Will the government’s stand on privatisation of public sector units help the economy? What are the gains?

On November 20, the government announced that it would sell stakes in several public sector undertakings (PSUs) and even give up management control in some. The Central government will cede full management control to buyers in the case of oil marketing company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) and Container Corporation

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What are the laws in place to tackle illegal non-citizens? Why was the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 amended?

The Home Minister Amit Shah’s announcement in the Rajya Sabha earlier this week that a National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented across India, and repeated again in Assam, has ignited interest in the existing legal framework in India for illegal migrants. The first enactment made for dealing with foreigners was the Foreigners Act,

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In Meghalaya living root bridges, study sees global potential. Can it work?

New research investigates the jing kieng jri or living root bridges structures and proposes to integrate them in modern architecture around the world, and potentially help make cities more environment-friendly. Will it work? The jing kieng jri or living root bridges — aerial bridges built by weaving and manipulating the roots of the Indian rubber

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On Wednesday, ISRO will launch the indigenous Cartosat-3 besides 13 foreign satellites. What is the function of Cartosat-3, and how is it an improvement from previous satellites of the series?

On Wednesday, ISRO will launch Cartosat-3, and 13 other foreign satellites, aboard a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). This will be ISRO’s fifth launch this year and the first since the July 22 launch of the Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission. The payload The main purpose of the mission is to place the 1,625-kg Cartosat-3 satellite, the

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Why govt stripped Telangana MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh of his Indian citizenship

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) cancelled the citizenship of TRS MLA from Vemulawada in north Telangana Chennamaneni Ramesh. A son of freedom fighter parents, Ramesh has been a citizen of Germany in the past, and had acquired Indian citizenship in 2009. Since then, he has been politically active and won all elections he has

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What is the Labour Code Bill?

The Union Cabinet approved The Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2019, which proposes to amalgamate The Trade Unions Act, 1926, The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946, and The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. Last year, the government had floated a draft Note for the Cabinet along with The Labour Code on Industrial Relations Code Bill, for

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BRICS: too wide agenda

The 11th summit of the BRICS grouping comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was held in Brasilia last week. Pitted as a counterweight to G7, the combine of developed economies, BRICS represents the world’s top emerging economies and claims to serve as a bridge between the developed and developing world. What are its

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Two important changes in International Cricket

  Day and night Test Matches Test matches have also adopted day and night format. Test match is considered as the ultimate yardstick to judge a team’s resilience and a player’s greatness. The pressing need to retain interest in test matches led to day and night format and the debut game featured Australia and New

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Centre approves Industrial Relations Code Bill

The Centre approved the Industrial Relation Code Bill, which is the third code under labour reforms. The government wants to codify 44 central labour laws into four broad codes. While Parliament has already approved the Code on Wages, the Labour ministry will push the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill in the

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Why are so many birds dying in Rajasthan’s Sambhar?

Over the last 10 days, thousands of migratory birds have been found dead at Sambhar Lake, about 80 km southwest of Jaipur city. Officials have buried over 18,000 carcasses so far. While there is no clarity yet on what has caused the deaths, investigations so far suggest avian botulism, a paralytic and frequently fatal disease

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