Context: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced the national rollout of a ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system in all states and Union Territories by March 2021. Background A new Central Sector Scheme on "Integrated Management of Public Distribution System (IM-PDS)" was launched by the Department of Food and Public Distribution mainly for the implementation of National Portability for the beneficiaries to lift the ... .
Updated on 15 May, 2020
Context: Recently both India & Italy courageously decided to strike a fine balance between the need to restore industrial activities and supply chains and the duty to continue protecting their citizens from the spread of the novel coronavirus. Similarity between India’s Lockdown 3.0 & “Phase 2” of Italy: Both countries have relaxed lockdown to kickstart their economies. Both countries need to put their economies and societies on hold to contain th... .
Updated on 13 May, 2020
Context: A gas leak, reminiscent of the 1984 Bhopal tragedy, has recently claimed at least 11 lives and affected thousands of residents in five villages in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. More about the news: The source of the leak was a styrene plant owned by South Korean electronics giant LG, located about 15 km from the coastal city. This may well be the first incident of mass exposure to styrene worldwide. According to the off... .
Updated on 12 May, 2020
Context: The Food Corporation of India (FCI) holds the key to warding off a looming crisis of hunger and starvation amidst the Covid 19 pandemic. Background: Evolution of FCI In its first decade operations, starting from 1965, the FCI was at the forefront of India’s quest of self-sufficiency in rice and wheat following the Green Revolution, managing procurement and stocking grain that supported a vast Public Distribution System (PDS). ... .
Updated on 5 May, 2020
Context: The government’s recent move to suspend the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for two years, has been criticized by all opposition parties unanimously. More on the news: The government’s reasoning to suspend these funds is to strengthen the government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of COVID-19 in the country. The non-operation of the MPLAD fund for two years will allow the go... .
Updated on 5 May, 2020
Context: The Saudi-led coalition began a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen’s long war in April,2020 saying it hoped the initiative would prevent coronavirus and lead to a wider political solution. About the war The Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2015 between two factions: the Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi-led Yemeni government and the Houthi armed movement, along with their supporters and allies. Both claim to constitute the offic... .
Updated on 10 April, 2020