South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)

South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program of Asian Development Bank (ADB) is expanding towards the East with Myanmar formally becoming the 7th member of SASEC in 2017. Myanmar is key to realizing greater connectivity and stronger trade and economic relations between the SASEC sub-region and the countries of East and Southeast Asia and that Myanmar’s membership in SASEC can offer a host of opportunities for realizing synergies from economic cooperation in the sub-region. SASEC member countries recognize that most of SASEC’s multimodal connectivity initiatives include Continue reading →

Renewable energy

Ques. “India has great potential for solar rooftop projects which has not been exploited fully at present. Policy & regulatory interventions are required for India so as to lead the league of pioneer countries of the world in the field of renewable energy”, while considering the given statement describe the initiatives adopted by the government to promote renewable energy sector of the country. Highlights the challenges and measures required. Why recently in news? Union Minister of State (IC) for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Continue reading →


Ques. Critically analyse the role of PRAGATI in the simplification of the governance process. PRAGATI – the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. PRAGATI is speeding up decision-making processes in vital projects and important areas of governance. Spirit of problem-solving and swift implementation, which is being generated through the PRAGATI interactions, is gradually spreading to all areas of governance. PRAGATI helps in the review of the implementation of key issues pertaining to ex-servicemen such as delay in pension and retirement benefits. Why Continue reading →

MoU between India and Seychelles

Ques. Write a brief note on  bilateral relationship between India and Seychelles. Describe their recent bilateral ties. The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Renewable Energy Cooperation between India and Seychelles in March, 2015, during the visit of the Prime Minister to Seychelles. The objective of the MoU is to strengthen, promote and develop renewable energy cooperation between the two countries on the basis of equality and Continue reading →

Generation of Black Money in the Country

Ques. Critically describe the measures under taken by the government to curb the menace of black money in the country. The Government has taken effective measures to curb the menace of black money. Such measures includes: (i) introduction of a comprehensive new law in the ongoing Budget Session 2015, specifically to deal with black money stashed abroad – The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of Tax) Bill, 2015 – inter alia, providing for stringent penalties (equal to three times the amount of tax payable) Continue reading →

National Foundation for Corporate Governance

Ques. Describe the aims and objectives and the concept of setting up National Foundation for Corporate Governance in India. The objectives of National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NFCG) set up in 2003, as per the Trust Deed, are as under: • To provide a platform to deliberate issues relating to good corporate governance as the key to sustainable wealth creation; • To sensitize corporate leaders on the importance of good corporate governance, self-regulation and directorial responsibilities-statutory, social and environmental; • To stimulate and to facilitate Continue reading →


Ques. Critically analyse the measures adopted by the government to promote Homoeopathy across the nation. The Central Government has constituted Central Council of Homoeopathy under the provisions of Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 to regulate education and practice of Homoeopathy. The Central Government has also established an apex Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy to carry out research activities in different aspects of Homoeopathy. It has a network of 22 research centers and 05 Homoeopathic treatment centers and is carrying out intramural research including collaboration Continue reading →

Social media

Ques. Social media is the best platform to reach out to people across India and the world in the process of governance and establishing healthy bilateral relation with other countries. It is sync with his vision of a digital India, where technology plays a pivotal role in Governance and policy making. Critically discuss. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has joined Chinese social media platform Weibo. The Prime Minister is an avid and active user of social media for several years now. He has used Continue reading →

Indian film industry to nurture universal human values

Ques. “Cinema in India crosses all boundaries of region, caste, creed and religion, reflects the immense diversity of our nation which is home to different cultures, religions and languages”, Critically analyse the role of Indian cinema towards highlighting the Indian Indian culture across the world. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the 62nd National Film Awards yesterday (May 3, 2015) in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the President said cinema has been an integral part of Indian culture and entertainment from the Continue reading →

Indo – French Naval Exercise Varuna 2015

Indo-French naval exercise (VARUNA), ten day long exercise commenced on 23 April 2015 and included both a harbour and sea phase. VARUNA aims at deriving mutual benefit from the experiences of the two navies. The confidence gained through such exercises helps develop Standard Operating Procedures, particularly in the fields of Joint Maritime Air Operations Planning with exchange of Carrier Operational Capabilities. The other joint exercises included Coordinated Anti-Submarine Exercises, Surface Exercises, Cross Deck Flying, Damage Control and Fire Fighting, Air Defence, Firing Drills, Air to Continue reading →