The sudden return of quantity planning in the wake of COVID-19

Context One of the defining features of a war economy is that economic thinking is focused on quantities rather than prices. Much of the ongoing global response to the covid-19 pandemic is still in crisis-Keynesian mode. The nation-state has become the income supporter, financier and consumer of last resort. However, Read More …

A pandemic in an unequal India

Context The official strategies to deal with the virus place the responsibility on citizens, a majority without privilege, to fight the virus. COVID-19 pandemic lashes India with severity: If the COVID-19 pandemic lashes India with severity, it will not be just the middle class who will be affected. India’s impoverished millions are Read More …

PM – CARES Fund

Context The government has set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to deal with any kind of emergency or distress situation like posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Fund has been set up owing to a number of requests made by the people to support the Read More …

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0

Context The Union Minister for Human Resource Development has informed Lok Sabha about the progress of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA). Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 is the upgraded version of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 1.0. The scheme is extended to all educational institutes; however, under UBA 2.0 Read More …

Virtual Summit of G20 Leaders

Context An Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit was convened on 26 March 2020 to discuss the challenges posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and to forge a global coordinated response. Earlier, PM had a telephonic conversation with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia on this subject. The extraordinary Read More …

What is contact tracing?

Context As the number of coronavirus cases in India increases, authorities in different states are relying on contact tracing, a concept in epidemiology (the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events) that involves tracing the number of people an infected person comes in contact with. The idea behind Read More …

How an MP is suspended from Lok Sabha by the Speaker?

Context Seven Congress members were suspended on Thursday (March 5) for unruly behaviour in the Lok Sabha. The motion was passed by a voice vote. What is the reason for suspending an MP? The general principle is that it is the role and duty of the Speaker of Lok Sabha Read More …

The Right of an Accused to be Defended

Context Last month, the Karnataka High Court observed that it is unethical and illegal for lawyers to pass resolutions against representing accused in court. This was after local bar associations had objected to four students arrested for sedition being defended in court. The Hubli Bar Association submitted that it would Read More …

One Health Concept

Context The concept of ‘One Health’ is gaining importance as most of the contagious diseases affecting humans are zoonotic (animal to man origin) in nature. It can be effectively implemented for reducing incidence of emerging zoonotic threats like COVID-19. The One Health Concept The World Organization of Animal Health, commonly Read More …

22nd Law Commission of India

Context The Union Cabinet has approved Twenty-second Law Commission of India for a period of three years from the date of publication of the Order of Constitution in the Official Gazette. About the Law Commission of India It is an executive body established by an order of the Government of Read More …