Nanak Naam Lewa

Nanak Naam Lewa Any person who believes in Guru Nanak and follows his teachings in life, irrespective of belonging to any religion is a Nanak Naam Lewa. Prof Paramvir Singh from Department of Encyclopedia of Sikhism, Punjabi University, Patiala, says, “Any person who follows Guru Nanak and believes in his Read More …

Glyphosate-based Herbicides

Context German pharma company Bayer is facing thousands of lawsuits over one of its products. A Reuters report said 42,700 plaintiffs in the US are blaming Bayer’s herbicides for their cancer, up from 18,400 plaintiffs in July this year. Advertising In August, a jury in California said that Monsanto (the company which Read More …

Why is India’s labour productivity growth faltering?

Context An analysis done by India Ratings and Research of Annual Survey of Industries data on India’s labour productivity growth in the organised manufacturing sector shows a disappointing trend. Advertising During the high economic growth phase between 2004 and 2008 (just before the global financial crisis hit), India’s labour productivity Read More …

Thiruvalluvar

Who was Thiruvalluvar? Thiruvalluvar is fondly referred to as Valluvar by Tamils. His ‘Tirukkural’, a collection of 1,330 couplets (‘kurals’ in Tamil), are an essential part of every Tamil household — in the same way as, say, the Bhagavad Gita or the Ramayana are in traditional North Indian Hindu households. Read More …

National Registry of Voluntary Organ Donors

Context The Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the Centre and the states of Punjab and Haryana, as well as the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to implement ‘The Transplant of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994’ in letter and spirit, and to also consider the recommendations of an Expert Committee Read More …

What is the Danakil Depression?

Context Extremophile microbes can adapt to environmental conditions that are too extreme for everything else. New research, however, has pointed to a place on Earth — bubbling pools of water and mounds of salt covering its landscape — that is too daunting even for these microorganisms. About the depression: Advertising Read More …

National Health Stack (NHS)

Context With the launch last year of Ayushman Bharat, the world’s largest state-funded health insurance programme, and the slow but certain progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the challenge of making quality and affordable healthcare accessible to every one of India’s 135 crore citizens has acquired an altogether new dimension. Read More …

Why India has said no to RCEP?

Context India decided to hold off on signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) until “significant outstanding issues” were resolved, even as all other 15 countries involved in the negotiations stated that they were ready to sign the mega trade deal in 2020. Unsatisfactory negotiations pertaining to India’s trade with China Read More …

How long is a day on each planet?

Context Centuries ago, the ancients divided the day into 24 equal parts, or hours. Today, we look at this from the other point of view: the Earth takes approximately 24 hours to rotate once. Among other planets, Mars spins once in a little under 25 Earth-hours, while Jupiter spins so Read More …

What is trade deficit and what does it signify

Context India decided that it won’t sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Participation agreement. While India decided to pull out, the other 15 members of RCEP arrived at a consensus and are likely to formally announce the regional trade pact next year. The government claimed that its decision to pull out of RCEP showed Read More …