Trade Policy Review of India at the WTO

Recently, the final session of India’s seventh Trade Policy Review (TPR) concluded at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The TPR is an important mechanism under the WTO’s monitoring function in which member countries’ trade and related policies are examined by the WTO with an aim to contribute towards improved adherence to WTO rules. India’s last TPR took place in 2015. Key Points Appreciation

Japan Provides Loan to India

India and Japan signed an agreement for a loan of up to 50 billion yen (about Rs. 3,550 crore) to back India’s economic support programmes for the poor and vulnerable affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Key Points About the Loan: It is a part of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan. ODA is defined as government aid designed to promote the economic development and welfare

Wages for Housework

Recently, a political party of Tamil Nadu has promised salaries to housewives as a part of its electoral campaign. A report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2018 shows that, globally, women perform 76.2% of total hours of unpaid care work, more than three times as much as men. In Asia and the Pacific, this figure

Demand for Autonomy in Assam

There has been a demand for implementation of Article 244A for the creation of an autonomous State within Assam. Key Points Background: The appeal to the Centre has been for the creation of an autonomous State for the Karbi Anglong region. This has been a demand since 1986. The districts are currently governed by two autonomous councils Karbi Anglong

South African Variant of Coronavirus

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised a concern over the South African variant of Coronavirus. Key Points About: South Africa named the variant 501Y.V2 because of the N501Y mutation they found in the spike protein that the virus uses to gain entry into cells within the body. Changes in spike protein could possibly affect how the virus behaves in terms of its ability to infect,

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