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Editorial Analysis: Farm Bills latest step in sequential freeing up of farm sector

Farm BillsApprox Read Time: 5 min Farm Bills Composition of Indian agriculture is changing: The composition of the gross value added (GVA) in the agricultural sector is rapidly changing.In the last decade itself, India has witnessed tremendous change in the GVA composition of the agri-sector.The share of crops has decreased from 65.4% in 2011-12 to 55.3% in 2018-19, projected to further fall to 45.6% in 2024-25.In the same period, value…

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NCDC to launch Ayushman Sahakar scheme to fund co-operative healthcare facilities

Ayushman Sahakar schemeApprox Read Time: 3 min In News: The Centre has launched the Ayushman Sahakar scheme to involve co-operatives in creating healthcare infrastructure in the country. Background: It has been observed that due to lack of credit support, many cooperative hospitals find difficulty to start new aspects of medical education including colleges offering MBBS, BDS, BAMS programmes.Moreover, the ongoing pandemic has brought into focus the need to strengthen health infrastructure in rural areas.The scheme takes inspiration…

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National Concerns: Assam-Mizoram, and the other boundary issues in NE

Assam-Mizoram boundary disputeApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: Over the last one week, residents in the areas bordering Assam and Mizoram have clashed over territory issues.The clashes highlight the inter-state boundary issues, which have been going on since a long time in the Northeast. Assam-Mizoram Boundary dispute Mizoram was part of Assam till 1972, when it became a separate Union Territory. Later, in 1987, Mizoram became a full-fledged state.The three South Assam…

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Governance: Students under government scheme may get to pick their coaching institutes

Free coaching scheme for SC/ST studentsApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: From this year, under the Centre’s free coaching scheme for scheduled caste and OBC students, the government is looking to allow candidates to take admissions in the institute of their choice, instead of being randomly allotted institutes by the government. News Summary: The Centre is looking at allowing beneficiaries of its free coaching scheme for SC and OBC students…

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Maharashtra withdraws consent to CBI to probe cases in state

TRP ScamApprox Read Time: 5 min TRP Scam In News: The Maharashtra state government has withdrawn the “general consent” given to the CBI to probe cases in the state. News Summary: In the recent days, ‘TRP Scam’ was in news. It refers to the alleged manipulation of viewership ratings by some TV channels.While Mumbai police is investigating a case registered in Mumbai, the UP police has also registered a case in the state…

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US justice dept files landmark antitrust lawsuit against Google

Lawsuit Against GoogleApprox Read Time: 5 min Lawsuit Against Google In News: The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an anti-trust lawsuit (case) against Google. As per the DOJ, Google has unlawfully maintained a monopoly in internet search, that harms competitors and consumers.Other major technology companies including Apple, Amazon and Facebook are also under investigation by the Justice Department. Markets, Monopolies and Antitrust laws: About: Free Market Economy Any economy runs on the…

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Governance: Mega govt plan for rural tap water supply

Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM)Approx Read Time: 6 min In News: Under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), the government is planning to set itself an ambitious target to increase the coverage of tap water connections in villages by as much as 155% by next year in comparison to the current financial year.Also, on Gandhi Jayanti, the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti launched a 100-day campaign to ensure potable water supply in all schools and…

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IEA: India will lead global recovery in energy demand
World Energy Outlook 2020

IEA: India will lead global recovery in energy demand

World Energy Outlook 2020Approx Read Time: 3 min World Energy Outlook 2020 In News: The International Energy Agency (IEA), recently released the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2020.The World Energy Outlook 2020, focuses on the important period of the next 10 years, exploring different pathways out of the pandemic. About: World Energy Outlook The annual World Energy Outlook is the International Energy Agency's flagship publication, widely recognised as the most authoritative source for…

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