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Project Palash for Sabar Tribe of Jharkhand

Why this article ? – Only ToI reported it. I feel its an important initiative. You can jazz up you answer on Tribal Development, governance measure to tackle Naxalism  etc with this !

What is Project Palash ?

Project Palash is an initiative  of Jharkhand governmenet to train Sabar tribe artisans from Saraikela district in Jharkhand to weave eco-friendly designer products out of bamboo, cane, Kanshi grass etc to make a livelihood. With collaboration from NIFT for training these artisans, they are able to diversify their products range and also sell their products for a better price. They were earning about 150 rs a month but now, they earn Rs 4,000 + per month. 

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Inland Waterways in India, National Waterways – Constraints , Solutions – A comprehensive analysis

Inland Water Transport ( IWT ) has played an important role in Indian transport since ancient times. But due to the expansion of road and rail transport, the importance of this mode has declined considerably. The potential of IWT to encourage and support economic and social development is huge, more so in a developing nation where resources are scarce.

India has inland waterways with a navigable length of 14,500 km, but of this only 5,700 km is being used for navigation by mechanized vessels. IWT, accounts for less than a 1% share of goods transported within India . The Government aims to develop IWT as a complementary service in a multi-modal transport network.

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NSSO Report 70th Round – Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households in India

I have listed down the highlights of NSSO Report. It is a useful data-set – status of agricultural households, their diversifying income sources, access to financial products etc. You need not remember the figures. You need to get an idea, what the situation is.

Household type – Rural India has an estimated 90.2 million agricultural households— about 57.8% of the total estimated rural households in the country. An agricultural household was defined in the survey as a household receiving value of produce of more than Rs.3,000 from agriculture with at least one member self-employed in farming. What does this mean ? Around 58% of rural households are involved in agricultural activities. 40% make a living out of non-farming economic activities.Under the Census, any area not urban is deemed to be rural. What does this indicate? Farm sector’s share to GDP might keep falling even though rural area will have less of agriculture.

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Ordinance to amend Land Acquisition Act – What are the changes?

Government approved an ordinance to make amendments to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. Let us have a look at the changes that have been proposed via the ordinance vis-a-vis the original Act.

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What is FATCA and How does it affect India?

What is FATCA ?

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted by the US in 2010 as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act to combat tax evasion by US nationals holding investments in foreign accounts. FATCA requires all Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) to provide information about their US customers.

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Analysis of Ordinance by Rajasthan Government stipulating minimum educational qualifications for candidates contesting Panchayat elections

Panchayat polls for Up Sarpanch, Sarpanch, Panchayat Samiti, Zila Parishad will take place in Rajasthan in January next year.Rajasthan government has implemented a provision related to minimum educational qualification for contesting panchayat polls in the state. It has brought in an ordinance ordinance effecting an amendment to the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act 1994.

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100 % FDI in Medical Devices Sector – What will be the effect ?

India has achieved an eminent global position in pharma sector. However, the same has not been achieved in the medical devices industry . India’s cash strapped medical devices sector needed a new lease of life. Because, we have acche din now, Government relaxed FDI policy for the sector to bolster it.

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Steps taken by the Government in 2014 to arrest the slowdown in the economy

Modi’s government has offered hope to his people and investors that there is every intention to arrest the slowdown in India’s economic growth. The steps announced in the Budget and some policy initiatives have been listed. Investment was clearly the substratal theme in the Budget. The growth rate of the economy is inextricably linked with investment rate.

I’m listing down the initiatives which were informed to the House in the winter session. Although there are many more, this was put up on PIB as a press release by Planning Commission.

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Maritime challenges for India ; How should India tackle them ?

“While to other countries, the Indian Ocean is only one of the oceanic areas, to India it is the vital sea. Her future is dependent on the freedom of its waters.”

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China’s growing naval presence in the Indian Ocean is a major challenge for India. Recently Chinese naval submarines docked  in Colombo . From developing maritime infrastructure in Gwadar, Hambantota and Chittagong in South Asia, to building and revitalizing port facilities in Mombasa, Dar-e-Salam and Bagamoyo on the East Coast of Africa, China seems to be creating a Chinese trade-corridor in the Indian Ocean. The Maritime Silk Route is indicative of that. The all weather Sino-Pakistan alliance, with its strong anti-Indian slant complicates our security problems further.China’s expanding naval footprint in the Indian Ocean would come into conflict with India’s sphere of strategic influence, triggering a chain of events that could eventually lead to a larger strategic confrontation. How China has been emerging as a strong influence in South Asia has been discussed at length in our previous article. 

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What is Coral Bleaching ? What are the causes and consequences ?

What are Corals?

Coral colonies are made up of hundreds or even thousands of genetically identical individuals called polyps. These polyps have microscopic algae called zooxanthellae living within their tissues. The coral provides the zooxanthellae with the compounds necessary for photosynthesis, which are metabolic waste products of the coral. In return, the zooxanthellae produce oxygen and help the coral to remove wastes. Most importantly, they supply the coral with organic products of photosynthesis which are predominantly carbohydrates. These compounds are utilized by the coral as building blocks in the manufacture of fats, as well as the synthesis of their calcium carbonate skeletons. Each coral polyp builds a skeleton of calcium carbonate. These corals together form a coral reef.