DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018

Context: The primary intended purpose for enactment of “The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill” is for expanding the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country. The utility of DNA based technologies for solving crimes, and to identify missing persons, Read More …

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018

Context: A high level Ministerial delegation from India headed by Minister of State for Home Affairs will be participating in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018 (AMCDRR 2018) to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Theme: The theme of the AMCDRR 2018: ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’ Read More …

Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister has approved the Mechanism for procurement of ethanol by Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to carry out the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme- Revision of ethanol price for supply to Public Sector OMCs. Significance: All distilleries will be Read More …

India moves up to 35th rank in JLL realty index

Context: India has moved up a place to 35th spot in JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2018, registering maximum improvement in transparency over the last two years. Policy reforms, liberalisation of FDI into realty and retail, strengthening of public information and assigning industry status to affordable housing helped India Read More …

What is the plastic ban in Maharashtra all about?

Context The Maharashtra government began enforcing a ban on plastic, a decision it announced in March. On World Environment Day, June 5, India was the host nation, with the theme for this year being ‘Beat plastic pollution.’ What is the plan? On March 23, the government issued a notification banning Read More …

Can India manage its toxic e-waste?

Context: Even one and a half years after the E-Waste Management Rules, which were notified in October 2016 was passed, there is little evidence that it is being implemented. i.e. manufacturers of electric and electronic equipments must facilitate their collection and return it to authorised dismantlers or recyclers. The matter came Read More …

World Bank’s report ‘South Asia’s Hotspots’

Context: A World Bank report has found that rising temperatures and changing monsoon rainfall patterns from climate change could cost India 2.8% of GDP and depress the living standards of nearly half the country’s population by 2050. The report, ‘South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Read More …

Greener, Greater Cities

Context: What should a “green” city look like? Should it resemble Copenhagen, with its high rates of bicycle commuting and recycling? What about Curitiba, the capital of Brazil’s Paraná state, with its pedestrian-centered planning? Or perhaps Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, which is powered entirely by renewable energy? With more than Read More …

Skill development of the Youth

Context: Coupled with a continual increase in voluntary unemployment, the International Labour Organisation expects unemployment in India to be higher in 2018. demographic dividend In India, 65% of the population is below 35 years and unemployment, especially among youth, can limit the nation’s ability to reap the much-hyped demographic dividend Enhance youth Read More …