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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 [...]

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 [...]

A shift towards Electric Vehicles(EVs), Harnessing wind power through Kites Current Affairs 12th June, 2017

A shift towards Electric Vehicles(EVs) In news: In May 2017 Nagpur became the first Indian city to have an electric cab fleet—with about 100 EVs from the Mahindra stable and around 100 e-rickshaws from Kinetic linked to the Ola transport aggregator platform. Also, the state-run power [...]

Understanding the agitating farmers, A calibrated approach to reforms Current Affairs 10th June, 2017

Understanding the agitating farmers In news: Farmers in two of the largest states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have resorted to agitation. The protests have come soon after the Uttar Pradesh government waived farm loans earlier this year, setting off similar demands in other States. [...]

SAARC Satellite, Can India emerge as a global leader in an uncertain global environment?, Current Affairs – 5th May 2017

SAARC Satellite Introduction Diplomacy has crossed traditional barriers and methods today. SAARC satellite is step in the right direction to engage meaningfully with the neighbourhood sharing expertise India has in Space science and technology. Apart from all scientific benefits this will go a long way in [...]

Taxing Agricultural Income, China to host a Belt and Road forum for international cooperation, Current Affairs 4th May, 2017

Taxing Agricultural Income Introduction India’s tax base is disappointing. For a large country with large immense priorities India needs to initiate measure to encourage people to pay taxes and widen tax base. Taxing agricultural income is a recent debate that needs wider debate. Issue: Bibek Debroy, a member [...]

Mental Health Care Law, A clean up Act Current Affairs – 31st March, 2017

Mental Health Care Law Introduction Mental health care is a critical health concern and with a long drawn demand for a law that is real to current times it was important to approach the subject with care. The government should use the new mental health law [...]

Lack of transparency in electoral funding, Rivers as a Living being, Current Affairs – 27th March, 2017

Lack of transparency in electoral funding Introduction Elections are the heart of a democracy. They are fundamental to have continued trust of people with the popular assent being reflected in a free and fair manner. Electoral funding is a crucial issue and has been debated since [...]

Compulsive Patent Hoarding, Tolerance as a duty, Current Affairs – 24th March, 2017

Compulsive Patent Hoarding Introduction Patents have been seen as a measure of research and design modalities. Off late there has been a rush towards hoarding patents and that has created cost on tax payers money. Hence there are concerns on the methodologies of the same. The [...]

[ML16] Mains Revision & Answer Writing: Urban Floods, SENDAI Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Kigali Summit on HFC, India a Rejectionist Power

Prologue ML16/GSM1- Urban Flood: problem, remedies, Chennai Floods (2015) ML16/GSM3- SENDAI Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-30) ML16/GSM3: Pollution- Kigali Amendment, Rejectionist Power? Prologue Continuation of lecture series for Mains-2016 revision and answer writing. Only selected topics will be covered with full length discuss on [...]

[Answerkey] UPSC Prelim-2016: Polity, Science-Tech MCQs Solved with explanations for all CSAT Sets A, B, C and D

Science-Tech: Compared to Last year Road-ahead for Science-Tech preparation Sci-Tech: ICT related Sci-Tech: Space Mission Sci-Tech: Medicine Related Polity: Compared to last year Road ahead for Polity Polity: The Union & Parliament Polity: State and Local Administration Polity: Yearbook and Misc. Type Science-Tech: Compared [...]

[Answerkey] UPSC Prelim-2016: Environment, Agriculture, Geography, Flora-Fauna, Summits, with Explanations for all CSAT Sets A, B, C and D

Environment Biodiversity compared to last year UPSC Road ahead for Environment, biodiversity Conclusion: 2016 GS Paper- overall current and toughness Environment: International Treaties / Org: 10 MCQs Environment: National Schemes/Yearbook type: 6 MCQs Environment: Flora-Fauna: 5 MCQs Geography and Agriculture compared to last [...]