Children and Armed Conflict

Context: According to annual report of UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, over 21,000 cases of grave violations of children’s rights in armed conflict were verified in 2017. It is drastic increase from previous year (2016) with 15,500 violations. Among the violations in 2017, over 15,000 violations were perpetrated by non-state armed groups Read More …

DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018

Context: The primary intended purpose for enactment of “The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill” is for expanding the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country. The utility of DNA based technologies for solving crimes, and to identify missing persons, Read More …

Supreme Court verdict in Delhi vs Centre

Context: The Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on the tussle between the Lieutenant Governor (LG) and the Delhi government over who wields the power to administer and govern the national capital. A five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, ruled that the Delhi government has power in all areas except Read More …

Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement

Context: India has agreed to provide tariff concessions on 3,142 products to Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) members. These duty concessions will be more for least developed countries (LDCs) and less for developing nations. About APTA: The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), previously named the Bangkok Agreement, was signed in 1975 as Read More …

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018

Context: A high level Ministerial delegation from India headed by Minister of State for Home Affairs will be participating in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018 (AMCDRR 2018) to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Theme: The theme of the AMCDRR 2018: ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’ Read More …

Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister has approved the Mechanism for procurement of ethanol by Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to carry out the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme- Revision of ethanol price for supply to Public Sector OMCs. Significance: All distilleries will be Read More …

India moves up to 35th rank in JLL realty index

Context: India has moved up a place to 35th spot in JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2018, registering maximum improvement in transparency over the last two years. Policy reforms, liberalisation of FDI into realty and retail, strengthening of public information and assigning industry status to affordable housing helped India Read More …

Higher Education Commission of India

Context: In a landmark decision, a Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Bill 2018 which seeks to repeal  UGC Act and provides for setting up of Higher Education Commission of India has been prepared by the Ministry of HRD and placed in public domain for comments and suggestions. The focus of Read More …