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Who is T. Vijay Kumar, and what is he doing to promote natural farming in Andhra Pradesh? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Environment)

Like many other States, Andhra Pradesh is known for indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to the extent that residues found their way into mothers’ milk in a few villages in Guntur. As Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) takes root in Andhra Pradesh, promising to move away from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and rejuvenate … Continued

Comments Invited for Creation of National Health Stack (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

India today is witnessing significant trends in health: increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases for instance, as well as marked demographic shifts. Climbing out-of-pocket costs is becoming difficult for most households. What will be National Health Stack? The National Health Stack (NHS) envisages a centralized health record for all citizens of the country in order to … Continued

“Behdienkhlam” festival at Jowai, Meghalaya (Relevant for GS Prelims; Culture)

“Behdienkhlam” is Meghalaya Annual Cultural Festival, held every year at the small peripheral town of Jowai, Meghalaya. Jaintia Tribe festival Most popular festival of the Jaintia tribe, Behdienkhlam is celebrated in the month of July for good health, property and bumper harvest. Although Behdienkhlam is celebrated all over the Jaintia hills, the main spectacle happens … Continued

Why Assamese script wants its own slot, and what it has got instead (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

ISO recommends renaming of Bengali script as ‘Bengali-Assamese’; a look at what led to that move and why campaigners aren’t satisfied. Every character that we type on a keyboard has a unique code number. These numbers are encoded under a standard maintained by the Unicode Consortium, which also classifies characters according to the scripts they … Continued

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