Indians are shorter, and that’s a problem

Context: We take pride in India’s economic growth. Our social development indicators, however, especially in health, fall far behind. This is an issue of both rights and development. No major country has achieved economic take-off without addressing health and education. In all this, a vital but neglected issue is stunting, Read More …

Indian enterprises need protection to grow

Context: It is all very well to say that India’s aspirational youth, who want the good things in life, are a large market. However, if they cannot have sustainable incomes, they cannot buy whatever they aspire for. And frustrated aspirations can be fuel for social unrest, retail violence and political Read More …

Indian Military ranked Fourth in World by Global Firepower

Context: Global Firepower ranked has placed Indian military at fourth place in terms of global military prowess. The global index was prepared by considering 133 countries. India’s Position: India is only behind of US, Russia and China in the list. Indian neighbour Pakistan is placed at 13th place in Global Firepower (GFP) list 2017. India has managed Read More …

Women Entrepreneurship Platform

Context: NITI Aayog, the premier think tank of the country will launch its Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) on 8th March tomorrow, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. About WEP: Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) would provide a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem where women do not face any gender-based barriers. The platform Read More …

Recommendations made by Shekatkar Committee

A Committee of Experts (CoE) was constituted by Ministry of Defence under the Chairmanship of Lt. Gen. (Retd) DB Shekatkar to recommend measures to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure of the armed forces.  The Committee submitted its report in December 2016.  The Report was taken up by the Read More …

Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for introduction in the Parliament. The Bill seeks to achieve the following objectives: The Bill brings down the specified value of a commercial dispute to 3 Lakhs from the Read More …

Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for introduction in the Parliament. It is a part of the efforts of the Government to encourage institutional arbitration for settlement of disputes and make India a centre of robust Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism. Benefits: The Read More …

India and France

Context: The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of an Agreement between India and France to facilitate Mutual Recognition of educational qualifications and periods of study undertaken by students in duly approved, recognized and/or accredited educational Institutions within the two countries.The Agreement is expected to be signed during Read More …

Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana

Context: Government is implementing the Central Sector Scheme – PRADHAN MANTRI KISAN SAMPADA YOJANA (PMKSY)with an allocation of Rs. 6,000 crores for the period 2016-20 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission Cycle. The scheme is expected to benefit 20 lakh farmers and generate 5,30,500 direct/ indirect employments by the year 2019-20. Read More …