Prof. David R. Syiemlieh takes Oath as Chairman, UPSC

Prof. David R. Syiemlieh took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, under clause (1) of Article 316 of the Constitution of India, today. The oath was administered by Shri Vinay Mittal, the senior most Member of the Commission, at a function at the UPSC office. Prof. Syiemlieh joined the Commission as Member on June 25, 2012 and was later on appointed to perform the duties of the post of Chairman, UPSC under Article 316 (1A) of the Constitution of India Continue reading →

Mizoram becomes 27th State to join UDAY

The Government of India and the State of Mizoram signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) today for operational improvement of the State’s Power Distribution Department. With the signing of MoU by Mizoram, the total States/ Union territories covered under UDAY will be 27. The MoU paves way for improving operational efficiency of the Power Distribution department of the State. Through compulsory Distribution Transformer metering, consumer indexing & GIS mapping of losses, upgrade/change transformers, meters etc., smart metering Continue reading →

PowerTex India

The Government has launched PowerTex India, a comprehensive scheme for powerloom sector development, simultaneously at over 45 locations in the country. The comprehensive scheme has the following components: In-situ Upgradation of Plain Powerlooms Group Workshed Scheme (GWS) Yarn Bank Scheme Common Facility Centre (CFC) Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme for Powerloom Weavers Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms Facilitation, IT, Awareness, Market Development and Publicity for Powerloom Schemes Tex Venture Capital Fund Grant-in-Aid and Modernisation & Upgradation of Powerloom Service Centres (PSCs)

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 →

PRAGATI

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 →

Homoeopathy

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 →