What is Section 144 CrPC?

What is Section 144 CrPC? Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is issued in urgent cases of security threat or riot and bars the assembly of five or more people in an area where it has been imposed. The notification is issued by the District Magistrate of Read More …

States are sovereign

What does ‘cooperative federalism’ mean? The phrase recognises and affirms that India is a federal State. There is a Central government and there are state governments. Each government has areas of legislation reserved to it. The Central government (through Parliament) cannot encroach upon the territory reserved for the state government, Read More …

Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)

Context The Prime Minister’s announcement that tiger numbers have increased in the country may be good news. But the loss of habitat, a decline of prey and poaching continues to be a threat to tigers’ survival. Along with these, a potential virus — Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) — that can Read More …

What is India’s Deep Ocean Mission?

Context India’s ambitious ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ is all set to be launched this year.  What will be mined from the deep ocean? One of the main aims of the mission is to explore and extract polymetallic nodules. These are small potato-like rounded accretions composed of minerals such as manganese, nickel, Read More …

What is zero budget natural farming?

Context Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman thrust zero budget farming into the spotlight in the first Budget speech of the 17th Lok Sabha earlier this month, calling for a “back to the basics” approach. She said, “We need to replicate this innovative model through which in a few States, farmers are Read More …

What will the move to Bharat Stage VI standards entail?

Context The Union Government, through an order dated September 16, 2016, mandated Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) mass emission standards for various classes of motor vehicles throughout the country from April 1, 2020, leapfrogging BS-V. While this will lead to better air quality in the short term, it also means higher Read More …

Why are States unhappy with Dam Safety Bill?

Context The Dam Safety Bill, aimed at developing uniform safety procedures for all dams across the country, has been introduced in the Lok Sabha for the third time. It was first introduced in Parliament in August 2010 and was referred to a standing committee, which submitted its report in June 2011. Read More …

Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM)

Context The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday successfully test-fired the indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur. “Two missiles have been tested against two live targets meeting complete mission objectives of engaging the targets. The systems have been Read More …

What is Article 35A?

What is it? Article 35A is a provision incorporated in the Constitution giving the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature a carte blanche to decide who all are ‘permanent residents’ of the State and confer on them special rights and privileges in public sector jobs, acquisition of property in the State, scholarships and other Read More …

“Must Read News Articles-August-05-2019”

Freeing Kulbhushan: On consular access Bigger and better: On number of Supreme Court judges Rajasthan’s effort to criminalise mob lynching is a good start Statue of Unity shortlisted for UK-based structural award 20,000 genomes to be scanned for cancer study Indigenous missile successfully tested Tenders cancelled to boost make in Read More …