What NHRC, SC have said on encounter killings?

Context While several voices, including senior officials and public figures, have hailed the killing by police of all four accused in the Hyderabad rape-murder case early on Friday, questions have also been raised over the legality and propriety of the police action. Extra-judicial or “encounter” killings have been a contested and divisive Read More …

Palestine-India techno park

Context Recently the Representative of India to Palestine, Sunil Kumar, released third tranche of funding, worth $3 million, for the construction of a Palestine-India Techno Park. In total, India has made a commitment of investing over $12 million, part of India’s broader framework of capacity building in Palestine. The Indian 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 …

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 …

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 …

India’s Act East Policy

Context Prime Minister mentioned India will consider whether its concerns and interests in trade in goods, services, and investments are being fully accommodated when he attends the meeting of the RCEP in Bangkok.  Act East policy The focus of the Act East policy, which began as a “Look East policy” — that Read More …

Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh

Context The state of Jammu and Kashmir bifurcated into the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh on October 31. This was the date chosen after the bifurcation was announced in Parliament on August 5. Beginning of the functioning of the two UTs: October 31 will mark the beginning of the Read More …

National Health Profile (NHP) 2019

Context According to the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence’s (CBHI) National Health Profile (NHP) 2019, India has registered an improved sex ratio and a decline in birth and death rates with non-communicable diseases dominating over communicable in the total disease burden of the country. The NHP covers demographic, socio-economic, health status Read More …

Global Hunger Index 2019

Context Recently India has slipped to 102 positions in the Global Hunger Index 2019 of 117 countries, slipping from its 2018 position of 95 and behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The GHI score is calculated on four indicators — undernourishment; child wasting, the share of children under the Read More …