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The Advantages and Risks of Our Big Lithium Discovery

Context The government recently announced that lithium reserves totaling 5.9 million tonnes had been discovered in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. Relevance: GS Paper-3: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Mains Question What makes lithium metal so crucial to India? What are the dangers of mining lithium? (250 Words) Highlights […]

India Wants $5 Billion In Defence Exports By 2025

Context The Prime Minister recently announced plans to increase annual defence exports to $5 billion over the following two years, as arms companies flocked to a significant air show in an effort to cut into the nation’s massive import budget. Relevance: GS Paper-3: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects […]

Mental Healthcare Act (MHA) 2017

Context: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) conducted visits to all government-run mental healthcare institutions in India to assess the implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 (MHA). Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: Details: Mental Healthcare Act (MHA), 2017 What are the challenges? Long stays at state psychiatric facilities Lack […]

Ring Around a Dwarf Planet

Context: Astronomers have found a ring around a dwarf planet, located in the Kuiper Belt at the solar system’s edge, called Quaoar, according to a new study. The ring, however, is positioned much further away from the planet than is usual and defies theoretical explanations. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: […]

Lavani Folk Art Form

Context: NCP leader has directed members of his party to not organise raunchy public shows in the name of Lavani, a folk song-and-dance performance that is popular in Maharashtra. Relevance: GS I: Art and Culture Dimensions of the Article: What is the Lavani folk art form? History and Evolution: Sub-genres: Acceptance and Audience: Popularity and […]

What is a Windfall Tax?

Context: Recently, the Union government hiked the windfall profit tax levied on domestically-produced crude oil as well as on the export of diesel and aviation turbine fuel (ATF). Relevance: GS III: Indian Economy Dimensions of the Article: What is a windfall tax? Why are countries levying windfall taxes now? What are the issues with imposing […]

Non Permanent Membership Of UN Security Council

Context: Recently, India and Bangladesh agreed to support each other’s non-permanent membership at the UN Security Council. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology, GS-II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: United Nations Security Council Membership Functions and Powers of UNSC Under the United Nations Charter, the functions and powers of the Security Council are:  India’s Case […]

About Custodial death

Context: According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the last five years, the highest number of custodial deaths have been reported in Gujarat at 80. Relevance: GS II: Polity and Governance Dimensions of the Article: About Custodial death: Overview: Definition: Custodial Death in India: NHRC Recommendations: Reasons for Custodial Deaths It’s important to […]

Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana

Focus: Government Policies and Interventions Why in News? Recently, to empower youth by providing them entry-level skill training in Railway Training Institutes, “Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana” (RKVY) has been notified. About Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana: Nodal: Ministry of Railway. Technical Trades and Eligibility Criteria Training and Certification

Vibrant Village Programme

Focus: GS III- Indian Economy (Infrastructure) Why in News? The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, has approved Centrally Sponsored Scheme- “Vibrant Villages Programme” (VVP) for the Financial Years 2022-23 to 2025-26 with financial allocation of Rs. 4800 Crore. About Vibrant Village Programme Focus areas: Need of such scheme: