RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- GLOBAL TEMPERATURE: UN’S CODE RED

     Introduction: United Nations’ inter-governmental panel on climate change (IPCC) has projected global temperature to reach or exceed 1.5°C of warming over the next 20 years under all scenarios Highlights: This report evaluates the physical science of climate change – looking at the past, present, and future climate. It reveals how human-caused emissions …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- GLOBAL CORPORATE TAX AND INDIA

Introduction: G7 countries have reached a deal on taxing multinational companies. G7 Finance ministers have agreed in principle to ratify 15 percent global minimum corporate tax rate to counter the possibility of countries undercutting each other to attract investments. New deal: The aim is to counter tax avoidance to make companies pay in the countries …

RSTV: SCIENCE MONITOR 19.06.2021

    IGSTC Industrial Fellowship launched by DST, GOI: The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) Industrial Fellowship programme was launched by Secretary, Department of Science and Technology on the occasion of IGSTC’s 11th Foundation day on 14th June 2021. This fellowship would encourage capacity building and would encourage students to think of challenges faced by industry and …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- RBI MONETARY POLICY: ROAD AHEAD

Introduction: RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee took stock of the evolving macroeconomic and financial conditions as well as the impact of pandemic and decided to maintain status quo on interest rates. Monetary Policy committee: It is a statutory and institutionalized framework under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, for maintaining price stability, while keeping in …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- UN DEBATE: MARITIME SECURITY

     Introduction: India’s Prime Minister addressed the UNSC open debate on the issue of Enhancing Maritime Security. Agenda laid down by PM: Removal of barriers to legitimate maritime trade. Resolution of maritime disputes peacefully in accordance with international law. Fight threats from natural disasters, non-state actors. Conservation of marine resources. Promoting responsible maritime …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- INVESTMENT POSITIVE: END OF RETRO TAX

    Introduction: The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 offers to drop tax claims against companies on deals before May 2012 that involve indirect transfer of Indian assets on fulfilment of specified conditions including the withdrawal of pending litigation and the assurance that no claim for damages would be filed. The Bill: The Taxation Laws …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- WHAT NEXT FOR AFGHANISTAN

Introduction:             US troops departed from Bagram Air Base on 2nd July. This exit is part of the plan by USA to withdraw it’s troops from Afghanistan by September 11 this year. Meanwhile a UN Report has said that Security situation continues to deteriorate in Afghanistan with Taliban gaining momentum in Northern Afghanistan recently. Importance …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- SEXUAL CRIME: FAST-TRACKING JUSTICE

Introduction: The Union Cabinet approved the continuation of over 1000 Fast Track Special Courts to ensure faster delivery of justice to victims of sexual offences, as a centrally sponsored scheme for another two years. These include 389 exclusive POCSO courts to expedite trials and provide immediate relief to minor girls who are victims of sexual …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE – UNSC PRESIDENCY: INDIA’S AGENDA

    Introduction: India has assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of August and is set to organise key events in three major areas of maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism. Presidency: The presidency of the Council is held by each of the members in turn for one month, following …

RSTV: SCIENCE MONITOR 5.06.2021

CSIR- NCL novel hybrid tech to disinfect water: Modern technology and Indian traditional knowledge of Ayurveda have been combined for a solution to disinfect water completely and also offer possible health benefits of natural oils. Disinfection of water is essential for removing pathogenic microorganisms that are responsible for causing a number of water-borne diseases. However, …

RSTV: SCIENCE MONITOR 22.05.2021

      Scientists at DRDO-INMAS develop the first anti-COVID therapeutic application of 2DG: An anti-COVID-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has been developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab of DRDO. Clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- INDIA- US TIES: BILATERAL AGENDA

Introduction: US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was on his two-day visit to India on Tuesday. In what will be his maiden trip to the country since assuming office, Blinken meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Both sides are expected to review the robust and …