Women not allowed to apply for Agasthyarkoodam trek

Context: Women’s rights group Pennuroma, which has been pushing for women to be allowed to scale the Agasthyarkoodam peak, may have to wait another year before their demands are addressed. The Agasthyarkoodam peak lies within the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thiruvananthapuram. Other Facts: Agasthyarkoodam is a part of Agasthyamala Biosphere Read More …

Nilambur teak has given the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag

Context: Kerala’s Nilambur teak has now been given the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indication (GI) Registry and Intellectual Property India. It’s also the first forest produce to attain the tag. What is Nilambur teak? Nilambur teak is famous for its quality. One of the world’s most Read More …

Implementation of United Nations Convention against Torture

The Law Commission of India (Chairperson: Dr. Justice B. S. Chauhan) submitted its report on “Implementation of ‘United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment’ through legislation” to the Ministry of Law and Justice on October 30, 2017.  India signed the convention on October Read More …

What is the Ghogha-Dahej ro-ro ferry?

The roll on, roll off (“ro-ro”) ferry will ply the Gulf of Khambhat between peninsular Saurashtra and South Gujarat. Ghogha in Saurashtra’s Bhavnagar district lies 17 nautical miles, or 32 km, across the gulf from Dahej in Bharuch district (see map). The ferry, the first of its kind in India, Read More …

In democracy, what is ‘primary goods’?

The notion of primary goods, proposed by John Rawls, spells out the basic entitlements a citizen would be guaranteed in a well-ordered society.  It includes basic rights and liberties, freedom of movement and free choice among the fullest range of occupations, the powers of office and positions of responsibility, income and Read More …

What is the ‘Sarick effect’ in Psychology?

This refers to a form of persuasion wherein a person who wishes to convince a hostile audience about an issue can do so effectively by first arguing against his own idea. This finds mention in the book “Originals” authored by American psychologist Adam Grant, and is attributed to social scientist Leslie Sarick. Read More …

What is the term ‘Channel Stuffing’ in Business?

This refers to a business practice wherein a company produces and delivers more goods to retailers than what could be sold successfully to end consumers. Companies generally resort to channel stuffing to temporarily boost sales and profits, thus presenting a rosy picture to investors, although they have not yet received Read More …

What does the term ‘Time correction’ mean in Finance?

This refers to a consolidation in the price of a stock or any other financial security after a strong rally. The price of the security moves sideways rather than upwards or downwards during such price consolidation. Time correction is different from price correction where the price of an overvalued stock Read More …

What does ‘learned non-use’ mean in the field of medicine?

This refers to a medical phenomenon wherein a limb or any other body part aiding movement that is affected by temporary paralysis becomes permanently impaired due to prolonged non-use by the patient. Such impairment usually sets in when patients affected by temporary paralysis begin to use other body parts to Read More …

NCST Protection of Jarawa Tribes

Context: National Commission of Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has issued directions to the officials of A&N islands for taking strict action against those who upload inappropriate video films/ photos of tribal communities on You Tube. About NCST: The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has been set up under Article 338A to Read More …