21 Oct, 2019

  • Asymmetric Relationship between India and China- Lead Article - International Relations
  • Fostering Cross LoC Trade - International Relations
  • Green Crackers- Implementation Challenges - Environment
  • A Case for Abjuring Custodial Interrogation (OPED) - Polity and Governance
  • Anthrax Scare in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary- Environment
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    A time-tested way to trade away conflict (Article)

    Although the LoC between India and Pakistan which divides the state into two parts has been there a very long period of time, the intra-trade between the states was started from 2008 on barter system basis from 2008.

    • Cross LoC Trade
    • Benefits of the trade
    • Challenges to trade between two parts of Jammu and Kashmir


    A case for abjuring custodial interrogation

    This article highlights that custodial interrogation which means arrest solely for the purpose of interrogation inherently, invariably and unavoidably violates our fundamental right against self-incrimination and our right to silence.

    • Right against self-incrimination
    • Right against self-incrimination as explained by Supreme Court
    • The need for Article 20(3)
    • 5th Amendment in United States
    • Miranda v. Arizona


    No Diwali boom for green crackers

    In the backdrop of deteriorating air quality and upcoming Diwali celebrations, the demand for green crackers is ever rising. However due to a number of issues including uncertainties in the supply chain and weak enforcement, traditional crackers are finding a way through the black market channel.

    • Green Cracker
    • Impacts of crackers
    • Challenges to environment


    After Mamallapuram, the reality of asymmetry

    The article highlights that in order to counter China, India must need to get back to its growth trajectory of 8 to 9 per cent enjoyed by it during the tenure of Manmohan Sigh government.

    • Manmohan Singh-Wen Jiabao summit in 2005
    • China, in those times recognised India’s growing role in the world
    • Present Power Imbalance & China’s interest in Indian Market
    • Ways to tackle Asymmetry


    Anthrax scare at Assam’s Pobitora sanctuary after death of 2 buffaloes

    Veterinarians have confirmed anthrax as the cause of death of two Asiatic water buffaloes in central Assam’s Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, which has the highest concentration of one-horned rhinos in the world.

    • About Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
    • New Delhi Declaration: Rhino Conservation Strategy
    • In-Brief: About Asian Rhinos
    • Sumatran and Javan Rhino