Reforming private sector banks

Introduction: The recent banking scams have underlined the issues of propriety and governance. What started off as a problem with PSBs has come a full circle with the focus now shifted to private banks (ICICI case). Any kind of financial crisis offers an opportunity for introspection where rules can be reformulated to Read more…

Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

Established in 1987, by G-7countries – USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan Aim — to limit the spread of ballistic missiles and other unmanned delivery systems that could be used for chemical, biological, and nuclear weaponsof above 500kg for more than 300km Membership : 35 members India- Admitted in 2016 Read more…

Sambar Deer

Vulnerable –IUCN Red List State animal of Odisha Nocturnal and solitary Native range — Indian subcontinent, southern China, and Southeast Asia Habitat Gentle slopes and the steeper parts of forested hillsides. They prefer to live near cultivated areas like gardens and plantations, where they can find food, but are also seen in swamp forests, thick Read more…

Nirbhaya Fund

The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has approved projects worth Rs 2,919 crore under Nirbhaya Fund for creating eight safe cities. They are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Lucknow. The projects for safe cities will have a special focus on women safety in public spaces and Read more…

Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas

Odisha Government has launched ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas’ (Our Village, our development) programme to reach out to people in rural areas and involve themselves in developmental activities.As part of it, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off mobile video vans that will move across the state to highlight various welfare schemes Read more…

Know India Program (KIP)

40 participants of Indian Origin from 9 countries attended 46th edition of Know India Programme (KIP). Madhya Pradesh was partner state of this edition. As part of the initiative participants visited Madhya Pradesh, Parliament House, President’s House and attended orientation programme at the Foreign Service Institute Know India Programmes (KIP) Read more…

Agrarian distress

India is mainly an agricultural country. Agriculture is the most important occupation for 60% of the population either directly or indirectly. It is the basic foundation of economic development. It is not merely a source of livelihood but a way of life. It is the main source of food, fodder Read more…

Pro-agriculture Budget-2018

Background: This year’s budget is being termed pro-agriculture (increased outlays to the agricultural sector and initiation of various programmes). But, closer scrutiny of the three major measures announced shows it may be less effective to tackle the agrarian distress. There are some real challenges confronting them. 1st Measure: Raising the Read more…

SC allows Passive Euthanasia

Key pointers: In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court recently passed an order allowing passive euthanasia in the country. The apex court, recognising “living will” made by terminally-ill patients who are likely to go into a permanent vegetative state, laid down guidelines for the same. The guidelines include who would Read more…

Why is Jerusalem in news now?

Recently, US President Donald Trump’s pledge to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused controversy across the world. He also announced his plans to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Let’s analyse the implications of US Embassy in Jerusalem. What is the capital of Israel? Read more…