FDI policy on various sectors

Context The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Review of Foreign Direct Investment on various sectors. Major Impact and Benefits from FDI Policy Reform The changes in FDI policy will result in making India a more attractive FDI destination, leading to Read More …

Why women are still being treated as unequal to men

Context According to a study published in American Psychologist, for the first time in history, 86% of US adults have admitted that men and women are equally intelligent.  Status of Women According to the World Employment And Social Outlook Trends For Women 2018 report, more women than ever before are Read More …

Reforming the Law Commission of India

Context Over a month ago, the media reported that Cabinet will soon take a call on reconstituting the Law Commission (IE, July15). There has been no further public information on the progress in the matter. The last commission had gone out of office a year ago, on August 31, 2018. Read More …

Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance 2019

Context The Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance 2019 is being sent to a Group of Ministers as directed by the Prime Minister’s Office. What are e-cigarettes? An e-cigarette, short for electronic cigarette, is a battery-operated device. One of a large variety of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), an e-cigarette emits vaporized Read More …

Marine Fisheries Regulation and Management (MFRM) Bill 2019

Context A Marine Fisheries Regulation and Management (MFRM) Bill 2019 is in the public domain for discussion. Comprehending the Bill’s rationale requires understanding the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements under which India has obligations to frame laws. Read More …

When did the Anthropocene Epoch begin on Earth?

Context Although global archaeological data show that human transformation of environments began at different times in different regions, by 3,000 years ago most of the planet was already transformed by hunter-gatherers, farmers and pastoralists Examples of how human societies are changing the planet abound — from building roads and houses, Read More …

Status of Policing in India Report 2019

In a new report that looks at the working conditions of police in India, one key finding is about the political pressure perceived by police, and the extent to which this hampers their investigations. ‘Status of Policing in India Report 2019: Police Adequacy and Working Conditions’has been prepared by Common Read More …

Explained: How and why RBI transfers to government

Context The RBI Central Board decided to transfer a record surplus — Rs 1.76 lakh crore — to the government. The issue of transfer of surplus or profits has often been contentious. The government often pitches for a higher payout, arguing it needs to spend to deliver on promises and to keep Read More …

Explained: A war on plastic

Context Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined the importance of shunning single-use plastic both in his latest Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast and in his address to the nation on Independence Day. The PM invoked Gandhi in his appeals, and it has been speculated that a specific ban may be announced on October Read More …

E-cigarette ban

Context When the NDA government completes 100 days of its second term on September 7, the Health Ministry will hope to have in place an ordinance banning the manufacture, sale and marketing of e-cigarettes. One of the three 100-day goals the ministry has set for itself, The Prohibition of E-cigarettes Read More …