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How Governor’s rule and President’s rule set J&K apart from other states (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

The state has been under central rule eight times, and moved from Governor’s rule to President’s rule (after six months) on two of those occasions. When Jammu & Kashmir comes under President’s rule later this month, it will be for the first time since October 9, 1996, when the Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference took over … Continued

National Medical Devices Promotion Council to be set up under DIPP (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Economics)

To give a fillip to the medical device sector, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, announced setting up of a National Medical Devices Promotion Council under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. The Medical Devices Industry (MDI) plays a critical role … Continued

Guidelines for Ground Water Extraction Notified, to be Effective From 1st June 2019 (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Environment)

In order to comply with various directions of the Hon’ble NGT and to address various shortcomings in the existing guidelines of ground water extraction, the Central Ground Water Authority, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on 12th December 2018 notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction vide notification S.O. No. 6140 (E), … Continued

Why the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is so deeply contested (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

What is the proposal? The winter session of Parliament may see the government push for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill of 2016. The proposed law, which amends the original Citizenship Act of 1955, mandates that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan will not be treated as illegal immigrants despite having … Continued

Analysis of State government political affiliations (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Presence of Congress Returning to power in a large chunk of the Hindi heartland after recent assembly elections, the Congress has considerably increased its sphere of influence, the population it rules surged threefold to 21% of the country’s total. The party’s defeat in Mizoram, where it had its last government in the Northeast, appears as … Continued

Coal imports and production (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III)

Trend in coal imports The value of India’s coal imports have risen by 38.2% to Rs.1,38,477 crore in 2017-18. However, the quantity of coal imports has increased only by 9.1% from 190.95MT to 208.27MT during this period. The increase in value of coal imports is primarily due to: i. Increase in international coal price leading … Continued

Crop Production (Relevant for GS Prelims)

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) fixes target for the production of foodgrains in the country annually. The target for the production of foodgrains has been fixed at 290.25 million tonnes for the 2018-19.The production of foodgrains in the country has been estimated at 284.83 million tonnes (4th Advance Estimates) for 2017-18, … Continued

Space Activities Bill (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III)

The Government has invited suggestions from the public or stakeholders regarding the draft Space Activities Bill, 2017. The objective of the Space Bill is to facilitate the overall growth of the space activities in India with higher order of participation of public/ non-governmental/ private sector stakeholders.           What are its provisions? The Bill provides for establishment … Continued




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