(VIDEO) Ninth Schedule & SC/ST Act - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Topic of Discussion: Ninth Schedule & SC/ST Act - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate Expert Panel Name : Prof. Narender Kumar, School of Social Sciences, JNU,J. Sai Deepak, Advocate, Supreme Court, Satya Prakash, Legal Editor, The Tribune;Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)
(VIDEO) First BJP Govt : Beginning of Coalition Politics - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Topic of Discussion: First BJP Govt : Beginning of Coalition Politics - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate Expert Panel Name : Kuldip Nayar, Veteran Journalist, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, MP, 11th Lok Sabha & Senior Leader, Congress, Ashok Tandon, Former Media Advisor to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Neerja Chowdhury, Senior Journalist, V. Dhananjay Kumar, Former Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government;Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)
(VIDEO) Citizenship Amendment Bill - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Topic of Discussion: Citizenship Amendment Bill - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate Expert Panel Name : A.K. Bhattacharya, Editorial Director, Business Standard, Rajendra Agrawal, Chairperson, Joint Committee on Bill to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Trina Roy, Program Officer, PRS Legislative Research,Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)
Asean-India Commemorative Summit-2018 : Important Topics for UPSC Exams
ASEAN- INDIA commemorative summit took place to celebrate 25th anniversary of establishment of dialogue partnership. The theme of the summit was “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.
The summit was followed by an unprecedented attendance of 10 ASEAN HEADS as the Chief Guests for the celebration of India’s 69th Annual Republic Day. This is for the first time that India has not 1 but 10 world leaders as Chief Guests for the Republic Day.
The most significant outcome of the summit was the “Delhi Declaration’’, which talks about various issues like maritime cooperation, stability, economic ties, joint fight against terror etc.
The summit comes in the background of the expansionist tactics followed by China in the South China Sea and also marking a major shift from India’s earlier “LOOK EAST” POLICY to the enhanced “ACT EAST” POLICY, which signifies India’s increased commitment to ASEAN members.
ASEAN accepted India as a sectoral partner in 1992 and full time dialogue partner in 1996. ASEAN has thus helped India expand in Asia ,post LPG reforms and motivating to formulate its “Look East” policy, which India has enhanced to as “Act East” policy to strengthen relations with the eastern neighbor countries.
India and ASEAN signed a Free Trade Agreement in 2009 which came into effect in 2010. The FTA has strengthened the economic ties between both the sides. The trade between the two stood around $ 70Bn for 2016-2017.
(VIDEO) Vice President Three Nation Visit - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Topic of Discussion: Vice President Three Nation Visit - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate Expert Panel Name : Niraj Srivastava, Former Diplomat; K.P. Nayar, Strategic Analyst ; Professor Harsh V. Pant, Head, Strategic Studies, Observer Research Foundation,Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)
Directive Principles Of State Policy : Important Topics for UPSC Exams
DPSP- are enshrined in part IV of the constitution( A36- 51)
Borrowed from Irish Constitution.
Some important features-
The DPSP basically capsulate the ideas of the people and the ideals which the State should follow or keep in mind while formulating or implementing the policies.
They seek to establish a Welfare State as opposed to a regulatory laissez faire State. A Welfare State recognizes the fact that people enjoy some inalienable rights that the Government should not violate and design and implement policies in the same way. Further it is different from the laissez faire as it is not entirely regulatory but also developmental and seeks to establish an egalitarian society.
The DPSP can be said as a concoction of Principles of
- Western Liberalism
-Principles of Freedom Struggle of India.
The DPSP are primarily made on the basis of Socialistic Principles. A 39 (b)and (c) seek to extend equitable distribution of resources and promote distributive justice.
DPSP are non justiciable.ie. not enforceable in court of law. They can be made legally enforceable if incorporated in laws made by the State.
Are called the positive obligations of the state as they make the State take positive actions in order to improve the welfare of the society.
(VIDEO) Flipkart to Walmart ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Topic of Discussion: Flipkart to Walmart ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate Expert Panel Name : Ajay Dua, Former Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry Nitin Desai, Former Chief Economic Adviser, GoI Piyush Singh, Advocate, Supreme Court Deepak Sharma, National Spokesperson, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch,Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)
(VIDEO) Endgame Mallya ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Topic of Discussion: Endgame Mallya ? - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate Expert Panel Name : Ajay Dua, Former Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry; Virendra Gupta, Former Ambassador; P.K. Malhotra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice; S.K. Verma, Secretary General, Indian Society of International Law ;Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)
(VIDEO) Chairman's Order & Judical Scrutiny - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Topic of Discussion: Chairman's Order & Judical Scrutiny - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate Expert Panel Name : Sanjay Hegde, Sr Advocate, Supreme Court; Vivek Goyal, Advocate, Supreme Court; VK Agnihotri, Former Secretary General, Rajya Sabha; PK Malhotra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice;Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)
International Criminal Court – It’s Future : Important Topics for UPSC Exams
Philippines moves to quit International Criminal Court. There have been withdrawals in the recent past namely
The International Criminal Court is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands.
The ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
The ICC is intended to complement existing national judicial systems and it may therefore only exercise its jurisdiction when certain conditions are met, such as when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals or when the United Nations Security Council or individual states refer situations to the Court.
The ICC began functioning on 1 July 2002, the date that the Rome Statute entered into force. The Rome Statute is a multilateral treaty which serves as the ICC's foundational and governing document. States which become party to the Rome Statute, for example by ratifying it, become member states of the ICC. Currently, there are 123 states which are party to the Rome Statute and therefore members of the ICC.
India (also US and China) has neither signed nor ratified the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court (ICC)
(Final Result) National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (II) 2017
The following is list, in order of merit of 447 candidates, who have qualified on the basis of the results of the Written Examination held by Union Public Service Commission in 10th September, 2017 and the subsequent Interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of National Defence Academy for the 140th Course and Naval Academy for the 100th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from July, 2018. For detailed information regarding the date of commencement of the above courses, please visit the websites of Ministry of Defence i.e www. Join Indian army. nic.in www.nausena-bharti.nic.in and www.careerairforce.nic.in.
The results of Medical Examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists.
The candidature of all the candidates is provisional, subject to their submitting the requisite certificates in support of date of birth and educational qualifications etc. claimed by them, directly to the Additional Directorate General of Recruiting, Adjutant General’s Branch, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Army), West Block No. III, Wing-1, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 wherever this has not already been done and NOT to U.P.S.C.
In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters at the address given above.
The result is also available on the UPSC Website at http:// www.upsc.gov.in. However, marks of the candidates will be available on the Website after 15 days from the date of declaration of final results.
For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of the Commission, either in person or on telephone Nos.011-23385271/ 011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 Hours to 17:00 hours on any working day.
(VIDEO) Hospitals : Capping Profits - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Topic of Discussion: Hospitals : Capping Profits - Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate Expert Panel Name : Prasanna Kumar Hota, Former Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director, Medanta; Aditi Tandon, Special Correspondent, The Tribune;Frank Rausan Pereira (Anchor)
Chemical Weapons in Syria and the US response : Important Topics for UPSC Exams
The alleged use of Nerve agent and other chemical weapons in Syria has evoked a response from US which has launched missiles at certain locations in Syria.
What are chemical weapons?
It is a toxic chemical in a delivery system such as bomb or artillery.
The chemical weapons convention defines each component of a chemical weapon as a chemical weapon— whether assembled or not, stored together or separately. Anything specifically designed or intended for use in direct connection with the release of a chemical agent to cause death or harm is itself a chemical weapon.
These include :
Choking agents : Fluid builds up in lungs, choking victim. Examples include chlorine, phosgene, diphosgene and chloropicrin
Blister agents: Burns skin, mucous membranes and eyes; causes large blisters on exposed skin; blisters windpipe and lungs; large casualties, low percentage of deaths. Examples: sulphur mustard, nitrogen mustard , phosgene oxime, Lewisite
Blood agents: Cyanide destroys ability of blood tissues to utilise oxygen, causing them to ‘starve’ and strangling the heart. Examples include hydrogen cyanide, cyanogen chloride, Arsine, VX
Riot control agents: Cause tears, coughing and irritation to eyes, nose, mouth and skin; constrict airway and shut eyes; teargas and pepper spray are examples of such agents
What is nerve gas?
It is a compound that acts by incapacitating the mechanism within the body responsible for the conduction of nerve impulses
Action of acetylcholineesterase is blocked (a compound that catalyses the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine), When acetylcholinesterase is prevented from performing its normal function of breaking down acetylcholine, muscles go into a state of uncontrolled contraction — a sign of paralysis or a seizure-like state.
Nerve agents can also be absorbed through the skin.
When countries started to develop newer weapons to bypass CWC restrictions, they preferred nerve agents. That is how Novichok evolved: because restrictions are based on chemical formulae, newer molecules can bypass restrictions. Novichok is said to be 5-8 times more lethal than VX nerve agent and its effects are rapid, usually within 30 seconds to 2 minutes.