Blockchain and the Energy Industry

Context: Blockchain is best explained when analogising it to two games from many of our childhoods—pakdam pakdai (or ‘catch me if you can’) and chain-tag. In the former, only a chaser gets to decide whom to tag to keep players out, whereas, in the latter, as the first chaser tags Read More …

Anti-doping measures

Context: Close on the heels of the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia, where the Indian contingent got rapped for alleged violations of the “No Needle Policy”, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has reportedly decided to implement a similar policy.  The reasons for the malaise are many Read More …

Behaviour Change Communication

Social and behavior change communication (SBCC), often also only “BCC” or “Communication for Development (C4D)” is an interactive process of any intervention with individuals, communities and/or societies (as integrated with an overall program) to develop communication strategies to promote positive behaviors which are appropriate to their settings. This in turn provides a supportive environment which will enable Read More …

Settling disputes out of court

Context: Mandatory pre-litigation mediation in commercial disputes has been introduced by the recent Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, which amends the Commercial Courts Act of 2015. This amendment is expected to alter parties’ sense of responsibility in resolving disputes. Mandatory pre-litigation Read More …

Seva Bhoj Yojna

Context: The Union Ministry of Culture on June 1, 2018 introduced a new scheme called ‘SevaBhojYojna’ to reimburse the central share of CGST and IGST on items for food/prasad/langar/bhandara offered free of cost by charitable religious institutions. About the Yojana: The scheme seeks to reimburse the central government’s share of Read More …

Online Analytical Tool to monitor foreign contributions under FCRA

Context: The Union Minister of Home Affairs on June 1, 2018 launched an Online Analytical Tool to facilitate closer monitoring of the flow and utilisation of foreign contributions received by various organisations registered or permitted under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. Aim: The web-based tool will enable decision-makers in Read More …

Must Read News Articles – June 2-2018

Singapore a strategic partner, says PM Modi Citizenship Bill may have to wait for House nod Centre notifies Cauvery authority PM affirms India’s ‘strategic autonomy’ The democracy project in Bangladesh Populists in Rome U.S. will veto UN draft on Palestinians Farmers’ gaon bandh hits fresh supplies across States Mixed growth Read More …