What is the Line of Actual Control?

Context As tensions continue between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a look at what the line means on the ground and the disagreements over it: What is the Line of Actual Control? The LAC is the demarcation that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory. India considers the LAC to Read More …

What labour law changes mean?

Context As the economy struggles with the lockdown and thousands of firms and workers stare at an uncertain future, some state governments last week decided to make significant changes in the application of labour laws. On the face of it, these changes are being brought about to incentivise economic activity in Read More …

Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and Mental Cruelty

Context The Bombay High Court, while granting a divorce last week, held that a wife writing to her husband’s employer with unfounded allegations about him constituted actionable cruelty under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. In its judgment of May 5, a division bench of Justices VM Deshpande and SM Modak Read More …

Aarogya Setu

Context The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology issued a data-sharing and knowledge-sharing protocol for the Aarogya Setu app, laying down guidelines for sharing such data with government agencies and third parties. Prior to this, the only legal shield around the mechanism was the app’s privacy policy. The executive order issued Read More …

Atma-nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan

Context Prime Minister of India said the country should view the Covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to achieve economic self-reliance. In his address to the nation, he stressed on the importance of promoting “local” products. He called it Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (or Self-reliant India Mission) and said that in the days to come, his government Read More …

Medium, Small, Micro Enterprises

Context The Covid-19 pandemic has left its impact on all sectors of the economy but nowhere is the hurt as much as the Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) of India.  How are MSMEs defined? Formally, MSMEs are defined in terms of investment in plant and machinery (Chart 1). But this criterion for Read More …

Commodity Markets Outlook

Context As countries around the world contend with the health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic effects of suspending almost all activity have immediately impacted the world’s commodity markets and are likely to continue to affect them for months to come. The pandemic has affected both demand for and supply Read More …

World Press Freedom Index, 2020

Context India has dropped two places on a global press freedom index to be ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the annual World Press Freedom Report. About World Press Freedom Index The Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders. It Read More …

The Armenian Genocide

Context The Armenian Genocide is often called the first genocide of the twentieth century. It refers to the systematic annihilation of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire between 1915 to 1917. According to estimates, approximately 1.5 million Armenians died during the genocide, either in massacres and in killings, or from Read More …

Issues in Constitution, role of Governor

Context The Maharashtra Cabinet recommended to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should be nominated to one of the seats reserved for the Governor’s nominee in the state Legislative Council. A fortnight on, Koshyari is yet to act on the Cabinet’s recommendation — even as the Chief Minister’s Read More …