Energy Conservation Building Code 2017, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

What: Developed by Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) along with technical support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ECBC 2017 prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India. The updated version of ECBC provides [...]

Reforming Indian Parliament, Diabetes: Spreading among poor Current Affairs 1st July, 2017

Reforming Indian Parliament Parliament is supposed to be a union of exemplary orators, with a grass-roots touch. Unfortunately, one is rarely inspired by the quality of India’s parliamentary debates nowadays. Issues: Parliamentary debates, which once focused on national and critical issues, are now more about local [...]

Breach of Privilege-It’s time to codify the rules, Current Affairs 29th June, 2017

Breach of Privilege-It’s time to codify the rules In news: On June 21, the Karnataka assembly Speaker ordered the imprisonment of two journalists for a year based on recommendations in two separate reports of its privilege committees. The order has drawn widespread criticism as an effort [...]

PM Modi’s visit to US, Resolving the NPA issue: Key Challenges Current Affairs 28th June, 2017

PM Modi’s visit to US Introduction: This was PM Modi’s fifth US visit. PM Modi remarked that when it comes to the development of the world’s two largest democracies, India remains a “driven, determined, and decisive partner”. Donald J Trump on Twitter remarked- “Important strategic [...]

20 years of BIMSTEC: Hopes and Apprehensions, Rivers as a living entity: Implications and Challenges, Current Affairs 22nd June, 2017

20 years of BIMSTEC: Hopes and Apprehensions In news: On June 06 this year, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) completed 20 years of its establishment. About BIMSTEC: Comprising of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan, BIMSTEC is home [...]

Land garb by China in Himalayan region, Women farmers in India needs attention,Current Affairs 21st June, 2017

Land garb by China in Himalayan region Introduction: China has been effectively using its civilians and consequently army troops to further its expansion into the Indian soil. Bite by kilometre-size bite, China is eating away at India’s Himalayan borderlands. From Shyok, the northernmost border village in [...]

Creation of Gorkhaland: A long-standing demand, Transforming India into a knowledge-based economy Current Affairs 20th June, 2017

Creation of Gorkhaland: A long-standing demand In news: West Bengal’s Darjeeling district has been on the boil over a separate state demand and witnessed widespread clashes between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists and the police. The tourism sector has been hit hard. Background: Sikkim gifted Darjeeling to the [...]

New Rules on Antibiotic Resistance by WHO Current Affairs 19th June, 2017

New Rules on Antibiotic Resistance by WHO Introduction: In an effort to curb antibiotic resistance, the World Health Organization (WHO) has divided the drugs into three categories — access, watch and reserve — specifying which are to be used for common ailments and which are to [...]

Global economic slowdown: Where does India stands?, India’s US policy in the age of Trump Current Affairs 16th June, 2017

Global economic slowdown: Where does India stands? The global economy has been recovering from the recession of 2009 at a tepid rate (at approximately 2.5 per cent per annum). India’s economy is in a ‘fairly good shape’ and it is likely to be less affected [...]

Can Big Data Analytics lead to eColonisation of India, China’s inroads into Myanmar Current Affairs 15th June, 2017

Can Big Data Analytics lead to eColonisation of India: What is Big Data? Big Data, as the term implies, refers to the storage of unusually large magnitude of data in electronic form (order of terabytes and higher). Big Data in itself hold no significance. It is [...]

India’s Energy Transformation, Reorienting India’s trade policy, Current Affairs 14th June, 2017

India’s Energy Transformation India has gained global attention for its ambitious clean energy targets. India is now expected to play a major role in global energy transformation, by maintaining its own pledges, holding to account the developed world and thus, building global confidence. India has become [...]

Start Up India Pan- Taking it forward, Redefining India-Russia relationship, Current Affairs 13th June, 2017

Start Up India Pan- Taking it forward Start Up Action Plan- Introduction: The action plan with 19 measures focused on simplification and hand-holding, funding support and industry-academia partnership and incubation. E-registration, self certification system. A dedicated web portal and mobile app. No inspection during the first [...]