India-Mauritius Tax Treaty

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: LM   Context: India and Mauritius amended their double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) to include a principal purpose test (PPT) aimed at curbing tax avoidance. However, the amended protocol has not been ratified or notified by the Income Tax Department. There were concerns that investments through Mauritius might face …

Curative petition

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE    Context: The Supreme Court’s decision to allow a curative writ petition in the DMRC case signifies an expansion of its powers beyond constitutionally prescribed processes. The curative writ, a sparingly used judicial innovation, aims to correct grave miscarriages of justice, as established in the 2002 Rupa Hurra …

Palestinian Membership Application Referred to UN Committee

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Reuters  Context: The United Nations Security Council president has referred the Palestinian Authority’s application for full UN membership to the committee on new member admissions. The committee will assess the application’s compliance with U.N. membership requirements before potentially advancing it for a formal Security Council vote  

Suvidha Portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: Since the announcement of General Elections 2024, over 73,000 applications have been received on the Suvidha Portal, with more than 44,600 requests approved. The portal ensures transparency and a level playing field for political parties and candidates by adhering to the First in First out principle. …

Draft model rules for childbirth registration

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: LM  Context: The Home Ministry has drafted Model Rules requiring parents to record their religion separately when registering the birth of a child, departing from the previous practice of recording the family’s religion. The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023, allows the birth certificate to serve as …

Political parties’ symbols

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: The Election Commission of India (ECI) allocates symbols to political parties and candidates based on the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968. Recognized parties have reserved symbols, while unrecognised parties are allotted free symbols during elections. Unrecognised parties can apply for a common symbol if …

BIMSTEC Charter

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: AIR    Context: Nepal’s Lower House of Parliament endorsed the BIMSTEC Charter recently. The BIMSTEC Charter aims to enhance collaboration among member countries, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, in areas such as economic prosperity, social progress, and connectivity. BIMSTEC, established in 1997, seeks to …

NICES programme

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The National Information System for Climate and Environment Studies (NICES), operated by ISRO and other ministries, invites Indian researchers to combat climate change. Potential areas include Space-based ECVs, Climate Indicators, Climate Change Challenges, and Weather Extremes.

Group of Friends (GOF)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DD NEWS  Context: India, leading the Group of Friends (GOF) comprising 40 member states, convened a meeting to discuss strategies for strengthening legal frameworks against crimes targeting peacekeepers. India launched a new database hosted on the Unite Aware platform to record crimes against peacekeepers and monitor accountability efforts. The …

Preventive detention

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times   Context: The Supreme Court emphasized the need to prevent the arbitrary use of preventive detention powers, overturning a Telangana High Court decision. It clarified that preventive detention is meant to avert future harm, not as a form of punishment, and should be based on careful consideration …

COP Presidentcies’ Troika

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times  Context: The hosts of upcoming United Nations climate conferences, including the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, and Brazil also known as COP Presidentcies’ Troika, have called for nations to align their nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.   They aim …

Postal ballots

  Source: TH  Context: The Election Commission of India has announced the provision of postal ballots for absentee voters from essential services in Tamil Nadu. Workers from various sectors including Mercantile Marine, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Chennai Metro Rail Limited, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Food Corporation of India, Zonal Office (South), and the media …

Uniting For Consensus Model

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: NewsOnAir   Context: India has criticized the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) model at the United Nations for opposing reforms to the Security Council, stating concerns over a lack of representation from Africa and the Global South, and no change in permanent seat membership.

BhashaNet portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) have launched the BhashaNet portal during the Universal Acceptance Day event with support from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It is developed by the Centre for Development …

e-shram portal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Deccan Herald   Context: The Supreme Court of India has directed all states and Union territories to issue ration cards to migrant laborers registered on the e-shram portal within two months. This decision comes after authorities failed to comply with previous directives given in April 2023, which granted a …

Model Code of Conduct

Facts for Prelims (FFP)       Source: IE     Context: The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has been enforced by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, beginning from the announcement of the election schedule until the declaration of results. This code regulates the behaviour of political parties …