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16th October – PLI Scheme

Production Linked Incentive Scheme Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had approved 16 firms in the mobile manufacturing sector for the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme (for large-scale electronics manufacturing, notified on April 1, 2020) to transform India into a major mobile manufacturing hub. These are five domestic and five foreign mobile …

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15th October – Arab Nationalism

The Arab World and the elusive two-state solution Recently, the global media gleefully proclaimed the newly minted ‘Abraham Accord’ to describe a happening of political significance. Abraham is a patriarchal entity who flourished in the Second Millennium BCE which is revered by three religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — and whose followers today account …

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14th October – Regulating Gene Editing

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2020 has two women scientists as its recipients. The two scientists have pioneered the use of CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) – Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9) system as a gene-editing tool. In a short period of eight years since its discovery, the method has already made a …

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13th October – Minimum Support Price (MSP)

MSP in the age of surplus MSP (Minimum Support Prices) regime was the creation of the era of scarcity in the mid-1960s. Indian agriculture has, since then, turned the corner from scarcity to surplus. The policy instruments of dealing with shortages are different from those dealing with surpluses. In a surplus economy, unless we allow …

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12th October – Constitution as a unifying document

Constitution as a unifying document The birth of a new democratic establishment is recorded in the text of a supreme law, which is referred to as the “Constitution”. The assertion that a constitution acts as a unifying document in countries with heterogeneous populations lies at the core of the constitution-making process. It can be discerned …

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10th October – Natural Gas Market Reforms

Natural Gas Market Reforms Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has announced the ‘natural gas marketing reforms’ that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs cleared recently. These reforms just reinforces how twisted India’s policies are, how reforms are mostly made in a piecemeal manner; that, of course, is the main reason why they don’t deliver as much …

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9th October – Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence systems built in India The RAISE 2020 summit (Responsible AI for Social Empowerment) has brought issues around artificial intelligence (AI) to the centre of policy discussions. Countries across the world are making efforts to be part of the AI-led digital economy, which is estimated to contribute around $15.7 trillion to the global economy …

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8th October – Production Linked Incentive Scheme

Production Linked Incentive Scheme A significant increase in global demand for consumer electronics has given India an opportunity to attract foreign investments as well as encourage domestic manufacturers to focus on manufacturing consumer electronics in India under the flagship ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government. Import restrictions – To achieve this objective, the Government …

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7th October – Dispelling confusions about QUAD

The Quad — the quadrilateral framework that brings India together with the US and its Asian allies, Japan and Australia, whose foreign ministers have met recently in Tokyo could certainly emerge, at some point in the future, as a critical element not only for India’s foreign and security policy but also a definitive moment in …

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6th October – Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

Transforming business and the insolvency system The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, along with the Goods and Services Tax regime, among other key reforms, have helped in significantly improving the ease of doing business in India and enabling it to emerge as a ‘Make for World’ platform. These reforms have led to a surge in Foreign …

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