Rythu Bandhu:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.   Context: The total funds disbursed under Rythu Bandhu, Telangana government’s direct benefit transfer scheme …

Trincomalee oil tank farm: What the deal means for India, Lanka:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: India and neighbourhood relations.   Context: Recently, Sri Lanka announced that the Indian Oil Subsidiary Lanka IOC would be given 49% stake in the joint development of the Trincomalee Oil Tank farm, with Ceylon Petroleum Corporation keeping 51%.   Why has this become a historical deal? 35-year-old agreement: If it …

Hamas and Gaza Strip:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.   Context: Israel’s military has launched strikes against militant targets in the Gaza Strip, a day after rockets were fired from the Hamas-ruled territory.   What’s the issue? The cease-fire, brokered by Egypt and other …

Census and NPR:

GS Paper 1: Topics Covered: Population and Related Issues.   Context: The first phase of the census and collection of details to update the National Population Register (NPR) have been postponed at least till September.   Mandatory requirements for Census: Freezing of boundary limits of administrative units: Freezing of boundary limits of administrative units (boundaries …