18 Dec, 2019

  • Brahmos - Science and Technology
  • National Broadband Mission - Polity
  • Structural Reforms ( Article) - Economy
  • Invasive Species ( Article) - Environment
  • Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue - International Relations
  • Practice Questions

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    Govt. aims to provide broadband access to all villages by 2022

    Union Government has announced a new ‘mission’ named National Broadband Mission (NBM) which will provide broadband access to all villages by 2022. The mission will enable fast track growth of digital communication infrastructure in the country. However, it will require an investment of around Rs. 7 lakh crore from various stakeholders.         

    • About National Broadband Mission (NBM)
    • Objectives


    In pursuit of Structural Reforms 

    Structural reforms are essentially measures that change the fabric of an economy, the institutional and regulatory framework in which businesses and people operate. They are designed to ensure the economy is fit and better able to realize its growth potential in a balanced way.

    • G20s Structural reforms Agenda
    • Way forward for India


    Brahmos missiles successfully test-fired 

    The DRDO has successfully test-fired a land-based and air-launched version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

    • About Brahmos
    • Significance of BrahMos
    • Efforts at Indigenisation
    • Cruise vs Ballistic Missile


    Fish in troubled waters                                                                                            

    The article highlights the introduction of aquatic invasive alien species into Indian habitats due to Climate change and unprecedented floods resulting from cloud bursts.

    • Invasive species and threats
    • Role of floods
    • Role of Climate change


    Defense ties to get push at 2+2 with U.S.

    The Indo-US 2+2 Ministerial dialogue being held in India is expected to result in further deepening of strategic partnership between the 2 countries.

    • Indo-US Defense partnership
    • Government to Government sales
    • GSOMIA (General Security of Military Information Agreement)
    • India-US foundational agreements
    • About foundational agreements
    • About India US 2+2 Dialogue