Defence Indigenisation

Defence Indigenisation   Context: The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is laying a lot of stress on defence indigenisation, domestic procurement and defence exports. During the period 2015–2021, over 60 per cent of capital procurement contracts of the MoD by number (190 out of 304) and […]

China and Russia Relations

China and Russia Relations   Context: Recently, in a joint statement, China and Russia affirmed that their new relationship is superior to any political or military alliance of the Cold War The statement comes amid Russia’s standoff with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on Ukraine.   Background: Despite being […]

Central Media Accreditation Guidelines-2022

Central Media Accreditation Guidelines-2022     Context:   Recently, the Central government has released the Central Media Accreditation Guidelines-2022. Applications for accreditation are vetted by a Central Press Accreditation Committee headed by the DG, PIB. At present, there are 2,457 PIB-accredited journalists in the country.   […]

Sovereign Green Bonds

Sovereign Green Bonds   Context: Recently, the Finance Minister in the Budget 2022 announced that the government proposes to issue sovereign green bonds to mobilise resources for green infrastructure. The proceeds will be deployed in public sector projects which help in reducing the carbon intensity of the economy. The announcement is […]

Patent Waiver Plan for Vaccines

Patent Waiver Plan for Vaccines   Context: Recently, the Geneva Health Files, a Switzerland-based newsletter portal, revealed that a small group of World Trade Organisation (WTO)members were discussing to exclude drug manufacturers in India and China from prospective waivers to Intellectual Property Rights obligations under Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual […]

Draft Anti-Conversion Bill: Haryana

Draft Anti-Conversion Bill: Haryana   Context: Recently, the Haryana government released the draft of the Haryana Prevention of Unlawful Conversion of Religious Bill, 2022. The bill aims at prohibiting religious conversions which are affected through misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means […]

Sri Madhwacharya

Sri Madhwacharya   Context:   The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi paid his obeisances to Sri Madhwacharya on the occasion of Madhwa Navami. He has also shared a video of his speech which he delivered on the occasion of 7th Centenary Celebrations of Jagadguru Madhwacharya, […]