Sri Lanka has completed 10 years after civil war against Tamil millitants came to an end. Political solution ignored It must be acknowledged that the country has not achieved much tangible progress towards ethnic reconciliation, accountability for war-time excesses and constitutional reform that includes a political solution. The fruits of peace are limited to the … Continued
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1. The election dates for 17th general elections were announced on March 10, and the first phase of polling took place on April 11. The entire process took 11 weeks to complete; polling itself was spread over six weeks. The compulsions on the Election Commission of India to stretch the exercise into a painfully long-drawn … Continued
The World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) dispute settlement mechanism is going through a “crisis”: the body is struggling to appoint new members to its understaffed Appellate Body that hears appeals in trade. Unless the issue is resolved, the body could become defunct, and countries locked in international trade disputes will be left with no forum for … Continued
SIMBEX is the annual Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise. It was held for the first time in 1993. SIMBEX-19 was held recently. The exercise was conducted in South China Sea. (Source:http://pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1572249&RegID=3&LID=1)
Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. How did we get here? In 2017, the Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline by the court. How does this compare to other countries in the region? Vietnam decriminalised gay … Continued
What is Divergence in loan recognition? Divergence takes place when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) finds that a lender has under-reported (or not reported at all) bad loans in a particular year and hence asks the lender to make disclosures if under-reporting is more than 10% of bad loans or the provisioning. Which are … Continued
Falling exports The estimates for foreign trade show a sharp slowdown in merchandise export growth in April, to 0.64% from last earlier. If we do not count 31% increase in shipments of petroleum products to overseas markets, India’s export of goods actually contracted by over 3% in dollar terms last month. Analysis of decrease in … Continued
Despite assertions from the government that India “cannot afford to miss”, none of the Indian telecom companies figure in the list of 303 5G deployments by 20 operators in 294 locations across the globe. Currently, no limited or commercial deployments have been identified in India. Highest deployments in Switzerland Switzerland leads as the country with … Continued
Last week, Delhi police found that Rs 19 lakh had been fraudulently withdrawn from 87 accounts in three ATMs in the space of seven days. How was this done? A skimmer is a device designed to look like and replace the card insertion slot at an ATM. The skimmers, which cannot be usually spotted by … Continued
Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was born Iswarchandra Bandopadhyay on September 26, 1820, in Birsingha village of Midnapore district in a poor Brahmin family. Michael Madhusudan Dutt, the 19th century pioneer of Bengali drama, described Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar as having “the genius and wisdom of an ancient sage, the energy of an Englishman and the heart of … Continued