Govt amends Multi State Cooperative Societies Act to bring in transparency

Source: The post is based on the article “Govt amends Multi State Cooperative Societies Act to bring in transparency” published in the Business Standard on 13th October 2022. What is the News? Recently, the Cabinet has approved the extensive amendments to the Multi-State Cooperative Societies Act (MSCS). The Act was last amended in 2002. What are… Continue reading Govt amends Multi State Cooperative Societies Act to bring in transparency

The Mediation Bill, 2021

Source: The post is based on the article “The Mediation Bill, 2021” published in The Hindu on 4th October 2022. What is the News? The Mediation Bill, 2021 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The Parliamentary Standing Committee is tasked with a review of the Bill. The committee’s report to the Rajya Sabha was submitted… Continue reading The Mediation Bill, 2021

Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill,2022

Source: The post is based on the article “Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill,2022” published in PIB on 22nd September 2022. Present Status: Open for public consultation. What is the News? The Department of Telecommunications(DoT) has issued the draft Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022.  What is the purpose of the Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022? The Bill consolidates… Continue reading Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill,2022

For ease of doing biz, century-old Boilers Act to be decriminalized

Source: The post is based on the article “For ease of doing biz, century-old Boilers Act to be decriminalized” published in Livemint on 26th August 2022. What is the News? The Government of India is set to decriminalize the archaic Indian Boilers Act,1923. What is the Indian Boiler Act,1923? Indian Boilers Act-1923 was enacted with… Continue reading For ease of doing biz, century-old Boilers Act to be decriminalized

The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022

Source: The post is based on the article “The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022” published in The Hindu on 25th August 2022. Present Status: Introduced in Lok Sabha and referred to the parliamentary standing committee. What is the News? The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was introduced in the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend the… Continue reading The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022

Draft Indian Ports Bill, 2022 issued for Stakeholder Consultation

Source: The post is based on the article “Draft Indian Ports Bill, 2022 issued for Stakeholder Consultation” published in PIB on 18th August 2022. Present Status: Open for stakeholder consultation. What is the News? The government of India has issued Draft Indian Ports Bill, 2022 for stakeholder consultation. What is the Draft Indian Ports Bill,… Continue reading Draft Indian Ports Bill, 2022 issued for Stakeholder Consultation

Explained: Electricity Bill – promise, problems

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: Electricity Bill – promise, problems” published in Indian Express on 10th August 2022. Present Status: Introduced in Lok Sabha and referred to the parliamentary standing committee What is the News? The government has tabled the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Lok Sabha soon after which… Continue reading Explained: Electricity Bill – promise, problems

Union government rolls back Data Protection Bill

Source: The post is based on the article “Union government rolls back Data Protection Bill” published in The Hindu on 5th August 2022. What is the News? The Union Information Technology Minister has announced the withdrawal of The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. What is the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019? Click Here to read… Continue reading Union government rolls back Data Protection Bill

Parliament passes the National Anti-Doping Bill 2022

Source: The post is based on the article “Parliament passes the National Anti-Doping Bill 2022” published in PIB on 3rd August 2022. Present Status: Passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Received the assent of the President on the 12th August 2022. What is the News? Parliament has passed the National Anti-Doping Bill 2022. Note:… Continue reading Parliament passes the National Anti-Doping Bill 2022

Lok Sabha passes Central Universities (Amendment), Bill 2022

Source: The post is based on the article “Lok Sabha passes Central Universities (Amendment), Bill 2022” published in PIB on 3rd August 2022. Present Status: Passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. What is the News? Lok Sabha has passed the Central Universities (Amendment)Bill 2022. What is the purpose of the Central Universities (Amendment)Bill 2022?… Continue reading Lok Sabha passes Central Universities (Amendment), Bill 2022

Explained | The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill 2022

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained | The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill 2022” published in The Hindu on 2nd August 2022. What is the News? To meet India’s commitment to exceeding its Paris Agreement climate targets, the Government of India plans to table the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the ongoing… Continue reading Explained | The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill 2022

Lok Sabha passes family courts Bill

Source: The post is based on the article “Lok Sabha passes family courts Bill” published in Indian Express on 29th July 2022. Present Status: Passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. What is the News? Lok Sabha has passed the Family Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2022. What is the Family Courts Act, 1984? The Family Courts… Continue reading Lok Sabha passes family courts Bill

Explained: Why the govt plans to scrap the decades-old Coffee Act

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: Why the govt plans to scrap the decades-old Coffee Act” published in Indian Express on 29th July 2022. What is the News? The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is planning to replace the Coffee Act, 1942 with the new Coffee (Promotion and Development Bill), 2022. Note:… Continue reading Explained: Why the govt plans to scrap the decades-old Coffee Act

Forest Rights Act: well begun, and now Odisha is ready for the home run

Source: The post is based on the article “Forest Rights Act: well begun, and now Odisha is ready for the home run” published in The Hindu on 28th July 2022. What is the News? Odisha is one of the few states in the country which is nearer to completely implementing the provisions of the Forest… Continue reading Forest Rights Act: well begun, and now Odisha is ready for the home run

Centre to amend Warehousing Act

Source: The post is based on the article “Centre to amend Warehousing Act” published in The Hindu on 28th July 2022. What is the News? The Union Food and Public Distribution Ministry has suggested major amendments to the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Act of 2007. What is the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Act, 2007? The… Continue reading Centre to amend Warehousing Act

EIA rules amended: projects near LoC, those of strategic value won’t need green nod

Source: The post is based on the article “EIA rules amended: projects near LoC, those of strategic value won’t need green nod” published in Indian Express on 20th July 2022. What is the News? The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has notified amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA) Rules, making several exemptions… Continue reading EIA rules amended: projects near LoC, those of strategic value won’t need green nod

Transplantation of Human Organs & Tissues Act (THOTA), 1994 provides for regulation of removal, storage and transplantation of human organs & tissues for therapeutic purposes

Source: The post is based on the article “Transplantation of Human Organs & Tissues Act (THOTA), 1994 provides for regulation of removal, storage and transplantation of human organs & tissues for therapeutic purposes” published in PIB on 19th July 2022. What is the News? The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare has informed… Continue reading Transplantation of Human Organs & Tissues Act (THOTA), 1994 provides for regulation of removal, storage and transplantation of human organs & tissues for therapeutic purposes

Regulation of medical devices: Draft Bill suggests separate expert group, check on online pharmacies

Source: The post is based on the article “Regulation of medical devices: Draft Bill suggests separate expert group, check on online pharmacies” published in Indian Express on 10th July 2022 Present Status: Open for public comments. What is the News? The Union Health Ministry has released the new draft ‘Drug, Medical Devices, and Cosmetics Bill-2022’.… Continue reading Regulation of medical devices: Draft Bill suggests separate expert group, check on online pharmacies

As students gear up for university, the devil is in the NEP’s details

Source: The post is based on the article “As students gear up for university, the devil is in the NEP’s details” published in “Indian Express” on 6th July 2022. Syllabus: GS 2 – Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education. Relevance: To understand the challenges associated with the National Education Policy. News: Along with the… Continue reading As students gear up for university, the devil is in the NEP’s details

‘Vermin’ politics: Human-wildlife conflict mitigation needs to be based on science, not historical biases

What is the News? The Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021 was introduced in the Parliament to amend the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The Bill proposes to remove Schedule V completely. Schedule V lists species classified as ‘vermin’, such as common crows, fruit bats, rats and mice which may be hunted freely. What is Vermin? Vermins… Continue reading ‘Vermin’ politics: Human-wildlife conflict mitigation needs to be based on science, not historical biases

Centre introduces Antarctica Bill

What is the News? The Government of India has introduced the ‘Antarctica Bill’ in the Lok Sabha. What was the need for the Antarctic Bill? India had been a signatory to the Antarctica Treaty since 1983 and that encumbered India to specify a set of laws governing portions of the continent where it had its… Continue reading Centre introduces Antarctica Bill

Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act, 2022

Present Status: Passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. received the assent of the President on the 18th of April, 2022 What is Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act, 2022? Objective: To allow the police and prison authorities to collect, store and analyze physical and biological samples, including retina and iris scans. Repealing: The Act seeks to… Continue reading Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act, 2022

Cabinet approves Amendment of the Second Schedule to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 for specifying rate of royalty in respect of certain minerals

What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Mines for amendment of the Second Schedule of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. What is the purpose of the amendment? The amendment specifies the rate of royalty in respect of certain minerals like Glauconite, Potash, Emerald,… Continue reading Cabinet approves Amendment of the Second Schedule to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 for specifying rate of royalty in respect of certain minerals

Draft Integrated Plant Nutrition Management Bill, 2022: Centre proposes law to control distribution, price, quality of fertilizers

What is the News? The Department of Fertilizers has sought comments from all stakeholders on the draft Integrated Plant Nutrition Management Bill, 2022.  About the Draft Integrated Plant Nutrition Management Bill, 2022 Aim – To promote the development and sustainable use of balanced fertilizers, including bio-fertilisers, bio-stimulates, nano-fertilizers and organic fertilizers. – To simplify the… Continue reading Draft Integrated Plant Nutrition Management Bill, 2022: Centre proposes law to control distribution, price, quality of fertilizers

Wildlife Protection (Amendment) Bill,2021: Govt brings Bill to amend wildlife law

What is the News? The Government of India has introduced in Lok Sabha the Wildlife Protection (Amendment) Bill,2021. What is the purpose of the Wildlife Protection (Amendment) Bill,2021? The Bill seeks to amend the Wildlife Protection Act,1972. It seeks to ensure that the Wildlife Protection Act,1972 complies with the requirements of the Convention on International… Continue reading Wildlife Protection (Amendment) Bill,2021: Govt brings Bill to amend wildlife law

Biological Diversity Amendment Bill 2021: Ecologists oppose changes to Biological Diversity Act, 2002

What is the News? The Government of India has introduced the Biological Diversity Amendment Bill, 2021, in the Lok Sabha. What is the purpose of the Biological Diversity Amendment Bill 2021? The Bill seeks to amend the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 with the aim of reducing the compliance burden and facilitating investment.  What are the… Continue reading Biological Diversity Amendment Bill 2021: Ecologists oppose changes to Biological Diversity Act, 2002

NDPS Act: a drafting error, its implications, and an amendment

News: Recently, The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed by Lok Sabha. About the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill The 2021 Bill amends the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and seeks to rectify a drafting “anomaly” created by a 2014 amendment. The bill amend Section 27A and… Continue reading NDPS Act: a drafting error, its implications, and an amendment

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

Air Quality Commission Bill for National Capital Region cleared

Source: The Hindu What is the News? Lok Sabha has passed the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021. About Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021: The Bill provides for the constitution of a Commission for better coordination, research, identification,… Continue reading Air Quality Commission Bill for National Capital Region cleared

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2021 passed in Parliament

Source: PIB What is the News? Parliament has passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Purpose of the Bill: The bill seeks to amend the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008. The 2008 Act established the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA). AERA regulates tariffs and other charges (such as… Continue reading Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2021 passed in Parliament

Govt. introduces Bill on insurance firms

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The Government of India has introduced the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021. Purpose of the Bill: The Bill introduces amendments to the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Act, 1972 to enable the privatisation of public sector insurance companies. Key Features of the Bill: Reduces Shareholding Limit: The… Continue reading Govt. introduces Bill on insurance firms

Amendments to Act regulating major airports passed in LS

Source: Livemint Introduced: Rajya Sabha (12th July 2019) Passed: Rajya Sabha (16th July 2019) Passed: Lok Sabha (2nd August 2019) Present status: Received assent of the President on 6th August 2019 The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Purpose of the Bill: The Bill seeks to amend the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority… Continue reading Amendments to Act regulating major airports passed in LS

Distressing’ and ‘shocking’ that people are still tried under Section 66A of IT Act, says SC

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The Supreme Court has expressed shock at the practice of police registering FIRs under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. The act was struck down by the SC in the 2015 judgment in the Shreya Singhal case. What is the issue? A petition has been filed in… Continue reading Distressing’ and ‘shocking’ that people are still tried under Section 66A of IT Act, says SC

Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021

Present Status: Open for public suggestions till 14th Jul 2021 About Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021 Objectives: To prevent and counter trafficking in persons, especially women and children. To provide for care, protection, and rehabilitation to the victims, while respecting their rights To create a supportive legal, economic and social environment… Continue reading Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021

Juvenile Justice Act inadequate in dealing with juveniles under-16

Source: TOI What is the news? The Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has observed that the present law (Juvenile Justice Act) dealing with children aged below 16 in heinous-crime cases as juvenile offenders is “totally inadequate and ill equipped”. Background Court made the observations on June 25 while dismissing a criminal revision… Continue reading Juvenile Justice Act inadequate in dealing with juveniles under-16

Repeal draft Cinematograph Bill: film fraternity writes to I&B ministry

Source: Indian Express  What is the News? The Film Fraternity has written a letter to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting(I&B) to withdraw the Draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021. About the Draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021. The Draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021 makes an amendment to the Cinematograph Act,1952. The bill gives the union government… Continue reading Repeal draft Cinematograph Bill: film fraternity writes to I&B ministry

Indian Vessels Act, 2021

Introduced: Lok Sabha (22nd Jul 2021) Passed: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Present status: Received the assent of the President on the 11th August, 2021 About Indian Vessels Act, 2021: Indian Vessels bill, 2021 seeks to replace the Inland Vessels Act, 1917. The bill aims to regulate the safety, security and registration of inland vessels.… Continue reading Indian Vessels Act, 2021

Model Tenancy Act: Need and Challenges – Explained, pointwise.

Introduction The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the Model Tenancy Act and circulated it to all States/Union Territories. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had earlier released the draft guidelines in July 2019. The Act aims to bridge the trust deficit between tenants and landlords by clearly delineating their obligations.… Continue reading Model Tenancy Act: Need and Challenges – Explained, pointwise.

Model Tenancy Act

Introduced: The Bill was introduced as a Government Bill (Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs) Present Status: Model Act is enacted and circulated to States Aim of the Act: To create a vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive rental housing market in the country. It will address the issue of homelessness by creating adequate rental housing stock… Continue reading Model Tenancy Act

Impact of New FCRA Rules on Relief Work of NGOs – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The second wave of Pandemic has struck the country very hard. There has been an enormous rise in Covid-19 cases reaching around 4 lakh/day. This necessitates active participation from all the stakeholders including NGOs. However, NGOs are not able to contribute much due to the stringent conditions imposed on them by the Foreign Contribution… Continue reading Impact of New FCRA Rules on Relief Work of NGOs – Explained, Pointwise

FCRA Amendments are Crippling Work of NGOs

What is the News? The FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Amendment) Act, 2020 has affected the work of many NGOs. They are facing difficulties in receiving foreign funds. FCRA Amendment Act, 2020: The amendment has made it compulsory for the NGOs to open an exclusive Bank account with the State Bank of India in New Delhi… Continue reading FCRA Amendments are Crippling Work of NGOs