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Nuclear Energy

5th August – Nuclear Energy

Whither nuclear energy? It has been exactly 15 years since the announcement of the historic US-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement. This high-profile deal signed in 2005 by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George Bush dominated Indian politics through the second half of the previous decade. But it has failed to provide rich dividends …

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EIA

3rd August – Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has published the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020, with the intention of replacing the existing EIA Notification, 2006 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The government wants to incorporate modifications made to the regulations through amendments in the interim period. …

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GM Crops

31st July – GM Crops

Cotton controversy – A clear view on GM Crops India’s cotton growers are keen to buy ‘illegal’ herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton seed varieties at black market rates, much to the dismay of the organised seed industry and the anti-GM groups who fear its environmental effects. An increased demand – A moratorium was imposed in 2009 on …

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Digital India

29th July – A ‘digital Aatmanirbhar Bharat’

A Digital Aatmanirbhar Bharat Ever since the Central government announced the ban of Chinese apps, Indians have been forced to look for alternate applications. This is certainly a shot in the arm for the Indian app developers, who were ignored in the past due to the easy availability of popular apps like Tiktok, Helo etc. …

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Waste

23rd July – Plastic and biomedical waste

Plastic and biomedical waste With the onset of COVID-19, the exponential spike in the use of plastic — that too, of the single-use variety, exemplified by personal protection equipment — has created a mammoth crisis of plastic waste all over the world. It has rendered redundant the ban on single-use plastic in many parts of …

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Microchips

21st July – Microchips

Why India must manufacture microchips? The government recently unveiled three schemes with an outlay of about ₹48,000 crore to promote electronics manufacturing in India. These schemes, combined with the Prime Minister’s call for an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, have rejuvenated hopes of a rise of an indigenous electronics industry. Indian electronic industry – The Indian electronics sector …

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Employment

20th July – Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan Lately, the Prime Minister launched a new package of Rs 50,000 crore—the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan (GKRA). It aims at creating livelihood opportunities for the returned migrants, and while doing so it is expected to create durable infrastructure in rural areas. How will it be implemented? The GKRA would …

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Equalisation Levy

18th July – Equalisation Levy

A long-battle ahead on equalisation levy The battle-lines are once again drawn between the government and multinational companies over their tax liability in India. What’s different this time is that the dispute involves non-resident e-commerce operators such as Amazon, Netflix and Flipkart over the equalisation levy. What is the concern? The genesis of this quarrel …

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Solar

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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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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