"The next world war will be over water" - Ismail Serageldin, World Bank Vice President. At a time when there is ongoing tension between India and Pakistan over water-sharing (read Indus Water Treaty), China too is adding up pressure. Chinese Dams and Hydro-electric projects in Brahmaputra is … [Read more...] about China’s Lalho Dam Project: Should India worry?
Current Affairs Notes
The Indus Water Treaty (IWT) is a water-distribution treaty between India and Pakistan signed on September 19, 1960. The treaty was signed by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan's President Ayub Khan. It was brokered by the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and … [Read more...] about Indus Water Treaty: Everything you need to know
The government of India runs hundreds of schemes - under Central Plan and Central Assistance to States Plan. Not only in UPSC exams, but also in other competitive exams, the Government schemes are a hot topic. Many questions are repeatedly asked in UPSC preliminary exam regarding Government … [Read more...] about 100+ Government Schemes and the Implementing Ministries
Projects like Smart Cities, Dedicated Freight Corridors, High-speed railways etc require huge, long-term investment. From where does this money come from? Government of India had announced setting up of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) in 2015 budget. The fund was eventually set up … [Read more...] about National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)
The International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is the ship, rail, and road route for moving freight between India, Russia, Iran, Europe, and Central Asia. The primary goal of INSTC is to enhance connectivity and promote trade and economic cooperation among these regions Read here to learn … [Read more...] about International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC)
Organisations and Indices published by them are important question areas for UPSC CSE. Know more about indices and organisations. In the last post, we wrote about the names of reports published by various organisations and their importance in UPSC exams. In this post, as a continuation, we … [Read more...] about Indices and Organisations: Memorize Faster
Organisations and Reports published by them are among the favourite question areas of UPSC. Know more about the names of the reports and organisations which publish them. UPSC had tested the knowledge of aspirants about the names of reports published by various organisations in Civil Services … [Read more...] about Names of Reports published by Organisations: Memorize Faster
China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy (in PPP terms). It possesses the world's largest foreign exchange reserves and has more than 30 companies in the FT 500 list of the world's largest companies. 'The Chinese Rise' and 'The Chinese Century' are phrases commonly … [Read more...] about Is China buying the world? Review of Global Banking Scenario
India successfully tested the launched of indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter the atmosphere, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. RLV is dubbed as India’s own space shuttle. (The 'Space Shuttle' was a partially … [Read more...] about India’s Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV): Everything you need to know
In this post, we discuss the Anti-Defection Law which is part of Indian Constitution since 1985. The law sets the provisions for disqualification of elected members on the grounds of defection to another political party (Eg: If elected MPs of Congress shift their allegiance to BJP or vice versa). We … [Read more...] about Anti-Defection Law: Is it time for reconsideration?