Finance panel for public-private partnerships for health

Context : The Fifteenth Finance Commission has called for a greater role for public-private partnerships to ramp up the health infrastructure and scale up public spending on health from 0.95% of GDP to 2.5% by 2024 Issues raised : The total spending of around 0.95% of GDP is not adequate in relation to the commitments

Mahajan Commission Report

Context : A Maharashtra leader has sparked a controversy, when he called the incorporation of Belgaum (Belagavi), Karwar and Nipani areas of Karnataka into Maharashtra, as a dream of the ruling party Background : The erstwhile Bombay Presidency, a multilingual province, included the present-day Karnataka districts of Vijayapura, Belagavi, Dharwad and Uttara-Kannada. In 1948, the

Deemed forests

Context : Karnataka Forest Minister has announced that the state government would soon declassify 6.64 lakh hectares of the 9.94 lakh hectares of deemed forests in the state (nearly 67%) and hand it over to Revenue authorities. What are Deemed Forests? The concept of deemed forests has not been clearly defined in any law including

Green Energy Convergence Project

Context : The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is set to roll out India’s first Energy Convergence Project in Goa. Details : Under the project, EESL and the Department of New and Renewable Energy (DNRE) in Goa will carry out feasibility studies and implementation of decentralized solar energy projects. The project aims to connect seemingly

Bru-Reang Agreement

Leaders of the Mizoram Bru refugees have demanded commencement of their permanent rehabilitation in Tripura in the light of the quadripartite agreement signed in New Delhi in January. The government had selected 12 places including the Kanchanpur subdivision in north Tripura where the Brus have been housed in six makeshift camps since 1997. However, the

Article 32 of Indian Constitution

Recently, a Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde observed that it is “trying to discourage” individuals from filing petitions under Article 32 of the Constitution. The observation came during the hearing of a petition seeking the release of journalist Siddique Kappan, who was arrested with three others while on

Gullian Barre Syndrome

In a rare complication, some patients infected with Covid-19 have been found suffering from Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS). A group of neurologists in Mumbai is now mapping these cases and their symptoms. What is Guillain Barre Syndrome? It is a very rare autoimmune disorder. The immune system, in an attempt to kill the coronavirus, accidentally starts attacking the peripheral

Mahajan Commission Report

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa condemned comments by Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar over the border dispute between the two states as an attempt to “incite fire”. Pawar sparked a controversy when he called the incorporation of Belgaum (Belagavi), Karwar and Nipani areas of Karnataka into Maharashtra a “dream” of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb

Param Siddhi

Param Siddhi, the high performance computing-artificial intelligence (HPC-AI) supercomputer established under National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) at C-DAC has achieved global ranking of 63 in TOP 500 most powerful non-distributed computer systems in the world. What is a ‘supercomputer’? A supercomputer is a computer that performs at or near the currently highest operational rate for computers. Traditionally, supercomputers have been used for scientific

PM-FME Scheme

Union Minister of Food Processing Industries has inaugurated the capacity building component of the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises scheme (PM-FME Scheme) and launched the GIS One District One Product (ODOP) digital map of India. About the PM-FME Scheme  Launched under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PM-FME)

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