Rajya Sabha Passes The Landmark ‘Dam Safety Bill (2019)’

What is the News? Rajya Sabha has passed the landmark Dam Safety Bill (2019) paving the way for the enactment of the Dam Safety Act in the country. What is the need for the Dam Safety Bill? India is the 3rd largest dam-owning nation in the world after China and USA. There are around 5,700… Continue reading Rajya Sabha Passes The Landmark ‘Dam Safety Bill (2019)’

Lok Sabha passes Bill to regulate assisted reproductive technology

What is the News? Lok Sabha has passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2021. What is Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2021? Aim: To regulate and supervise assisted reproductive technology clinics and banks, prevent misuse of the technology and promote the ethical practice of the services. Note: Assisted reproductive technology(ART) includes medical procedures used… Continue reading Lok Sabha passes Bill to regulate assisted reproductive technology

Centre may continue to hold at least 26% stake in public sector banks

What is the News? The Government of India will be introducing the Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the upcoming winter session. The Bill seeks to amend the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Acts, 1970 and 1980 and incidental amendments to Banking Regulation Act,1949. What are the key provisions of the Banking Laws… Continue reading Centre may continue to hold at least 26% stake in public sector banks

Explained: The process for repealing a law

What is the News? The Prime Minister has announced that the three contentious farm laws would be repealed. The process of repealing the laws will take place in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament. Read more: Government will repeal all 3 farm laws: Modi What do you mean by Repealing the Law? Repealing a law… Continue reading Explained: The process for repealing a law

Centre brings Ordinances to extend tenure of ED, CBI directors up to 5 years

What is the News? The Government of India has brought two ordinances to extend the tenure of Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) directors up to 5 years. Note: Currently, the tenure of chiefs of ED and CBI is two years. While they can not be removed (with some exceptions) before their tenure… Continue reading Centre brings Ordinances to extend tenure of ED, CBI directors up to 5 years

To Promote Clean Energy Consumption, Power Ministry proposes Amendment to Energy Conservation Act, 2001

What is the News? The Ministry of Power has proposed amendments to the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 with an aim to achieve higher levels of penetration of Renewable energy.  What are the amendments proposed to the Energy Conservation Act, 2001? Define the minimum share of renewable energy in the overall consumption by the industrial units… Continue reading To Promote Clean Energy Consumption, Power Ministry proposes Amendment to Energy Conservation Act, 2001

Centre wants to keep birth, death database

What is the News? The Centre has proposed amendments to a Registration of Births and Deaths Act (RBD),1969 that will enable it to “maintain the database of registered birth and deaths at the national level”. What are the amendments proposed by the Centre? Presently, the registration of births and deaths is done by the local… Continue reading Centre wants to keep birth, death database

Women’s panel defends draft Inheritance Bill

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The draft Arunachal Pradesh Marriage and Inheritance of Property Bill, 2021 has met with strong opposition in the State. About Draft Arunachal Pradesh Marriage and Inheritance of Property Bill, 2021: The bill focuses on the provisions related to the legal status of marriage, the procedure of marriage registration,… Continue reading Women’s panel defends draft Inheritance Bill

Candy sticks to earbuds: Govt bans single-use plastic from 2022

Source: Indian Express, The Hindu and PIB What is the News? The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021.  Main Purpose of the Rules: The rules aim to prohibit the use of specific single-use plastic items which have “low utility and high littering potential” by 2022.… Continue reading Candy sticks to earbuds: Govt bans single-use plastic from 2022

Lok Sabha passes Constitution amendment Bill to restore states’ powers on OBC list

Source: Indian Express What is the News? Lok Sabha has unanimously passed the Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021. About Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021: Main Purpose of the Bill: The Bill amends the Constitution to allow states and union territories to prepare their own list of socially and educationally backward classes.  Key Provisions of the… Continue reading Lok Sabha passes Constitution amendment Bill to restore states’ powers on OBC list