Yearly Archives: 2023

REDUCING PRETERM BIRTHS AND STILLBIRTHS

Nelson Mandela had said that “there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”. Two global reports released on January 10, 2023 — on child mortality and on stillbirths — prod us to reflect on whether India is doing enough …

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LARGE RESOURCE-EXTRACTION PROJECTS

The land subsidence in Joshimath has become emblematic of a geological disaster that has in fact manifested across India, in the neighbourhood of several large resource-extraction projects. There have been reports of subsidence from the Jharia, Bhurkunda, Kapasara, Raniganj and Talcher coal mines; from Delhi and Kolkata due to the …

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BEYPORE BOAT FOR SWADESH DARSHAN PROJECT

The Kerala Tourism Department is likely to highlight Beypore ‘Uru’, the wooden dhows handcrafted by artisans and carpenters, and the water sports there in the detailed project report (DPR) to be submitted to the Centre for the Swadesh Darshan project. Beypore and Kumarakom are the only two tourism destinations from …

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PARLIAMENT’S SOVEREIGNTY

● Amid a debate on the process of appointment of judges, Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday made strong comments on “public posturing” or “one-upmanship” by the judiciary. ● Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also spoke in a similar vein. ● Inaugurating the 83rd All India Presiding Officers conference, Mr. Dhankhar, who is the …

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NORTHEAST MONSOON

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said the northeast monsoon is likely to withdraw from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday. Nippy weather may set in, especially over the interior parts of the State, where the minimum temperature is likely to drop by two or three degrees Celsius. On Wednesday, …

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RBI’S REVISED GUIDELINES FOR LOCKER MANAGEMENT

In order to enhance the safety, transparency and effective management of safe deposit lockers provided by banks, apex banking regulator Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released a list of revised guidelines, which came into force from January 1, 2022. The guidelines followed observations made by the Supreme Court in Amitabha Dasgupta vs United Bank of …

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THE STALEMATE BETWEEN TELANGANA AND AP

More than eight years after the bifurcation of the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh, division of assets and liabilities between the two States remain elusive as the States make their own interpretation of the provisions under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014. Several bilateral meetings between the two States as well …

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‘PRE-POLL BUDGET REFORMS

The Union Budget of 2023-24, India’s final full-year Budget before the Lok Sabha polls in 2024, is unlikely to see any major reforms and could see higher allocations for welfare measures as well as capex along with cuts in defence expenditure, as witnessed in recent pre-election Budgets, Goldman Sachs said …

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SECTION 6A OF CITIZENSHIP ACT

A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud on Tuesday said it will first take up for preliminary determination whether Section 6A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 suffers from any “constitutional infirmity”. Section 6A was a special provision inserted into the 1955 Act in furtherance of a …

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