RSTV: IN DEPTH- DEPORTATION RULES IN INDIA & ACROSS THE WORLD

 Introduction: India confirmed that British lawmaker Debbie Abrahams, who was denied entry into the country, did not hold a valid visa. This was after various media organisations claimed that Abrahams was deported. Government sources stated that the e-Business visa of Abrahams was revoked on February 14th. They further said the cancellation was conveyed to …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- PANDEMIC & PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM

 Introduction: India currently has over 2301 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The government has been quick to adopt a multipronged strategy, including issuance of clear guidelines to ministries for coordinated action, imposition of travel restrictions, suspension of visas, large-scale screening and contact tracing as well as regular dissemination of information to the public. Mounting a …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY CODE (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020

 Introduction: Parliament passed amendments to the insolvency law that will help safeguard successful bidders of insolvent companies from the risk of criminal proceedings for offences committed by previous promoters. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was passed by voice vote in Rajya Sabha. It was approved by Lok Sabha on March 6. …

RSTV: LAWS IN THE MAKING – THE MINERAL LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020

 Introduction: Coal licenses in India are issued to some mining companies today for a specific end use such as steel production and power generation. The Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, which was promulgated in January, removes this end-use restriction for coal mines. The Ordinance further clarifies that companies do not require any coal mining experience …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE: US, TALIBAN- DOHA ACCORD

 Introduction: US officials and Taliban representatives have signed a final peace deal after months of negotiations in Qatar’s capital to end the United States’s longest war, fought in Afghanistan. Agreement, signed in Doha in the presence of leaders from Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, will pave the way for the United States to …

RSTV: INDIA’S WORLD- INDIA-BANGLADESH TIES

  Introduction: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will joined the birth centenary celebration of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through video conference. The PM had postponed his visit to Dhaka after coronavirus scare had caused Bangladesh to defer public events beginning March 17. The Foreign Secretary told a delegation of 20 Bangladeshi journalists that the …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- NGOS FOREIGN FUNDING & RISKS

 Introduction: The Supreme Court ruled that the Centre cannot deprive NGOs of their right to receive foreign money by declaring them as political organisations if they use legitimate means of dissent to support public causes. Section 5 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 gives the Union government “unchecked and unbridled powers” to declare …

RSTV: IN DEPTH- THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020

Introduction: A bill to amend the Companies Act 2013 and decriminalise various offences under it was introduced in Lok Sabha. Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur introduced the Bill in the lower house, making it clear that the government was not looking to decriminalise non-compoundable offences. The Bill was introduced amid opposition by members …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- SECTION 505- TACKLING RUMOURS

   Introduction: Delhi police got over 3,000 distress calls from people panicked over riot-related rumours like violence, arson and stone pelting across the national capital. Around one-fifth of these calls on the emergency 100 and 112 numbers came from Shaheen Bagh in South East Delhi and nearby areas in South Delhi. Panic gripped residents …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- DRAFT COMPETITION COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL 2020

 Introduction: With a view to update the Competition Act, 2002 and associated regulations, the Indian Government constituted the Competition Law Review Committee in October 2018. The Committee submitted its report to the Government on 14 August 2019. Based on the recommendations made in the Report, the MCA has introduced a draft Competition Bill, 2020 …

RSTV: LAWS IN THE MAKING- MEDICAL TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020

Introduction: The law in India provides a time period of 12 weeks in which pregnancies can be terminated. This period can be extended to 20 weeks in certain cases. This has resulted in women resorting to unsafe abortions, which can lead to complications and sometimes, even death. With advances in medical technology for safe abortions …

RSTV: IN DEPTH- EPFO

 Introduction: 1st November is observed as the foundation day of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation. The day marks the roll out of the Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme on 1st November 1952. This was the first social security scheme under the EPF Act. Beginning its journey with a few lakh beneficiaries, the EPFO now services …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- FACIAL RECOGNITION- USES & CONCERNS

 Introduction: Facial recognition has become a cause for concern in western democracies. The European Commission is considering imposing a five-year moratorium on the use of facial recognition technologies in the European Union (EU). In the United States (US), municipalities have passed, or are considering passing prohibitions, India, however, is rushing to adopt public facial …