Summary-The Hindu-Neither New Nor Undesirable

Author: D. Shyam Babu Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has moved towards lateral entry in government service and has invited applications from “talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building” to be appointed as joint secretaries in 10 Departments/ Ministries at the Center. The lateral entry decision is based on the assumption … Continue reading Summary-The Hindu-Neither New Nor Undesirable

The Nine-dash Line

Source: The Hindu What is the ‘nine-dash’ line? The ‘nine-dash line’ stretches hundreds of kilometers south and east of its southerly Hainan Island, covering the strategic Paracel and Spratly island chains. China lays its claims on these islands by citing 2,000 years of history when the two island chains were regarded as its integral parts. … Continue reading The Nine-dash Line

What is International Solar Alliance?

Author: TCA Sharad Raghavan Source: The Hindu The International Solar Alliance (ISA) was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris on November 30, 2015. The idea was to form a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to collaborate on addressing the identified gaps … Continue reading What is International Solar Alliance?

Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail

The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is a method that provides feedback to voters. It is an independent verification printer machine and is attached to electronic voting machines. It allows voters to verify if their vote has gone to the intended candidate. VVPATs are a second line of verification and are particularly useful in … Continue reading Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail

Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or ‘Quad’

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD) is an informal strategic dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India that is maintained by talks between member countries. The dialogue was initiated in 2007 by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. The quadrilateral grouping had first met in 2007, it was unable to sustain momentum as China expressed concerns about what it saw as an attempt at containment by … Continue reading Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or ‘Quad’