Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 19 October 2021

Contents Greenfield hopes: On rebound of investments Improving livestock breeding – schemes Greenfield hopes: On rebound of investments Context: Data from investment monitoring firms reveal that investment commitments and indicators of actual capital expenditure on the ground recorded a more than robust sequential growth in the July-September quarter after an insipid Q1. The implementation of […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 18 October 2021

Contents Powering the energy sector: Electricity (Amendment) Bill COP26 climate conference and its importance Powering the energy sector: Electricity (Amendment) Bill Context: The Electricity (Amendment) Bill of 2020 is a game-changing reform which will set the process of de-licensing power distribution after the monopoly of the state is dismantled. Relevance: GS-III: Industry and Infrastructure (Energy […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 16 October 2021

Contents Customs duty waiver on edible oil imports BSF powers and jurisdiction Customs duty waiver on edible oil imports Context: Commerce Minister announced that the government has decided to waive customs duty on import of crude sunflower, palm and soyabean oil, a move aimed at controlling their prices. Prices of edible oil have been rising […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 14 October 2021

Contents Deconstructing climate finance Aiding Afghans: On G20 meeting on Afghanistan Deconstructing climate finance Context: In the run-up to the 26th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), media reports have claimed that developed countries are inching closer to the target of providing $100 billion annually in climate finance […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 13 October 2021

Contents The sanctions cloud over India-U.S. ties India’s need for a silicosis prevention policy The sanctions cloud over India U.S. ties Context: The Chief of the Air Staff recently said that the delivery of the S-400 Triumf air defence systems from Russia is expected according to schedule. In response, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State hoped […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 12 October 2021

Contents Limits to accommodation: on RBI’s monetary policy The next step is a constitutional right to health Limits to accommodation: on RBI’s monetary policy Context: The RBI’s latest monetary policy statement and accompanying actions reflect the dilemma confronting monetary authorities. While the RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to keep benchmark interest rates unchanged as […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 11 October 2021

Contents A ‘Taiwan flashpoint’ in the Indo-Pacific Reflections on the ‘quasi-federal’ democracy A ‘Taiwan flashpoint’ in the Indo-Pacific Context: Taiwan’s president vowed to defend the island from China’s rising pressure for reunification, after a week of unprecedented tensions with Beijing. Taiwan said on it was “on alert” over China’s “over the top” military manoeuvres, after […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 9 October 2021

Contents On rewarding Good Samaritans on road Global minimum tax deal Explained On rewarding Good Samaritans on road Context: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has come up with a new scheme to award Good Samaritans who save the lives of road accident victims with a cash prize. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 8 October 2021

Contents Trade multilateralism at risk Seeding a data revolution in Indian agriculture Trade multilateralism at risk Context: The World Trade Organization (WTO) — the global trade body — is facing a serious existential crisis as the United States, which played a pivotal role in establishing the WTO, seems to have lost interest in it. Relevance: […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses For UPSC 7 October 2021

Contents RBI microfinance proposals that are anti-poor WHO on air quality – What must India do? RBI microfinance proposals that are anti-poor Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) proposed to lift the interest rate cap on Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), and said all micro loans should be regulated by a common set of guidelines irrespective […]