Why only bureaucrats on information panels, asks SC

Supreme court raised concerns over how government employees or retired ones had consistently been found more suitable than eminent persons from other walks of life as Information commissioners. The Right to Information Act of 2005 was enacted to ensure accountability in governance.The act itself requires people from varied domains to man the Commissions. The Central… Continue reading Why only bureaucrats on information panels, asks SC

NCM sets up new panel to define minority

The National Commission for Minorities has constituted a new sub-committee. The committee is entrusted with the task of preparing a report to provide a) comprehensive definition of minority and b) criteria for determining minority status of a community. The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) is a statutory body established under the National Commission for Minorities… Continue reading NCM sets up new panel to define minority

Supreme Court sends Delhi power tussle case to larger Bench

The Supreme Court delivered a split verdict on the issue of division of powers between the Delhi government and the Centre over control of services covering issues like transfer of officials and referred the matter to a larger bench. The major issues before the Supreme Court were (a) the power to appoint and transfer the… Continue reading Supreme Court sends Delhi power tussle case to larger Bench

Citizenship, triple talaq Bills lapse

The Citizenship (amendment) Bill and The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 lapsed as they could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha since both the houses were adjourned sine die(house is dismissed for an indefinite period) The legislative procedure states that a Bill which is pending in the Rajya Sabha, after… Continue reading Citizenship, triple talaq Bills lapse

Rajasthan to scrap education criterion

The Rajasthan Assembly has passed Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Rajasthan Municipality (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by voice-vote. Voice vote is a voting method in which a group vote is taken on a topic or motion by responding orally. The bills seek to abolish the condition of a minimum educational qualification to contest for… Continue reading Rajasthan to scrap education criterion

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Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses

External Affairs Minister has introduced the Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha. The bill aims to offer more protection against exploitation of Indian women by their NRI spouses. The bill envisages compulsory registration of marriages by Non-Resident Indians within 30 days of marriage. The bill also seeks to amend the… Continue reading Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses

Push for generous rehab scheme for Naga cadres

A Parliamentary panel on Home Affairs, has urged the Centre to conclude the Naga peace Accord. It has also advocated to formulate a rehabilitation-cum-settlement scheme for the cadres of National Socialist Council of Nagaland Isak-Muivah (NSC-IM). The NSCN-IM is an insurgent group of Nagas, operating in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh. Its objective is… Continue reading Push for generous rehab scheme for Naga cadres

SC declines stay on 10% quota

1.The Supreme Court has declined to order a stay on the Centre’s decision to grant 10% reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically weak sections in the general category. 2.The petitioners has sought the quashing of the bill due to following reasons a) The economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation.b) The… Continue reading SC declines stay on 10% quota

Government introduces Bill on northeast

The government has introduced the Constitution (125th Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha. This bill seeks to bring 10 tribal dominated Autonomous District Councils in the Sixth Schedule areas of the north-eastern region under purview of the Finance Commission. The proposed amendments provide for a) devolution of financial resources to the councils based on recommendations… Continue reading Government introduces Bill on northeast

Ladakh gets divisional status

Jammu and Kashmir Government has approved divisional status to Ladakh, which was part of the Kashmir division till now. The division of Ladakh, comprising of Leh and Kargil Districts, would be provided with a) separate administrative and revenue division with its headquarters at Leh, b) Divisional Commissioner, c) Inspector General of Police and d) other… Continue reading Ladakh gets divisional status

Contempt pleas against Prashant Bhushan: Supreme Court may curb advocates from speaking on cases

The Attorney General of India filed contempt proceedings against Prashant Bhushan for tweeting wrong facts about government on an ongoing case which could mislead the court. Supreme Court said that to protect the judiciary it would examine the possibility of imposing curbs on advocates giving press briefings on pending cases and judges who decide them.… Continue reading Contempt pleas against Prashant Bhushan: Supreme Court may curb advocates from speaking on cases

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