Lucknow Declaration

India and several African countries have pledged to deepen cooperation to combat the growing threat of terrorism and preserve maritime security by sharing information, intelligence and surveillance, in a joint deceleration adopted at the first India – Africa Defence Ministers’ conclave at the Defexpo 2020. The dialogue was attended by 12 Defence Read More …

Supreme Court Panel on Prison reforms

The court had in September 2018 appointed the Justice Roy Committee to examine the various problems plaguing prisons, from overcrowding to lack of legal advice to convicts to issues of remission and parole. Besides Justice Roy, a former Supreme Court judge, the members included an IG, Bureau of Police Research Read More …

Vivaad se Vishwas Bill 2020

Context: Recently Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced in the Lok Sabha the much-awaited ‘Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas’ Bill 2020 to provide for resolution of disputed direct taxes. About the issues: The tax litigation process in India is time-consuming and cumbersome. A plethora of cases is pending before various appellate Read More …

Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA)

Context : During her Budget speech, Finance Minister said the government was abolishing in “public interest” an anti-dumping duty that was levied on imports of a chemical called PTA. What is PTA? Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) is a crucial raw material used to make various products, including polyester fabrics. PTA makes Read More …

Operation Vanila

Context : India’s flood relief outreach to Madagascar will be followed up this week, as the island’s Defence Minister Rakotonirina Leon Jean Richard travels to Lucknow and Delhi from Tuesday — the first such high level visit since Delhi incorporated the island into the “Indian Ocean Region (IOR) Operation Vanilla Indian navy conducted Read More …

Report of 15th Finance Commission

Context : Recently the report of the Fifteenth FC, along with an Action Taken Report, was tabled in Parliament About Fifteenth Finance Commission (FC) The Fifteenth Finance Commission (FC) has considered the 2011 population along with forest cover, tax effort, area of the state, and “demographic performance” to arrive at the Read More …

Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020

Context  Earlier this week, the Union Cabinet cleared a long-pending change to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 that raises the legally permissible limit for an abortion to 24 weeks from the current 20 weeks. Following the efforts of the Health Ministry, the change also accepts failure of contraception as a Read More …

Must Read News Articles-February-10-2020

Seeking for a more progressive abortion law Her Right to choose Victim Justice is two steps forward, one step back A nation for the persecuted India Bangladesh Rail Link to be ready by 2021 Rajasthan gets neighbourhood clinics for urban poor For fold jump in Lithium ion batteries imports since Read More …

Must Read News Articles-February-07-2020

Reducing custodial deaths India, African countries resolve to fight terror Keeping the southern neighbour engaged India to study air corridors with Central Asian countries Rates to fall despite RBI’s status quo Does the Budget do enough in providing a stimulus to growth? Listening to the call of informal RBI to Read More …