9 PM Current Affairs Brief – April 20th, 2018


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Reviewing the Contempt of Courts Act

Reviewing the Contempt of Courts Act Context The Law Commission on why the Act should remain as it is  Contempt of Courts Act The Contempt of Courts Act of 1971 is one of the most powerful statutes in the country It gives the constitutional courts wide powers to restrict an individual’s fundamental right to personal … Continue reading “Reviewing the Contempt of Courts Act”

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Under scrutiny

Under scrutiny Context The proposal to bring the BCCI under the RTI reflects rising public expectation  What has happened? The Lodha Committee recommended that the board be treated as a public authority under the RTI Act, and the Supreme Court wanted the Law Commission to examine this suggestion. The Central Information Commission favoured the idea … Continue reading “Under scrutiny”

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PIL has become an ‘industry of vested interests’: SC

PIL has become an ‘industry of vested interests’: SC Context Supreme Court says it is a travesty of justice for the resources of the legal system to be consumed by an avalanche of misdirected public interest petitions  What has happened? The Supreme Court on Thursday ridiculed the Loya PIL petitions as a case in point … Continue reading “PIL has become an ‘industry of vested interests’: SC”

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No deal on illegal migrants

No deal on illegal migrants Context Discussions likely to continue at the Home Secretary-level  What has happened? The failure of Britain and India to sign a key memorandum of understanding on the return of illegal migrants during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Wednesday has been greeted with surprise, as the agreement was seen as … Continue reading “No deal on illegal migrants”

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Kailadevi tiger births a pointer to space crunch

Kailadevi tiger births a pointer to space crunch Context Overpopulation in Ranthambore forces the big cats to often move to the adjacent wildlife reserve What has happened? The birth of two tiger cubs in the Kailadevi wildlife sanctuary of Rajasthan’s Karauli district recently has gladdened wildlife enthusiasts across the country, but it also points to … Continue reading “Kailadevi tiger births a pointer to space crunch”

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Should military spending be increased?

Should military spending be increased? Context India risks its national security withlow allocations to defence spending  What has happened? For a developing country that is committed to enhancing the quality of life of its citizens, defence is usually the last thing on the nation’s mind. Yet, no government that is committed to such a cause … Continue reading “Should military spending be increased?”

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NSA to head new Defence panel

NSA to head new Defence panel What has happened? The new permanent higher defence management committee headed by the National Security Adviser can help improve India’s defence planning in the long term, but may end up having no noticeable impact if the present government does not return to power in 2019, several military sources and … Continue reading “NSA to head new Defence panel”

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NREGA v minimum farm wages: How jobs Act is losing out to funds crunch

NREGA v minimum farm wages: How jobs Act is losing out to funds crunch Context Low NREGA wages  What has happened? The NREGA was enacted in 2005 “for the enhancement of livelihood security of the households in rural areas of the country by providing at least one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial … Continue reading “NREGA v minimum farm wages: How jobs Act is losing out to funds crunch”

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