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 …

LS passes commercial courts Bill

Context: Lok Sabha has passed Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018. Features of the Bill It replaces the ordinance promulgated by President in May 2018 and amends Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Act, 2015. The Act enables the creation Read More …

National Policy on Biofuels – 2018

Context: Rajasthan has become the first State in the country to implement the national policy on biofuels unveiled by the Centre in May this year. The desert State will lay emphasis on increasing production of oilseeds and establish a Centre for Excellence in Udaipur to promote research in the fields Read More …

The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill (FEOB) 2018

Context: The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill (FEOB) 2018 was cleared at the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament. It is a comprehensive legislation aimed at deterring fugitive economic offenders from evading the process of law in India, and for preserving the sanctity of rule of law. This is a significant initiative Read More …

Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018

Context: The Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018 seeks to regulate the entry and exit of “outsiders” on the lines of the British-era inner-line permit system prevalent in three other north-eastern states: Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland. The bill sets 1951 as the base year to identify locals and prevent an influx of outsiders. According to Read More …