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Naga conflict

9th September – Naga Conflict

Naga conflict The Northeastern region has witnessed multiple crises including bloody insurgencies, but still lacks the emotional resonance of the Kashmir conflict due to geographical, cultural, and ethnic factors. Rooted in the politics of sub-nationalism, complexities of regional geopolitics and the evolving dynamics of counterinsurgency tactics, the Naga insurgency has defied a lasting solution; it …

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Women in Army

4th September – Women in Army

Victory in a long battle for opportunities – Women in Army The Supreme Court of India in February 2020 delivered a much-anticipated ruling that allows women to serve as permanently commissioned (PC) officers in 10 combat support arms (These are Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Army Service Corps, …

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Priority Sector Lending

3rd September – Priority Sector Lending Certificates

Priority Sector Lending Certificates The RBI had listed out ‘priority’ sectors that banks such as agriculture, housing, education and micro-small enterprises to which the banks must compulsorily lend to in the form of loans. It is called ‘priority sector lending’. But this method has often been criticised for meddling too much in the workings of …

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Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

1st September – Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

Supply Chain Resilience Initiative With COVID-19 and trade tensions between China and the United States threatening supply chains or actually causing bottlenecks, Japan has mooted the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) as a trilateral approach to trade, with India and Australia as the other two partners. The initiative is at the strategy stage and has …

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31st August – Impact of import embargo on defence

Impact of import embargo on defence The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced an embargo on the import of 101 items through a press release issued on August 9, 2020. Details about the decision – The Annexure to this press release lists a wide range of embargoed ammunition, weapon systems, radars, simulators, and other platforms.  A …

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Battery swapping

29th August – Battery swapping

Should the government promote EV battery swapping? Recently, the government allowed electric vehicles to be sold and registered without batteries. The rationale behind the move, it explained, was to de-link the cost of the battery from the vehicle cost. Battery accounts for 30-40 per cent of an electric vehicle’s cost and this move would bring …

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Space Industry

28th August – Need for a space legislation

The uncharted territory of outer space Outer space has been the arena of some of the most memorable technology demonstrations. Russia’s Sputnik and the U.S.’s Apollo 11 were metaphors of geopolitical competition. For India, Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan were symbols of national pride. Today, outer space no longer captures our mind space in the way cyberspace …

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Saliva Test

19th August – Rapid Saliva test

Rapid saliva test On August 15, six and a half months after the first novel coronavirus case was reported in the country, India crossed another grim milestone — 50,000 deaths. The total number of cases reported have reached nearly 2.6 million; India has been reporting the most fresh cases in a day in the world …

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Naga Peace Accord

18th August – Naga Peace Accord

Hurdles in the Naga peace Accord Fresh hurdles have emerged in the road to peace in Nagaland. After a framework agreement (Naga Peace Accord) was signed in 2015 between the Centre and the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, or the NSCN (I-M), the largest of the extremist groups in the peace …

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15th August – Loan to value (LTV) ratio

Loan to value (LTV) ratio Recently, while the Monetary Policy Committee kept the policy rates unchanged, the RBI brought about other significant changes to help borrowers with additional liquidity. One such move was the increase in the permissible loan-to-value (LTV) ratio for loans sanctioned by banks against the pledge of gold ornaments and jewellery for …

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