Governance

Online Schooling

4th April – Online Schooling

Online schooling: Possibilities and concerns As the world is made to go into a terrible shutdown due to COVID-19 fears, there is a lot of renewed interest in online schooling, teaching and learning methods. Online Schooling – There are three sides to the act of schooling: information, interaction and self-study – Information – With the …

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Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

2nd April – Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana The Union government has announced a staggering ₹1.7 trillion package under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to mitigate the brunt of the 21-day lockdown on 800 million people. It has in the process prioritised its economic strategy to be one about protecting the most vulnerable. Significance – By sheer …

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Essential Commodities Act

1st April – Essential Commodities Act

Essential Commodities Act Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has brought hand sanitisers and masks (2-ply, 3-ply variety and N95) under the purview of the Essential Commodities Act (EC Act) until June 30. About Essential Commodities Act, 1955 – Under the EC Act of 1955, if the Central government thinks that …

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Water Management

31st March – Water management

Fighting coronavirus and saving water In the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, there is an urgent need to understand the importance of water management in India. What is the relationship between the two? According to WHO, Covid-19 is “not robust”-it’s less stable in the environment and more susceptible to oxidants such as chlorine. Conventional, …

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Economic impact of COVID-19

28th March – Economic impacts of COVID-19

How can India contain the economic impact of COVID-19? The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively brought normal life to a halt in India. The importance of social distancing and a lockdown in curbing the spread of the virus cannot be stressed enough, but these measures also have huge repercussions on livelihoods and the economy at large, …

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Lockdown

27th March – Lockdown

Why lockdown is for 21 days? Is there any public health/ epidemiological significance to the 21-day lockdown period announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat Coronavirus epidemic? Background – There are four common coronaviruses that cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These are – 229E (alpha coronavirus); NL63 (alpha …

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Population

25th March – Population

Rising population – Disastrous dividend India is set to become the most populous nation in 2027, surpassing China, according to an estimation by the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  Details – India’s population has been growing at a much faster rate than China’s, with the poorer regions contributing the most to that …

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Jal Shakti

23rd March – Jal Shakti Ministry

Jal Shakti One of the highlights of Government formation for a second time under the prime ministership of Narendra Modi was the creation of a new Jal Shakti Ministry. The new ministry has been mandated to synergise all activities that deal with this most critical natural resource, ranging from drinking water to irrigation to maintaining …

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Higher Education Institutes

21st March – Higher Education Institutes

Need for reorientation Out of about a thousand higher education institutions (HEIs) that are authorised to award degrees in India, about 400 are state public universities that produce over 90% of our graduates (including those from the colleges affiliated to them) and contribute to about one-third of the research publications from this country. An abomination …

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Institutions of Eminence

16th March – Institutions of Eminence

Temples of critical thinking and debate In the recent subject wise ranking of world universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Indian institutions improved with 26 departments or schools placed in the top 100 of their respective disciplines. Science, technology and business studies were the fields in which our universities showed their mettle. A common thread – …

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