The Supreme Court’s landmark verdict making individual privacy a fundamental right will impact daily lives in ways that range from eating habits to online behavior to welfare scheme benefits. 1. Aadhaar: Several petitioners had challenged Aadhaar claiming that since it is mandatory in all but name, it goes against their right to privacy. The government... Continued.
A ghastly fissure ripped through Indian cricket as Anil Kumble quit as the national team’s head coach. Kumble’s exit had seemed inevitable once the Board of Control for Cricket in India called for fresh applications for the post of head coach just as the Men in Blue flew to England for the now-concluded ICC Champions... Continued.
What is the proposed amendment? The amended Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act proposes to extend the abortion time limit from the existing 20 to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and to allow practitioners of alternative medicine such as AYUSH, homoeopathy to carry out abortions through non-surgical methods. Why amendment was put on hold? Days after the... Continued.
What has been the problem in Jharia over the years? Unsafe and illegal mining has led to fires in coal deposits under the surface of the Jharia coalfields in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district, which span over 160 square kilometres. They now pose a risk to the population living on the surface, could lead to cave-ins and... Continued.
Why have the boards decided to scrap this policy? While moderation of marks ensures no student is at a disadvantage because of, say, an unreasonably strict examiner or a difficult question paper, over the past few years, the practice has been misused to artificially spike board marks. Recently, CBSE analysed the Class XII results of... Continued.
National carrier Air India lifted the flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad after 15 days, following a request from Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. Private airlines are also expected to follow suit. Why was the ban lifted? The development comes a day after Mr. Gaikwad wrote a letter to Mr. Raju expressing... Continued.
Hearing a case that originated in very worthy activism for road safety, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to move decisively against drunk driving, which contributes significantly to road mishaps in India. Instead, it chose to cut down the liquor and hospitality industries. Negative implications of the move and what better alternatives could have been... Continued.
Are we Racists? An analysis of attacks on African nationals (Relevant for GS prelims and GS mains paper II)
The attack on a small group of Africans in Greater Noida, a suburb of the national capital located in Uttar Pradesh, has once again thrown a spotlight on a disturbing trend in the country: mob violence, and specifically the targeting of persons of African origin in many of these instances. What is particularly disturbing and... Continued.
Request for ban on BBC crew The Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has urged the Ministry of External Affairs to revoke the visas of BBC’s South Asia correspondent Justin Rowlatt and his crew, and prevent “their further entry into India, for a period [of] not less than five years.” An office... Continued.
Despite strict enforcement, ease of transport leads thousands of endangered species to be smuggled abroad. Implications for India As the smuggling networks strengthen, India continues to bear the ignominy of being the source of the illegal trade and export of tortoises and freshwater turtles (TFT). The detection of a staggering 58,442 smuggled amphibians over five... Continued.