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27 May 2017
You are an Indian diplomat send to china to negotiate on border issue. The diplomat you work with Mr. Xi is a senior diplomat and in a decision taking position. He has great fondness for Indian culture. And his soft side makes him agree to some Indian demands which otherwise might not go through that easily. The pact is to be finalized in the next week but other modalities have to be worked out. On Saturday Mr Xi invites you for a Chinese dinner at a famous restaurant. On the way, back he insists to drop you at your hotel…
27 May 2017
SAMADHAN It is a new strategy against the Maoists recently announced by Home Minister. SAMADHAN’ means- S- Smart Leadership A- Aggressive Strategy M- Motivation and Training A- Actionable Intelligence D- Dashboard Based KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KRAs (Key Result Areas) H- Harnessing Technology A- Action plan for each Theatre N- No access to Financing Two-pronged strategy of security and development, which was followed till now to counter Maoist terror is about to be revamped. In a recent meeting of Union home minister with CMs of Left-wing extremism (LWE) affected states, new committee has been set up to review security,…
27 May 2017
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change has notified rules that prevents sale of cows, buffaloes and other bovines for slaughter at markets across the country. The Centre notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017. As per the notification those who wish to sell cattle (bulls, cows, buffaloes, camels etc.) in the market, can do it only after making a formal statement that the animals were not sold for slaughter. The notification also contains provisions to prevents cruel transport and treatment of animals. How will the verification of buyers take place: The buyers…
26 May 2017
Bail or jail: Recommendations of the Law commission on bail law reforms The report of the Law commission on bail law reforms deserve urgent attention. The commission in its 268th report has highlighted that at present it has become a norm for the rich to get bail whereas the poor languish in jails. The commission headed by the former Supreme Court judge B.S Chauhan observed that the existing system of bail in India is inadequate and inefficient and has so far failed to achieve its purpose. Recommendations made by the Law commission: It is the duty of those administering criminal…
25 May 2017
key features and significance of GST law Indian tax regime is complained to be complex by businesses over the world. This led to bad business practices in the country. To overcome this challenge, India developed GST regime with the ideal of "One country, one tax". Features and significance of GST are: Change of taxation from production to consumption: This will lead to reduce in revenue of production states. Central government promised to cover this revenue reduction. Elimination of Cascading of taxes: as all taxes will be covered within GST, there will be no Cascading of taxes. There will be a…
25 May 2017
Pakistan Air Force operationalizes all forward bases The Pakistan air force has operationalized all its forward bases in response to perceived Indian threats. Reports in the Pakistani media claimed that Pakistan air force fighter jets flew over Siachen, though India has denied any airspace violation in the area. The Indian Air Chief Marshal had recently written personal letters to each officer of the Indian Airforce. In the letter, he mentioned that in the present situation there exists a persistent sub-conventional threat and asked them to remain prepared for operations with our present holdings at a very short notice The sub…
24 May 2017
Should triple talaq be banned? There are four or five judgments like Dagdu Pathan v. Rahimbi case,Shamim Ara v. State of U.P. case etc where the triple talaq provision has been struck down as invalid. But it has not led to this practice being rooted out from our society. Arguments in favour of outlaw this practice from the society are as follows: It is the constitutional obligation of the government to enable Muslim women to obtain a level playing field Gender justice is a central tenet of the Koran and gender inequality and triple talaq are in violation of the…
24 May 2017
India must become a growth engine: PM In his inaugural address at the annual meeting of the African development bank, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that banking reforms and Aadhar have helped his government make big strides and transformed the lives of the poor. Over the last three years the two areas in which the performance of the government is significant are banking reforms and Aadhar, yielded a savings of $4 billion in cooking gas subsidies. The Prime minister even expressed satisfaction over the improvement of various macro-economic indicators but cautioned to remain focused on the challenges that remain. The…
23 May 2017
How seed vault in deep Arctic had a run-in with climate change The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV) facility is a vault on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway that contains humanity’s ultimate food security. Specifications of the vault: The facility was commissioned in 2008 and was built to withstand manmade and natural disasters. The government of Norway is responsible for administration and technical operation of the vault Each vault is approximately 27m long, 10m wide and 6m high The storage capacity of the vault is approximately 4.5 million seed samples Seeds are stored at -18 degree Celsius, in…
22 May 2017
Green energy target tough, say officials It is unlikely that the government will achieve its much-publicized target of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, according to the ministry of new and renewable energy. The government had announced a target of 40GW for rooftop solar power by 2022, but by December 2016 only 1.3 GW was achieved. This is a little more than 3 percent of the target. This is primarily because the roof top solar power generation is making poor progress. The ministry is also contemplating enhanced contribution from other sources, which include biogas and small hydropower to…