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14th July – India’s solar energy

Sure power : On India’s solar strategy Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stated resolve to tap the energy of the sun to substantially power the economy and everyday life needs to be welcomed, because it could help chart a green deal for the future. He restated the case for greater reliance on solar power, for energy …

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Encounter Killing

13th July – Crime as punishment – Encounter killings

Crime as punishment – Encounter of Vikas Dubey The Uttar Pradesh Police’s account of the encounter killing of Kanpur gangster Vikas Dubey, even if taken at face value, is a startling admission of serious ineptitude. But the official narrative, as it stands, stretches the bounds of credulity to an astonishing extent. An act of retribution …

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UDAY

11th July – UDAY Scheme

UDAY Scheme – Power Crisis The audit of state-owned power distribution companies (DISCOMs) for the fiscal year 2018-19 shows that UDAY (Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana) has failed to attain most of its stated objectives. It is likely that the government will once again need to make a large intervention, which would naturally dent general government …

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Killer Acquisitions

10th July – Killer Acquisitions

Ensuring market dominance through killer acquisitions The corporate game is a serious affair. New entrants with novel ideas and products find it hard to sustain and are easily gobbled up by the bigger players. In the realm of antitrust law, such a corporate strategy or practices have come to be known as killer acquisitions. What …

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South China Sea

9th July – South China Sea

Chinese muscularity in South China Sea The Philippines invoked the dispute settlement mechanism of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 2013 to test the legality of China’s ‘nine-dash line’ in the South China Sea regarding the disputed Spratlys. In response, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague decreed …

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Prelims Booster

9th July – Prelims Booster

Agriculture Infrastructure Fund The Union Cabinet has given its approval to a new pan India Central Sector Scheme-Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. Details – The scheme shall provide a medium – long term debt financing facility for investment in viable projects for post-harvest management Infrastructure and community farming assets through interest subvention and financial support. What is …

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