Myanmar teak trade: Highly prized, highly dodgy

GS Paper 3 Source: Indian Express  Context: After the military junta took control of Myanmar, the state-owned company, which had exclusive rights over the country’s precious timber and teak trade, also came under the military. There was a number of timber auctions since the coup and sales of this “conflict” wood, pro-democracy supporters allege, are …

India cheers the return of ‘King Coal’ as the industry sees a buoyant future

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Infrastructure (Energy)   Source: TH  Context: After a 3-year pandemic break, the coal industry in India welcomed back its major conference (Coaltrans India conference) with a positive forecast of demand, increased production from new mines and strong demand for imports.   The prosperous future of the coal industry in India: Increased …

India and Italy elevate ties to strategic partnership

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: India’s bilateral relations   Source: TH   Context: Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is on a visit to India. In recent years, India-Italy relation has been mired by the MB Enrica Lexie case (In February 2012, two Indian fishermen were killed off the coast of Kerala, India, aboard St. Antony. Two Italian marines …

How are the CEC and ECs appointed, and what has the Supreme Court order changed?

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Appointment to various Constitutional Posts, Powers, Functions and Responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies   Source: IE  Context: A five-judge Constitution Bench of the SC unanimously ruled that a high-power committee consisting of the PM, the Leader of Opposition in LS and the CJI must pick the CEC and ECs.   How …