Parliament and state legislatures

Overhaul British-era criminal laws

Syllabus: Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. Context Union Home Minister introduced three Bills in the Lok Sabha to repeal the British-era Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Indian Evidence Act (IEA) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC). New …

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Jan Vishwas Bill, 2023

Syllabus: Parliament and State legislatures The story so far: The Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023 was passed in Parliament recently. Introduced by Commerce and Industry Minister, the Bill aims at giving further boost to ease of living and ease of doing business. It proposes to amend 183 provisions …

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India has taken the first step to generate digital birth certificates by introducing Registration of Births and Deaths Amendment Bill, 2023. Key details: It will be an all-encompassing document that can be used for: admission to educational institutions, jobs, passports or Aadhaar, voter enrolment, registration of marriage, etc. Significance: This will avoid multiplicity …

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On March 30, the Lahore High Court annulled the offence of ‘sedition’ in the Pakistan Penal code. Embarrassingly, around the same time in India, the police registered a series of complaints in Delhi and in Ahmedabad The detainees were not accused of ‘sedition,’ but were booked for criminal conspiracy to …

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The nagging dispute over the water share of the Krishna river between Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) and Telangana remains unresolved, even nine years after the bifurcation of the combined State. What is the origin of the Krishna water dispute? The dispute dates back to the formation of Andhra Pradesh in November, …

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The lower house of Parliament passed the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2023 which seeks to amend the Competition Act, 2002. The Bill seeks to amend the Competition Act, 2002, to regulate mergers and acquisitions based on the value of transactions. The Act prohibits any person or enterprise from entering into a combination which may cause an appreciable adverse effect on competition. Deals with transaction …

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