National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Conservation and Management) Bill, 2018

Context The Bill calls for a National Ganga Council and a National Ganga Rejuvenation Authority to enforce the law and protect the river which flows over 2500 km. The draft Bill prepared by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. The draft Bills defines Ganga as ‘India’s Read More …

‘National Policy on Electronics 2018’

Context: Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued draft ‘National Policy on Electronics 2018’ (NPE 2018) for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) Sector of India. About the Policy: To promote domestic manufacturing in entire value-chain of ESDM sector for spur economic development in the country. It Read More …

How govt plans to run registry of sex offenders

Context: India recently launched a National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), the ninth country to do so. A look at the objectives of and criticism against the idea, and how other countries run their registries: Broad objective The Criminal Law Act, 2018, provides for a national registry of sexual offenders. Read More …

Good Samaritan Bill gets President’s nod

Context: President has given his assent to the Karnataka Good Samaritan and Medical Professional (Protection and Regulation During Emergency Situations) Bill, 2016. About Samaritan Bill: The legislation aims to give protection to good samaritans and ensure immediate medical assistance for road accident victims within the ‘golden hour’ and encourage people to offer Read More …

What is the HIV/AIDS Act 2017?

Context: The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017, came into force on September 10, 2018. It aims to prevent and control the spread of HIV and AIDS in the country and provides for penalties for discrimination against those affected by the virus.  Introduced Read More …

HIV/AIDS Act, 2017 in force

Context: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a notification for bringing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017 in force from 10th September, 2018. About the Act: The Act, safeguards the rights of people living with HIV and affected by HIV. Read More …

The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Context: During the recent monsoon session, Lok Sabha passed a Bill that proposes to allow non-resident Indians to use proxies to cast votes on their behalf in Indian elections. How have NRIs been voting so far, and what does the Bill propose to change? What proxy voting means Voting in Read More …

Bill for death in rape cases cleared

Context: A Bill awarding a maximum sentence of death to those convicted for raping girls below 12 years of age was passed by Parliament, with the Rajya Sabha approving the proposed law by voice vote. The Lok Sabha had cleared it on July 30. It replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Read More …

Decoding the DNA Bill

Context: The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 has been introduced in India’s Parliament this week, with a view to creating a national DNA database for use by the police in solving crimes and identifying missing persons. DNA uses: Although DNA can be an important tool here, in solving crimes, Read More …