The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019

Context:  India and four rhino range nations have signed a declaration ‘The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019’ for the conservation and protection of the species at the recently held Second Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting. 2nd Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting was held at New Delhi and organised by the Ministry Read More …

National Common Mobility Card (NCMC)

Context:  Prime Minister of India recently launched a National Common Mobility Card (NCMC). Key features: Dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card’, the inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money. This card runs on RuPay card. With the Read More …

Red sanders is now free of export restrictions

Context: All red sanders farmers, who weren’t allowed to export their produce as the foreign trade policy prohibited it, now can. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), an agency of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry  revised its export policy to permit its export if it is obtained from Read More …

Enhanced Access and Service Excellence

Context:  Government’s EASE (Enhanced Access and Service Excellence) reform index has been released. About the Index: EASE index is prepared by the Indian Banking Association (IBA) and Boston Consulting Group. It is commissioned by the Finance Ministry. It is a framework that was adopted last year to strengthen public sector banks, and rank them Read More …

Pradhan Mantri Jl-VAN yojana

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister has approved the “Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN (Jaiv Indhan- Vatavaran Anukool fasal awashesh Nivaran) Yojana” for providing financial support to Integrated Bioethanol Projects using lignocellulosic biomass and other renewable feedstock.  Details: Under this Yojana, 12 Commercial Scale and 10 Read More …

National Policy on Software Products – 2019

Context: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the National Policy on Software Products – 2019 to develop India as a Software Product Nation. Major impact The Software product ecosystem is characterized by innovations, Intellectual Property (IP) creation and large value addition increase in productivity, which has Read More …

FAME India Phase II

Context: The Union cabinet has approved the proposal for implementation of scheme titled ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II (FAME India Phase II)’ for promotion of Electric Mobility in the country. The scheme with total outlay of Rs 10000 Crores over the period of three years will Read More …

Special Economic Zones Act, 2005

Context:  The Union Cabinet has approved promulgation of an Ordinance to amend the definition of “person”, as defined in sub-section (v) of section 2 of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005: To include a trust. To enable the setting up of a unit in a Special Economic Zone by a trust. Read More …

National Mineral Policy, 2019

Context: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister has approved National Mineral Policy 2019.  Benefits: The New National Mineral Policy will ensure more effective regulation.  It will lead to sustainable mining sector development in future while addressing the issues of project affected persons especially those residing in tribal areas Read More …

7 islands in Andamans, Lakshadweep identified for seaplane operations

Context: Four islands in the Andamans and three in Lakshadweep have been identified for seaplane operations, while private sector participation has been invited for tourism-based projects, the Home Ministry. Bids for private sector participation in three tourism-based projects have already been invited by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration. They include Read More …