India’s disputed compensatory afforestation policy at odds with new IPCC report

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment   Source: TH  Context: India’s compensatory afforestation policy that allows forests in one part to be cut down and replaced with those elsewhere is contested on many grounds.   Background: Afforestation is part of India’s climate pledges – adding a carbon sink of …

High-speed internet: How will India develop a 6G network?

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Science and Technology   Source: Indian Express  Context: Prime Minister has unveiled a vision document for the rollout of 6G communications technology in India by 2030 titled Bharat 6G.    The vision document has been prepared by the Technology Innovation Group on 6G (TIG-6G) constituted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). 6G …

Technology and Innovation Report 2023

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Awareness of Science and Technology   Source: UN News   Context: The Technology and Innovation Report 2023 was recently released by UNCTAD. It highlights the opportunities that green innovation – goods and services with smaller carbon footprints offer developing countries to spur economic growth and enhance technological capacities.   Key Highlights …

India-Japan Relations

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Bilateral Relations of India   Source: TH, TOI Context: Japan’s Prime Minister recently visited India   Major Initiatives announced during the visit: Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP): It is aimed at curbing China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. The key initiatives of the strategy include promoting respect for sovereignty and …

Parliamentary panel recommends new law to define power, functions of CBI

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies   Source: TH  Context: According to a Parliamentary Committee, existing law governing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has many limitations and there is a need to enact new legislation to define its status, functions and powers.   Background: The CBI was established in 1963 …