Article 213 of Constitution of India

Context Telangana High Court issued notices to the State government in a writ petition challenging an Ordinance empowering government to defer payment of pension and salaries of retired and serving employees respectively. About Article 213 The Article empowers the Governor to promulgate Ordinance, during recess of legislature, if circumstances exist which render it Read More …

COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Programme

Context Recently the Government of India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has signed a $750 million agreement for “COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Programme”. About AIIB a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia, began operations in January 2016. AIIB Read More …

Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG)

Context Recently, India has attended the virtual 32nd special Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) plenary meeting, under the aegis of the Financial Action Task Force. About EAG It is a regional body comprising nine countries: India, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Belarus. It Read More …

[Reports and Indices] Global Trends Report by UNHCR

Context Recently the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released its annual Global Trends report before the World Refugee Day (20th June). Highlights of the report Nearly 80 million people were forcibly displaced by the end of 2019 — which is nearly 1% of the global population. Of the 80 million people, Read More …

[Reports and Indices] Rule of law Index 2020

Context Recently the Supreme Court has asked the government to treat a writ petition for setting up expert panels to boost India’s prospects in the Rule of Law Index. India ranked 69th among 128 countries in the latest edition (2020) of the Index. What is the Rule of Law Index? a quantitative Read More …

India was elected as non-permanent member of UN Security Council

Context India was elected as non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. Details about the Election India along with Ireland, Mexico and Norway won the UN Security Council elections. To be elected to the Council, candidate countries need Read More …

Article 226 of Constitution of India

Context Recently the Delhi High Court has dismissed a petition seeking direction to prohibit the eviction of tenants by landlords over non-payment of renttill the COVID-19 crisis is over. The HC said that the waiver of rent cannot be granted by this court while exercising powers under Article 226 of the Constitution Read More …

Pashupatinath Temple

Context Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Nepal for the construction of a sanitation facility at the Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu. The facility will be constructed under the Nepal-Bharat Maitri: Development Partnershipas a high impact community development scheme by India. Pashupatinath Temple Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is Read More …

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Context The UN nuclear watchdog IAEA’s governing body began meeting as a row brews over Iran’s refusal to allow access to two sites where nuclear activity may have occurred in the past. About IAEA An international organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to inhibit Read More …

Indian Ocean Commission

Context India is looking to post Navy Liaison Officers at the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC) of IOC in Madagascar and also at the European maritime surveillance initiative in the Strait of Hormuz. About Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) an intergovernmental organization that was created in 1982 composed of five Read More …