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National Agriculture Market(NAM)

    National Agriculture Market (NAM): National Agriculture Market (NAM) is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities. Single National Agriculture Market (NAM) in the country, with a view to enable farmers to get abetter price and for consumers to pay a lower… Continue reading National Agriculture Market(NAM)

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Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs)

      Context: Recently, there is an high incidence of glitches in the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)machines in by-elections should be a major cause of concern for the Election Commission of India. Fresh polling had to be ordered in dozens of booths in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra as a consequence.   What… Continue reading Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs)

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Green push

    Context: Recently, Union Cabinet approved a National policy on Biofuels that seeks to not only help farmers dispose of their surplus stock in an economic manner but also reduce India’s oil-import dependence. National policy on Biofuels primarily tries toaddress supply-side issues that have discouraged the production of biofuels within the country. It allows… Continue reading Green push

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OPINION: India shouldn’t join OBOR until issues of CPEC clear

Background: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China’s ambitious project for increasing connectivity and economic cooperation within Eurasia. OBOR strategy is often reported as China’s ambitious push to take a bigger role in global affairs and expand its friend circle India’s present stand on OBOR: Its principal objection was that CPEC passed through Pakistan-occupied… Continue reading OPINION: India shouldn’t join OBOR until issues of CPEC clear

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India’s air pollution crisis

      Context: A new report from the World Health Organisation highlights not only how widespread air pollution is in urban India, but also how deficient air quality monitoring is. Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Last year, the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, attributed… Continue reading India’s air pollution crisis

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We need Aadhaar, not just for phones

  Background: India’s Unique Identification project is the world’s largest biometrics-based identity programme.Initially, the project had a limited aim – to stop theft and pilferage from India’s social welfare programmes by correctly identifying the beneficiaries using their biometrics. But now, the use of Aadhaar is expanding into newer areas, including business applications. From food rations… Continue reading We need Aadhaar, not just for phones

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Food first: on child nutrition

    Introduction: The central principle that should guide the Centre in improving maternal and child nutrition is thatearly childhood is the foundation for the health and well-being of an individual. Tinkering with the existing national programme ofproviding hot-cooked meals to children three to six years old, and take-home rations for younger children and pregnant… Continue reading Food first: on child nutrition

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Rampant evergreening in Indian pharma industry

    Background: Accessible and affordable medicines are of utmost importance for any needy patient. In a developing country like India and many of its counterparts, generic drugs will be the panacea. India’s rejections for ‘secondary patents’ are commendable. Introduction: India is the largest provider of generic drugsglobally with the Indian generics accounting for 20… Continue reading Rampant evergreening in Indian pharma industry