One Nation, One Ration Card and the hurdles ahead

Context: The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution recently announced that the One Nation, One Ration Card scheme would be introduced from July 1, 2020. The scheme seeks to facilitate portability of subsidised food grains for internal migrant workers, provided their ration card is digitalised and linked with Aadhar. Read More …

KUSUM Scheme

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved launch of Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme with the objective of providing financial and water security to farmers. Aout KUSUM Scheme The scheme would provide extra income to farmers, by giving them an option to sell additional power Read More …

What is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)?

What is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)? A Real Estate Investment Trust or REIT is an investment vehicle that provides an opportunity to invest in various projects by only investing in the units of a sponsor entity that will manage the paperwork and may be, even the hindrances of Read More …

India’s carbon dioxide emissions up 5%

Context: India emitted 2,299 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2018, a 4.8% rise from last year, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). India’s emissions growth this year was higher than that of the United States and China — the two biggest emitters in the world Read More …

Global Environment Outlook report

Context:  Recently Global Environment Outlook report has been released. The report is the sixth and is the UN’s most comprehensive report on the state of the global environment since the fifth edition in 2012. About the report: The GEO is often referred to as UN Environment’s flagship environmental assessment. The first publication was in 1997 and Read More …

Global Chemicals Outlook II

The Global Chemicals Outlook II – From Legacies to Innovative Solutions: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, mandated by the UN Environment Assembly in 2016, seeks to alert policymakers and other stakeholders to the critical role of the sound management of chemicals and waste in sustainable development. It takes stock Read More …

Cabinet Approves Proposal to Align with Global Trademark System

Context:  Recently Cabinet approves proposal for accession of India to: The Nice Agreement on the International classification of goods and services for the purposes of registration of marks. The Vienna Agreement for setting up an International classification of the figurative elements of marks. The Locarno Agreement for establishing an International classification for industrial designs. Significance and Read More …

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP)

Context: The World Bank, the Government of India and representatives of 5 States of Government of India and Implementing Agencies signed here in New Delhi today the Loan Agreement for Additional Financing of $137 Million for the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) that will help rehabilitate and modernize over 220 selected large dams in Read More …

White Label ATMs (WLAs)

Context: The Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) has come up with a review of operations of White Label ATMs (WLAs) in the country. More details: The bank noted that according to the representations received from stakeholders and also to enhance the viability of WLAs, it has been decided to allow Read More …

India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP)

Context:  Recently India Cooling Action Plan Launched. Significance: India is the first country in world to develop such a document (ICAP), which addresses cooling requirement across sectors and lists out actions which can help reduce the cooling demand. The overarching goal is to provide sustainable cooling and thermal comfort for all Read More …