GS-2, Uncategorized

About e-Cigarette

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the Promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement) Ordinance, 2019. The prohibition of e-cigarettes includes all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), Heat Not Burn Products, e-Hookah, and other like devices. What are e-Cigarettes ? e-Cigarettes are battery powered devices that work by… Continue reading About e-Cigarette

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Infinite crisis: On Turkish incursion into Syria

Details Post withdrawal the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, launched Operation Peace Spring Turkey says the operation aims to clear the region of YPG/PKK terrorists. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), was Washington’s main ally in Syria in the fight against ISIL. In recent years, they have expanded their control… Continue reading Infinite crisis: On Turkish incursion into Syria

GS-2, Uncategorized

India-Bangladesh Relationship

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four day official visit to India from October 3 to 6, highlights India’s deepening bilateral relationship and growing interdependence with Bangladesh. She addressed the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum. Historical Background India enabled Bangladesh’s liberation in December 1971 when it militarily assisted the erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to acquire freedom from its oppressive western wing which unleashed a massive genocide of… Continue reading India-Bangladesh Relationship

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Second Informal Summit between India and China

The second informal summit (Mamallapuram summit) between leaders of India and China is scheduled to take place on October 2019. At Wuhan summit 2018, both sides agreed that such informal meetings will be held regularly to propel the future direction of India-China relations. These informal meetings are aimed at ensuring higher levels of strategic communications between India and China.… Continue reading Second Informal Summit between India and China

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Sedition Law

Recently, a lower court in Bihar directed the filing of an FIR under section 124A (Sedition) of IPC against 49 eminent persons who signed an open letter to the Prime Minister of India expressing concerns over mob lynching. This court decision warrants an urgent and fresh debate on the need to repeal the sedition law. Historical Background of Sedition… Continue reading Sedition Law

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

Re-imagining: Cognizable Offences

Since one is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the criminal justice system is often faced with a dilemma that is, honouring the individual’s right on one side and effective law enforcement on another side The ideal criminal law would need to empower police to arrest suspects. However, this power must be qualified, so as to… Continue reading Re-imagining: Cognizable Offences

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

Sikkim CM’s disqualification

Context The Election Commission of India (ECI) has cut short, the disqualification term of Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang. It has reduced Golay’s disqualification period from six years to one year, making him eligible to contest the bypolls. Background Tamang was convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act for misappropriating ₹9.50 lakh in the purchase of… Continue reading Sikkim CM’s disqualification

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

A test for judicial review in India

Context The United Kingdom Supreme Court in its judgment has decided that the prorogation of parliament by the Queen of England, acting on the advice of the Privy Council, was unlawful on the grounds of parliamentary sovereignty and democratic accountability. By doing so, the U.K. Supreme Court asserted its majesty in the constitutional framework and… Continue reading A test for judicial review in India

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

Context October 2nd 2019 was Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, it was also the anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Speaking in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared India “open defecation-free”. Definition Open defecation free is broadly defined by the absence of visible faeces in the environment. What is the government’s strategy? To achieve its goals under… Continue reading Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

GS-2, Uncategorized

Menstrual Hygiene

Menstrual hygiene continues to be amongst the most challenging developmental issues that women face today, especially in the developing countries like India, the mindsets, customs and institutional biases prevent women from getting the menstrual health care they need. Menstruation is a natural and healthy biological process for women, in spite of this, it is still considered a taboo… Continue reading Menstrual Hygiene