SC asks former U.P. CMs to exit govt. bungalows (Adapted from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Misuse of Public Property)

View of Supreme CourtExcept former Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Prime Ministers in the “evening of their lives”, no dignitary, even former Chief Ministers, can be provided government bungalows for their lifetime unless backed by a specific statutory provision.  The court said bungalows were maintained at a great cost to the exchequer.   Details of Judgement The

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Amendments to Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 (Adapted from various sources, Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper I and II, Topic: Child Labour)

Government has recently passed amendments to Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986. Some of the important provisions are as follows:1. Prohibition against employment of children below 14 years of age.  Parliament has retained some exceptions. These exceptions include: (i) helping family and a family enterprise which are not hazardous occupations, after school hours or

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India looks to counter U.S. move on trade sanctions (Adapted from Hindu Business Line, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Indo-US Trade Relations)

The Centre is weighing “all” options including retaliatory measures to counter a U.S. move to seek imposition of more than $450 million in trade sanctions against India on the grounds that New Delhi failed to comply with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) order in the poultry import ban case. Background The WTO Appellate Body had

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Govt comes to aid of workers in Jeddah ( Adapted from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : Rescue missions abroad)

Indian workers in distress The government has moved to help hundreds of Indian workers laid off by Saudi infrastructure company, Saudi Oger Ltd in Jeddah, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj organising food and monitoring their welfare “on an hourly basis”. Even as officials warned that the numbers of Indians in distress could rise dramatically, Ms

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Russian hackers hit Clinton run (Adapted from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : Interference in elections)

Computer systems used by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were hacked in an attack that appears to have come from Russia’s intelligence services, an American enforcement official said. Possibility of manipulating election The apparent breach, coming after the disclosure last month that the Democratic National Committee (DNC)’s computer system had been compromised, escalates an international episode

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Funds meant for SCs underutilised, finds NCSC (Adapted from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : Welfare schemes for SC)

Analysis by National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC)Figures submitted by State governments to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) have led the monitoring body to observe that while “many States have generally allocated funds to the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) on a par with the Scheduled Castes (SC) population of the States, the actual

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Green light for Afforestation Fund Bill (Adapted from The Hindu, Relevant for GS mains Paper II, topic : Afforestation Fund Bill)

The Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the contentious Compensatory and Afforestation Fund (CAF) Bill, 2016 that allows States to access nearly Rs. 42,000 crore and channel into afforestation projects. Provisions of the bill 1. The Bill, which establishes the National Compensatory Afforestation Fund and a State Compensatory Afforestation Fund under each State, was passed by Rajya Sabha. 

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Chinese troops are active on Uttarakhand border: Rawat (Analysed from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : Indo- China border dispute)

Presence of Chinese troopsStating that Chinese troops were “active” in the Bara Hoti area of Chamoli district, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had transgressed the area earlier this month. Response by Chinese troops PLA troops told the Indian officials to go back as the area belonged

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Lok Sabha gives nod for Lokpal Act amendment (Analysed from various sources, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Accoutability of Public Servants and NGOs)

Amendemnt passed by Lok SabhaThe Lok Sabha approved an amendment to the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013, to allow extension of the time given to public servants and trustees and board members of NGOs receiving government funds of more than Rs. 1 crore or foreign funding of more than Rs. 10 lakh to declare their

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