NCST functioning with less than 50% of sanctioned strength

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Constitutional and Statutory bodies   Source: TH, TH   Context: Data from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) revealed that the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is currently functioning with less than 50% of its sanctioned strength    Issues with the staffing in the commission: The sanctioned strength of the …

The Supreme Court celebrates the 73rd anniversary of its establishment

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Indian Judiciary  Source: IE  Context: This year, the court is hosting the first-ever celebration of its anniversary with Singapore Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon as chief guest. The Supreme Court was established on January 28, 1950, two days after the Constitution.   A brief overview of India’s Supreme court: The Supreme Court …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 30 January 2023

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[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 23 January 2023

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Delegated law should not travel beyond the purview of the parent act: SC

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Parliament and State legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these   Source: TH   Direction: The article tries to explain the meaning of delegated legislation, its advantages, criticism, etc., in the context of the recent SC ruling.   Context: The Supreme …

How are disputes between states resolved in India?

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure   Source: IE   Direction: The article explores different methods to resolve inter-state boundary disputes. It also briefly covers the border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka.   Context: As the border dispute between Maharashtra …

Maharashtra passes Lokayukta Bill that brings CM under the ambit of the anti-corruption body

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Source: Scroll Context: This bill will replace the 1971 Lokayukta bill     Important provisions of the Maharastra Bill: Will need assembly approval: Lokayukta will need to seek the approval of two-thirds of the total strength of the …

What is the CAG audit report on Assam’s NRC?

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation   Source: TH  Direction: The article highlights the NRC exercise in Assam and the issues raised in a recent CAG report. The article also covers the exercise of delimitation of constituencies that recently …

North-East Zonal Councils

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.   Source: PIB  Context: Recently, PM Modi attended the Golden Jubilee celebrations (50 years) of the North-Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong   Points highlighted by the PM Regular meetings: Prime Minister himself has visited the North-East more than …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 21 December 2022

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What is the law on acid attacks in India?

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Mechanisms, Laws, Institutions and Bodies constituted for the Protection and Betterment of these Vulnerable Sections   Source: IE  Direction: The article discusses the heinous crime of acid attacks and success and shortcomings of laws to prevent them and the way ahead  Context: A 17-year-old girl was recently attacked with an acid-like …

Court vacations: What are the arguments for and against judges taking breaks?

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Structure, Organization and Functioning of the Judiciary   Source: IE  Direction: The article covers the issue of vacations in SC, its need, criticism, suggestions to reform the system and how SCs of other countries perform. Context: The Chief Justice of India (CJI) recently said that no Vacation Benches will be available …

What are Kerala’s university laws (amendment) Bills?

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: State Legislature – Structure, organisation, functioning and conduct of business etc   Source: TH  Direction: The article discusses the controversies surrounding the appointment of Chancellors and VCs at Kerala State Universities.  Context: The Kerala government has passed the two University Laws (Amendment) Bills to amend laws relating to the governance of …

Ministry evades direct reply on demand to include Ladakh under the 6th schedule

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure   Source: TH  Direction: The article covers the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution and examines the case of UT of Ladakh to be included under the Schedule    Context: The main objective of the inclusion of tribal populations …

How J&K’s proposed Family ID will work, and why it is being criticised?

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation   Source: IE  Direction: The article highlights the new family ID for residents of J&K, its criticism, and other states with a similar mechanism.  Context: J&K Lt Governor’s announcement to introduce a family …

What are the existing laws on religious conversions?

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.   Source: TH  Direction: The article discusses the issue of religious conversion in India and its constitutional-legal-judicial interpretation.  Context: The SC’s recent remarks on religious conversions have brought into the spotlight the long-standing debate about what the fundamental right to …

Weighing in on the efficacy of female leadership in government

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Social Justice (Issues related to women)   Source: TH  Direction: The article throws light on how female leadership in government helps in achieving good governance and gender equality and what is the scenario in India.  Context: The important takeaway from recent experience and studies is the necessity of overcoming inherent biases …

National Judicial Commission Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Structure, Organization and Functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary   Source: IE  Direction: The article highlights the recently introduced National Judicial Commission Bill, 2022, its criticism and its way ahead. The earlier article will help to understand the issue of NJAC and why it was declared unconstitutional.  Context: A private …

Parliamentary Panel on CBI

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Statutory Bodies   Source: Business Line  Context: The department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice have highlighted that the CBI’s conviction of cases rate has come down while its pendency in courts has escalated  Key points highlighted by the Panel: Decreasing conviction rate: From 743 (2012), the …