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Current Affairs 2020

Chief of Defence Staff

August 17, 2019

Practice so far: India has had a feeble equivalent known as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC); but this is a toothless office, given the manner in which it is structured. The senior-most among the three Service Chiefs is appointed to head the CoSC, an office that lapses with the incumbent’s retirement.   Why change it […]

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Delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir

August 14, 2019

What is the provision of delimitation in Jammu and kashmir in Jammu and Kashmir reorganisation Act 2019  The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, provides for increasing the number of assembly seats in the newly formed Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir from 107 to 114. Delimitation is the process of fixing limits or boundaries […]

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Consumer Protection Bill, 2019

August 14, 2019

Consumer Protection Bill, 2019 The Consumer Protection Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan on July 8, 2019. The Bill replaces the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Who is a Consumer? A consumer is defined as a person who buys any good or […]

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Recently Passed bills in 2019

August 14, 2019

This was the first session of the Parliament after the Lok Sabha elections, the Parliament passed not only landmark bills like repealing of Article 370, geographical reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir, Triple Talaq Bill, new Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill, but also created the record for maximum Bills passed in the last 67 years. Here’s the […]

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Slowdown in the economy

August 12, 2019

Is Slowdown phenomenon confined to India? INDIA is not alone in suffering an economic slowdown. From Japan to Thailand, the economic scene is not rosy and the governments of many neighbouring countries in the East are trying to revive growth through stimulus packages. The biggest casualty is the manufacturing sector which has been facing a […]

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The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019

August 12, 2019

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Mr. Virendra Kumar on January 8, 2019. The Bill amends the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.  The Act seeks to […]

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Hong Kong China Conflict

August 12, 2019

Is Hong Kong an independent nation? Hong Kong is semi-autonomous – with it’s own money, passports, immigration channels and legal system. But it isn’t quite independent either. In fact, Hong Kong was never an independent country. Britain controlled the region as a British colony until 1997, when a 99-year lease expired. China agreed to govern […]

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Simla Agreement

August 12, 2019

Q. What was the Simla agreement? The Simla Agreement was signed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on 2 July 1972, following a full-blown war between India and Pakistan in 1971. As ‘East Pakistan’ gained independence to become Bangladesh, India was left to deal with approximately 90,000 Pakistani soldiers captured […]

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Unlawful Activities prevention Act amendment

August 9, 2019

Background: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 aims at the effective prevention of unlawful activities across India and abroad. Its main objective was to provide powers to central agencies and states to deal with terrorist activities. Recently Rajya Sabha has cleared the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 or anti-terror law. The Bill amends the Unlawful Activities […]

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National Medical Commission Bill:

August 9, 2019

  Background: The Medical Council of India was first established in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933. This Act was repealed and replaced with a new Act in 1956. Under the 1956 Act, the objectives of MCI include: Maintenance of standards in medical education through curriculum guidelines, inspections and permissions to start colleges, courses or increasing number […]

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Article 370 and its relationship with Afghanistan

August 7, 2019

Background:Article 370 and its relationship with Afghanistan  India’s move to end the special status for Jammu and Kashmir indicates that the government is bracing for serious geo-strategic shifts that wiall unfold in South Asia over the next few months. Though the domestic reasons for ending the special status was presented through a detailed analysis of the negative […]

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Gilgit Baltistan Region Issue

August 7, 2019

The Gilgit Baltistan was a region of princely state of India ruled by Maharaja Hari Singh. Before independence; a rebellion occurred and rebels established an independent rule for a short time. After that; keeping view of the Muslim predominance in the region; it has been merged with Pakistan but still the region is neither recognized […]

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Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019: Key Amendments

August 3, 2019

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019: Key Amendments 1. Road Safety The Bill proposes to increase penalties for traffic violations to act as a future deterrent. It proposes stricter provisions for offences such as drunken driving, juvenile driving, driving without licence, over-speeding, dangerous driving and overloading. It also proposes stricter provisions for driving without helmets. The […]

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Amendments to Forest Act and Tribal Revolt

August 3, 2019

Recently DISTRICTS with sizeable tribal populations saw several protests and demonstrations on Monday. The protests were organised by the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan. There were two issues that the demonstrators were decrying. One, the proposed amendments to the Indian Forest Act (IFA), 1927; the concerned amendments to the IFA have been sent to states for consultation. […]

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Global Innovation Index and India’s ranking

August 2, 2019

Introduction: The Government of India has launched the Global Innovation Index (GII) in New Delhi. This is the first time that the GII is being launched in an emerging economy. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and […]

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