Theatre commands

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate   Source: ET  Context: India is moving ahead to establish theatre commands, aiming to build integrated war-fighting machinery in a cost-effective manner.   What are Theatre Commands?  A theatre command in the military refers to a specific geographical area where military operations are …

Reforming WTO

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Important International Institutions, agencies and fora – their Structure, Mandate   Source: IE  Context: The recently concluded G20 working group meeting on trade and investment focused on the important issue of WTO reform.   World Trade Organization (WTO): It is a member-driven, consensus-based intergovernmental organisation that regulates and facilitates international trade …

Consequences of subsidies

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Indian Economy and related issues/ Issues related to Direct and Indirect Farm Subsidies   Source: DTE  Context: A new World Bank report highlights the negative consequences of inefficiently subsidising agriculture, fishing and fossil fuel sectors.   Highlights of the report: Subsidies in the 3 areas (generally considered to bail out economies …

16th Finance Commission

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Powers, Functions and Responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies   Source: TH  Context: Soon the government will appoint a Finance Commission to determine how much of the Centre’s tax revenue should be given away to States (the vertical share) and how to distribute that among States (the horizontal sharing formula).   What …

Use of ‘Water as a Weapon of War’

GS Paper 3/2  Syllabus: Internal Security/ Effect of Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s Interests   Source: IE  Context: The destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine is a fast-moving disaster, developing into a long-term environmental catastrophe (termed as ecocide) and worsening the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.   The Kakhovka Dam: It was built …

Default loss guarantee (DLG)/ First Loss Default Guarantee (FLDG)

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE  Context: The RBI has allowed a Default loss guarantee (DLG) (also called first Loss Default Guarantee (FLDG), a safety-net arrangement among banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and lending service providers (LSPs).   LSPs: These are new-age technology platforms/ agents (of a bank or NBFC) in the lending space who …

Assistive technology to make urban centres disabled friendly

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Mechanisms for the Protection and Betterment of Vulnerable Sections   Source: IE  Context: Assistive technology – products, equipment, and systems that enhance learning, working, and daily living for persons with disabilities (PwD) – can aid PwD, enabling their full participation in urban life.   Need for inclusive cities: India is urbanising …

JATAN

  Source: TH  Context: A MoU has been signed between the MeitY and Union Culture Ministry to complete 3D digitisation of all museums (under central control) by the year-end for better conservation of artefacts. How? The 3D digitisation would be done using the JATAN virtual museum builder software through 3D scanning.   3D scanning: It …

CACP Report on Price Policy for Kharif Crop 2023-24

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Issues related to Minimum Support Prices   Source: IE  Context: India’s Union government announced the minimum support prices (MSPs) for 17 crops in this year’s Kharif season and CACP (Commission for Agriculture Cost and Prices) released Report on Price Policy for Kharif Crop 2023-24   Key Policy Recommendations: Promote Production and …

Ground-level ozone

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: DTE  Context: The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has issued an alert on rising ozone pollution and multi-pollutant crisis in the national capital on World Environment Day 2023 (June 5).   World Environment Day (WED): It is celebrated annually on 5 June and encourages awareness and action for the …