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Public office & Freedom Of Speech

Public office & Freedom Of Speech The Supreme Court has ruled that those in public service should practice self-control and refrain from saying anything that is derogatory or demeaning to their fellow citizens. A five-judge Constitutional court has not yet decided whether restrictions on a public official's freedom of speech and expression are permissible. What are the Judgement's High Points? The court noted that if a public official makes a speech that has an

26 November, 2022 GS-IV Ethics

India's Ethical Governance Mode

India's Ethical Governance Mode The former West Bengal Governor has spoken about the importance of ethical governance in India. What exactly is Ethical Governance? Ethical governance is a method of governance that incorporates high moral values and behavior into the governance process. A bureaucrat, for example, is obligated to serve those who come to his office, but he cannot be penalized if he does not provide a glass of water to an elderly couple who may be tired from waitin

12 November, 2022 GS-IV Ethics

Human Rights vs. Animal Welfare

Human Rights vs. Animal Welfare In light of the increasing number of stray dog incidents, the Supreme Court of India stated that a balance must be struck between human safety and animal rights. The court also suggested that people who feed stray dogs be held responsible for vaccinating them and bearing costs if the animal attacks someone. What is the Importance of Maintaining a Balance Between Human Rights and Animal Welfare? To Address the Core Problem: This issue rais

26 October, 2022 GS-IV Ethics

International Day of Peace 2022

International Day of Peace 2022 On September 21, people all over the world mark International Day of Peace. 2022's theme is "End Racism." Create peace. ??????? What is the International Day of Peace's main highlights? The UN General Assembly has designated this day as one committed to advancing the values of peace through the observance of a 24-hour period of nonviolence and a cease-fire. Background: The United Nations General Assembly established the In

21 September, 2022 GS-IV Tolerance and Intolerance

Indian Social Entrepreneurship

Indian Social Entrepreneurship Social entrepreneurship is gaining importance as it helps firms and governments make informed decisions about global socioeconomic and environmental challenges. Social entrepreneurs: Who are they? It is a structure that combines the notion of a business with the principles of a philanthropic nonprofit organisation. In order to address social injustices, business models centred on affordable goods and services must be developed. The entire invest

17 September, 2022 GS-IV Ethics

Indian Police and Ethics

Indian Police and Ethics Most other professions lack the ethical or moral component that the police have in their work. Image source - ABP News An "ideal police system," according to former president Ram Nath Kovind, means that a police officer's duties are filled with accountability and responsibility. Motives for various police ethics Making moral judgments: The authorities frequently have to choose between taking away someone's freedom or their life

03 September, 2022 GS-IV Ethics

SOP for Adoption of Integrity Pact Amended: CVC

SOP for Adoption of Integrity Pact Amended: CVC Central Vigilance Commission CVC is the apex vigilance institution, free of control from any executive authority, monitoring all vigilance activity under the Central Government and advising various authorities in Central Government organizations in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work. It is an independent body and is only responsible to the Parliament. It was set up by the Government in February 1964 o

26 October, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

Moral Injury

Moral injury Moral injury is the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, or ethical codes of conduct. Within the context of military service, particularly regarding the experience of war, “moral injury” refers to the lasting emotional, psychological, social, behavioural, and spiritual impacts of actions that violate a service member’s c

19 July, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

10 ELEMENTS OF Good Journalism

10 ELEMENTS OF Good Journalism Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel spelt out 10 elements common to good journalism. They are: 1) Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth; 2) Its first loyalty is to citizens; 3) Its essence is a discipline of verification; 4) Its practitioners must maintain independence from those they cover; 5) It must serve as an independent monitor of power; 6) It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise; 7) It must strive t

06 July, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

NITI Aayog: Navigating the New Normal

NITI Aayog: Navigating the New Normal Part of: GS-IV- Ethics-Persuasion (MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, in partnership with several other stakeholders, has launched a behaviour change campaign called ‘Navigating the New Normal, and its website. The campaign has two parts: Covid-safe behavioural norms: The first is a web portal, containing resources informed by behaviou

29 June, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

International Day of Yoga 2020 with the “Yoga at Home, Yoga with Family” campaign

AYUSH Ministry gears up for International Day of Yoga 2020 with the “Yoga at Home, Yoga with Family” campaign Context In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the slowdown in daily activities and restrictions on the movement of people, this year’s observance of International Day of Yoga will aim to highlight the health-building and stress-relieving aspects of Yoga. To facilitate this, the Ministry of AYUSH is organising a trainer-led session which

17 June, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

Profit, not profiteering

Profit, not profiteering GS-IV Ethics States have done well to step in to regulate charges for COVID-19 care in private hospitals The role of the state as a big brother is problematic, and yet only a vigilant, just state can temper the avaricious excesses in the society it governs. The move by certain States to regulate hospital fees charged in the private sector for COVID-19 care falls square in this category. Bombarded with reports about exorbitant bills being raised in the private se

08 June, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

My Life My Yoga video contest

My Life My Yoga video contest Introduction Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India today called upon one and all to participate in the “My Life – My Yoga”(also called “Jeevan Yoga”) Video Blogging Contest, a joint effort by the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), during the course of his monthly Mann Ki Baat address to the nation. About My Life – My Yoga The contest focuses on the transformative impa

01 June, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

Older men worry less about Covid-19 than others: study

Older men worry less about Covid-19 than others: study Data on Covid-19 so far has indicated that men are more vulnerable than women, and the elderly are more vulnerable than the young. Now, a study has found that older men worry less about Covid-19 than women their age or younger men and women, and thus may be at greater risk of contracting it. This is a concern given that older men are already more at risk, according to the study by researchers at Georgia State University, and publi

30 May, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

New habits-COVID-19

Forced to adopt new habits-COVID-19 Overcoming inertia Starting new habits is tough and requires overcoming inertia. Most of the time humans like maintaining the status quo. The majority of us don’t change the default settings when we buy a new mobile phone. Nor we do change the default settings of any new app we download. The tendency to stick with defaults happens across different aspects of our lives, from personal to social to office work. Rise of New habits

14 May, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

Right to Information

Right to Information Part of: GS-IV- Ethics (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Historical Background The right to information gained power when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 providing everyone with the right to seek, and receive, information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 states that everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression, the freedom

10 May, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

Ramadan marks the revelation of the Quran

Ramadan marks the revelation of the Quran, which places knowledge above all GS: Ethics (Rahamathunnissa A) The writer is the national secretary, women’s department, Jama’at-e-Islami Many think that Ramadan is a month of fasting and giving charity. But is it just for that? What is the actual reason for believers being commanded to observe fasting during this month? These are important questions and their answers will help anyone to utilise this time in a way that will benefit

05 May, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

COVID-19 – eLearning - SWOT analysis

COVID-19 – eLearning - SWOT analysis Part of: GS-IV- ETHICS and Problem solving (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) With the pandemic forcing everyone to seriously consider e-learning tools and resources, now is a good time to assess its strengths and opportunities, and adapt to the new normal The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered educational institutions across the globe. Closure of schools, colleges and universities, the shutdown of the routine life of students and teachers, disruption

20 April, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

Quarantine and Quality time

Quarantine and Quality time Part of: GS-IV- Ethics-Interpersonal relationship (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Lockdown can get a little overwhelming with the family staying together indoors for long periods. How can you make the most of your time in a healthy manner? Many parents are having a hard time navigating our “new normal” of working from home in the current times. Being a mother of two teens, I have attempted to put together some useful tips for teens and adolescents to

20 April, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

Mass Disinfectant Bath – Ethical issue COVID-19

Mass Disinfectant Bath – Ethical issue COVID-19 Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III S&T Recently, migrant labourers returning to their homes from urban centres were forced to take an open bath with disinfectant before they were allowed to enter Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh). It was done in order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading even further in the town. Key Points The nodal officer-in-charge of COVID-19 in the district confirmed that the dis

31 March, 2020 GS-IV Ethics

Prize for peace

GS-IV: Prize for peace News The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded this year’s Peace Prize to Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Reasons for the prize: It is a recognition of his efforts for peace in East Africa. Mr. Abiy, became Prime Minister in April 2018 after his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn resigned amid a political crisis and social unrest. He has taken steps to politically stabilise the country and establish peace on its borders. Conflict wit

14 October, 2019 GS-IV Miscellaneous

Issues in debate around setting an age limit for IVF

GS-IV: Issues in the debate around setting an age limit for IVF News A 74-year-old woman from AP was recently recorded as the oldest in the world to give birth to twins through in-vitro fertilization or IVF. The medical community has expressed ethical and medical concerns over conception at such an advanced age. Why this is a concern? The average life expectancy of an Indian woman is 70 and of a man 69 and the medical community has expressed concerns over the future of childre

20 September, 2019 GS-IV Miscellaneous

It’s time officers renewed their commitment to the nation, not the government of the day

GS-IV: It’s time officers renewed their commitment to the nation, not the government of the day News We often hear questions on the integrity of civil services, organisations such as the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI and the intentions of taxmen when they do some tasks as part of their job. Background There is a belief that the country’s “rusted steel frame” poses a challenge. But not many concrete measures to offer that can strengthen and refurbish it.

07 September, 2019 GS-IV Miscellaneous

A case against punishing non-compliance of CSR guidelines

GS-IV: A case against punishing non-compliance with CSR guidelines Context To mandate that private firms donate a part of their revenues to charitable causes is to profoundly misunderstand both the social responsibility of corporations and the meaning of the word donation. Arguments against punishing non-compliance The fundamental social responsibility of corporates is to generate wealth for shareholders in a law-abiding, ethical and sustainable way. They generate surpluse

06 August, 2019 GS-IV Miscellaneous



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