Population and Associated Problems

By Aspire IAS

19 June 2019

Context: India to be most populous by 2027 (crux also included). India is set to overtake China as the most populous country by 2027. It will have almost 1.64 billion inhabitants by 2050. China, on the other hand, is expected to become smaller, dropping from it's current 1.43 billion to approx.. 1.4 billion by 2050 Though India will have the highest increase in absolute numbers, its rate of growth is slowing.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Government's Steps towards a Cleaner India

By Aspire IAS

19 June 2019

Context: Uptick for India on sanitation in UN Report (including the gist of the news). This article deals with the most significant cleanliness campaign of the Government of India, the various initiatives taken under it and the associated problems.

Daily News Update for 19th June 2019

By Aspire IAS

19 June 2019

This is an overview of the most important topics covered by The Hindu and The Indian Express in today's newspaper along with the links for the relevant topics.

Unleashing the potential of Urban India

By Aspire IAS

18 June 2019

According to Global Metro Monitor 2018, 36% employment growth and 67% GDP growth were contributed by the 300 largest global metros, with those in emerging economies outperforming those in advanced economies.

Manual Scavenging in India

By Aspire IAS

18 June 2019

According to the Prohibition of Employment as manual scavengers and their rehabilitation act, 2013., a manual scavenger is a person who is engaged or employed by an individual or a local authority or an agency or a contractor for manual cleaning, carrying, disposing of, or otherwise handling in any manner, human excreta in an insanitary laterine or in an open drain or pit into which the human excreta from the insanitary latrines is disposed of, or in railway track or other spaces as notified by the government.  

Jan Aushadhi Kendras and National Health Policy, 2017

By Aspire IAS

17 June 2019

India is making great efforts to make quality healthcare available and affordable to all. In this direction, the government has fast track its efforts by setting up more Jan Aushadhi Kendras by the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI). BPPI is also responsible for monitoring the quality of drugs that are sold at these stores

Technology Reform in education – What went wrong?

By Aspire IAS

12 June 2019

With an increasing focus on the reforms in the education sector, there has been a discussion on the various aspects of education, including technology. Technology is known to have improved the quality of life for many people but the same technology is a double-edged sword. If not utilized carefully and in harmony with the human resource, it can have a deteriorating impact, as is seen in the education sector. Better policies are, thus, needed to generate optimum results.

Saving Childhood

By Aspire IAS

12 June 2019

Child labour is a major socio-economic problem faced by India. It is a multi-dimensional problem with grave consequences for the country, impacting whole of the Indian society. As per 2011 census, the number of working children in the age group of 5-14 years has been reduced to 43.53 lakh or 5% in 2011 from 3.6% in 2001.

No other book can trump the Indian constitution

By Aspire IAS

30 September 2018

On January 26, 1950, for the first time in Indian history, we, believers and practitioners of diverse philosophies and religions, decided to also become the people of a single book. This book was the Constitution of India.

Freedom to Pray

By Aspire IAS

29 September 2018

It protects an individual’s right to profess, practise and propagate a religion, and it also assures similar protection to every religious denomination to manage its own affairs.

Adultery is not a crime, rules SC; strikes it off IPC

By Aspire IAS

28 September 2018

Adultery.—Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offense of rape, is guilty of the offense of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.

Aadhaar gets thums up from supreme Court

By Aspire IAS

27 September 2018

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in a majority opinion upheld Aadhaar as a reasonable restriction on individual privacy.

Enact strong laws to cleanse Politics: Supreme Court

By Aspire IAS

26 September 2018

The court countered the government’s submissions that under the Representation of the People Act, only convicted lawmakers can be disqualified and not accused ones.

The primary anchor of a health-care road map

By Aspire IAS

25 September 2018

The first is to create a network of health and wellness centres that will bring the healthcare system closer to the people. The centres will provide comprehensive healthcare, including treatment for non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health services. Besides this, they will also provide free essential drugs and diagnostic services; also Rs. 1200 crore have been allocated for this flagship programme.

PM Modi Launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

By Aspire IAS

24 September 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23, 2018 launched the flagship scheme 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana' (PMJAY), also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).

Withdraw instant triple talaq ordinance: women’s groups

By Aspire IAS

23 September 2018

Women activists and supporters of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)’s women’s wing on Saturday lodged protest against the ordinance criminalising instant triple talaq and described the move as a ‘political stunt’.

Ban on adoption by live-in partners lifted

By Aspire IAS

22 September 2018

Individuals in a live-in relationship will once again be able to adopt Children from and within India after the country's nodal adoption agency decided to withdraw a circular issued earlier this year disallowing them from doing so.

Is the NITI Aayog relevant today?

By Aspire IAS

21 September 2018

The NITI Aayog (The National Institution for Transforming India), was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015.

Triple talaq is criminal offence

By Aspire IAS

20 September 2018

The Union Cabinet has cleared an ordinance that makes talaq-e-biddat, or instant triple talaq, a criminal offence that will attract a maximum jail term of three years. President Ram Nath Kovind later in the day gave his assent.

UN Report: A child under 15 dies every 5 seconds around the world

By Aspire IAS

19 September 2018

According to the new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group, an estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes.

The progressive way

By Aspire IAS

18 September 2018

In a consultation paper released recently, the Law Commission of India has boldly said that a uniform civil code (UCC) is neither feasible nor necessary at this stage.

Does U.S. want India to import more?

By Aspire IAS

17 September 2018

US President Trump has unleashed a trade war against many countries based on his electoral promise of ‘America First’.

Call for policy, action in diabetes prevention, management

By Aspire IAS

16 September 2018

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 which was released recently points out that the prevalence of diabetes has increased more rapidly in the less-developed States of the country. The report contains alarming statistics for India. According to it the total number of people with diabetes grew from 26 million in 1990 to 65 million in 2016. The prevalence of diabetes in India was 5.5 % in 1990, but it has increased to 7.7 % in 2016.

CCEA approves continuation of capacity development scheme

By Aspire IAS

15 September 2018

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved continuation of Capacity Development Scheme for period 2017-18 to 2019-20. It is ongoing Central Sector Scheme of Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI).

India's health report reads worse:

By Aspire IAS

13 September 2018

India state level Disease Burden Initiative report is a joint initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, along with experts and stakeholders associated with over 100 Indian institutions.

PM Narendra Modi announces remuneration hike for ASHA, Anganwadi workers

By Aspire IAS

12 September 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an increase in remuneration for those involved with the government’s Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) scheme and Anganwadi scheme.

Delhi Launches doorstep delivery of govt. sevices:

By Aspire IAS

11 September 2018

The Delhi government on September 10, 2018 launched a scheme that will enable doorstep delivery of 40 essential government services such as caste and marriage certificates, driving license and new water connections in the first phase.

Maneka Gandhi bypassed; Nutrition guidelines approved by the NITI Aayog

By Aspire IAS

09 September 2018

The NITI Aayog has approved the supplementary nutrition guidelines, prepared by the Ministry for Women and Child Development, bypassing Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi following intervention by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

SC decriminalizes homosexuality

By Aspire IAS

07 September 2018

A Five Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on September 6, 2018 decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by partially striking down some of its provisions.

CCI orders widening the scope of investigation by the Director General in the matter relating to alleged unfair pricing by super-specialty hospitals in and around Delhi

By Aspire IAS

06 September 2018

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is inquiring into a matter for alleged violation of provisions of Section 3 and 4 of the Competition Act, 2002 relating to imposition of unfair prices by private super-speciality hospitals.

Beyond uniformity

By Aspire IAS

04 September 2018

By uniform civil code, it is meant that all sections of the society irrespective of their religion shall be treated equally according to a national civil code, which shall be applicable to all uniformly.

Maoists have a tight and flowing structure

By Aspire IAS

02 September 2018

Naxalite movement was started by Charu Majumdar, Kanu Sanyal and Jangal Santhal in West Bengal in 1967 under the banner of Communist Party of India (Marxist).

No need for uniform civil code now, Says law panel

By Aspire IAS

01 September 2018

The Law Commission of India on Friday said a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is “neither necessary nor desirable at this stage.”

Speeding up the adoption process

By Aspire IAS

31 August 2018

The Juvenile Justice Act of 2015 introduces comprehensive provisions for children in conflict with the law and children in need of care and protection. It was enacted keeping in view the standards prescribed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Millennium Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice, 1985 (the Beijing Rules), the United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty (1990), the Hague Convention on Protection of Children an

Restoring dignity: Leprosy, a social stigma

By Aspire IAS

28 August 2018

The union cabinet has cleared the personal laws(Amendment) bill that seeks to strike down leprosy as a ground for divorce by making amendments in divorce acts. Under the provisions of Indian Divorce act , it is a legitimate ground for divorce.

Article 35 A and the basic structure

By Aspire IAS

27 August 2018

The basic structure doctrine is an Indian judicial principle that the Constitution of India has certain basic features that cannot be altered or destroyed through amendments by the parliament.

Another step in the battle against leprosy

By Aspire IAS

25 August 2018

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. It usually affects the skin and peripheral nerves, but has a wide range of clinical manifestations.

Article 35

By Aspire IAS

24 August 2018

Article 35A of the Constitution is now being vigorously contested with its constitutional validity being challenged before the Supreme Court. It has managed to create widespread legal and political controversy, despite it not even finding a mention in the regular sequential text of the Constitution.

Retrograde move (GS Paper-I)

By Aspire IAS

23 August 2018

The Punjab Cabinet has decided to amend the law to make acts of sacrilege against the holy books of major religions punishable with life imprisonment. It approved amendments to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to make sacrilege(violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred) of religious texts punishable with life imprisonment.

Simultaneous elections not soon

By Aspire IAS

20 August 2018

Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat’s view that it is not possible to hold simultaneous• elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies soon.

Kerala’s Trauma: A test for India’s Disaster management

By Aspire IAS

19 August 2018

The unprecedented severe floods in Kerala unleashed by heavy rain, overflowing rivers, brimming dams and massive landslips has overwhelmed the State government and rescue agencies, as they struggle to make a complete assessment of the devastation.

India need Smart urbanization

By Aspire IAS

18 August 2018

Residents of Bhavanpur, a village about 15 km outside Ahmedabad, have been protesting against their inclusion in the city’s urban area by the local urban development authority.

No child left behind

By Aspire IAS

17 August 2018

India is home to the largest number of malnourished children in the world, a report, advocating that the country needs to frame policies with a focus on reducing health and social inequities.

Digitization of courts

By Aspire IAS

16 August 2018

The Supreme Court took a giant step towards digitization of courts across the country by launching three applications to facilitate e-filing of cases, making digital payments and service of judicial notices through smartphones to the litigants.

Proxy Voting by NRIs

By Aspire IAS

14 August 2018

Recently, the Lok Sabha passed the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to allow for the proxy voting by the Non-Residential Indians through amendment in Section 60 (special procedure for voting by certain classes of persons).

Anti-begging Act and Criminal Tribes: Legacy of injustice

By Aspire IAS

13 August 2018

The Delhi High Court has strike down as unconstitutional the provisions of the law which sanction punitive action against beggars, including imprisonment.

More Assembly seats for Sikkim

By Aspire IAS

12 August 2018

The Home Ministry has moved the Union Cabinet to increase the number of seats in the Sikkim Assembly from 32 to 40.

Poverty, not poor

By Aspire IAS

11 August 2018

The Delhi High Court has strike down as unconstitutional the provisions of the law which sanction punitive action against beggars, including imprisonment.

SC alters Lodha’s BCCI proposals

By Aspire IAS

10 August 2018

The Supreme Court has finalised the new Constitution for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), rejecting the ‘one State-one vote’ recommendation of the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee and altering the cooling-off period for cricket bosses.

Reforming the Civil Services

By Aspire IAS

09 August 2018

A recent move by the Centre seeking applications from ‘outstanding individuals’ to fill in 10 posts of Joint Secretary, has caused anxiety amongst bureaucrats.

Our Privacy worth

By Aspire IAS

08 August 2018

The Committee of Experts on a Data Protection Framework for India (Chaired by Justice B. N. Srikrishna) submitted its report and draft Bill to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on July 27, 2018. The Committee was constituted in August, 2017 to examine issues related to data protection, recommend methods to address them, and draft a data protection Bill.

Rebooting the system for a skills upgrade

By Aspire IAS

07 August 2018

The Report of the standing committee on Labour(2017-18) headed by Kirti Somaiya, on the “ Industrial Training Institutes(ITIs) and Skill Development Scheme” of the Ministry of skill Development and Entrepreneurship(MSDE). It was submitted to parliament few months ago.

J&K tense ahead of SC hearing on Article 35A

By Aspire IAS

06 August 2018

Last week, the State government, currently under Governor’s Rule, moved a plea in the Supreme Court to defer the hearing on a clutch of petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution, citing the upcoming panchayat and urban local body elections.

Reservations in India:

By Aspire IAS

05 August 2018

We live in a free country and this freedom is a gift of democracy to us. Our constitution gives us the right to freedom and most importantly to exercise this freedom in an equitable manner. At the same time it is incumbent on the part of the state to ensure that equality prevails in all sections of the society. However in today’s time one of the major roadblocks to this equality is the Reservation System.

Centre pushes for quota in promotion for SCs/STs

By Aspire IAS

04 August 2018

Citing historical deprivation the Centre called the Supreme Court to revisit 2006 Nagaraj ruling.

Data Lolcalisation is no solution

By Aspire IAS

03 August 2018

Calls for data are not new. It has been a mainstream of Indian policymakers demands from foreign technology companies.

Cabinet Clears Bill to restore the provisions of SC/ST Act:

By Aspire IAS

02 August 2018

The Supreme court had introduced the provision of anticipatory bail by reading down the Section 18 of Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 in march 20, 2018 to protect people against arbitrary arrests. SC also issued other guidelines to protect people against arbitrary arrests under the Act.

Set Procedure to vet NRC Claims : SC

By Aspire IAS

01 August 2018

The Supreme court directed authorities not to initiate any action against 4 lakh persons left out of the draft Assam National Register of Citizens. The bench of Justices Rajan Gagoi and Nariman ordered the government in consultation with state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajeja , to frame a fair standard operating procedure to deal with the claims and objections of those who did not find their names in the daraft NRC.