Measles

Topics Covered: Issues related to health. Measles What to study? For prelims and mains: Measles- causes, symptoms, spread and vaccines. Context: As per UNICEF and WHO, around 117 million children worldwide risk contracting measles because dozens of countries are curtailing their vaccination programmes as they battle COVID-19. What’s the issue? Currently 24 countries, including several …

Insights into Editorial: Why emergency basic income a must now for India

Introduction: The prime minister’s appeal for a nation-wide ‘self-imposed Janata curfew’ has been a success. It has demonstrated that people can go beyond their political leanings and cooperate with the government to face the challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic.  But extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. India’s informal economy has about 50 crore working …

Business Correspondents

Topics Covered: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it. Business Correspondents What to study? For Prelims: What are CSCs and who are BCs, BCs- objectives, eligibility and functions. For Mains: Significance and measures for financial inclusion. Context: SHG women working as Business Correspondents for banks (BC Sakhis) and Bank Sakhis playing a vital role in …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- ROAD AHEAD FOR TOURISM & HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

 Introduction: The cascading effect of the global coronavirus pandemic is crippling the tourism and hospitality industry at an “astonishing pace”. Media reports suggest Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) in India have come down by about 67 per cent annually in the January-March quarter, while for domestic tourists, the figure is lower by nearly 40 per …

Novel blood plasma therapy for COVID-19

Topics Covered: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology. Novel blood plasma therapy for COVID-19 What to study? For Prelims: About the test, how is it carried out? For Mains: Need for, significance and challenges involved. …

What is contact tracing?

Topics Covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. What is contact tracing? What to study? For Prelims: Definition by WHO. For Mains: Significance and its need amid COVID 19 spread, previous instances of its application. Context: Global …

Insights into Editorial: USA threatens to stop money to WHO. How is it funded currently?

Context: US President Donald Trump threatened to freeze US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said the body had “called it wrong” on COVID-19 and that it was very “China centric” in its approach, suggesting that the WHO had gone along …

Insights into Editorial: Centre sanctions Rs.15,000-crore Covid-19 emergency package for states, UTs

Context: The government rolled out an India Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health system preparedness package for states with an outlay of Rs.15,000 crore. While Rs.7,774 crore sanctioned so far will be utilized for immediate Covid-19 Emergency Response, rest of the money will be used for medium-term support (1-4 years) under a mission mode approach. The …

Charting a Common Minimum Relief Programme

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. Charting a Common Minimum Relief Programme What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Overview of the proposed programme.  Context: …

Coronavirus containment plan

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger. Coronavirus containment plan What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Overview, need for and significance of the containment plan. Context: India has prepared a “containment” plan, essentially an updated version of an …

Euro Corona bonds

Topics Covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Euro Corona bonds What to study? For Prelims and Mains: The proposal and its significance.  Context: Corona bonds could be a possible resolution to alleviate Eurozone financial struggles amid the coronavirus crisis. However, the idea has received mixed responses amongst the EU. …

MPLADS suspended

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. MPLADS suspended What to study? For Prelims: Key facts on MPLADS. For Mains: Significance, performance analysis and need for monitoring of the scheme, demand for a legal framework. Context: The Union Cabinet has approved a 30% …

What is Article 142?

Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. What is Article 142? What to study? For Prelims: Overview and applicability of Article 142. For Mains: Need for and significance of these powers for the Supreme Court. Context: Invoking special powers under Article 142, the Supreme Court has deemed all …

Insights into Editorial: The criticality of community engagement

  Context: Ground reality The recent attack on an ASHA worker conducting a COVID-19 survey, due to an alleged suspicion that she was a government National Register of Citizens agent betrays the faltering of our community health worker programmes in a way. Over time, they have become de-facto public health employees rather than being community …

Insights into Editorial: Helping Hand for the Stranded migrant workers

Context: The Centre asked state governments to arrange food and shelter for migrant workers who are facing difficulties due to the 21-day lockdown announced to check the spread of coronavirus. Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs said students, who are in hostels, should continue to stay there for their own safety. Centre asked …

Insights into Editorial: Making the private sector care for public health

  Context: Present healthcare system: As India enters the second week of a national lockdown imposed in response to COVID-19, it is still unclear how well prepared the healthcare system is in dealing with the pandemic. Given the resource constraints of both the Central and State governments, it is clear that government hospitals alone will …

Insights into Editorial: Farmers may not be infected but are certainly affected

    Introduction: The agriculture labour market has already been massively impacted. Not allowed to work in groups, 30 million agricultural labourers, who survive on their daily income, are without work. The situation has been aggravated in many parts of the country where there are specialized farm practices which are usually done by the manual …