Insights into Editorial: Total tree, forest cover in India increased by 5,188 sq km

Insights into Editorial: Total tree, forest cover in India increased by 5,188 sq km     Context: The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, released the biennial “India State of Forest Report (ISFR)”. The report is published by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) which has been mandated to assess the forest and …

Insights into Editorial: India needs a bottom-up growth model

Insights into Editorial: India needs a bottom-up growth model Introduction: China and India, the two most populous countries in the world, both embarked on new journeys around the same time. More than 70 years later, China has progressed much faster. India, other the other hand, is yet to reach the development indicators that China attained …

Insights into Editorial: Governance Index: On study of States on governance

Insights into Editorial: Governance Index: On study of States on governance Context: Minister of State for Personnel launched the Good Governance Index (GGI). December 25, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was declared Good Governance Day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. The GGI had been “scientifically designed” to reflect …

Insights into Editorial: Decisive shift: On Chief of Defence Staff

Insights into Editorial: Decisive shift: On Chief of Defence Staff Context: Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved the creation of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post. It will be a four-star post. The country will soon get its first Chief of Defence Staff. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to create this post from Red …

Insights into Editorial: Atal Bhujal Yojana — Why a scheme for groundwater

Insights into Editorial: Atal Bhujal Yojana — Why a scheme for groundwater Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Atal Bhujal Yojana on the occasion of 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Central Government has allocated Rs. 6000 crores for this scheme. According to government, the Atal Bhujal Yojana has been …

Insights into Editorial: Key steps to kick-starting the economy

Insights into Editorial: Key steps to kick-starting the economy   Current status of the Economy: From the level of 8.1% in the fourth quarter of 2017-18, quarterly GDP growth fell to 4.5% in the second quarter of 2019-20, a fall of 3.6 percentage points. This steady decline must have had an adverse impact on employment …

Insights into Editorial: What connects the NPR, NRIC and Census?

Insights into Editorial: What connects the NPR, NRIC and Census? In News: As protests spread all across the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 and the proposed National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC), West Bengal and Kerala suspended work related to the preparation and update of the National Population Register (NPR) in their …

Insights into Editorial: Making capital out of political rivalry

Insights into Editorial: Making capital out of political rivalry Context: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy hinted that the South African model of three capitals was best suited in his State and that his government would work towards this. In South Africa, the administrative capital is in Pretoria, its national legislature in Cape …

Insights Into Editorial: Why is it taking so long to label fast food?

Insights into Editorial: Why is it taking so long to label fast food?   In News: The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) unveiled a new study which showed that salt and fat in an array of “junk food” was well above proposed regulatory thresholds. The packaged and fast foods analysed were chips, savouries, pizzas …

Insights Into Editorial: Unfulfilled promise: On Personal Data Protection Bill

Insights Into Editorial: Unfulfilled promise: On Personal Data Protection Bill Context: India’s Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 starts encouragingly, seeking to protect “the privacy of individuals relating to their personal data”. But by the end, it is clear it is not designed to deliver on the promise. It rightly requires handlers of data to abide …

Insights into Editorial: Ironing out the wrinkles in trade disputes adjudication

Insights into Editorial: Ironing out the wrinkles in trade disputes adjudication Context: WTO appellate body has become dysfunctional as two of the three remaining judges has retired. The US has stalled appointments of members in the appellate body of WTO’s dispute settlement system. Presently, there was only one active Appellate Body member left. This makes …

Insights into Editorial: Disha Bill: What are the highlights of Andhra Pradesh’s new law?

Insights into Editorial: Disha Bill: What are the highlights of Andhra Pradesh’s new law? Context: Andhra Pradesh Assembly passed the Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill 2019 (Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law Amendment Act 2019) to award death sentences to convicts in rape cases within 21 days. The Disha Bill provides for awarding death sentence to criminals found …

Insights into Editorial: The distinct cry of an imperiled frontier

Insights into Editorial: The distinct cry of an imperiled frontier Context: The outburst against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, or CAB, (now an Act, or CAA) in the Northeast has left many outside the region confounded. Tensions remain high after protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act turned violent in New Delhi, with police using tear gas to …

Insights into Editorial: India’s food basket must be enlarged

Insights into Editorial: India’s food basket must be enlarged Introduction: India is ranked 102 in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) out of 117 qualified countries. With the increase in prevalence of wasting (low weight for height) among children under five contributing the most to the country’s poor performance. Hunger is defined by caloric deprivation; protein …

Insights into Editorial: Not many lessons learnt from water planning failures

Insights into Editorial: Not many lessons learnt from water planning failures Introduction: Following the massive water crisis across India in the summer of 2019, the Central government hurriedly launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA), a time-bound, mission-mode water conservation campaign to be carried out in two phases, across the 255 districts having critical and over-exploited …

Insights into Editorial: Iraq’s autumn of discontent

Insights into Editorial: Iraq’s autumn of discontent Introduction: Iraq has endured four decades of near ceaseless depredations with three ‘Mother of All Battles’, economic sanctions, occupation, and existential duels with al Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS). Recently, it has been crippled by agitations led by youth railing against an inapt and corrupt leadership. They …

Insights into Editorial: An Asian engine driven by India and China

Insights into Editorial: An Asian engine driven by India and China Introduction: The world today is undergoing a fundamental transformation and there are several facets to the emerging uncertainty. Today, the momentum in manufacturing activity has weakened to levels unseen since the global financial crises. Investor and business confidence even in emerging markets is at …

Insights into Editorial: Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Bill amidst Opposition outcry

Insights into Editorial : Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Bill amidst Opposition outcry Context: The Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) that seeks to give citizenship to refugees. The purpose of this bill is to give Indian citizenship to illegal migrants of 6 communities (Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, and Parsi) belong to Pakistan, …

Insights into Editorial: Climate warnings: On unmet emission goals

Insights into Editorial : Climate warnings: On unmet emission goals Context: Perhaps the most pressing and important crisis facing the international community today is climate change. Leaders from more than 200 countries have gathered in Madrid for the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that runs …