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Sedition cases in India : NCRB data

Syllabus subtopic: Indian Constitution—Historical Underpinnings, Evolution, Features, Amendments, Significant Provisions and Basic Structure.   Prelims and Mains focus: about sedition law: cases related and NCRB data on it   News: The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data suggest that sedition law remains as relevant as ever with sedition arrests increasing in recent years.   How is sedition defined under the law? Sedition, which falls under S

ADR report on donation to political parties

Syllabus subtopic: Salient Features of the Representation of People’s Act. the Role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the report and its key findings regarding donations received by national parties   News: Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in its report analysed submissions made by the parties before the Election Commission (EC) regarding donation

Centre to review list of monuments under ASI

Syllabus subtopic: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the move and its significance; about Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958; about ASI   News: The number of monuments under the Centre’s protection could increase as the government is planning a review of those under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and

State Funding of Elections

Syllabus subtopic: Salient Features of the Representation of People’s Act.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the issue and various committees related to it   News: The Election Commission has informed the Government that it is not in favour of state funding of elections.   Why? The Election commission is of the view that it would not be able to prohibit or check candidates’ expenditure over and above the state’s provision.   Ba

Suspension of MPs

Syllabus subtopic: Parliament and State Legislatures—Structure, Functioning, Conduct of Business, Powers & Privileges and Issues Arising out of these.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the issue of suspension of MPs and the rules and procedure regarding it   News: Seven Congress members were suspended on March 5 for unruly behaviour in the Lok Sabha. The motion was passed by a voice vote.   What is the reason for suspending an MP? The general princ

J&K shifting of capital

J&K shifting of capital Recently, for the first time in 144 years, the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) administration has decided to halt the bi-annual shifting of the capital, called ‘Durbar move’ due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Key Points From May to October, governmental offices are housed in the summer capital of J&K, Srinagar, and the other six months in its winter capital, Jammu. Durbar Move acts as a bridge betwee

PM Narendra Modi speech highlights 14th April 2020

PM Narendra Modi speech highlights 14th April 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14th April addressed the nation on the last day of coronavirus lockdown. In his address, the Prime Minister said that the nation-wide lockdown will be extended till May 3. Here is a look at the highlights from Prime Minister's address — Considering all suggestions, it has been decided that the lockdown will be extended till May 3. During this time we have to be disciplines like we have so far b

Centre’s Directive to use Aarogya Setu app

App for one season: Centre’s Directive to use Aarogya Setu app Introduction The Centre’s national directive for the mandatory use of its contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu, as part of its COVID-19 combat measures, falls short of established legal standards for the protection of privacy. Issues in making it mandatory to use Aarogya Setu app The first requirement laid down by the Supreme Court in K.S. Puttaswamy, namely, a law authorising the involuntary use of such an app,

The gross abuse of the Manipur mandate (Anti-Defection in Manipur)

The gross abuse of the Manipur mandate By, Pradip Phanjoubam is Editor, FPSJ Review of Arts and Politics Context # The 10th Schedule — was introduced in 1985 by the 52nd amendment of the Constitution, but when the loopholes in the law were being exploited to make it irrelevant, it was toughened in 2003 by the 91st amendment of the Constitution. # That a country’s leaders have to be restrained thus is itself a disgrace, but in recent times, it is no longer a question of d

Senseless deaths: On Tamil Nadu custodial deaths

Senseless deaths: On Tamil Nadu custodial deaths # Even for a country as inured to custodial violence as India, the death of a father-son duo arrested for a lockdown violation in Tamil Nadu is distressingly senseless. # P. Jayaraj, 58, a timber trader, and his son, J. Benicks, 31, who ran a mobile phone service and sales centre, were arrested for allegedly keeping their outlets open after permitted hours at Sattankulam town in Thoothukudi district and remanded to judicial custody. # Th

Letter and spirit: On new domicile rules in J&K

Letter and spirit: On new domicile rules in J&K Context # New domicile rules that followed the termination of the special constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir, which was reorganised into two Union Territories, have brought succour and hope for a segment of its population that had to contend with fragmented citizenship rights for long.   New domicile rules # This group, of two to three lakh people, is made up of refugees from Pakistan, sanitary workers resettled fro

The social contract needs to be rewritten

The social contract needs to be rewritten By, Srinath Sridevan and Aadil Currimbhoy are advocates practising at the Madras High Court, and work with HSB Partners Finding cause * The world does not seem to have answers to many of the problems thrown up by the epidemic, especially those faced by the poorest of the poor. * No doubt, some small countries have claimed victory in containing the impact of the disease, but their claim appears to be hollow and even myopic; the fact is that t

Jurisdictional conflict in the running of Delhi

Jurisdictional conflict in the running of Delhi By, P.D.T. Achary is Former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha Context The verses of Constitutional Bench ruling in Government of NCT of Delhi vs. Union of India (2018)- “The exercise of establishing a democratic and representative form of government for NCT of Delhi by insertion of Articles 239AA and 239AB would turn futile if the Government of Delhi that enjoys the confidence of the people of Delhi is not able to usher in polici

National Recruitment Agency

National Recruitment Agency Context The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has decided to set up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct a common preliminary examination for various recruitments in the central government. About NRA: The NRA will conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in government and public sector banks. Approximately 1.25 lakh government jobs are advertised every year for which 2.5 crore aspirants a

Staff Selection Commission

Staff Selection Commission The Staff Selection Commission is an attached office of the Department of Personnel and Training under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. The Government of India, in the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, vide its resolution dated the 4th November 1975 constituted a Commission called the Subordinate Services Commission. The same was re-designated as Staff Selection Commission effective from 26th September 1977. It make

NATIONAL MEDICAL COMMISSION

NATIONAL MEDICAL COMMISSION Introduction: National Medical Commission (NMC) has come into being from 25 September and the six-decade-old Indian Medical Council Act 1956 has been repealed. There are four autonomous boards under the NMC Act— the Under-Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB), the Post-Graduate Medical Education Board (PGMEB), the Medical Assessment and Rating Board and the Ethics and Medical Registration Board. Issues with Medical Council of India The

A demarcation in the interest of public order (Police Commissionerate System)

Police Commissionerate System Context In recent times protests against the government have risen quite significantly. Protests are hallmarks of a democratic nation, but protest needs to be peaceful and in concurrence with the ethos of the constitution. In a district, the Dual command structure, whereby the both police headed by SP (head of district police) and the District Magistrate (executive), has the responsibility of maintenance of public order. However, there have been cases w

A ‘new’ democracy?

A ‘new’ democracy? Introduction: The ‘democracy’ that a major part of our world swears by comprises free and fair, multi-party, fixed-term elections based on universal adult franchise in its ideal state. A party winning the majority of votes represents the will of the electorate and gets to form the government; others sit in the opposition until the next election. Structural flaws in Democratic government: Its simplicity also conceals some of its st

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