Explained: How waived loans impact states

Context The Reserve Bank of India shared the report of an Internal Working Group (IWG), which was set up in February to look at, among other things, the impact of farm loan waivers on state finances. The report has shown how farm loan waivers dented state finances and urged governments — Read More …

Specially Designated Global Terrorist

Context The United States has designated the leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). President Donald Trump signed the executive order on “Modernising Sanctions to Combat Terrorism” on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. SDGTs Read More …

Role of Space Technology in Border Management

Context Sealing the entire border is a significant challenge mainly due to variations in the terrain and topography like mountain ranges, sea, tropical forest or climate factors, including desert or thinly populated regions. Space technology provides one of the more effective means to overcome it. Significance of Space Technology Timely Read More …

Genesis and Different types of Terrorism in World

Terrorists are motivated by different goals and objectives. Depending on the objectives of the group/groups, the nature of terrorism also differs. The major types of terrorist operations commonly identified globally include: Ethno-Nationalist Terrorism  Terrorism motivated by ethno-nationalist and separatist aspirations became prominent only after the Second World War and dominated the terrorist Read More …

Linkages of Organized Crime with Terrorism

Terrorism is, in the broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror among masses of people; or fear to achieve a religious or political aim. It is used in this regard primarily to refer to violence during peacetime. The terms “terrorist” and “terrorism” originated during the French Revolution of the Read More …

FDI policy on various sectors

Context The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Review of Foreign Direct Investment on various sectors. Major Impact and Benefits from FDI Policy Reform The changes in FDI policy will result in making India a more attractive FDI destination, leading to Read More …

Angikaar Campaign

Context Recently the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched “Angikaar” a campaign for change management and e-Course on Vulnerability Atlas of India. About Angikaar Campaign The e-course is offered by the MoHUA in collaboration of School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and Building Materials & Technology Read More …

International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Context Recently the Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval for the Establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) along with its supporting Secretariat Office in New Delhi. International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) The CDRI is proposed to be launched at the UN Climate Action Read More …

Marine Fisheries Regulation and Management (MFRM) Bill 2019

Context A Marine Fisheries Regulation and Management (MFRM) Bill 2019 is in the public domain for discussion. Comprehending the Bill’s rationale requires understanding the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements under which India has obligations to frame laws. Read More …

When did the Anthropocene Epoch begin on Earth?

Context Although global archaeological data show that human transformation of environments began at different times in different regions, by 3,000 years ago most of the planet was already transformed by hunter-gatherers, farmers and pastoralists Examples of how human societies are changing the planet abound — from building roads and houses, Read More …