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Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)

Syllabus subtopic: Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the move and its significance; about EPFO   News: Salaried employees are set to get 0.15% less in interest on provident fund deposits for 2019-2020, with the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees’ Provident Fund reducing the interest rate from 8.65% to 8.5%.   Other measures taken The Board also ratified the restoration of normal pension a

Vacancies in govt. ministries/departments

Syllabus subtopic: Important Aspects of Governance, Transparency and Accountability   Prelims and Mains focus: about the issue and recommendations of the committee   News: The parliamentary panel on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has pulled up the government for “dismal implementation” of the reservation policy.   About the issue In six key ministries, over 7,000 posts reserved for Scheduled Castes, over 6,000 for Scheduled Tribes

Batting for free speech-Misuse of defamation cases

Batting for free speech: On filing of defamation cases against press A feature of public life in Tamil Nadu in the last three decades has been the indiscriminate institution of criminal defamation proceedings against Opposition leaders and the media. It is no surprise, then, that the most comprehensive judgment on the limits of the State’s power to prosecute members of the press for defamation should come from the Madras High Court. Set of principles to file defamation

Governors

Governor Article 153 states that there shall be a Governor for each state. The same person can be appointed as Governor for 2 or more states was added by 7th amendment act 1956. Article 154 states that the executive power of the state is vested in him and is exercised by him either directly or through officers subordinate to him. Appointment & Tenure (Article 155 & 156) Governor is the executive Head/Nominal Head of the State. The Governor of a State is appointed by the Pre

Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) is one of the most important institutions of the country to ensure public accountability of the executive. What is Comptroller and Auditor General? Feature Description Constitutional body   Article 148 provides for an independent office of the CAG. Financial administration CAG is the head of Indian Audit and Accounts

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