A climate ‘rulebook’

Context: Climate negotiators from around the world have gathered in Poland to renew their efforts towards finalising a global action plan to prevent adverse impacts of climate change. The two-week year-end annual meeting, informally called COP24 (short for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Read More …

Global Nutrition Report 2018

Context: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has always maintained that “Hunger is quiet violence”, which appears more realistic year by year as India struggles to combat malnutrition. According to the Global Nutrition Report 2018, India is facing a major malnutrition crisis as it holds almost a third of world’s burden for Read More …

Osiris-Rex mission

Context: After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived on December 3 at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. Importance of this mission: The carbon-rich asteroid Bennu could hold evidence dating back to the beginning of our solar system 4.5 billion years ago. As such, Read More …

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 …

Make planning fashionable again

Context: Economic planning is not considered fashionable today. India under Nehru’s leadership: India under Nehru’s leadership inaugurated a strategy for industrialisation of the country in the early 1950s This involved the setting up of public sector units (PSUs) in diverse areas of manufacturing; research institutions in cutting-edge technologies of 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 …

What can India teach us about start-ups?

Context: Empirical evidence has shown that there is a very strong link between start-ups, especially small enterprises, and job growth in India. There is a strong upward relationship between employment growth and the number of start-ups. The rate of new start-ups in India is too low: Evidence also suggests that 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 …