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Swerving off the road:
Hasn’t given up on India’s participation:
A reset in ties required:
The U.S. angle:
Neighbourhood on board:
Contours of a compromise:
Two thousand years later, it may need both diplomacy and a push from Afghanistan and Central Asia to once again align the lines between India and China, if New Delhi and Beijing wish to ensure that the success they shared via the old Silk Route is given another chance. An important op-ed for Mains.
Happy days are here again!
Birthday celebrations- a consumerism:
The ritual of happiness:
Age-old definition of happiness:
The reality of happiness:
What then is the nature of happiness?
Surely this is not the happiness which the UN report refers to nor is it even part of the world view of the culture of the countries high up in the list. To find something close to this notion of happiness, they would have to walk the streets of societies in which people still happily smile through the rubble of their everyday world. This op-ed can be helpful in Essay writing.
Investment in people:
The road ahead:
With the growing realisation that development is a multidimensional achievement, the gains of economic reforms must help build capabilities and improve the health of all sections. Sustaining and improving the quality of life will depend on policies crafted to handle major emerging challenges such as urbanisation, the housing deficit, access to power, water, education and health care. The op-ed is important for Mains.
Readings of the Report:
Relevant to Asia-Pacific:
The Singapore example:
Sustainable Development Goals:
Put simply, water is life, and without a sustained commitment to improving and benefiting from effective wastewater management, that precious resource, and the billions of lives it nourishes, are in peril. An important read for both Mains and Prelims.
Free and Fair elections:
Intra- and inter-state variations:
Law and Order:
These results suggest that elections became more competitive and less likely to be manipulated by parties in power, which, in turn, had an impact on promoting development by increased provision of public goods. Read the topic for Mains, especially after the recent allegations on EVMs.
Necessity of the plan:
The main hurdle:
Benefits of the policy:
Integrated multi-modal policy:
Growth in logistics is very important for the growth of the economy. Read this for Mains and keep track of development in this news.
Pooling of expenditure:
The road ahead:
Read this op-ed for answer in Mains. You might be asked a question on heathcare, since this topic is very much in news these days.
How did China manage the issue?
A volatile phase of India-Nepal relations:
Nepal and India relations have been through many ups and downs, but the Kanchanpur incident shows that sentiments and building trust at the border level, and favourable government machinery are absolutely crucial in establishing and maintaining good relations between the two sides. The op-ed is an important read for understanding the changing dynamics of Indo-Nepal relations.
North Korean atomic crisis:
Critical of China:
North Korea effecting Japan:
Denuclearising North Korea:
A world of nuclear powers:
Critical of the new nuclear forces:
Keep track of this news on increasing the nuclear arsenals in the world that could be disastrous for the world at large.
What are business cycles?
What does a BCDC do?
International experiences of business cycle dating committees:
Why does India need a BCDC?
Who should be in charge of a BCDC?
Creating a BCDC will go a long way in maintaining transparency, strengthening the information base for the Indian economy and helping gauge better the changing nature of the Indian economy. This will also help India to be more in synchronization with the other developed and emerging market economies. An important op-ed for Mains.
Questioning selective ban:
Trying to neutralize the SC order:
Freedom of choice:
India and its neighbours:
Alcohol consumption probably will never become zero. The right question to ask is not whether prohibition was successful or a failure, but if it reduced alcohol consumption. Moreover, as the Supreme Court judgement says, it is the government’s constitutional duty to make the policy work. The question about prohibition is not if, but how. Make notes for Mains answer as well as Essay on the topic.
A Feminization U hypothesis for female labour participation?
Demand and supply-side drivers of female labour participation:
Factors that need further investigation:
Important op-ed for Mains and Essay writing.
An opportunity to ensure better health through a stronger National Health Mission:
National Health Policy is an ambitious government policy that will ensure better health and health facilities. It is important to read this for both Prelims and Mains.
Common negative grounds:
Plans for reducing pollution levels:
The problems being faced:
Better opportunities if they join hands:
Factors contributing to road accidents:
How to stop these rising numbers?
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2017:
Road traffic accidents spare no one, be they rich or poor, urban or rural, young or old, man or woman or of any caste or religion. The legislators, therefore, need to take tough decisions which are in the best interest of the country. A tough law is not the end, but only the beginning of reforms that are needed to halve road traffic accidents by 2020, a commitment we have made by adopting the Brasilia Declaration for Road Safety. Important op-ed for both Prelims and Mains.
Brasilia Declaration for Road Safety: