Birth certificate to be made mandatory for jobs, driving license, passport, voting right

Source: The post is based on the article “Birth certificate to be made mandatory for jobs, driving license, passport, voting right” published in The Hindu on 28th November 2022. What is the News? The Union Home Ministry proposed an amendment to the Registration of Birth and Death (RBD) Act,1969. The bill will be introduced in… Continue reading Birth certificate to be made mandatory for jobs, driving license, passport, voting right

Draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Amendment) Bill-2022: Coming, a tough law to prevent cruelty to animals. Why is it needed?

Source: The post is based on the article “Coming, a tough law to prevent cruelty to animals. Why is it needed?” published in Indian Express on 25th November. What is the News? The government has introduced the draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Amendment) Bill-2022 to amend the six-decade-old law Prevention of Cruelty to Animal… Continue reading Draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Amendment) Bill-2022: Coming, a tough law to prevent cruelty to animals. Why is it needed?

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

Explained: Bhang, ganja, and criminality in the NDPS Act

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: Bhang, ganja, and criminality in the NDPS Act” published in Indian Express on 1st September 2022. What is the News? The Karnataka High Court has recently granted bail to a man arrested for possessing 29 kg of bhang and 400 g of ganja. While granting bail,… Continue reading Explained: Bhang, ganja, and criminality in the NDPS Act

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

Antarctic Bill, 2022 passed in LS

Source: This post is based on the following articles “Lok Sabha passes the Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022 aimed at having India’s own national measures for protecting the Antarctic environment and dependent and associated ecosystem” published in the PIB on 23rd July 2022. “Antarctic Bill passed in LS” published in The Hindu on 23rd July 2022. What is the… Continue reading Antarctic Bill, 2022 passed in LS

Union Minister moves Weapons of Mass Destruction Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

Source: The post is based on the article “Union Minister moves Weapons of Mass Destruction Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha” published in AIR on 19th July 2022. What is the News? The Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill, 2022 was introduced in Rajya Sabha. What is the… Continue reading Union Minister moves Weapons of Mass Destruction Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

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

Draft Development of Enterprise and Service Hubs (DESH) Bill: SEZs to be turned into mfg hubs for domestic markets

Source: The post is based on the article “SEZs to be turned into mfg hubs for domestic markets” published in Livemint on 6th July 2022. What is the News? Government plans to table the Development of Enterprise and Service Hubs (DESH) Bill in the monsoon session of the Parliament. This bill will replace the current… Continue reading Draft Development of Enterprise and Service Hubs (DESH) Bill: SEZs to be turned into mfg hubs for domestic markets

Home ministry amends FCRA rules; gives more time to declare funds

Source: The post is based on the article “Home ministry amends FCRA rules; gives more time to declare funds” published in Hindustan Times on 3rd July 2022. What is the News? The Ministry of Home Affairs has amended certain provisions in the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and its rules. What are the key amendments… Continue reading Home ministry amends FCRA rules; gives more time to declare funds

‘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

SC upholds new restrictions on foreign funds

What is the News? The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020 or FCRA Act.  What is the case about? A petition was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020 or FCRA Act.  The FCRA amendment lays down certain conditions for… Continue reading SC upholds new restrictions on foreign funds

The partial rollback of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act

What is the News? The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced the reduction of “disturbed areas” under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland with effect from April 1,2022.  This decision was based on the recommendations of a committee that was constituted to study the possibility of withdrawing the AFSPA from… Continue reading The partial rollback of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act

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

Delhi municipal corporation bill gets Cabinet’s nod

What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022. What is Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022? The Bill proposes a unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi by subsuming the South Delhi Municipal Corporation(SDMC), North Delhi Municipal Corporation(NDMC) and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation EDMC).  What was the need… Continue reading Delhi municipal corporation bill gets Cabinet’s nod

National Public Health Bill: New health law draft: four-tier system, clearly defined powers

What is the News? The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is in the process of releasing the draft of the proposed National Public Health Bill. What will be the aim of the proposed National Public Health Bill? The proposed National Public Health bill will replace the 125-year-old Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897.  It will… Continue reading National Public Health Bill: New health law draft: four-tier system, clearly defined powers

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

Parliament passes National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021

What is the news? Parliament has passed the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021. About National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 The Bill seeks to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.  Aim: To ​​accord the status of ‘institute of national importance’ to… Continue reading Parliament passes National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Explained: AFSPA and the Northeast

What is the News? Nagaland Cabinet has recommended that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 be repealed from the state after the incident in Mon district in which security forces gunned down 13 civilians. What is AFSPA? AFSPA was originally promulgated by the British in response to the Quit India movement in 1942. … Continue reading Explained: AFSPA and the Northeast

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

Government will repeal all 3 farm laws: Modi

What is the News? The Prime Minister has announced that the government has decided to repeal the three controversial farm laws passed in the Monsoon Session of Parliament in September 2020. What were the three farm laws that have been repealed? Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020;  Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act,… Continue reading Government will repeal all 3 farm laws: Modi

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

Explained: A proposed Bill and its possible ramifications in matrilineal Meghalaya

What is the News? A district autonomous council in Meghalaya has announced that it would introduce the ‘Khasi Inheritance of Property Bill, 2021’. What is the purpose of Khasi Inheritance of Property Bill, 2021? The bill is aimed at the “equitable distribution” of parental property among siblings in the Khasi community.  If implemented, the proposed… Continue reading Explained: A proposed Bill and its possible ramifications in matrilineal Meghalaya

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

Abortion allowed till 24 weeks of pregnancy in special cases

What is the News? The government of India has notified the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021. These rules have been notified under Section 6 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 2021. What are the key provisions of the rules? Defines Special Categories of Women The act extended the upper limit for medical termination… Continue reading Abortion allowed till 24 weeks of pregnancy in special cases

Jharkhand clears Bill for 75% quota for locals in private jobs

  What is the News? The Jharkhand Assembly has passed the Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates in the Private Sector Bill, 2021.  Must read: Job reservation in private sector for locals  Key Provisions of the bill Reservation for Local Candidates: The Bill provides for 75% reservation to local residents in private sector jobs with… Continue reading Jharkhand clears Bill for 75% quota for locals in private jobs

Tamil Nadu tables Bill to ensure seating facilities for employees at shops

What is the News? The Tamil Nadu Government has tabled a bill in the State Assembly that recognizes workers ‘right to sit’.  Note: Kerala is the only other State to have legislated on the ‘right to sit’ in 2018. What is the Bill? The bill seeks to amend the Tamil Nadu Shops and Establishments Act,… Continue reading Tamil Nadu tables Bill to ensure seating facilities for employees at shops

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

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