Article 131 of the Indian Constitution

Context :   Recently Kerala became the first state to challenge the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) before the Supreme Court. However, the legal route adopted by the state is different from the 60 petitions already pending before the court. The Kerala government has moved the apex court under Article 131 of Read More …

National policy for treatment of rare diseases

Context : Recently the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare published a national policy for treatment of rare diseases, listing 450 diseases as rare but not providing a detailed roadmap on treatment. Background In India, Haemophilia, Thalassemia, Sickle cell anaemia and Primary Immuno Deficiency in children, auto-immune diseases, Lysosomal storage Read More …

Democracy Index

Context India slipped 10 places to 51st position in the latest Democracy Index global rankings published by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Its score, down from from 7.23 in 2018 to 6.90 in 2019, is its lowest ever since the Democracy Index was begun in 2006, the report shows. The report Read More …

Article 131 of the Constitution and CAA

Context The Kerala government moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led government, the first state to challenge the law, filed a petition under Article 131 of the Constitution and asked for the law to be declared unconstitutional and in violation of Articles 14 (equality before law), Read More …

India’s Act East Policy

Context Prime Minister mentioned India will consider whether its concerns and interests in trade in goods, services, and investments are being fully accommodated when he attends the meeting of the RCEP in Bangkok.  Act East policy The focus of the Act East policy, which began as a “Look East policy” — that Read More …

Global Hunger Index 2019

Context Recently India has slipped to 102 positions in the Global Hunger Index 2019 of 117 countries, slipping from its 2018 position of 95 and behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The GHI score is calculated on four indicators — undernourishment; child wasting, the share of children under the Read More …

The Artificial Intelligence and Human Intentions

Context Recently Prime Minister has urged business leaders and technocrats to build a bridge between the artificial intelligence and human intentions and several ministries along with NITI Aayog have come up with various recommendations to enhance the use of AI. Background Earlier in the budget speech, Government has pitched for Read More …

Legislative Impact Assessment

Context: The Chairman of Rajya Sabha has advocated detailed Legislative Impact Assessment and called for informed law making in the country by bringing out social, economic, environmental and institutional impacts of legislative proposals which will help in realising the stated objectives of various laws. Background There is a concern over Read More …

Strategic Partnership Council

Context Recently India and Saudi Arabia have agreed to establish a Strategic Partnership Council, resolved to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorist operations and signed 12 MoUs in various areas of mutual interests, taking the bilateral relationship to the next level.  Details: Strategic Partnership Council will be an all-encompassing bilateral mechanism which Read More …