“State of Working India 2021” – One Year of Covid-19 Report

What is the News? Azim Premji University’s Centre for Sustainable Employment has released the annual State of Working India 2021: One Year of Covid-19 Report. Key Findings of State of Working India 2021 report: Impact of Pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially increased informality in employment. This has lead to a decline in earnings for… Continue reading “State of Working India 2021” – One Year of Covid-19 Report

“Myanmar refugees” can approach UNHCR: Manipur HC

What is the News? Seven Myanmar nationals entered illegally and stayed in Manipur. They demanded a safe passage to New Delhi to get protection from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR). Recently the Manipur High Court has allowed them to seek protection from the UNHCR in New Delhi. About Myanmar refugees and the recent case… Continue reading “Myanmar refugees” can approach UNHCR: Manipur HC

Cannot Stop Media Reports on Court Observations – Supreme Court

What is the News? The Supreme Court has said that the media cannot be stopped from reporting the oral observations made by the judges during a case. What was the case? A petition was filed by the Election Commission of India(ECI) in the Supreme Court against the oral remarks made by Madras High Court. The… Continue reading Cannot Stop Media Reports on Court Observations – Supreme Court

Supreme Court observations on “seeking medical help for COVID-19”.

What is the News? The Supreme Court has said that there should not be any coercive action against any citizen. This is especially for citizens who are putting out emergency calls on social media for seeking medical help for COVID-19. Background: Uttar Pradesh government had recently ordered strict civil and criminal action against citizens. This… Continue reading Supreme Court observations on “seeking medical help for COVID-19”.

“Foreign Aid to India” – Centre faces Questions Over its Use

What is the News? The Indian Government is at present accepting gifts, donations, and aid from foreign nations. This is because, India is facing a massive shortage of oxygen, drugs and related equipment amid a surge in Covid cases. Foreign Aid to India: India is accepting foreign aid for the first time in 16 years.… Continue reading “Foreign Aid to India” – Centre faces Questions Over its Use

“Emergency Financial Powers” to Armed Forces to tackle pandemic

What is the News? The Union defence ministry has granted emergency financial powers to the country’s armed forces. This is to empower their efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic. About Emergency Financial Powers to Armed Forces: The Emergency Financial Powers will allow armed forces to establish and operate quarantine facilities and hospitals. Besides, it will also… Continue reading “Emergency Financial Powers” to Armed Forces to tackle pandemic

What is “Maharashtra’s two-child norm” for govt employees?

What is the News? A woman officer from the Maharashtra Prison Department has three children. But she suppressed that information to the authorities during the inquiry. As this is a violation of  Maharashtra Civil Services rules, she was dismissed from service recently. About Maharashtra’s two-child norm for Government Employees: Maharashtra’s two-child norm for govt employees… Continue reading What is “Maharashtra’s two-child norm” for govt employees?

India is 3rd Highest Military Spender in 2020: SIPRI

What is the News? Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI) released a report titled “Trends in World Military Expenditure Report, 2020”. The report provides data related to the military expenditure by countries in 2020. Note: SIPRI is an independent international institute established in 1966 in Stockholm, Sweden. Its functions are to research into conflict, armaments, arms control, and disarmament.… Continue reading India is 3rd Highest Military Spender in 2020: SIPRI

SC Guidelines for “Appointment of Ad-hoc Judges” in HCs

What is the News? The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the appointment of retired judges as ad-hoc judges in High Courts under Article 224A of the Constitution. This has been done to deal with the increasing backlog of cases in High Courts. Guidelines: For the appointment of ad hoc judges, the Supreme Court… Continue reading SC Guidelines for “Appointment of Ad-hoc Judges” in HCs

USCIRF Recommends “Country of Particular Concern” Tag for India

What is the News? The USCIRF (US Commission on International Religious Freedom) has recommended classifying India as a Country of Particular Concern(CPC). It is due to the worst violations of religious freedom in India in 2020. Reasons for recommendations: USCIRF has recommended India to be put on a Countries of Particular Concern(CPC) list because of: Religiously… Continue reading USCIRF Recommends “Country of Particular Concern” Tag for India