Pilibhit tiger reserve gets the first TX2 award

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Pilibhit tiger reserve gets the first TX2 award: Context: Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Uttar Pradesh has bagged the first international award, TX2, among the 13 tiger ranging countries for having doubled the number of tigers in less than the stipulated time. In 2014, All India Tiger Estimation had estimated 25 …

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)

Topics Covered: Infrastructure. National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF): Context: Union Cabinet recently gave its approval to the proposal for equity infusion by the Government of Rs. 6000 crores in NIIF Debt Platform – sponsored by the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). The proposal is part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 package announced earlier this …

Fiscal deficit reaches 120% of annual target

Topics Covered: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. Fiscal deficit reaches 120% of annual target:. Context: The Union Government’s fiscal deficit further widened to ₹9.53 lakh crore, or close to 120% of the annual budget estimate, at the end of October of the current fiscal. Reasons behind this: …

ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus)

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus): Context: Vietnam has invited India for ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM Plus) being hosted by Vietnam in December 2020. About ADMM- Plus: Consistent with the ADMM guiding principles of open and outward looking, the 2nd ADMM in Singapore in …

What is the Anti Defection Law?

Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. What is the Anti Defection Law? Context: India’s first Member of Parliament to have been disqualified from the Lok Sabha has now been disqualified as an MLA in Mizoram. Mizoram Assembly Speaker disqualifies Zoram People’s Movement MLA Lalduhoma. Ground for disqualification: The …

Social infrastructure projects are foundational assets that support the quality of life of a nation, region or city and go beyond basic economic functions to make a community an appealing place to live. In this backdrop suggest a financial mechanism that may work for its development.

5. Social infrastructure projects are foundational assets that support the quality of life of a nation, region or city and go beyond basic economic functions to make a community an appealing place to live. In this backdrop suggest a financial mechanism that may work for its development. (250 words) Reference: Live Mint

Insights into Editorial: Weaker germs, stronger cures

  Introduction: Antibiotics: The advent of antibiotics ignited the hope of elimination of infectious diseases in humans and animals. However, this did not happen because of two reasons: the ingenuity and survival instinct of germs and the irrational use of antibiotics in humans and animals. Most of the germs have acquired the capacity to resist …

What Is The Beautiful ‘Blue Tide’ Spotted Along Mumbai Coastline?

Topics Covered: Pollution and conservation related issues. What Is The Beautiful ‘Blue Tide’ Spotted Along Mumbai Coastline? Context: The tide producing a fluorescent blue hue, popularly known as bioluminescence, recently made an appearance at Mumbai’s Juhu Beach and Devgad Beach in Sindhudurg, along Maharashtra’s coastline. Background: Bioluminescence has been an annual occurrence along the west …

Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo: Context: 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020) was inaugurated recently. The summit is organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The theme for 2020 is ‘Innovations for Sustainable Energy Transition’. How is India performing on this front? India’s …

HC has taken over executive functions A.P

Topics Covered: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. HC has taken over executive functions: A.P: Context: Andhra Pradesh government recently told the Supreme Court that Andhra Pradesh High Court has “virtually taken over the executive functions of the State”. Instances in support of this allegation: A November 2 direction of …

One Nation One Election

Topics Covered: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. One Nation, One Election: Context: PM recently again pitched for ‘One Nation, One Election’, saying it is the need of the country as elections taking place every few months hamper development works. This was suggested at the recently held 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference. …

President’s powers to pardon- in US India

Topics Covered: Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries. President’s powers to pardon- in US, India: Context: US President Donald Trump recently exercised his powers under the Constitution to pardon Michael Flynn, his former National Security Advisor, who had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. What is the extent of …

“What really matters for success, character, happiness and life-long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills— not just purely cognitive abilities.” — Daniel Goleman. Elucidate.

Topic : Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance. 7. “What really matters for success, character, happiness and life-long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills— not just purely cognitive abilities.” — Daniel Goleman. Elucidate. (250 words) Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications Why the question: The question …

India’s democracy, as envisaged by the makers of the constitution, thrived essentially because of the respect of the leaders for the ethical constitutionalism and moral activism of the grassroots activists. Do you agree? Comment.

Topic : Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values. 6. India’s democracy, as envisaged by …