Central guidelines for crèches at workplaces

Context: The Centre has prepared guidelines for setting up of crèches at workplaces, which prescribe trained personnel to man the facility as well as infrastructure requirements and safety norms. One more benefit: In March this year, Parliament passed the Maternity Benefit Amendment Act, 2017, enhancing paid maternity leave from a Read More …

Rethinking the Gulf

Context: India’s relations with the key Gulf countries have never been as good as they are today. Relation with Gulf nations: The deepening energy interdependence is marked by growing volumes of energy imports into India and the prospect of substantive investments from the Gulf into the Indian hydrocarbon sector The Read More …

#MeToo’s importance for women’s jobs

Context: The #MeToo campaign has implications for the much-debated issue of India’s female labour force. India’s female labour force participation rate: The country’s female labour force participation rate (LFPR)—the share of women in the working age range (15 years and above) engaged in any economic activity or looking for work—stands Read More …

India and EU

Context: The European Union released its strategy on India after 14 years. India is on the top of the agenda of the EU in the field of external relations… this strategy paper reflects that EU has taken India’s priorities very seriously.  Transformative shift The new strategy underscores a transformative shift in Brussels Read More …

The need for reforms in the education sector

Context: When we think about the future of work—and all the jobs that will have to be created for India’s expanding youth population—we should hold one thought above all in mind: most children who are currently in primary school will be earning their living in employment that don’t yet exist. Read More …

Hornbill Festival and Nagaland

Context: The Union Home Minister inaugurated the hugely popular Hornbill Festival 2018 in Kohima, coinciding with the Formation Day of Nagaland.  Synopsis from PIB: Nearly 50% of Nagaland population is below 25 years. Nagaland is geographically located at a vantage point.  It is the gateway to the South-East Asia. North-East Read More …

World Malaria Report 2018

Context: Among the 11 nations with 70% of the world’s burden of malaria, only India has managed to reduce its disease burden, registering a 24% decrease between 2016 and 2017, according to the World Malaria Report 2018. Facts & Figures: With about 9.5 million malaria cases in 2017, down 3 million cases since Read More …

The Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018

Context: Recently the Union Cabinet has approved the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018 for regulation and standardisation of education and services by allied and healthcare professionals. The Bill provides for setting up of an Allied and Healthcare Council of India and corresponding State Allied and Healthcare Councils which will Read More …

Himalayan State Regional Council

Context:  NITI Aayog has constituted the ‘Himalayan State Regional Council’ to ensure sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan region. More about the Council: Composition:  The Himalayan State Regional Council will be chaired by the Dr VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog and will consist of the Chief Secretaries of the Himalayan States as Read More …

J&K all set for President’s rule

Context: The State of J & K was all set for President’s rule in January as there were no plans to dissolve the Assembly yet. A separate Constitution: Since J&K has a separate Constitution, Governor’s rule is imposed under Section 92 for six months after an approval by the President. Read More …