16 September 2019

RBI report on Loan Waivers impact

By Aspire IAS

Recently the RBI shared the report of an Internal Working Group (IWG), which was set up in February to look at, among other things, the impact of farm loan waivers on state finances. Since 2014-15, many state governments have announced farm loan waivers.

16 September 2019

Let the farmer choose.

By Aspire IAS

Zero Budget Natural Farming may have reached endorsement from the NITI Aayog, the finance minister’s budget speech and Prime Minister of India himself.

16 September 2019

The litmus test for free speech.

By Aspire IAS

Freedom of speech and individual liberty are enshrined in Article 19(1)(a) and Art 21 of the Constitution

During the global financial crisis it was said that the experts were behind the curve. The IMF and financial sector experts continued to predict till October 2008 that the global economy would grow rather than shrink.

In the late 1990s when the population of the vultures in the country had begun to decline sharply, one White backed Vulture was rescued from Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan where vultures were dying at an alarming rate.

The Supreme court on Friday regered a review petition filed by the government against March 20, 2018 judgement of the court to 3-judge bench.

The Supreme Court said the nation has still not endeavoured tosecure for its citizen a uniform Civil Code.

14 September 2019

Why sedition law has lost meaning

By Aspire IAS

Justice Deepak Gupta, a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, noted how the provision in the IPC provides for punishment for seditious speech is misused often than not. He wondered whether the time is ripe to have a relook at the law.

The SC on Friday decided to hear a plea by Facebook to call forth petitions pending in various HC concerning the linking of social media accounts users with their Aadhaar numbers.

The Jan Soochna Portal launched by the government of Rajasthan is a remarkable achievement in furtherance of RTI, especially Section 4 of the RTI Act that deals with proactive disclosure of information.

The Supreme court on Thursday continued its stay on the eviction of lakhs of Scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act of 2006.

The ambitious National Intelligence Grid project wants to link social media accounts to the huge database of records related to immigration entry and exit banking and telephone details among others.

13 September 2019

How world is losing fertile land

By Aspire IAS

For the last two weeks, India has been hosting the meeting of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

13 September 2019

K2 18B

By Aspire IAS

K2-18b is now the only planet orbiting a star outside the Solar System known to have both water and temperatures that could be potentially habitable.

The union Cabinet is likely to approve an ordinance prohibiting the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country. The law would make production, manufacturing, import, export ,transport, sale, distribution or advertisements of e-cigarettes a cognizable offence.

A Nataraja idol stolen 37 years ago from temple in Kallidaikrichi in Tirunelveli district and smuggled outside the country is on its way back from Austarlia.

These are highly contentious times for India’s criminal justice system. With sensational criminal cases, controversy erupts almost every day.

Climate change is a global problem and a global problems needs a global solution.The most recent IPCC report suggests that we as human kind might have just over a decade left o limit global warming.

One year since the SC judgment in Navtej Johar v. Union of India on Sec 377

11 September 2019

Shades of Green

By Aspire IAS

Prime Minister announced that India will scale up its ambition to restore degraded land at the ongoing 14th CoP of the United Nation’s Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).