Tourism, Culture and Soft Power

The Hospitality, Travel and Tourism sector is a major driver of growth and employment in India where it made up 6.7 % of the GDP in 2014. The footfall of tourists in India has been steadily increasing. As a host to 35 world heritage sites, 10 bio-geographical zones and 26 biotic provinces, India has significant … Continue reading Tourism, Culture and Soft Power

Coastal Employment Zones

The China Example- In 1980s, China created very large Special Economic Zones (SEZs) along its coast. One of the best examples is the coastal city of Shenzhen in China, which from a group of fishing villages in 1980s has become the hardware capital of the world. The SEZ provided flexible land and labour markets, attractive … Continue reading Coastal Employment Zones

Raising Productivity in Agriculture

Boosting productivity in agriculture in a sustainable manner requires attention on four fronts – Irrigation; Seeds and fertilisers;New technology; and Shift to high-value farm products such as fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, chicken and fisheries. IRRIGATION Crop intensity and productivity, which are very important sources of growth in output and farmers’ incomes, are critically dependent … Continue reading Raising Productivity in Agriculture

Updated and Corrected – Shale Gas in India

(As there were some errors with the post 'Shale Gas in India' posted on 12/12/2018, an updated article is being posted below after correcting the errors. We regret any inconvenience caused.)   (Practice Questions: Q.1. Highlight the differences between 'conventional' and 'unconventional' hydrocarbons. What are the challenges faced by India in the extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons? … Continue reading Updated and Corrected – Shale Gas in India

NITI AAYOG SUMMARY – SEEDS AND FERTILIZERS

Practice Question – Judicious use of seeds and fertilizers is important to ensure increase in productivity in agriculture. What are the associated problems? Suggest remedial measures. – 250 words. Replacement of Seeds- Ideally, seeds must be replaced every year for hybrid and every three years for non-hybrid varieties. In the former case, the optimum seed … Continue reading NITI AAYOG SUMMARY – SEEDS AND FERTILIZERS

Shale Gas in India

(Practice Questions: Q.1. Highlight the differences between 'conventional' and 'unconventional' hydrocarbons. What are the challenges faced by India in the extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons? - 250 words. Q.2. Elucidate upon the nature and features of 'shale gas'. How far has India been successful in its shale gas exploration and extraction efforts? - 150 words. Q.3. … Continue reading Shale Gas in India

Rising footprint of China in South Asia

(Practice Question: There has been a significant increase in Chinese footprint in South Asia. Do you agree? What should be the course of action to be adopted by India? - 200 words.)   How China's influence in the South Asian Nations is rising vis-a-vis India: Nepal: Nepal has signed an agreement with China to use four … Continue reading Rising footprint of China in South Asia

Agricultural Marketing Reforms and Remunerative Prices for Farmers

Practice Questions: Q.1. Ensuring remunerative prices to farmers in India is intricately related to marketing of agricultural products. What reforms to the current framework of Agricultural Produce Market Committees are required to ensure higher prices to farmers? - 200 words. Q.2. The framework of Agricultural Produce Market Committees required wide ranging changes. Comment. - 150 words … Continue reading Agricultural Marketing Reforms and Remunerative Prices for Farmers

Social audits.

Practice Question: What do you understand by the term 'social audit'? How is 'social audit' different from 'development audit'? Highlight the objectives and advantages of 'social audits'.  - 200 words What is a social audit? A social audit is a way of measuring, understanding, reporting and ultimately improving an organization’s social and ethical performance. A … Continue reading Social audits.

Electoral Bonds and associated issues.

Practice Questions: Q.1. What do you understand by the term 'electoral bonds'? What are the benefits of introduction of electoral bonds compared to earlier methods of electoral funding? - 150 words. Q.2.  The government has recently introduced electoral bonds as a method of funding to political parties. Do you think electoral bonds would successfully tackle … Continue reading Electoral Bonds and associated issues.