RIC
RIC, a Triangle that is Still Important | Rationale for Formation

Context: India decided to attend a (virtual) meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC). RIC was Conceived by the then Russian foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov in 1998. The group was founded on the basis of “ending its subservient foreign policy guided by the U.S.,” and “renewing old ties with India and

NGT
NGT groundwater usage guidelines & Concerns

Issue: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has set stringent conditions for commercial groundwater use, asking authorities to be tightfisted in granting permits, initiating swift punitive action in case of breaches and mandating third-party compliance audit of businesses every year. NGT has also struck down the Central GroundWater Authority’s (CGWA) 2020 guidelines, saying they were against

India Report on Digital Education
India Report on Digital Education, 2020

India Report on Digital Education 2020 was recently launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The report focuses on initiatives taken at the centre and state level so as to ensure the continuity of instruction amid the pandemic. Some of the major medium to connect to the students were using social media tools like

Supreme court ruling on discretion of governor

Context: Rajasthan Governor returning the fresh proposal by the state Cabinet – seeking to convene a session of the Assembly has raised fresh legal questions on the powers of the Governor. Does the governor have discretion in matters of convening the assembly? It is the Governor acting on the aid and advice of the cabinet.

State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020

This year, the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI 2020) was released on July 13. A new feature of SOFI 2020 is a detailed analysis of the “cost and affordability of healthy diets around the world”. New analysis from the Food and Agriculture Organization shows that many people in India

Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur tops Niti’s aspirational districts ranking for Feb-June 2020

Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh has topped the list of aspirational districts ranked by government think-tank Niti Aayog for the February-June 2020 period. The delta rankings took into account incremental progress made by over 112 aspirational districts across six developmental areas during February-June this year. Key Highlights Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh has topped the list of

As lockdowns ease in countries across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a return to business as usual is unimaginable in a region that was already off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The virtual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development recently convened governments and stakeholders to focus on the imperative to build back better while keeping an eye on the global goals. Unprecedented times: Asia was the first to be hit by COVID-19 and feel its devastating social and economic impacts. Efforts to respond to the pandemic have revealed how many people in our societies live precariously close to poverty and hunger. Many countries are taking bold actions to minimise the loss of life and economic costs. As attention shifts from the immediate health and human effects of the pandemic to addressing its social and economic effects, governments and societies face unprecedented policy, regulatory and fiscal choices. The SDGs — a commitment to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development, globally, by 2030 — can serve as a beacon in these turbulent times. Grounds for optimism: The pandemic has exposed fragility and systemic gaps in many key systems. However, there are many workable strategies that countries have used to accelerate progress related to development goals and strengthen resilience. Countries have taken steps to extend universal health care systems and strengthen social protection systems, including cash transfer and food distribution systems for vulnerable households. Accurate and regular data have been key to such efforts. Innovating to help the most disadvantaged access financing and small and medium-sized enterprise credits have also been vital. Several countries have taken comprehensive approaches to various forms of discrimination, particularly related to gender and gender-based violence. Partnerships, including with the private sector and financing institutions, have played a critical role in fostering creative solutions. These experiences provide grounds for optimism. Responses to the COVID-19 crisis must be centred on the well-being of people, empowering them and advancing equality. A revolution needed: We need a revolution in policy mindset and practice. Inclusive and accountable governance systems, adaptive institutions with resilience to future shocks, universal social protection and health insurance, and stronger digital infrastructure are part of the transformations needed. Several countries in Asia and the Pacific are developing ambitious new strategies for green recovery and inclusive approaches to development. South Korea recently announced a New Deal based on two central pillars: digitisation and decarbonisation. Many countries in the Pacific are focusing on “blue recovery,” seizing the opportunity to promote more sustainable approaches to fisheries management. India recently announced operating the largest solar power plant in the region. China is creating more jobs in the renewable energy sector than in fossil fuel industries. Conclusion: Institutions such as the United Nations and Asian Development Bank have mobilised to support a shared response to the crisis. Now it is vital that we enable countries to secure the support they need to go beyond, to achieve the SDGs As lockdowns ease in countries across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a return to business as usual is unimaginable in a region that was already off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The virtual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development recently convened governments and stakeholders to focus on the imperative to build back better while keeping an eye on the global goals.
Nutrition security along with food security

As lockdowns ease in countries across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a return to business as usual is unimaginable in a region that was already off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The virtual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development recently convened governments and stakeholders to focus

Why is spyware and stalkerware gaining traction under the pandemic?

What are they? Spyware is a type of malware that aims to gather information about a person or organization, without their knowledge, and send such information to hack another entity without the consumer’s consent. Stalkerware is monitoring software or spyware that is used for stalking. The term was coined when people started to widely use

Dream of Dadabhai Naoroji: An inclusive India

Dadabhai Naoroji’s legacy of an inclusive India is worth remembering in the time of chauvinism and anti-intellectualism that animates the current leadership and running counter to the traditions of Indian nationalism. Contributions: The Grand Old Man of India (as he was known), he was the first modern Indian economic thinker, the first Indian elected to

Prashant Bhushan – Tweets and contempt of court controversy

Context: In one of his tweets on 27 June,2020, Bhushan had written about the “role of the Supreme Court” in the “destruction” of democracy during the last six years, and had also mentioned the “role of the last 4 CJIs” in it. The court has asked Bhushan to show cause as to why contempt proceedings

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