Supreme Court Panel on Prison reforms

The court had in September 2018 appointed the Justice Roy Committee to examine the various problems plaguing prisons, from overcrowding to lack of legal advice to convicts to issues of remission and parole. Besides Justice Roy, a former Supreme Court judge, the members included an IG, Bureau of Police Research Read More …

Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2019

Context : Recently the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2019, released by NGO Pratham. Key Findings of the Report ASER surveyors visited almost 37,000 children between 4 and 8 years in 26 rural districts across 24 States. Only 16% of children in Class 1 in 26 surveyed rural districts can read text Read More …

Time to Care: Unpaid and Underpaid Care Work and the Global Inequality Crisis

Context A report published by Oxfam, the international nonprofit focussed on the alleviation of global poverty, underlined what has been said repeatedly by governments, research organisations and a range of multilateral bodies over the past decade or more — that economic inequality, as the report said, “is out of control”, 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 …

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 …

Blindness and visual impairment in India

Context The National Blindness & Visual Impairment Survey India 2015-2019, released last week, looks at district-wise prevalence of blindness and visual impairment. The survey randomly identified 31 districts with a sample size of about 93,000, among whom 18,000 were less than 50 years of age. Among those aged 50 and Read More …

Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP)

Context The Centre released the India TB Report 2019, which showed a 16% increase in the number of cases in 2018 as compared to the previous year. The report said 21.5 lakh TB cases were notified to the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) in 2018; India accounted for a Read More …

Status of Policing in India Report 2019

In a new report that looks at the working conditions of police in India, one key finding is about the political pressure perceived by police, and the extent to which this hampers their investigations. ‘Status of Policing in India Report 2019: Police Adequacy and Working Conditions’has been prepared by Common Read More …

How plastic pollutes, how much waste the states generate

Worldwide, 75 per cent of all plastic produced is waste, and 87 per cent of this is leaked into the environment. A study by the University of Newcastle, Australia, and published by the World Wildlife Foundation this year concluded that an average person may be ingesting 5 grams of plastic Read More …

India State of Forest Report (ISFR)

Context A quarter of India’s geographical area (24.49 per cent) is under forest and tree cover, according to data shared in Parliament by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. These assessments are done by the Forest Survey of India, whose findings are published in the India State of Read More …