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Amid Oppn. concerns, Lok Sabha passes FCRA Bill -The Hindu-22-09-2020
2020-09-24 09:57

The Lok Sabha passed the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020. The government had proposed amendments to the Foreign Contribution… Continue Reading

Govt. tables Bill to amend FCRA- The Hindu -21-09-2020
2020-09-22 06:36

Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) FCRA regulates foreign donations and ensures that such contributions do not adversely affect the internal … Continue Reading

Govt. refuses demands to restore MPLADS funds- The Hindu -16-09-2020
2020-09-16 22:09

The government’s decision to suspend MPLADS funds for two years has evoked mixed reactions. Arguments in favour of MPLADS scheme: Wrong notion… Continue Reading

New Bill on powers of Delhi govt., L-G soon - The Hindu -16-09-2020
2020-09-16 22:06

The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2020, proposes to clearly spell out the functions of the Council of Ministers and the Lieute… Continue Reading

Monsoon session set for stormy start- The Hindu -14-09-2020
2020-09-14 20:47

The monsoon session of Parliament, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to begin with strict safety protocols in place. Up to 45 Bills will… Continue Reading

Let virtual courts stay: law panel- The Hindu -12-09-2020
2020-09-14 08:30

“Functioning of the Virtual Courts/Courts Proceedings through Video-Conferencing”.- REPORT Recommendations: The panel has argued that the tr… Continue Reading

‘House can select Dy. Speaker’- The Hindu - 11-09-2020
2020-09-13 12:09

Lok Sabha Speaker has said that if there is a provision for the post of Deputy Speaker in the Lok Sabha, then it was only obvious that there should be… Continue Reading

Court stays Maratha quota, sends plea to Statute Bench - The Hindu - 10-09-2020
2020-09-13 10:57

A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court has referred a group of petitions challenging the Maratha reservation law to a Constitution Bench. Chief Just… Continue Reading

Kesavananda Bharati, a saviour of Constitution - The Hindu-07-09-2020
2020-09-08 09:23

Kesavananda Bharati was the chief pontiff of the Edneer Mutt, a monastic religious institution located in Kasaragod district, Kerala. Bharati had some… Continue Reading

A politics of avoidance that must be questioned -The Hindu-04-09-2020
2020-09-06 21:40

The deletion of ‘Question Hour’ provision in the forthcoming monsoon session of the Parliament. The Unstarred Questions will continue to be rec… Continue Reading

Question Hour dropped in LS schedule of monsoon session -The Hindu-03-09-2020
2020-09-06 21:28

News: The Lok Sabha Secretariat has released the schedule for the monsoon Parliament session. In view of the pandemic and a truncated Monsoon Ses… Continue Reading

‘Bhushan’s conviction is against international law’ - The Hindu - 02-09-2020
2020-09-04 09:16

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said civil rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s conviction for criminal contempt of court by the Supreme C… Continue Reading

Privy Purse Bill in Lok Sabha - The Hindu - 02-09-2020
2020-09-04 09:09

The Privy Purse was used as a conciliatory move to get the princely state rulers to surrender their sovereignty to the Indian union. As defined from … Continue Reading

The marginalisation of justice in public discourse - The Hindu -26/08/2020
2020-08-29 17:39

In India, while self-interest and national glory dominate, concern for distributive justice is rare. Given the compulsion to advance our self-inter… Continue Reading

Delimitation Commission - PIB - 24-08-2020
2020-08-26 13:10

The Delimitation Commission is a high-level body set up by an act of Parliament to carry out the delimitation process, that is, fixing limits or bound… Continue Reading

Contempt of court -THE INDIAN EXPRESS- 10-AUG-2020
2020-08-10 21:54

Issues with the concept of contempt: The C-O-C is a centuries-old British law which was abolished in 2013, this was mainly to hide judicial corrupt… Continue Reading

Free food grain scheme till Nov-THE HINDU-01-07-2020
2020-07-02 11:27

Context:PM announced extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana till November, 2020. Details: *PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced th… Continue Reading

In defence of MPLADS-THE HINDU-17-06-2020
2020-06-18 07:39

Context:The suspension of the MPLADS for 2020-21 and 2021-22 in the wake of the pandemic has done away with this vital role of MPs. Details: *As… Continue Reading

The need for an anti-discrimination law-THE HINDU-15-06-2020
2020-06-16 08:52

Context:India is unique among democracies in that a constitutional right to equality is not backed by comprehensive legislation. Details: Voice… Continue Reading

SC to extend virtual court system amid COVID-19 fears-THE HINDU-15-06-2020
2020-06-16 08:03

Context: Supreme Court to continue virtual court system. Details: *A committee of seven Supreme Court judges, led by Justice N. Ramana, has de… Continue Reading

Centre to take stock of Krishna and Godavari water utilisation
2020-06-11 07:26

Details: Mr. Singh, Secretary, Department of Water Resources, Union Ministry of Jal Sakthi, asked the Chairpersons of the Krishna and Godavari Rive… Continue Reading

Migrants should not be prosecuted-10-06-2020
2020-06-11 07:23

Details: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said migrant workers should not be prosecuted for trying to reach home amid the national lockdown. A Bench… Continue Reading

Odisha plans mega educational complexes for tribal students-THE HINDU-08-06-2020
2020-06-08 19:32

Details: The Odisha government is coming up with three mega educational complexes exclusively for tribal students, where both academic and sporting… Continue Reading

Tracking Google-THE HINDU-07-06-2020
2020-06-08 07:50

Details: Google, they claim, “accomplishes its surreptitious tracking” through near ubiquitous tools such as Google Analytics, Google Ad Manage… Continue Reading

Tablighi activity now a specific visa violation-THE HINDU-05-06-2020
2020-06-06 07:04

Details: Indulging in Tablighi activities will attract a penalty of USD500 fine. The amended guidelines read, “foreign nationals granted any t… Continue Reading

India’s Parliament is missing in action-THE HINDU-04-06-2020
2020-06-05 07:05

Details: The Canadian Parliament had its first lockdown meeting towards the end of April, with roughly 280 of the 338 Members of Parliament attendi… Continue Reading

Too many aspirants for MGNREGS jobs -THE HINDU-01-06-2020
2020-06-02 09:26

Details: During a reality check, it was found that some had found alternative jobs, while in some cases even graduates have turned to MNREGA for he… Continue Reading

HC asks A.P. govt. to reinstate Ramesh Kumar-THE HINDU-30-05-2020
2020-05-31 09:01

Details: A two-judge bench of the court comprising Chief Justice J. Satyanarayana Murthy directed the government to reinstate Mr. Ramesh Kumar as S… Continue Reading

Hindi as official language in Haryana courts challenged-THE HINDU-29-05-2020
2020-05-30 09:43

Details: Lawyers have challenged in the Supreme Court a law which makes Hindi the official language in courts in Haryana. Their petition contends t… Continue Reading

Governor modifies law on forest rights-THE HINDU-28-05-2020
2020-05-29 08:49

Details: A tribal farmer will find it difficult to make it to the district headquarters, said Milind Thatte, of Vayam, which works with tribals in … Continue Reading

A violation of right found, but no remedy given-THE HINDU-22-05-2020
2020-05-23 10:11

Details: In India, the Constituent Assembly regarded the principle as so foundational that, through Article 32, it granted the Supreme Court the au… Continue Reading

Congress launches Kisan Nyay Scheme-THE HINDU-22-05-2020
2020-05-23 09:58

Details: Under the scheme, up to Rs 10,000 per acre a year will be transferred into the bank accounts of farmers and the first instalment totalling… Continue Reading

It’s time to give IRS officers their due-THE HINDU-14-05-2020
2020-05-15 08:04

Details: The Central Board of Direct Taxation , a wing of the Ministry of Finance, has initiated disciplinary proceedings against some Indian Reven… Continue Reading

Reaffirm cooperative federalism-THE HINDU-13-05-2020
2020-05-14 08:17

Details: Fissures in cooperation: ‘National Plan’ under Section 11, as well as issuance of binding guidelines by the Centre to States under … Continue Reading

Riding roughshod over State governments-THE HINDU-13-05-2020
2020-05-14 08:12

Details: The Central government has so far followed a mostly top-down approach in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. This centralised approach is coun… Continue Reading

Aarogya Setu app mandatory for returning NRIs, migrants-THE HINDU-13-05-2020
2020-05-14 07:54

Details: In addition to making the Aarogya Setu app mandatory, the Health Ministry also directed the States to focus on more effective surveillance… Continue Reading

Do numbers matter in Rajya Sabha?-THE HINDU -13-05-2020
2020-05-14 07:50

Details: The Parliament building in New Delhi. The Indian Constitution provides for parity of powers between the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in l… Continue Reading

Right to religion: SC explains reference to larger Bench-THE HINDU-12-05-2020
2020-05-13 07:07

Details: In February 2020, the nine-judge Bench dismissed the objections and decided to hear the reference. It had, however, postponed the publicat… Continue Reading

Aarogya Setu app: HC seeks Centre’s response-THE HINDU-09-05-2020
2020-05-10 08:17

Details: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday asked the Centre to respond to a writ petition challenging its directive to make 'Aaro… Continue Reading

NEET applies to minority-run medical colleges: SC-THE HINDU-30-04-2020
2020-05-01 11:55

Details: The court held that rights of trade, business and occupation or religious rights “do not come in the way of securing transparency and re… Continue Reading

‘Anti-graft law covers deemed universities’-THE HINDU-29-04-2020
2020-05-01 11:11

Details: A deemed institution under the University Grants Commission Act of 1956 has the same common public duty like a university to confer academ… Continue Reading

BTAD placed under Governor’s Rule-THE HINDU-28-04-2020
2020-04-29 06:31

Details: Election to the council, scheduled on April 4, had been deferred because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The BTAD, comprising four districts of … Continue Reading

What are the concerns around the AarogyaSetu app?-THE HINDU-26-04-2020
2020-04-27 16:08

Details: Developed by the National Informatics Centre under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, the app got its biggest push when… Continue Reading

No 100% quota-THE HINDU-25-04-2020
2020-04-26 08:58

Details: The Supreme Court is right in considering cent per cent reservation as anathema to the constitutional scheme of equality even if it is for… Continue Reading

Pre-retirement judgments and post-retirement jobs-THE HINDU-23-04-2020
2020-04-24 11:40

Details: Enacting a law barring appointments of retired judges by the government will restore confidence in the judiciary. The Constitution has … Continue Reading

No 100% quota for tribal teachers: SC
2020-04-24 10:39

Details: A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court held it unconstitutional to provide 100% reservation for tribal teachers in schools l… Continue Reading

Attacks on health workers to attract up to 7 years in prison-THE HINDU-23-04-2020
2020-04-24 10:37

Details: They generally do not cover harassment at home and workplace and are focussed more on physical violence. The penal provisions contained in… Continue Reading

IT panel to meet via video conference-THE HINDU-21-04-2020
2020-04-22 10:23

Details: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has allowed the holding of a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Technology via video con… Continue Reading

Institutional fixes and the need for ethical politics-THE HINDU-18-04-2020
2020-04-19 14:25

Details: Late night on March 23, while the nation was vexed with the coronavirus crisis, Shivraj Singh Chouhan of the Bharatiya Janata Party was sw… Continue Reading

Cease the distractions, seize the moment-THE HINDU -16-04-2020
2020-04-17 12:09

Details: Cosmetic cuts: The 30% cut in the Rs.1 lakh per month salary and the Rs.27,000 cut in office and constituency allowances amount to savi… Continue Reading

Outdated census data keep 10 cr. out of PDS: economists- THE HINDU-16-04-2020
2020-04-17 12:04

Details: Under the NFSA, the PDS is supposed to cover 75% of the population in rural areas and 50% of the population in urban areas, which works ou… Continue Reading

Sacking by subterfuge-THE HINDU-14-04-2020
2020-04-15 08:02

Details: Removal of A.P The legality of the removal of the Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner is seriously in doubt. That it was the culmin… Continue Reading

‘Floor test is Governor’s discretion’-THE HINDU-14-04-2020
2020-04-15 07:45

Details: Judgment is based on M. A Governor can call for a floor test any time he objectively feels a government in power has lost the confidence o… Continue Reading

Charting a Common Minimum Relief Programme in times of pandemic-THE HINDU-10-04-2020
2020-04-11 08:55

Details: While States will come up with varying measures for support and relief, the Centre must lead this effort to ensure uniformity, optimisatio… Continue Reading

Rs.15,000 crore sanctioned to States-THE HINDU-10-04-2020
2020-04-11 08:48

Details: Central Government on Thursday announced that Rs.15,000 crore has been sanctioned to States under the India COVID-19 Emergency Response an… Continue Reading

Needed, greater decentralisation of power-THE HINDU-09-04-2020
2020-04-10 09:19

Details: Over the course of the last few weeks, as we have found ourselves in the throes of a pandemic, one of the striking features of governance … Continue Reading

Restrictions on court hearings lawful: SC-THE HINDU-07-04-2020
2020-04-08 11:12

Details: The Supreme Court on Monday deemed all restrictions imposed on people from entering, attending or taking part in court hearings as lawful … Continue Reading

‘Self-declare or face charges’-THE HINDU-07-04-2020
2020-04-08 11:09

Details: A car being disinfected in Guwahati on Monday. Assam govt. The Assam government has set a deadline for the elusive Tablighi Jamaat attende… Continue Reading

MPLADS suspended; PM, MPs to take 30% salary cut-THE HINDU-07-04-2020
2020-04-08 11:07

Details: The savings will go into the consolidated fund of India. The Union Cabinet on Monday approved a 30% cut in the salaries of all Members of … Continue Reading

Reducing farm distress during a pandemic-THE HINDU-06-04-2020
2020-04-07 10:00

Details: As India lacks the resources to significantly ramp up testing, imposing a lockdown was the government’s preferred option. Distrustful of… Continue Reading

PM asks States to suggest plan for staggered end to lockdown-THE HINDU-03-04-2020
2020-04-04 07:51

Details: Modi emphasised that the supply lines for medical equipment and drugs and raw materials needed for the manufacture of these products need … Continue Reading

Geo-fencing app will be used to locate quarantine violators- THE HINDU-03-04-2020
2020-04-04 07:47

Details: The Centre is using powers under the Indian Telegraph Act to “fetch information” from telecom companies every 15 minutes to track COVI… Continue Reading

Centre defines J&K domicile rules-THE HINDU-02-04-2020
2020-04-03 10:01

Details: The Union government has issued a notification defining “domiciles” in the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for protecting job… Continue Reading

Phones to be tracked-THE HINDU-02-04-2020
2020-04-03 09:53

News: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that the mobile phones of all those who have been asked to home quarantine themselves w… Continue Reading

SC upholds right to discuss COVID-19-THE HINDU-01-04-2020
2020-04-02 08:13

Details: The court asks asks the media to publish official version to avoid panic; government told to issue a daily bulletin The Supreme Court o… Continue Reading

Why PM CARES, asks Cong.-THE HINDU-31-03-2020
2020-04-01 12:59

Details: Congress leaders on Monday questioned the setting up of PM CARES Fund to deal with the coronavirus pandemic by Prime Minister Narendra Mod… Continue Reading

No curbs on essential goods: Centre-THE HINDU-25-03-2020
2020-03-26 22:44

Details: The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a slew of guidelines to be followed by the States to contain COVID-19 and asked all “enforcement aut… Continue Reading

Omar Abdullah released after 232 days in detention-THE HINDU-25-03-2020
2020-03-26 22:41

Details: “It’s a very different world today,” he tweets after his release. “We face the fight of our lives over the next few weeks and m… Continue Reading

Lockdown hits NREGA workers hard-THE HINDU-24-03-2020
2020-03-25 02:25

Details: Support becomes critical as thousands of migrant workers return to villages This is especially critical as thousands of migrant workers… Continue Reading

SC to go digital to maintain social distancing-THE HINDU-24-03-2020
2020-03-25 02:13

Details: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to further restrict its functioning on account of the COVID-19 scare and resort to the digital mode to… Continue Reading

Crime and punishment: On Nirbhaya case convicts’ hanging-THE HINDU
2020-03-22 10:45

Details: The pre-dawn hangings of four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman may have brought a semblance of closure to … Continue Reading

Four Nirbhaya convicts hanged to death at dawn-THE HINDU-21-03-2020
2020-03-22 10:26

Details: A glimpse of DDU Hospital's mortuary premises where post mortem of Nirbhaya convicts, who were hanged to death early today, is being condu… Continue Reading

Giving Human Rights Commissions more teeth-THE HINDU-20-03-2020
2020-03-21 11:29

Details: In 1993, the Indian Parliament enacted the Protection of Human Rights Act. The purpose of the Act was to establish an institutional framew… Continue Reading

In Upper House nomination, a fall for ‘aloofness’-THE HINDU-19-03-2020
2020-03-21 10:26

Details: During his tenure, Justice Gogoi also presided over and pushed through the National Register of Citizens in Assam, an exercise that has ex… Continue Reading

An SC verdict violative of minority rights-THE HINDU-19-03-2020
2020-03-21 10:06

Details: The recent decision by a two-judge bench takes away autonomy of madrasas in W. Protection of minorities is the hallmark of a civilisation.… Continue Reading

Lok Sabha passes Appropriation Bill-THE HINDU-17-03-2020
2020-03-18 21:03

Details: Speaker Om Birla applied “guillotine” — the Parliamentary tool to club all other pending subjects for discussion — after the discu… Continue Reading

Getting the hang of death penalty-THE HINDU -17-03-2020
2020-03-18 20:57

Details: India is one of only 58 countries that have the death penalty on their statute book and have used it in the recent past. In January, wh… Continue Reading

Bill on Central status to 3 Sanskrit deemed universities passed-PIB-17-03-2020
2020-03-18 20:50

Details: The Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2020 has been passed by the Parliament after it was passed by Rajya Sabha today. The Lok Sabha had… Continue Reading

Reforming power to serve people-THE HINDU-16-03-2020
2020-03-16 22:06

Details: Political parties in India pursue power without adequate transparency and accountability Last year, in November, in Maharashtra, Devend… Continue Reading

Needless appeal: On U.P. move against removal of ‘name and shame’ posters-THE HINDU-16-03-2020
2020-03-16 22:01

News: Even though the Supreme Court’s vacation judges were sceptical about the legal basis of the government’s action, they referred it to a la… Continue Reading

Dominion over territory: On UTs and Lieutenant Governors
2020-03-14 22:54

Detail: The verdict by a Division Bench of the Madras High Court on the respective roles of the elected regime in Puducherry and the Administrator … Continue Reading

Masks, sanitizers now essential commodities-THE HINDU-14-02-2020
2020-03-14 22:30

Details: On March 13, the Centre notified an order under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 to declare 2 ply and 3 ply surgical masks, N95 masks a… Continue Reading

RS nod for ‘Vivad Se Vishwas’ Bill-THE HINDU-14-03-2020
2020-03-14 22:26

Details: The Parliament on Friday approved the Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill, 2020, which will give taxpayers a chance to settle tax disputes by… Continue Reading

Election Commission of India unveils Roadmap for revamp-THE HINDU-12-03-2020
2020-03-13 20:05

Details: • Issuing electronic versions of the voter ID card EPIC for convenience of voters; • Replacing all the forms for various voter se… Continue Reading

Puducherrys Lieutenant Governor-THE HINDU-12-03-2020
2020-03-13 19:54

Details: The Madras High Court on Wednesday said a government is “a trustee for the little man who should not have a perception that the running … Continue Reading

Sikkim launches open government data portal-THE HINDU-11-03-2020
2020-03-13 00:23

Details: Sikkim on Saturday claimed to become the first state in India to have an open government data portal. Lok Sabha MP, P D Rai launched the o… Continue Reading

ECI unveils road map for revamp-THE HINDU-08-03-2020
2020-03-09 08:44

Details: The Election Commission of India had set up working groups in June 2019, to come up with recommendations for revamping of the electoral p… Continue Reading

Delimitation panel for J&K, northeastern States set up-THE HINDU-07-03-2020
2020-03-07 22:27

Details: About six months after the State of Jammu and Kashmir was split into the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, the government moved on Mond… Continue Reading

EC moots linking Aadhaar with voter ID, Law ministry tells LS-THE HINDU-06-03-2020
2020-03-07 21:00

Abstract: The Law Ministry has said, in order to ensure preparation of an error-free electoral roll, and to prevent duplication of entries, a propo… Continue Reading

Gauhati High Court Sets aside Tribunal order on Foreigner-THE HINDU-05-03-2020
2020-03-06 14:01

Details: The court has asked the Tribunal for a fresh opinion and allowed bail application by the alleged ‘foreigner’. • The order comes a… Continue Reading

Centre in talks with States wary of NPR-THE HINDU-04-03-2020
2020-03-05 22:05

News: The Centre on Tuesday said it was in discussion with States that had expressed concerns about the updation of the National Population Registe… Continue Reading

Centre working on exclusive body for river-linking projects-THE HINDU-04-03-2020
2020-03-05 21:59

Details: The Central government is working on the establishment of an exclusive body to implement projects for linking rivers. To be called the Nat… Continue Reading

34 queries in Census 2020 form-THE HINDU-03-03-2020
2020-03-03 19:46

Details: National Population Register data to be collected in a year Centre has proposed that the next phase of NPR will be conducted along with… Continue Reading

Pension scheme fails to take off-THE HIUNDU-03-03-2020
2020-03-03 19:32

Details: Just over 34,000 people have signed up for the National Pension Scheme for Traders, Shopkeepers and Self-Employed Persons, which was intr… Continue Reading

President gives nod for delimitation in the NE States-THE HINDU-29-02-2020
2020-02-29 23:11

News: The President has cancelled the earlier order of the Union government that deferred the delimitation exercise in the States of Assam, Arunach… Continue Reading

Aadhaar, no standout performer in welfare delivery-THE HINDU -28-02-20202
2020-02-29 20:25

Details: “Aadhaar has curtailed leakages of government subsidies... Through Aadhaar, savings worth Rs.90,000 crore have accrued to the government… Continue Reading

The unassailable keywords for the judiciary -The Hindu-25-02-2020
2020-02-26 09:31

Details: Justice Arun Mishra’s public praise of the Prime Minister at a public forum on Saturday raises serious questions about the independence … Continue Reading

Not fair, just or reasonable -The Hindu-25-02-2020
2020-02-26 09:10

Details: The revocation of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir was accompanied by widespread arrests and detentions under the erstwhile State’s Publi… Continue Reading

Batting for the downtrodden-THE HINDU-24-02-2020
2020-02-24 21:44

The Supreme Court has ruled that quotas and reservations for promotions for government jobs are not a fundamental right, setting aside an Uttarakhand … Continue Reading

SC passes interim order on Mahadayi tribunal’s award- THE HINDU - 21/02/2020
2020-02-22 10:26

News: The Supreme Court has passed an interim order allowing an application by the State of Karnataka to notify the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal… Continue Reading

Centre won’t dilute Article 371- THE HINDU - 21/02/2020
2020-02-22 10:19

Union Home Minister has allayed fears in the northeast that Article 371 would meet the same fate as Article 370. … Continue Reading

Centre to form new law panel-THE HINDU-20-02-2020
2020-02-21 13:01

News: The Law Commission advises the government on complex legal issues. The Law Ministry will now notify the new panel, which will have a three… Continue Reading

Central government cuts its share in flagship crop insurance scheme-THE HINDU-20-02-2020
2020-02-21 12:48

Details: In a significant step, enrolment in the two schemes has also been made voluntary for all farmers, including those with existing crop loans… Continue Reading

Karbis protest against ST status for hill Bodos- THE HINDU - 19/02/2020
2020-02-20 10:18

Context: An Assam-based insurgent group of Karbis, which signed a ceasefire agreement with the Centre, has demanded that the Bodos in the hill area… Continue Reading

Accord drives divide in Assam’s Bodo domain-THE HINDU-17-02-2020
2020-02-17 14:32

News: The Centre had on January 27 signed the peace accord with all factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland and two other organisatio… Continue Reading

Pass resolution against CAA: CPI(M)-THE HINDU-13-02-2020
2020-02-13 20:22

News: The Communist Party of India demanded convening of a special session of the Legislative Assembly to adopt a resolution urging the Centre to s… Continue Reading

Six years on, Lokpal is a non-starter-THE HINDU -12-02-2020
2020-02-12 23:03

Context: Six years on, Lokpal is a non-starter. Background: A nationwide public campaign in 2011 demanding an independent anti-corruption omb… Continue Reading

RESERVATION AS RIGHT- THE HINDU- 11/02/2020
2020-02-11 23:20

NEWS: Ensuring adequate representation to disadvantaged sections is a state obligation The received wisdom in affirmative action jurisprudence i… Continue Reading

Victim justice is two steps forward, one step back- THE HINDU - 10/02/2020
2020-02-10 21:58

Abstract: The recent judgment in Rekha Murarka vs The State Of West Bengal has held that the victims’ private counsel cannot orally examine or cr… Continue Reading

A nation for the persecuted- THE HINDU - 10/02/2020
2020-02-10 21:43

News: The Citizenship Act 2019, or CAA, 2019, passionately contested by people across the country, by placing these filters of religion and nation,… Continue Reading

‘Unparliamentary’ — What MPs cannot say in the House- THE HINDU- 08/02/2020 - PRELIMS
2020-02-09 16:36

Context Parliament has witnessed heated arguments. This has brought back questions of what is “unparliamentary” speech and conduct. What is … Continue Reading

Custodial Deaths- THE HINDU- 07/02/2020
2020-02-09 16:04

“No one can truly know a nation until one has been inside the jail. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizen but its lowes… Continue Reading

PUBLIC SAFETY ACT- THE HINDU- 07/02/2020
2020-02-09 15:42

Context: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has booked former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA).… Continue Reading

ANTI-DEFECTION LAW- RSTV
2020-02-06 08:16

Context: • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu recently expressed that the time has come to revisit the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. Tenth Sc… Continue Reading

Why no action on pleas on T.N. MLAs disqualification, asks SCPIB-05-02-2020
2020-02-06 08:09

Context: The Supreme Court has questioned the Tamil Nadu Speaker’s inaction with respect to the disqualification petitions filed under the Tenth … Continue Reading

No decision yet on nationwide NRC, Minister tells Parliament-PIB-05-02-2020
2020-02-06 08:06

Context: The government informed the Lok Sabha that it has till now not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at th… Continue Reading

Gram Nyayalayas-THE HINDU-04-02-2020
2020-02-05 09:57

Mains Paper 2: Polity Prelims level : Gram Nyayalayas Mains level : Significance of the Gram Nyayalayas • The Supreme Court has directed t… Continue Reading

Swachh Sarvekshan Grameen award-THE HINDU-03-02-2020
2020-02-04 12:17

News: • The Union Minister of Jal Shakti conferred the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019 awards to top ranked states, union territories, and distric… Continue Reading

Cabinet approves extension of pharmaceuticals purchase policy-THE HINDU-03-02-2020
2020-02-04 12:16

News: • The Union Cabinet has approved the extension/renewal of Pharmaceuticals Purchase Policy (PPP) with the same terms and conditions while addi… Continue Reading

Cabinet approves Patent Prosecution Highway programme-PIB-03-02-2020
2020-02-04 11:51

News: • The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for adoption of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme by the Indian Patent Office (IPO) … Continue Reading

NIRVIK Scheme-PIB-03-02-2020
2020-02-04 11:48

News: • The Finance Minister announced the NIRVIK scheme in the Union Budget 2020-21 in Parliament. Background: • It will provide high … Continue Reading

Anticipatory bail-INDIAN EXPRESS-31-01-2020
2020-02-01 08:11

• The Supreme Court ruled that no time limit could be fixed while granting anticipatory bail, and that it could continue till the end of trial. … Continue Reading

Medical termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020-THE HINDU-31-01-2020
2020-02-01 08:10

News: • The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020, to amend the Medical Termination of … Continue Reading

Bodo Agreement -PIB-31-01-2020
2020-01-31 18:24

Context • Historic Comprehensive Bodo Settlement Agreement was signed to end the over 50 year old Bodo Crisis Assam’s territorial integrity is … Continue Reading

Time limit on advance bail violates personal liberty: SC-THE HINDU-30-01-2020
2020-01-31 09:15

Context • Five Judge Constitution Bench ruled that the protection of anticipatory or pre-arrest bail cannot be limited to any time frame or “fi… Continue Reading

STCW Convention-THE HINDU-29-01-2020
2020-01-30 07:50

News: • The Union Cabinet has approved the Model MoU with foreign countries for recognition of seafarers’ competency certificates, pursuant to … Continue Reading

Bodo Crisis-INDIAN EXPRESS-29-01-2020
2020-01-30 07:47

• A historic agreement was signed between Government of India, Government of Assam and Bodo representatives to end the over 50-year old Bodo crisis.… Continue Reading

Bodo and center accord- THE HINDU-28-01-2020
2020-01-28 22:41

News Govt. of India has signed a tripartite agreement with the representatives of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) organisa… Continue Reading

Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia
2020-01-27 12:36

• Election Commission of India will host the 10th Annual Meeting of the Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) in New Delhi… Continue Reading

Happy Republic Day to all
2020-01-26 10:37

V2V IAS wishes everyone a Happy Republic Day. Day to remember our soulful constitution and hard earned independence. Get 30 percent discount on all… Continue Reading

Another extension for OBC sub-categorisation panel- THE HINDU-23-01-2020
2020-01-24 20:53

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved a 6 month extension in the tenure of the commission to examine sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes… Continue Reading

Daman as HQ of merged territory- THE HINDU-23-01-2020
2020-01-24 20:48

• Union cabinet has designated Daman as Headquarter of Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. About: • Daman will be… Continue Reading

Needn’t tell Governor when suing Centre-THE HINDU- 21-01-2020
2020-01-21 23:47

Context: The Governor of Kerala has sought an explanation from the state government of Kerala for its failure to apprise him of the state governmen… Continue Reading

A net verdict that falls short of expectations-THE HINDU- 20-01-2020
2020-01-20 20:29

Abstract: The Supreme Court (SC) verdict on the petitions challenging the Government’s move to suspend Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir. … Continue Reading

Police Commissionerate System- INDIAN EXPRESS
2020-01-18 19:01

News: The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Monday approved the commissionerate system of policing for state capital Lucknow, and Noida. • The system … Continue Reading

Is a new India rising?- THE HINDU-OP-ED- 14-01-2020
2020-01-14 13:58

News: The tsunami of protests across the length and breadth of the country has several fascinating facets. Barring issuing some statements in su… Continue Reading

Protest is at the core of poetry- THE HINDU- OP-ED- 14-01-2020
2020-01-14 13:45

News: IIT-Kanpur was recently at the centre of a controversy over “Hum Dekhenge”, a popular Urdu nazm, or poem, written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The… Continue Reading

The warp and weft of religious liberty-THE HINDU-13-01-2020
2020-01-14 01:03

Balancing Article 25 & 26 Under the Indian Constitution, the following have been guaranteed: Right of individuals to dignity and equality Right… Continue Reading

Model Code of Conduct- THE HINDU- 08-01-2020
2020-01-08 21:59

What is the Model Code of Conduct? The Model Code of Conduct for guidance of political parties and candidates is a set of norms which has been evol… Continue Reading

‘Reaction to Operation Twist as expected’- THE HINDU-08-01-2020
2020-01-08 21:50

Abstract: The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India has said that the market’s reaction to the simultaneous buy-sell of government bonds is on ex… Continue Reading

A case for including Tulu in the Eighth Schedule-The Hindu-07-01-2020
2020-01-07 20:14

Abstract: The article argues for the inclusion of Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution and the benefits of such a move. Overvi… Continue Reading

Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS)-THE HINDU-06-01-2020
2020-01-06 20:35

Context The Union Cabinet has approved the organizational restructuring of the railways through the unification of the existing eight Group A servi… Continue Reading

Constitution is breached every day- INDIAN EXPRESS-THE EDIT PAGE- 05-01-2020
2020-01-05 11:57

Constitution is breached every day, denying to millions of people minimum justice, social, economic and political When Nani Palkhivala propounded t… Continue Reading

What is the Maharashtra-Karnataka tussle over Belagavi all about?-THE HINDU-05-01-2020
2020-01-05 11:28

What is the Central government’s stand? The story so far: Last month, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray appointed Ministers Chaggan… Continue Reading

BJP MP’s plea against Kerala CM awaits RS Chairman’s nod-The Hindu- 04-01-2020
2020-01-04 18:49

Abstract: Move to introduce a Privilege Motion against the Kerala Chief Minister for the Kerala assembly’s resolution against CAA. Overview: … Continue Reading

All India Judicial Service no panacea, says study-The Hindu- 04-01-2020
2020-01-04 18:28

Context: Report on The All India Judicial Service by Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. Background: Most of the grounds for the creation of an Al… Continue Reading

Special provisions likely for J&K residents in jobs, land rights-The Hindu- 04-01-2020
2020-01-04 17:53

Context: Government considering special status for the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Background: The Central government … Continue Reading

Minimising the housing divide-The Hindu-OP-ED- 03-01-2020
2020-01-03 18:49

Provision of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA) PURA was aimed at the provisioning of urban amenities and livelihood opportunities in rural area… Continue Reading

Assembly has its rights: Kerala CM--The Hindu- 02-01-2020
2020-01-02 21:36

Context: A Rajya Sabha member has filed a petition with the Chairman of the House seeking to initiate breach of privileges and contempt proceedings… Continue Reading

Kerala tops NITI Aayog’s index of UN goals-The Hindu-31-12-2019-Page-12
2019-12-31 22:52

Context: NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index. Background: The SDGs are a set of 17 broad-based global goals adopted by t… Continue Reading

Citizenship law is in line with India’s ethos of fraternity-Indian Express-31-12-2019
2019-12-31 14:09

News: The CAA does not affect any Indian citizens, including Muslims. We have to understand that the CAA has no role in the deportation of any fo… Continue Reading

Preamble-Indian Express-30-12-2019
2019-12-30 11:27

News: The Constitution, particularly its Preamble, has frequently been at the centre of the ongoing debate over the Citizenship Amendment Act. I… Continue Reading

What is the directive on detention centres?- The Hindu- 29-12-2019, Page-14
2019-12-29 22:11

Context Recently the Union Cabinet has given its nod for updation of the National Population Register (NPR) across the country. Given that NPR is … Continue Reading

Personal queries directly linked to establishing citizenship: SC- The Hindu-28-12-2019-Page-12
2019-12-28 20:48

Context: Kerala and West Bengal state governments have suspended the updating of National Population Register (NPR) amid apprehensions that NPR wil… Continue Reading

NPR: house to house verification planned--The Hindu-27-12-2019-Page-01
2019-12-27 23:00

Context The National Population Register (NPR) is a register of the usual residents of the country. It contains information collected at the local… Continue Reading

Anti-CAA stir brings Adivasis into focus-The Hindu-(PG-8)-26-12-2019
2019-12-26 19:56

Context: The anti-­ Citizenship (Amendment) Bill protests have brought demands of the Adivasis or tea tribes in Assam to the forefront. Details… Continue Reading

Strengthening grassroots democracy-The Hindu-(PG-11)-25-12-2019
2019-12-26 08:50

Context: Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to delay the holding of rural local body elections, due in 2016, by three years. Background: … Continue Reading

A decision without forethought -The Hindu–(Pg. 11)-24-12-2019
2019-12-24 19:56

North-East and its importance in India’s foreign policy The Citizenship Amendment Act will have consequences for the India’s foreign … Continue Reading

Undoing harms - citizenship amendment act -The Hindu (PG-10) - 23-12-2019
2019-12-24 09:54

Context: Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Concerns: There are concerns that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act excludes Muslims… Continue Reading

What connects the NPR, NRIC and Census
2019-12-23 15:35

In a recent address, Home Minister of India has floated the idea of One Nation, One Card and asserted that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) w… Continue Reading

[op-ed snap] Whither Amaravati?: On the capital city of Andhra Pradesh
2019-12-21 15:12

Sometimes ideas can sound good, but when it comes to implementation they need to be tested for feasibility and timing. 3 capitals Andhra Pradesh… Continue Reading