Move to re-open debate on Article 35A

Context The government’s reply last month to the Supreme Court, saying that the questions raised in a petition challenging Article 35A require a “larger debate”, has predictably stirred a hornet’s nest in Kashmir. Article 35A: Current issue The Centre has expressed its reservations in responding to a petition before the Supreme Court that calls for… Continue reading Move to re-open debate on Article 35A

Country to dispense with Right to Education Act’s no-detention policy

Context: Scrapping the no-detention policy, one of the most controversial features of the Right to Education Act, is a first step towards in preventing and mending some of its worst consequences. Explanation: The Union cabinet on 2nd August, 2017 has agreed to scrap of the no-detention clause in the Right to Education (RTE) Act. Amending this provision, which… Continue reading Country to dispense with Right to Education Act’s no-detention policy

Election Commission pushes for electoral reforms

Context: The statement by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently said that the Election Commission has failed to curb ‘invisible money’ in polls is remarkable. Introduction: Reforms suggested by the Election and Law Commissions must be given a chance. Working of Election Commission (EC): The Election Commission (EC) works in accordance with Article 324 of… Continue reading Election Commission pushes for electoral reforms

A look at the subsidy offered by the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

Context: Housing loan interest rates dipping in the past few months Introduction: Lower interest rates and stagnant property prices, in combination with the interest subsidy under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), have markedly improved the economics for home buyers, according to bankers With interest rates falling about 200 basis points in the last 15… Continue reading A look at the subsidy offered by the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

The painless way to stop smoking

Context: The U.S. Food and Drug has announced a comprehensive proposal to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels which created havoc among tobacco companies. Introduction: The proposal is aimed at striking at the root of the problem of smokers getting addicted, and being unable to quit the habit. Nicotine does not… Continue reading The painless way to stop smoking

Implications of the freeze on parliamentary seats

Context The lifting of the freeze imposed on increasing the number of parliamentary seats by the Constitution (forty-second Amendment) Act, 1976, due in 2016 will require building of a new Parliament due to increase in number of seats in both houses. The new debate The debate revolves around the issues with constitutional dimensions of far-reaching… Continue reading Implications of the freeze on parliamentary seats