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23 August, 2020

Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) initiative

Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) initiative

15 August, 2020

New Code on Wages

New Code on Wages GS-PAPER-2 Labour and Labour Code (PT-MAINS) The Centre will soon notify the rules that will create the mechanisms to fix a floor wage that would then undergird the minimum wages for different categories of workers — unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled — that the States and Central government would have to set and enforce. This is in accordance with the Code on Wages, 2019.

06 August, 2020

Gratuity amendment bill

Gratuity amendment bill Gs-Paper-2 Labour and Laws (PT-MAINS) The Union Cabinet has given approval to the introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament. Gratuity is a sum of money paid to an employee at the end of a period of employment. The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 applies to establishments employing 10 or more persons. It considers the inflation and wage increase even in case of employees engaged in private sector. With implementation of 7th Central

06 August, 2020

Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy (2020)

Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy (2020) GS-PAPER-2 Defence procurement policy (Mains) Recently, the Ministry of Defence has formulated a draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP 2020). The DPEPP 2020 is envisaged as an overarching guiding document to provide a focused, structured and significant thrust to defence production capabilities of the country for self-reliance and exports. Goals and Objectives: To achieve a turnover of Rs. 1,75,000 cror

05 August, 2020

Jammu & Kashmir & Habeas Corpus

Jammu & Kashmir & Habeas Corpus GS-Paper-2 Governance (Mains) After the abrogation of the special status (under Article 370 of the Constitution) of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir in August 2019, the Jammu & Kashmir High Court was confronted with an unprecedented number (250 plus) of habeas corpus petitions. The habeas corpus petitions were filed to challenge the detentions under the J&K Public Safety Act (PSA), 1978. Background: After the abrogation of the special status, thousa

05 August, 2020

Contempt of Court

Recently, the Supreme Court of India initiated the proceedings for criminal contempt of court against lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan. The contempt charges were lodged in the context of the comment made on social media, targeting the current Chief Justice of India. The contempt power is needed to punish wilful disobedience to court orders (civil contempt), as well as interference in the administration of justice and overt threats to judges. The reason why the concept of contempt exists is t

05 August, 2020

Bharat Air Fibre

Recently, Bharat Air Fibre Services have been inaugurated at Akola in Maharashtra providing the residents wireless internet connections on demand. The Bharat Air Fibre services are being introduced by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as a part of the Digital India initiative by the Government of India. It is being scaled pan-India. Aim: To provide BSNL fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) wireless connectivity up to a range of 20 km from the BSNL points of presence.

04 August, 2020

Protesting is a Fundamental Right

Recently, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee has reaffirmed that protesting peacefully, online or in person, is a fundamental human right. This statement has come in the backdrop of increasing demonstrations over issues like political rights and racial justice. UN Human Rights Committee: It is tasked with monitoring how countries implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 1976, which under Article 21 guarantees the right to peaceful assembly

31 July, 2020

India Report on Digital Education, 2020

Recently, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched India Report on Digital Education, 2020. Recently the MHRD has been renamed as the Ministry of Education. The Report: It has been prepared by the digital education division of MHRD in consultation with education departments of the states and union territories. It elaborates the innovative methods adopted by the MHRD, for ensuring accessible and inclusive education to children at home and reducing learning gaps du

31 July, 2020

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