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Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (30th June)

Dear aspirants, following are the links of various articles taken from various newspapers. Click the link to read further. To get notification, follow the blog. Thank you!

1- Should the sedition law be scrapped?

Q- It is not in rates of conviction but in the criminalisation of dissent that the expediency of sedition law rests. Comment

2- The task before the sentinel

The expansion of Aadhaar continues. The effort is now emboldened by a Supreme Court judgment that has stuck a band-aid on a gaping wound, which required stitches if not surgery.

Q- What are the tools available with the Parliament and judiciary to control the tyranny of executive?

3- Making the House rules

The Indian Constitution specifies the powers and privileges of Parliament in Article 105 and those of State legislatures in Article 194. In brief, they (a) provide freedom of speech in Parliament subject to other provisions of the Constitution and standing orders of the House; (b) give immunity for all speeches and votes in Parliament from judicial scrutiny; and (c) allow Parliament (and State legislatures) to codify the privileges, and until then, have the same privileges as the British Parliament had in 1950.

Q- Discuss about the privileges enjoyed by member of parliaments and legislative assemblies.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (Parliament)

4- A welcome sale

With the Union Cabinet’s ‘in-principle’ approval for the sale of Air India and five of its subsidiaries, a long-standing demand on the reform checklist has been ticked.

Link it with GS Paper 3(Disinvestment)

5- Cutting tribunals to size

The controversy over the Finance Bill, 2017, being passed as a money bill may have died down, but questions about the legality of the merger of several tribunals remain alive.

Link it with GS Paper 2(Quasi-judicial bodies)

6- Why we need nuclear power

Earlier, the government announced an agreement with international companies to set up 7,000 MW of nuclear plants for Rs 70,000 crore based on our domestic technology. Its wisdom has been questioned by many commentators.

Link it with GS Paper 3 (Energy and Environment)

Q- Write down advantage and disadvantage of Solar and Nuclear power.

7- GST: A game changer for the Indian Economy

Mint studies the implications of the seminal Goods and Services Tax for companies and consumers in the $2.4 trillion Indian Economy.

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