1. Killing the licence: The Government must give a more transparent account of its actions against NGOs. 2. Reining in the Direct Selling IndustryWhat is the recent notification by the Government to the Consumer Protection (Direct Selling) Rules, 2021? How has the industry responded?
1. Maximising the boost: India must test the feasibility of mixing vaccines to help enable informed choice 2. The efficiency myth of Aadhaar linking: The Government has made several dubious claims to push the Aadhaar project 3. THE MOVING TRIANGLE: Joint development of strategic Trincomalee oil tank farm by India, Sri Lanka could alter dynamic of Delhi-Beijing rivalry
1.Trade defence: A reflexive resort to the anti-dumping duty risks skewing market dynamics. 2. TWO NEW VACCINES, AN ORAL PILL AGAINST COVID-19, AND HOW THEY WORK
1. A progressive step: Formation of a panel to look into withdrawal of AFSPA from Nagaland is a welcome move. 2. The gaps in the plan to tackle plastic waste: The draft regulations on extended producer responsibility are retrogressive in their approach.
1. More, and for more: Boosters for the aged and vaccines for children can help India combat the virus
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1. A time for electoral reform: Union cabinet’s attention to streamlining preparation of voter lists is welcome. It must also take up other pending proposals. 2.Looking beyond the Forest Rights Act: Schemes and programmes already drafted for the tribal people need to be implemented everywhere. 3. Troubled waters: More efforts should be made to wean away fishermen from trawlers.
1. Thinking before linking: Despite progressive aspects, linking electoral rolls with Aadhaar raises apprehensions 2. The Code on Wages ‘legalises’ bonded labour; It allows employers to extend unlimited advances to workers and charge an unspecified interest rate on such loans
1. A strategic bulwark: India must redouble efforts towards Central Asia to counter the ‘Great Game’ rivalries 2. The sustained attack on federalism: Steps by the Union government have undermined the principles of federalism, especially fiscal federalism
1. Age and marriage: Focus must be on creating social awareness about women’s reproductive health and rights 2. Testing the red lines in the Iran nuclear talks; It presents itself as a path paved with uncertainties and risks failure if the players adopt a ‘Trumpian’ attitude 3.Though it is not a complete enumeration, NFHS helps us understand sex ratio trends
1. When the chips are down: The Semiconductor Mission can power the development of the chip and display industry 2. For an honest broker: Any offer from Russia to play the facilitator in talks with China must be scrutinised closely 3. The Joint Committee of Parliament on the Personal Data Protection Bill has tabled its report. A look at its proposals on the nature of data to be protected, liability of social media companies, and the implications.
1. Wrong forum: The attempt to securitise the climate change agenda could have unintended consequences 2. The WTO’s challenge to MSP is another frontier to cross; The need is to convince farmers of other effective policy interventions that are World Trade Organization compatible. 3. The Union Cabinet has cleared 21 years as the minimum marriage age for women, from 18 earlier. What laws will need to be changed to enforce this?
1. ‘VIHANGAM’- Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) at Mahanadi Coalfields Limited. 2. Cabinet clears push to raise marriage age of women from 18 to 21.
1. The NMP is hardly the panacea for growth in India; As the Government has also shown, there are out-of-the-box policy initiatives to revamp public sector businesses 2. Pain from prices: More fuel tax cuts are needed to prevent inflation from hurting the recovery 3. Agrifood life sciences ecosystem needs to be rebooted, filled with talent and catalysed with capital. It holds the key to agriculture’s future.
1. Deepening cooperation in technological domain with Britain makes strategic and economic sense for India
1. Electric Vehicle Policies: Demand generation schemes & targeted incentives boost Delhi’s EV policy 2. The evolution and framing of the Constitution: It does not impose, with reason, the same burden of accountability on the Judiciary as the Executive and the Legislature 3. The dream of being a chip hub: Many factors need to come together for India to make a mark in the niche chip industry
1. Goods and Services Tax as an unfinished agenda; Seen purely from a revenue point of view and as a fiscal policy tool, India’s GST is still on a rocky road 2. A cabinet nod to Ken-Betwa river link: What it envisages, who will benefit
1. A tragic loss: India must realise Gen. Rawat’s plans for genuine tri-service operational capabilities 2. Children and schooling in the post-COVID-19 era; India will have to confront bitter facts if it wants to prepare a recovery plan of any credible and practical value; 3. The latest World Inequality Report flags India as a poor and very unequal country, with the top 10% holding 57% of national income in 2021, and the bottom 50% holding just 13%. Breaking down the key findings
1. High LPG prices are scorching the air pollution fight. Reinstating subsidies on LPG refills for low-income households can help reverse families going back to polluting fuels 2. Low tobacco tax, poor health: The absence of an increase in tax on tobacco products post-GST has impacted revenue and could worsen public health 3. RBI must tackle surplus liquidity on way to policy normalisation
1. A robust friendship: India and Russia have to navigate a complex geopolitical landscape while deepening ties
1. India must invest robustly in the world’s largest social programme on early childhood services 2. Centre and states need to incentivise farmers to reduce rice cultivation to tackle pollution 3. ART Bill plugs longstanding regulatory deficit. Ways must be found to make it more inclusive
1. India must invest robustly in the world’s largest social programme on early childhood services. 2. Centre and states need to incentivise farmers to reduce rice cultivation to tackle pollution. 3. ART Bill plugs longstanding regulatory deficit. Ways must be found to make it more inclusive.
1. Elephants are victims of train collisions and electric fences in rising man-animal conflicts 2. The National Family Benefit Scheme is in urgent need of a new lease of life 3. Recast this apples-and-oranges ranking method; The NIRF’s ranking of State-run and centrally-funded higher education institutions on a common scale is problematic
1. Births and rights: Laws on reproductive rights must recognize differences in orientation, relationship choices 2. New geography of welfare 3. A white touch to a refreshed green revolution; The Amul model, of a socio-economic enterprise, has immense potential to aid India’s crop-growing farmers
1. Point of disorder: Disruption of proceedings , suspension of MPs undermine parliamentary democracy equally 2. The long awaited investment cycle in here
1. The E-vehicle Potential of India 2. Small grant but a big opportunity for local bodies; The earmarked health allocation recommended by the 15th Finance Commission can fulfil a mandate on primary care
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