Portugal sets up Gandhi prize

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced the setting up of a Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize while attending the second meeting of the National Committee for the Commemoration Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary chaired by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Purpose of setting award The only foreign Prime Minister to be a part

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What is the Houbara bustard?

The government of Pakistan has issued special permits to the Emir of Qatar and nine other members of the royal family to hunt the houbara bustard, an internationally protected bird species. Bustards are large, terrestrial birds that belong to several species, including some of the largest flying birds. The houbara bustard, which lives in arid

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How an end-to-end railway line can help Kerala

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Railways granted in-principle approval for the ‘Silver Line’ project, a proposal of the Kerala government that involves laying the third and fourth railway lines from Kasaragod in the north to Kochuveli (Thiruvananthapuram) in the south for the movement of semi high-speed trains. The project aims to cut the travel time

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What Supreme Court said on RTI use, abuse

On Monday, Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde called for a “filter” to check “abuse” of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “There is paralysis and fear about this Act. People are not taking decisions… We want to find a way to stop the abuse of RTI Act,” he said. Bobde’s remarks came a

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GST Council votes for 28% GST on all lotteries

The GST Council broke its tradition of taking decisions by consensus at its 38th meeting, with a first time vote on a proposal to tax all lotteries at the uniform rate of 28%. After Kerala pushed for a division, States voted 21-7 in favour of the proposal. Falling revenue There have been widespread concerns about

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NCLAT reinstates Cyrus Mistry as Tata Sons executive chairman

Three years after Cyrus Pallonji Mistry was unceremoniously removed from the post of Executive Chairman of Tata Sons, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) ruled the decision “illegal”, paving the way for his reinstatement. Tata Sons is the holding company of companies within the Tata Group. Option to appeal against the decision The replacement

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ADB, India sign $250 million loan to expand energy efficiency investments in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India on 16th December 2019 signed a $250 million loan to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to expand energy efficiency investments in India that will benefit agricultural, residential and institutional consumers. In addition, $46 million financing will be provided from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), to

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India 112th out of 153 countries in gender parity index

India has ranked 112th among 153 countries in the annual Global Gender Gap Index for 2020, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Iceland, Norway, and Finland occupy the top three spots in the Report. Now in its 14th year, the Report benchmarks countries on their progress towards gender parity in four dimensions: Economic Participation

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Mumbai’s contentious Coastal Road Project

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court stayed a Bombay High Court order that had quashed Coastal Regulation Zone clearance granted to the southern part of Mumbai’s coastal road project. A look at the project, why clearance had once been squashed, and what happens after the stay. What is Mumbai’s Coastal Road project? The Bandra-Worli Sea Link

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Pervez Musharraf given death sentence

A Pakistani special court’s decision on Tuesday to hand down the death penalty to former dictator Pervez Musharraf is perhaps one of the most consequential decisions by the country’s judiciary in recent years. What are the charges against Musharraf? Mr. Musharraf, who captured power through a bloodless coup in 1999, was found guilty, under Article

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