19 Feb, 2020

  • Mayor and Urban Local Body (Article) - Polity
  • Innovations in healthcare sector (Article) - Social Issues
  • Impact of US Trade Action (Article) - Economy
  • Panchayat By-polls - polity
  • Food grains Production Trends - Economy
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    J&K PANCHAYAT BYPOLLS PUT OFF

    The by-elections to over 12,000 vacant panchayat seats in Jammu and Kashmir have been deferred for three weeks, following “credible inputs from the law enforcement agencies”.

    • Panchayat Elections
    • By-poll
    • Article 243 E

    IN U.S. TRADE ACTION, AN INDIAN COUNTER-STRATEGY – ARTICLE

    The World Economic Forum (WEF), held at Davos last month. It has become a platform for world leader, professionals, senior government ministerial delegations, and others, who gather to change the world.

    • Social inequalities and stark and continuing poverty
    • ‘Energy imperialism’
    • ‘Toxic colonialism’
    • New World Order
    • Unequal distribution of the ‘fruits of globalisation’
    • Nordic Economic Model

    POWERING THE HEALTH-CARE ENGINE WITH INNOVATION – ARTICLE

    It has been close to 18 months since the Prime Minister of India launched implementation of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), or the national health protection scheme.

    • Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY),
    • Current state of implementation of the scheme:
    • Challenges for PM-JAY
    • Health care system

    ITS TIME TO EMPOWER MAYORS – ARTICLE

    This article highlights that election for the post of Mayor in Urban Local Bodies must be held directly and should not involve political parties as problems in cities mostly deal with issues like sanitation, water supply and solid waste management.     

    • Mayors election
    • Need for a Directly elected Mayors for Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)
    • Need for election for Mayors to be conducted on Non-Party Lines
    • Present Problem for Urban Local Bodies  

    FOODGRAIN PRODUCTION SET TO TOUCH RECORD HIGH

    Total food grain production is projected to scale an all-time high of almost 292 million tonnes in 2019-20.

    • Trends in food production
    • Reasons for record production
    • Long term aim on food grain production
    • Kharif and Rabi crops
    • Millets and nutri-cereals
    • Pulses
    • Oil-seeds
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