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Explained: What Railways restructure means

Why is it important? For GS Paper 2 (Contribution of Civil service), GS paper 4 (Morale of Civil servants) and Public Administration Paper 1 and Paper 2 Why in news? The Cabinet recently approved trimming of the Railway Board, the powerful body that governs the Indian Railways. From nine, the Board will now have only five… Continue reading Explained: What Railways restructure means

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Explained: How Section 144 CrPC works

Why in news? Recently various state governments sought to tamp down on the demonstrations by issuing prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973.  What is Section 144? Section 144 CrPC, a law retained from the colonial era, empowers a district magistrate, a sub-divisional magistrate or any other executive magistrate specially empowered by the… Continue reading Explained: How Section 144 CrPC works

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Should the government exit navratna companies?

Why in news? Last month, the Cabinet approved sale of the government’s stake in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, a navratna public sector company with oil refining and marketing operations. Backgrounder The Public Sector Enterprises are run by the Government under the Department of Public Enterprises of Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. The government… Continue reading Should the government exit navratna companies?

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Supreme Court on Religious Practices

The Supreme Court’s five-judge constitution bench has decided to refer the Sabarimala temple case, clubbed with other 3 pending cases broadly related to the rights of women in the sphere of religion, to a larger 7-judge Bench. This leads the apex court into potentially dangerous and conflicting territories. The new bench has been tasked with finding the balance between the Right to… Continue reading Supreme Court on Religious Practices

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Aspirational Districts’ Programme

India is amongst the leading economies of the world and envisages to become $5 trillion by 2024-25. However, presently the quality of life of many of its citizens is not consistent with this growth story, this is reflected in UNDP’s 2018 Human Development Index wherein India is ranked 130. Living standards in India are affected by significant… Continue reading Aspirational Districts’ Programme

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Supreme Court of UK: Suspending Parliament was unlawful

Background The prime minister asked Queen Elizabeth II to approve the suspension of Parliament from September 10 to October 14 on the basis of needing time to prepare a new legislative agenda. This could allow a “no deal” Brexit to be forced through The move to “prorogue” parliament will effectively lock lawmakers out of the building for several… Continue reading Supreme Court of UK: Suspending Parliament was unlawful