The Eternal Quest for Employment

Context The article talks about the need for better quality economic growth and more thorough data collection by the government so that policy decisions can be made with more knowledge. This means that we need more quality jobs, not just more jobs. Relevance GS Paper 2: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services […]

New South Asian Regional Order

Context Relevance GS Paper 2: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Mains Question In India’s neighbourhood foreign policy domain, BIMSTEC can serve as a suitable replacement for SAARC. Analyze critically. (250 Words) SAARC Overview Reasons for the region’s poor integration SAARC’s Importance for India BIMSTEC Information The BIMSTEC […]

African Swine Fever

Context: Officials of the Animal Husbandry department continued the culling of pigs in Kerala’s Idukki district after African Swine Fever (ASF) was reported in more panchayats.  Relevance: Focus: GS-III Science and Technology  Dimensions of this Article: What is African Swine Fever? What are the symptoms of African swine fever? -Source: The Hindu

SpaceTech Innovation Network (SpIN)

Context: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed a MoU with Social Alpha, a multistage innovation curation and venture development platform, to launch SpaceTech Innovation Network (SpIN). Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: SpaceTech Innovation Network (SpIN) Innovation Challenge:

What Exactly Is Hybrid Mustard?

Context: Recently, Union Science Minister said in the Rajya Sabha that Field trials of the transgenic mustard variety, Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11), revealed them to be higher yielding and they did not deter the pollination habits of honeybees, Relevance: GS II: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What exactly is hybrid mustard? Genetic modification […]

Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Bill

Recently, The Rajya Sabha  passed the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2022. Relevance: GS III- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: About Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 Schedule I: Species: Endangered species. Penalty: Harsh with imprisonment Hunting: Not allowed. Trade: Prohibited Examples: Tiger, Blackbuck, Himalayan Brown Bear, Brow-Antlered Deer, Blue whale, Common Dolphin, Cheetah, Clouded Leopard, Hornbills, Indian Gazelle, and many […]

 India’s Central Asia Outreach

Context: National Security Advisor (NSA) hosted a meeting of his counterparts from five Central Asian countries — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan — in New Delhi on December 6. All countries except Turkmenistan sent their NSAs. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: Key Highlights about the Meetings of NSAs About Central […]

Sustained Growth in Remittances

Context: Remittances to India are set to touch a record $100 billion in 2022, according to the World Bank’s latest Migration and Development Brief titled, ‘Remittances Brave Global Headwinds’. India received $89.4 billion in 2021 — this is the first time a country will reach the $100 billion mark. Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions […]

About Rooftop Solar Programme

Focus: GS II: Government policies and Intervention Why in News? The Rooftop Solar Programme has been extended till 31.03.2026 and therefore, subsidy under the programme will be available until the target under the Programme is achieved. About the Programme: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is executing the Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme to produce […]

PM SVANidhi

Focus: GS II- Government policies and interventions Why in News? The Government of India has extended the PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme beyond March, 2022 with the following provisions: PM Street Vendor’s Atmanitbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) The eligible vendors are identified as per following criteria: PM SVANidhi and SIDBI Credit Guarantee Fund […]