What NHRC, SC have said on encounter killings?

Context While several voices, including senior officials and public figures, have hailed the killing by police of all four accused in the Hyderabad rape-murder case early on Friday, questions have also been raised over the legality and propriety of the police action. Extra-judicial or “encounter” killings have been a contested and divisive Read More …

Section 46 of the CrPC, 1973

Section 46 of the CrPC, 1973 reads as follows: “(1) In making an arrest the police officer or other person making the same shall actually touch or confine the body of the person to be arrested, unless there be a submission to the custody by word or action: (With a Read More …

Palestine-India techno park

Context Recently the Representative of India to Palestine, Sunil Kumar, released third tranche of funding, worth $3 million, for the construction of a Palestine-India Techno Park. In total, India has made a commitment of investing over $12 million, part of India’s broader framework of capacity building in Palestine. The Indian Read More …

Why ‘carbon market’ is debated

Context Almost halfway through the climate conference in Madrid, one big thing it had to resolve — disagreements over setting up a new carbon market — remains contentious as ever. Carbon markets, which allow for buying and selling of carbon emissions with the objective of reducing global emissions, is an Read More …

Virtual Autopsy

Context It is likely to be possible soon to carry out autopsies without dissecting the body, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told Rajya Sabha. India will be the first country in South and Southeast Asia to carry out these “virtual autopsies”, the Minister said. So what is a virtual autopsy? In Read More …

Wildlife Crime Cases

Context: In 2018, 388 cases of wildlife-related crimes were registered under the Wildlife Protection Act, according to a reply tabled in Parliament by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Facts & Figures: In nearly one in every three cases —123 of the 388 — the species involved was Read More …

International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019

Context The International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 is likely to be taken up by Parliament for discussion next week. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Bill in Lok Sabha on November 25. The Bill provides for the establishment of an Authority to develop and regulate the financial services market in the Read More …

Improve Your Answer Writing-Value Edition Special Series

Water conservation today is a matter of great urgency.In the context of – Water resources Higher education should focus on innovation and excellence.In the context of – Role of higher education States and Union Government must act together as Team India.In the context of – Cooperative federalism We must involve Read More …

Why is India’s labour productivity growth faltering?

Context An analysis done by India Ratings and Research of Annual Survey of Industries data on India’s labour productivity growth in the organised manufacturing sector shows a disappointing trend. Advertising During the high economic growth phase between 2004 and 2008 (just before the global financial crisis hit), India’s labour productivity Read More …

National Registry of Voluntary Organ Donors

Context The Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the Centre and the states of Punjab and Haryana, as well as the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to implement ‘The Transplant of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994’ in letter and spirit, and to also consider the recommendations of an Expert Committee Read More …