Tackling Maoists in Chhattisgarh, what challenges remain

What is the best way to fight IEDs, like the one used in Kurkheda or the one that blew up an MPV in Sukma in March 2018? One way to avoid destruction and casualties caused by IEDs is to ensure that these are successfully detected through visual surveillance or using Read More …

What the new IPCC report says on land and climate change

Context A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released Thursday presents the most recent evidence on how the different uses of land — forests, agriculture, urbanisation — are affecting and getting affected by climate change. The Geneva-based IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science Read More …

Sex ratio at birth-NHFS-4

Context The sex ratio at birth (SRB) in the country, defined as the number of female births per 1,000 male births, improved from 914 to 919 between the third and fourth National Family Health Surveys (NFHS), carried out in 2005-06 and 2015-16 respectively. The highest improvement was in Punjab at Read More …

How Jammu and Kashmir fares in key indicators compared to the rest of India

As a new chapter opens in the history of Jammu and Kashmir with the state being split into two Union Territories, there have been discussions around how it has fared compared to the rest of India. Some selected indicators; figures in square brackets are for All India. POPULATION PROFILE Life Read More …

India to seek boost to protection status of 5 species at CITES

Context India has submitted proposals regarding changes to the listing of various wildlife species in the CITES secretariat meeting, scheduled later this month in Geneva, Switzerland. About CITES: CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international treaty to ensure that trade in Read More …

Must Read News Articles-August-09-2019

A leaf out of the Chinese playbook Does the Medical Commission Bill encourage quackery? Knee-jerk: On Pakistan expelling Indian envoy Economic milestone and a poignant anniversary Cycle of extremes: On droughts and floods ‘Linking farmers with futures market can benefit both’ Maharashtra to set up task force on climate change Read More …