important day for crypto trackers as the Ethereum’s Merge event, as it is known, could change the nature of crypto and Web3 itself. Relevance: GS II: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: What is Ethereum? Why is […]

What is Plant Treaty?

Context: The ninth session of the governing body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) has recently begun in New Delhi. Relevance: GS II: Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and agreements involving India Dimensions of the Article: What is the Plant Treaty? Aims Key provisions What is the Plant Treaty? […]

PM PRANAM Scheme

Context: In order to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers by incentivising states, the Union government plans to introduce a new scheme – PM PRANAM, which stands for PM Promotion of Alternate Nutrients for Agriculture Management Yojana. Relevance: GS II: Government Policies and Intervention Dimensions of the Article: What is the PM PRANAM scheme? Why is […]

Death Penalty Or Capital Punishment In India

Death Penalty Or Capital Punishment In India

Context: The Supreme Court on Monday referred to a Constitution Bench the question of how to provide accused in death penalty cases a “meaningful, real and effective” hearing of their mitigating circumstances before a trial judge. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Constitution (Judiciary, Important Judgements) Dimensions of the Article: What is Death Penalty/Capital Punishment? Capital Punishment […]

INSPIRE Awards And Scheme

Focus: GS III: Science and Technology Why in News? Recently, the 9th National Level Exhibition and Project Competition (NLEPC) for the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge), has commenced. About INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) Award: It is aligned with the ‘Start-up India’ initiative and is being executed by DST (Department of […]

National Technical Textiles Mission

Focus: GS III- Agriculture Why in News? The Ministry of Textiles recently cleared 23 strategic research projects worth around Rs 60 crores in Specialty fibres, Sustainable Textiles, Geotextiles, Mobiltech and Sports textiles under the National Technical Textiles Mission. About Technical Textiles The Technical Textiles are defined as Textile material and products manufactured primarily for their Technical […]