National Concerns: Use of Force by Police

When, and to what extent, is the use of force by police legal?Approx Read Time: 4 minutes In News: The police action in Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia, where the police entered the university campus and employed force against students, is being widely criticized. Provisions to deal with protests: There are various provisions in the Constitution and laws of India on the right of police to intervene in protests and agitations.Provisions…

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Economic Bytes: Rs 35,298 cr. in GST Compensation

Govt. releases Rs 35298 cr. in GST compensationApprox Read Time: 4 minutes In News: (Rs 35298 cr. in GST compensation) The central government has released Rs 35,298 crore to states to make up for the loss of revenue due to rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This was done shortly before the meeting of the GST Council, the highest decision-making body of the indirect tax regime. News Summary:…

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National Concerns: Report of Ministry of Jal Shakti

3 lakh rural habitations lack quality drinking water supply - (Report of Ministry of Jal Shakti)Approx Read Time: 4 minutes In News: Ministry of Jal Shakti recently presented data related to the its Ministry in the Lok Sabha. Highlights of the data presented: Over three lakh rural habitations across the country continue to be deprived of the government’s minimum prescribed provision of 40 litre per capita per day (lpcd) of…

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National Bytes: Fugitive Economic Offender

After Mallya, Nirav Modi: Who is a ‘fugitive economic offender’?Approx Read Time: 4 minutes Fugitive Economic Offender In News: A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court has declared diamond trader Nirav Modi, a fugitive economic offender. Nirav Modi is an accused in the Punjab National Bank scam case. Nirav Modi is the second person to be declared a fugitive economic offender, under the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, after…

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National Bytes: Merging of Union Territories

Merging of Union TerritoriesApprox Read Time: 7 minutes Merging of Union Territories In News: (Merging of Union Territories) The Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Amit Shah, on November 26, 2019.The Bill provides for the merger of the Union Territories (UTs) of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu…

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Social Concerns: Global Gender Gap Index, 2020

India slips 4 spots to 112 on gender parity: WEF report (Global Gender Gap Index 2020)Approx Read Time: 4 minutes In News: The Global Gender Gap Index for 2020 has been released.Now in its 14th year, the Index is published annually by the World Economic Forum, (WEF). Global Gender Gap Index for 2020 Global Gender Gap Index 2020 Global Findings: While Iceland, Norway, and Finland occupy the top three spots,…

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Global Bytes: “Phase One” agreement

"Phase One" agreement between US-China have just signedApprox Read Time: 3 minutes  In News: The United States and China announced a “Phase One” agreement towards a trade deal. News Summary: In a first step towards ending the trade war, the United States and China announced a "Phase One" agreement. Under the agreement, the US will reduce some tariffs in exchange for increased Chinese purchases of American farm and energy goods.…

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National Bytes: Citizenship Amendment Law, Decoded

Simply Put Question & Answer: Citizenship amendment law, decodedApprox Read Time: 10 minutes Citizenship Amendment Law In News: (Citizenship Amendment Law) The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) has now turned into a law (Citizenship Amendment Law) after receiving the President’s assent following a bruising debate in Parliament. Post which, various parts of Assam have been engulfed in violence, with its capital under indefinite curfew, and Army and paramilitary columns rolling across…

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