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DTIS

3rd June – Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme

Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) On 30th April 2020, the Prime Minister held a meeting with various stakeholders to discuss ways to boost the Defence and Aerospace Sector. Within a fortnight of this important meeting, the Defence Minister launched the Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) at an investment of Rs 400 crores. What is DTIS? …

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Geopolitics

30th May – Moving beyond geopolitics

Moving beyond geopolitics Deeper issues arising due to the pandemic are slowly emerging as the world relaxes lockdown measures. Shift in geopolitics – Issues, especially those relating to the convergence of technologies such as biotechnology, genetic engineering and information technology, will have a long-term impact on geopolitics. National governments, policymakers, and healthcare researchers are using …

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Self-reliant India

28th May – How India can become self-reliant?

How India can become self-reliant? Addressing the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the necessity of a self-reliant India. A missed opportunity – Self-reliance in state-run heavy industries and strategic sectors in the decades following independence had placed India ahead of most developing countries. In the 1970s and 80s, however, India …

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Aatmnirbhar Bharat Fiscal Package

27th May – Aatmnirbhar Fiscal Stimulus Package

A well-balanced fiscal stimulus package Cognisant of its constraints and compulsions, the government of India has adopted a twin mantra for shaping its stimulus package, rolled out in five phases plus one earlier phase. Objective of the fiscal package- The first strand has been to first ensure that the human cost of the COVID-19 crisis …

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Fiscal Deficit

23rd May – Fiscal Deficit

Fiscal Deficit Fiscal Deficit is the difference between the total income of the government (total taxes and non-debt capital receipts) and its total expenditure. It is a situation occurs when the government’s expenditure exceeds its income. This difference is calculated both in absolute terms and also as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …

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Space

22nd May – Private participation in space sector

Opening Up The Space The government’s decision to allow the private sector to play a larger role in the country’s space activities is welcome. How will it benefit the private sector? Permission to use the facilities of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will relieve companies of the burden of going overseas to test equipment, …

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Electricity

20th May – Energy Security – Electricity Amendment Act

A jolt to national energy security Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s proposal for reform of power tariff policy – announced as part of the stimulus package following the pandemic – is a piece with the recent comprehensive proposal to amend the Electricity Act 2003; put together, they erode the concurrent status accorded to electricity in the …

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Agriculture Reforms

19th May – Agriculture Reforms

Reforms and Agriculture With mandi closures and supply chain disruptions causing havoc in agricultural marketing, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on some of the critical infrastructure gaps and long-pending governance issues that plague the farm sector. The third tranche of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan listed measures of agriculture reforms to deal with those …

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SARFAESI Act

15th May – SARFAESI Act

SARFAESI The Supreme Court recently held that the provisions of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act) will be applicable to cooperative banks, and not just commercial banks. This has been whole-heartedly welcomed by co-operative banks. What is SARFAESI Act? The SARFAESI Act was passed on …

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Artificial Intelligence

14th May – Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare The modern era of global connectivity and high levels of mobile usage in India present significant opportunities for access to AI technology focused healthcare within the following areas – AI in assistance to Physicians – AI can relieve highly-skilled medical professionals from routine activities, freeing up doctors to concentrate on the …

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