Editorials, GS-1, Uncategorized

Time to put an end to film censorship

Recently, a committee headed by veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal had submitted its report recommending a number of amendments to the Cinematograph Act, 1952. Central Board of Film Certification The Central Board of Film Certification (often referred to as the Censor Board) is a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,… Continue reading Time to put an end to film censorship

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Eco-sensitive Zone

The concept of Eco-sensitive Zone is to conserve biodiversity and endangered wildlife and protect environment around the protected areas such as National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, as a ‘safety zone’ without impeding legitimate socio-economic development of the area and also providing adequate opportunities for livelihood security of the local people. An ‘Eco-sensitive Zone’ is notified… Continue reading Eco-sensitive Zone

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

The ironies of Small States

Familiar questions of the political terrain— Political instability (once inelegantly called ‘horse-trading’) Containment of capacity of the anti-defection law The regrettable tendency of parties controlling the Central government to inexorably expand their writ The readiness of State leaders to violate their own obligations as representatives of the political public, and vitiate democracy Formation of States—Deepening… Continue reading The ironies of Small States

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

With 10 branches, first small finance bank kicks off operations

Jalandhar-based Capital Small Finance Bank Ltd, India’s first small finance bank, has commenced operations. The bank kicked off operations with ten branches. Capital Small Finance Bank has been set up by converting the erstwhile Capital Local Area Bank Ltd. It was one of the 10 applicants to be given in-principle approval for setting up SFBs… Continue reading With 10 branches, first small finance bank kicks off operations

Editorials, Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

High air and water pollution in India’s 41 tier-II cities

India’s 41 tier-II cities, including Tezpur, Rishikesh, Vapi, Angul, Sangrur and Gajraula, too are facing severe air and water pollution. Starting this financial year, the government will spend Rs.553 crore across five years to bring down pollution. While onlyRs.70 crore is allocated for the abatement of pollution in 2016-17, it is anticipated to more than… Continue reading High air and water pollution in India’s 41 tier-II cities

Editorials, GS-2, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Govt. to set up sex offenders registry

News Government is planning to set up a sex offender’s registry, on the lines of those maintained in western countries including the U.S. and the U.K. What it will include? Details of convicted sex offenders like their photograph,addresses, PAN card details, Aadhar card number, fingerprint details and DNA samples. Even the details of juvenile Sex… Continue reading Govt. to set up sex offenders registry

Editorials, GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Researching education

India in a big need for research in education sector, to improve quality of education. Research Two kinds of research can be done in education.   Second type of research is usually done by economists, political scientists, sociologists and scholars from similar intellectual backgrounds. In India nobody is bothered about first type of research, very… Continue reading Researching education

GS-1, Uncategorized

Alcohol prohibition

Recently elected Bihar government banning its sale and consumption to fulfil a key electoral promise. Issue Prohibition of alcohol Consequences of alcohol consumption Household impoverishment Domestic violence Premature mortality Is prohibition of alcohol a sound move? Prohibition is a very poor policy to address the consequences of alcohol abuse. No evidence.It has major negative implications… Continue reading Alcohol prohibition

Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

‘Make in India’ not at cost of IPR: US

The US Trade Representative’s annual Special 301 report, that identifies trade barriers to U.S. companies and products due to a foreign government’s intellectual property regime, has placed India on the Priority Watch List, the same as last year. What is special 301 report? Under Section 301 of US Trade Act, the office of US Trade… Continue reading ‘Make in India’ not at cost of IPR: US

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Diffusing the judicial burden

Article Link Summary: The Supreme Court of India, as the highest court of the land, has a sacrosanct function to ensure that the country is governed adhering to the principles of the rule of law. It has evolved remarkably well, steering the country through thick and thin. It also has had a tremendous contribution to… Continue reading Diffusing the judicial burden