Swine flu map since 2012

Context: The current swine flu outbreak has resulted in 4,571 cases and 169 deaths across the country, with over 40% of the cases in Rajasthan, according to Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) figures updated until January 27. Facts & Figures: Advertising Rajasthan had 1,856 cases (72 deaths) until that date. Read More …

The President’s address to both Houses of Parliament

Context: The President’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget Session every year is a Constitutional requirement. Article 87(1) says: “At the commencement of the first session after each general election to the House of the People and at the commencement of the first Read More …

Non-communicable diseases top killers in South-East Asia: WHO

Context: According to WHO, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)- mainly cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer — continue to be the top killers in the South-East Asia Region. About the Report The four ‘major’ NCDs are caused, to a large extent, by four modifiable behavioural risk factors: (a) tobacco use Read More …

Indian students to participate in PISA 2021

Context: The HRD Ministry signed a pact with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the participation in Programme for International Student Assessment- PISA 2021. PISA-2021 is a competency-based test, which tests the learning levels of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science. With the signing of the Read More …

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018

Context: The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International. Details about the Index: It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis of democracy around the world. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score Read More …

Difference Between Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Rights

Fundamental Rights The fundamental rights are the basic and inalienable rights granted to each citizen of India, and in some cases to non-citizens too. These rights are enshrined in Part III of the Constitution of India and are 6 in number. a) Right to Equality- Article 14,15,16 and 18. b) Read More …

The search for a Lokpal

Context: The Supreme Court “requested” a search committee to suggest by February-end a panel of names for appointment of the country’s first Lokpal, an anti-corruption ombudsman. A look at the long history of India’s efforts to appoint a Lokpal: Background Amid repeated demands for such an ombudsman, many attempts were Read More …

India’s education sector needs a quantum shift

Context: The quality of education has a direct bearing on any economy. Quality of education has been a prickly issue: With some 240 million students or nearly 20% of the Indian population in school, their quality of learning or lack of it assumes significance for the competitiveness of the country. Read More …

National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (2018-2023)

Context: •  Recently the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has drafted a five-year action plan for addressing the problem of drug and substance abuse in the country, dumping a long-pending draft policy on the matter. • The National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (2018-2023) aims to employ a Read More …

New quota and basic structure

Context: In the 124th Constitutional Amendment recently passed by both Houses of Parliament, providing for 10% reservation to economically weaker sections, the newly inserted Clause 6 in Article 16 enables the state to make such a provision. Because of this, the government is confident that the Supreme Court is unlikely Read More …