Use of drones:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Science and technology, use of technology.   Context: The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has sent a note on use of drones across various sectors to different ministries at the centre.   Where all can drones be effectively utilised? Ministry of Home Affairs: For surveillance, situational analysis, crime control, VVIP …

Karnataka’s draft anti-conversion Bill:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: The Karnataka government has prepared an anti-conversion Bill — which seems to be modeled after a similar law introduced by the state of Uttar Pradesh. The draft of the Bill …

Vehicle scrappage policy:

GS Paper  2: Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Vehicle scrappage policy: Context: The Government is considering a proposal to give buyers additional concessions on buying new vehicles after scrapping of their old vehicles. The final decision (on providing more incentives …

Midday meal scheme:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: Flagging “critical” levels of malnutrition and anaemia among children, the Union Government has urged the states to explore the possibility of introducing millets in the mid-day meal scheme, now known …

Framework for traffic management of drones:

GS Paper 2:  Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: The Civil Aviation Ministry has notified a traffic management framework for drones. The framework has been issued under the Drone Rules 2021.   Overview of the framework: Public and private third-party …

Detention centre for declared foreigners in Assam:

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Internal security related issues.   Context: The Assam Government has overshot a 45-day deadline set by the Gauhati High Court for the completion of a standalone detention centre for declared foreigners.   What’s the issue? The court had on August 11 asked the State Government to complete the construction of …

Govt relief package for telecom sector

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   telecom sector Context: The Union Cabinet, last week, approved a crucial relief package for the cash-strapped telecom firms.   What is the relief package? Package includes a four-year moratorium on payment of …

Right to Sit to be mandated in Tamil Nadu:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: The Tamil Nadu government has tabled a Bill in the Legislative Assembly making it mandatory for establishments to provide seating facilities for employees. It is popularly being called the “Right to …

Two years since NRC draft, lakhs still in limbo

GS Paper 2 Topics covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: Denial of benefits emanating from Aadhar to people who were eventually included in the draft NRC list after being initially excluded from the draft list published in 2018 More on …

Issues surrounding Haryana’s new land law

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   land law Context: The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Haryana Amendment), Bill, 2021 was recently passed by Haryana Assembly. It seeks to expedite development projects …

Ubharte Sitaare Fund

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: Finance minister has launched Rs 250 crore worth Alternative Investment Fund for export-oriented micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).   Objective of the fund: To Identify Indian enterprises with potential advantages …

What are detention centres for foreigners?

GS Paper 2 Topics covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: Assam’s detention centres for foreigners and those declared such by specific tribunals have been renamed as transit camps.   Please note: The State currently has six detention centres and they have …

Gujarat anti-conversion law

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: Gujarat Government has defended its new anti-conversion law in High Court saying marriages cannot be tool for “forceful conversion”.   What’s the issue? The HC is hearing two petitions that have …

Need for a separate security force to protect judiciary, courts:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Context: The Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognisance of the attacks on judges along with petitions pending since 2019 seeking better protection for the judiciary and in courts. The turning point …

Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.    Plastic Waste Management  Context: The Environment Ministry has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, which prohibit specific single-use plastic items which have “low utility and high littering potential” by 2022.  …

Vehicle scrappage policy

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Vehicle scrappage policy: Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently unveiled the National Automobile Scrappage Policy.   About the Vehicle Scrappage Policy: Old vehicles will have to pass a fitness test before re-registration …