Arsenic Now in Wheat, Potato in Rural Bihar

Context : A recent study has found that Arsenic has found its way into the food chain– mainly rice, wheat and potato. Details :  The study was a part of the project Nature and nurture in arsenic induced toxicity of Bihar jointly funded by the British Council in the United Kingdom and Department of Science

Why is it Difficult for India to Get to Net Zero?

Context: With the constant pressure of western countries and various strategic allies, India still has not declared the National Determined Target/emission target towards carbon neutrality under the Paris agreement. Background: Recently, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate had not received any assurance that India was working to raise its ambition to cut carbon dioxide emissions..

National Commission is Essential to Make Appointments to Tribunals

Context : The Union government recently got Parliament to enact the Tribunals Reforms Act, which contained provisions that had been struck down by the Supreme Court in an ordinance issued earlier. Tribunals : A Tribunal is a quasi-judicial body established in India by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature to resolve disputes that are

Urban Planning Capacity in India

Context : NITI Aayog has launched a report titled ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’ on measures to ramp up urban planning capacity in India. Details : The report has been developed by NITI Aayog, in consultation with concerned ministries and eminent experts in the domain of urban and regional planning. It underscores urban

Illusion of Social Justice

Context : Recently the Indian Parliament passed the 127th Constitutional Amendment Bill 2021 that overrides the SC’s interpretation of the 102nd Constitutional Amendment which curtailed the state govt’s power to identify backward classes. Issues: Judiciary propounded 50% limitation on caste-based quotas impose a limitation on state’s power to expand the backward class beneficiaries composition. Also,

The Nutrition-Hygiene Link

Context : In the 75th year of independence, though India has a lot to rejoice about, India has a mammoth challenge i.e. Nutritional insecurity which will cripple the entire future generation. Malnutrition Status in India: As per the UNICEF report, in the next 6 months, nearly 3 lakh children from India could die due to

Export Efforts Critical to Growth in the Coming Quarters

Context : First-quarter growth in India’s gross domestic product (GDP) stands at 20.1 %. This however still means that GDP in the first quarter was 9.2 % below its level two years ago. Export: Challenges The key driver of growth in the coming quarters will be exports riding on the rapidity of recovery in major

Importance of Millets for Nutritional Security

Introduction : Millet is a common term to categorize small-seeded grasses that are often termed nutri-cereals or dryland-cereals. It includes jowar (sorghum), bajra (pearl millet) and ragi (finger millet), small millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, barnyard millet, kodo millet and other millets. The three major millet crops currently growing in India are jowar (sorghum), bajra

Climate Change, State Emergency and Stakeholder Pursuit

“China witnesses its heaviest rainfall in a 1000 years” – Jul 2021 “Climate scientists shocked by scale of floods in Germany” – Jul 2021 “The Amazon rainforests are now releasing more carbon than they absorb, scientists confirm for the first time” – Jul 2021 “Record-breaking all-time-high ‘pressure-cooker’ heatwave hits Canada, US northwest” – Jun 2021

Ladakh Adopts State Animal and Bird

Context : Ladakh has adopted two endangered species, snow leopard and black-necked crane, as State animal and State bird, two years after it was carved out as a separate Union Territory (UT) from the erstwhile State of J&K. Snow Leopard: The snow leopard (Panther unica) and black-necked crane (Grus nicricollis). Snow leopard, whose numbers are

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