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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 [...]

Tribal Rights and Ecology, India’s tourism potential and World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) travel and tourism competitiveness index, Current Affairs 27th April, 2017

Tribal Rights and Ecology Introduction India being a diverse landmass with a huge forest area faces competing challenges and priorities. It is significant to uphold the tribal rights and include them in ecological conservation. An exclusionary policy is detrimental and not in line with spirit of [...]

Privatisation and Commercialisation of Water in India, Tropical Disease Control Current Affairs – 22nd April 2017

Privatisation and Commercialisation of Water in India Introduction The United Nations has recognized access to water as a basic human right, stating that water is a social and cultural good, not merely an economic commodity. Today, due to increasing consumption patterns, water is becoming scarce and [...]

HIV AIDS legislation, Bilateral and multilateral alignments – India,Current Affairs 19th April, 2017

HIV AIDS legislation Introduction HIV AIDS is a serious concern in the health fabric of the country. The stigma associated makes it difficult for the affected to lead a normal life. The legislation is timely and necessary to enable the treatment necessities and fighting the associated [...]

Governance and Tobacco, Electoral Reforms and Judiciary, Current Affairs 18th April, 2017

Governance and Tobacco Introduction As part for the government policy we have a clear cut framework of discouraging use of tobacco. But investment of government companies and PSUs in large private tobacco holdings is a question worth a debate. Issue: A group of people including the managing trustee [...]

Revision List Environment and Agriculture, History – Culture, Science and Technology for General Studies Current Affairs

Success in UPSC is a Bell Shaped Curve Revision: Environment and Agriculture Revision: Economy Revision: IR, Defense [and Current Affairs] Why read India (Yearbook) 2017’s Diary of events? Revision: History and Culture Revision: Science and Technology Revision: Geography and Polity Priority order for [...]

Disability-inclusive development and digital push, Current Affairs – 4th April, 2017

Disability-inclusive development and digital push Introduction Digital revolution started in India from late 1990s with the IT boom. Governance also took to digitalization with major programmes like National e-governance plan and Digital India. As India catapults towards a digital economy, making ICT accessible to the disabled [...]

Bilateral Investment Treaties and concerns, Lateral movement in civil services Current Affairs – 29th March, 2017

Bilateral Investment Treaties and concerns Introduction In a globalised economy foreign investment and multilateral agreements are crucial in today’s economic architecture. Especially in a time period where protectionism is on the rise and with events like Brexit and new government in USA concern have risen for [...]

Banking reforms and NPAs, Farm loan waiver is not the solution Current Affairs – 28th March, 2017

Banking reforms and NPAs Introduction Banks are the fundamental pillars of the financial infrastructure of the economy. The last decade of growth boom was financed by the banks largely. Post the global recession the stress on banks is increasing and hence has resulted in large NPAs [...]

One India and two time zones, ‘Lone wolves’ terrorist attacks and countering them Current Affairs – 25th March, 2017

One India and two time zones Introduction It has been a long demand that India should have at least two times zones. The insistence on observing IST vis-à-vis Northeast India’s needs ignores its social and economic impact. Hence there is a need to arrive at a [...]

HDI Ranking and associated concerns Current Affairs – 23rd March, 2017

HDI Ranking and associated concerns Introduction HDI is an important development index released by United Nations Human Development Programme. It serves as a crucial index for social parameters and thus helps guide nations w.r.t. policy actions and guidelines, Issue: India’s rank of 131 among 188 countries on the UNDP’s [...]

Tuberculosis and India’s fight against Current Affairs – 21st March, 2017

Tuberculosis and India’s fight against Introduction Tuberculosis (TB) has been a deadly disease for India and the world. The number of lives lost for TB and its increasing spread in spite remarkable success on other disease fronts raises concerns. Issue: At the end of 50 years of tuberculosis [...]