Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Pact

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Pact: Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan recently said that he hoped India would “reassess” its stand on regional trading agreements such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact that India withdrew from in 2019. India had “a crucial role” to play in helping the region build an inclusive architecture […]

MANAS: App To Promote Wellbeing Across Age Groups.

MANAS App: The Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India launched the “MANAS” App to promote wellbeing across age groups. MANAS which stands for Mental Health and Normalcy Augmentation System was endorsed as a national program by the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). MANAS is a comprehensive, scalable, and national […]

Mettur-Sarabanga Lift Irrigation Project

Mettur-Sarabanga Lift Irrigation Project: National Green Tribunal has allowed the Tamil Nadu government to proceed with the Mettur-Sarabanga lift irrigation project and has dismissed an application seeking a stay on the project. The application claimed that prior environmental clearance was not obtained before work for the project commenced. It also alleged irregularity in the construction […]

Child Labour And Forced Labour In India

Child Labour And Forced Labour In India: A recent study has raised the issue of ambiguity about definitions of child labour and forced labour in India, especially for sugarcane producing states of Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh. The study was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Coca-Cola Company. Findings […]

S-400 Missile System: India And Russia Deal

S-400 Missile System:: Russian Ambassador to India Nikolai Kudashev recently confirmed that both India and Russia are “committed” to completing their contract for the S-400 missile system, due to be delivered to India at the end of the year. He said both countries opposed U.S. sanctions on the issue. The S-400 deal could attract sanctions […]

Pterosaur Species : Important Points

The Pterosaur Species: Researchers have described a pterosaur species with opposable thumbs, which could likely be the earliest-known instance of the limb. The pterosaur species were reptiles, close cousins of dinosaurs and the first animals after insects to evolve powered flight. They evolved into various species; while some were as large as an F-16 fighter […]

Gruppe S : Germany’s Far-Right Group

Germany’s far-right group (Gruppe S): The trial of 11 individuals who are believed to be members of Germany’s far-right group called “Gruppe S” (Group S) began in the city of Stuttgart. These 11 members are suspected of planning attacks on mosques, asylum centres and the German parliament. According to the German government, the organisation was […]

India’s Public Debt Level Among The Emerging Economies

India’s Public Debt: As per Moody’s Investors Service, India’s public debt level is among the highest in emerging economies with a quantitative easing programme underway, while its debt affordability is among the weakest. Public debt is the total amount borrowed by the government of a country. In the Indian context, public debt includes the total […]