Insights Daily Current Events, December 03, 2013

ARCHIVES December 03, 2013 NATIONAL Panel wants minimum wage linked to MGNREGA levels A committee set up by the Ministry of Rural Development to revise wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has come up with suggestions that would likely provide solutions to the long-standing issues relating to disparity in earnings …

Insights Daily Current Events, December 02, 2013

ARCHIVES December 02, 2013 INTERNATIONAL India feels SCO can play a bigger role in Afghanistan India has called for a greater role by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in rebuilding and stabilizing Afghanistan. Since bulk of the SCO’s members and observers are Afghanistan’s neighbours. However, Iran’s opposition of the West and the SCO’s tendency of …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 30, 2013

ARCHIVES INTERNATIONAL India offers to train Sri Lankan Navy officers In the backdrop of discussions regarding maritime issues in the Indian Ocean region, The Indian Navy has offered to train Sri Lankan Navy officers. In this regard, the Sri Lankan Navy officers would be put under a four-year Bachelor of Technology course, now being offered …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 29, 2013

ARCHIVES November 29, 2013 NATIONAL Anti-poverty schemes ineffective: study An analysis done in the Planning Commission reveals that the anti-poverty programmes are leaky and inefficient, unable to lift Indians out of poverty. It shows India can close the poverty gap by spending just a fraction of its annual anti-poverty budget. The cost of pushing all …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 28, 2013

ARCHIVES November 28, 2013 NATIONAL RUSA, a way to fund more institutions Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), the national higher education mission, is a way to provide funding to larger number of institutions. The funding will be based on performance indicators relevant to students, faculty, and research. This would benefit those institutions which did not …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 23, 2013

ARCHIVES November 23, 2013 NATIONAL GST Panel rejects proposal to include GST in Union List The Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST) has recommended substantial changes in the Constitutional Amendment Bill proposed by the government. Changes recommended: The panel wants a mechanism for compensation to the States that will …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 22, 2013

ARCHIVES November 22, 2013 NATIONAL Union Government and the Naga insurgents begin fresh negotiations The Union government and the leaders of the largest Naga insurgent group have begun a fresh round of negotiations, hoping to come to terms on a political settlement of the decades-old conflict. According to certain sources, the talks were centred around …

Insights Daily Current Events November 15, 2013

ARCHIVES DOWNLOAD OUR FREE MAGAZINE November 15, 2013  NATIONAL Northeast a major hub for trafficking in gecko The northeast has emerged as a major hub for trafficking in gecko in the last one year. This came to light following the recent arrest of several persons, including a former militant leader. Rhinos, tigers and elephants have …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 14, 2013

October 2013 – Magazine ARCHIVES November 14, 2013 NATIONAL Union Govt. rejects CBI’s demands The Centre has rejected the CBI’s demand for complete functional autonomy and vesting its Director with the powers of a government Secretary. CBI’s demands: The CBI had said its Director should report ‘directly’ to the Minister concerned as the agency faced …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 12, 2013

ARCHIVES Insights Magazine October 2013 November 12, 2013 NATIONAL Centre Govt. plans fresh headcount of Jats for job quota The Centre would undertake a fresh survey to identify Jats in six States, taking into account variants in their surnames, for taking a call on including the community in the list of other backward classes (OBC) …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 11, 2013

OUR FREE MAGAZINE ARCHIVES November 11, 2013 NATIONAL  Ageing dams not being decommissioned A report by International Rivers, an NGO campaigning against destructive dam projects worldwide, has highlighted the absence of policies regarding decommissioning of old dams in India. Ageing dams are a serious concern in India. What does the report says? The report reviews …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 09, 2013

October 2013 – Magazine ARCHIVES November 09, 2013 NATIONAL Gauhati High Court’s verdict on CBI formation & CBI’s Identity Crisis Just recently, had the Gauhati High Court quashed the Union Home Ministry’s resolution by which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was constituted in 1963. Following which, the Central Government is going for an appeal …

In The Clamour Against Durga’s Suspension, There Is None To Care About Thulasi Maddineni’s Demotion

Double standards have always been the norm in this country. At the macro level, most of the time they are borne out of political expediency. The suspension of Durga Nagpal by the Uttar Pradesh government and the clamour for her reinstatement by the opposition parties and media is something nothing short of double standard considering …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day 10

QUESTIONS ASKED – DAY-10 (29/07/2013) 1) In the light of WGEEP report and HLWG report on Western Ghats, discuss the major recommendations and their implications – if implemented – on the stakeholders of the region. 2)“In the Indian context, sustainable development and urbanization are antithetical to each other”. Comment. RESPONSES: cppcontrol July 29, 2013 at 12:40 …

Power Dynamics – Demand, Supply, Consumption and Losses of Power In India, A Case Study

Guest Article: Paulraj V. Power consumption keeps on increasing year after the year as the economy grows and population increases. In olden days we used to have around  5 to 6 power points(like lights/ fans / Heaters etc) in the houses of middle class. But today there 25 power points in a house of middle class …