Insights into Editorial: Is AI a danger to humanity?

Insights into Editorial: Is AI a danger to humanity? What is Artificial Intelligence? Since the invention of computers, their capability to perform various tasks went on growing exponentially. Their processing speed has increased and size is reduced phenomenally with respect to time.  Artificial Intelligence pursues creating the computers as intelligent as humans. Artificial Intelligence is …

Insights into Editorial: Stemming the tide of agrarian distress

Insights into Editorial: Stemming the tide of agrarian distress Context: India is mainly an agricultural country. Agriculture is the most important occupation for 60% of the population either directly or indirectly. It is the basic foundation of economic development. It is not merely a source of livelihood but a way of life. It is the …

Insights into Editorial: Can banking recover?

Insights into Editorial: Can banking recover?   Context: State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) disclosed that it has discovered around Rs 11,400 crore worth of fraudulent transactions. The lender named firms and people associated with billionaire jeweller to conspire with some of its officials to defraud the bank using bank guarantees.  This bank fraud is another cause …

Insights into Editorial: Adopting a ‘wait and watch’ approach

Insights into Editorial: Adopting a ‘wait and watch’ approach Context: India and Iran have cultural, economic and other relations with each other since the last many centuries. During his recent India’s visit, Iran’s President has expressed willingness to share its vast oil and natural gas resources with India for the prosperity of its people and …

Insights into Editorial: Planning for electric mobility

Insights into Editorial: Planning for electric mobility Context: Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Last year, the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, attributed to air pollution an estimated 6.5 million premature deaths globally, with 1.1 million being from India. The World Health Organisation’s urban air …

Insights into Editorial: India remains in the best position to help us

Insights into Editorial: India remains in the best position to help us   Context: The Maldives remains in crisis after President Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on February 5, following the Supreme Court overturning the imprisonment of his political rivals. Background: The series of events Maldives government has declared state of emergency in wake of the …

Insights into Editorial: As the borders begin to close

Insights into Editorial: As the borders begin to close   Context: Remittances are a lifeline for developing countries. Remittances to low- and middle-income countries are on course to recover in 2017 after two consecutive years of decline as per World Bank’s report. Remittances growth to the South Asia region is moderate due to continuing impact of lower …

Insights into Editorial: Fixing delivery

Insights into Editorial: Fixing delivery   Context: For better targeting of subsidies and plugging leakages, the government plans to roll out direct benefit transfer for fertiliser subsidy across the country. The fertiliser subsidy will be given directly to the manufacturer after capturing the Aadhaar number through a point-of-sale (PoS) device of the farmer on purchase …

Insights into Editorial: Is the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery fair?

Insights into Editorial: Is the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery fair?   Context: The sharing of waters of the Kaveri River has been the source of a serious conflict between the two states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Recently Supreme Court pronounced its verdict in Cauvery river water dispute. While the Supreme Court awarded additional 14.75 TMC of Cauvery water to Karnataka, it reduced …

Insights into Editorial: Should Supreme Court proceedings be live-streamed?

Insights into Editorial: Should Supreme Court proceedings be live-streamed? Context: Senior Advocate has filed a petition in the Supreme Court that seeks to live stream the Supreme Court hearings of cases/proceedings of matters of constitutional and national importance that impact the public at large. This petition, filed under Article 32 of the Constitution aims to further the principle of …

Insights into Editorial: Woods and trees

Insights into Editorial: Woods and trees Context: Forest Survey of India, an organization under Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change recently published ‘India State of Forest Report 2017’ based on satellite imagery. The report presented a net positive balance in the form of 24.4% of India’s land under some form of forest cover. India …

Insights into Editorial: Adapting better to climate change

Insights into Editorial: Adapting better to climate change Context: While there are on-going efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and restrict global warming to below 2°C or even below 1.5°C, there are also efforts to adaptation to Climate Change that help us live in a world where average global temperatures are rising. What is Adaptation? …

Insights into Editorial: For India, it should be neighbourhood first

Insights into Editorial: For India, it should be neighbourhood first Context: Indian presence in global matters is increasing. For the first time, on this year’s republic day, the leaders of ASEAN shared stage with our PM. The historic gathering came just two months after Indian PM visited Manila to attend the ASEAN Summit which coincided …

Insights into Editorial: States of health

Insights into Editorial: States of health   Context: NITI Aayog released recently a comprehensive Health Index report titled, “Healthy States, Progressive India”. The report ranks states and Union territories innovatively on their year-on-year incremental change in health outcomes, as well as, their overall performance with respect to each other. The report said common challenges for …

Insights into Editorial: Are fiscal risks increasing?

Insights into Editorial: Are fiscal risks increasing?   Context: The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act was enacted in 2003 which set targets for the government to reduce fiscal deficits. The targets were breached time and again.  Finance Minister deferred the fiscal deficit target of 3.2% due to several factors such as low GST collections, …

Insights into Editorial: Big discoveries have small origins

Insights into Editorial: Big discoveries have small origins   Context: Innovations in science and technology are integral to the long-term growth of any nation and have instrumental and intrinsic value for society. Though India can point to many contributions to global scientific knowledge, it underspends on R&D even relative to its development. Economic Survey 2017-18 …

Insights into Editorial: Should States have their own flags?

Insights into Editorial: Should States have their own flags? Context: The Karnataka state government recently set up a panel to explore if the state can have its own separate flag. The Panel includes bureaucrats and academics to advice on the legality of the issue and also suggest a design for the state flag. The only state …