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India and Japan sign Loan Agreement for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (I) and Kolkata East West Metro Project (III) with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Two Loan Agreements were signed on Japanese Official Development Assistance loan for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (I) of Yen 89.457 billion (Rs.5591 crore approx.) and Kolkata East-West Metro Project (III) of Yen 25.903 billion (Rs.1619 crore approx.) India and Japan have had a long and fruitful history of bilateral development cooperation since … Continued

Supreme Court on SC/ST quota in promotions (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Govt. need not produce ‘quantifiable data’ of backwardness A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court modified a 2006 judgment requiring the State to show quantifiable data to prove the “backwardness” of a Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe community in order to provide quota in promotion in public employment. 2 conflicting judgments in past Writing the verdict for … Continued

Ayodhya case: Understanding the ‘essentiality doctrine’ and its implications (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

By refusing review, the court has refused to consider the question of whether the freedom of religion protects only practices of particular significance, and not all religious practices. The question of comparative significance of religious practices also remains untouched. How court has been inconsistent in deciding religious questions The Supreme Court has by a majority … Continued

Aadhaar verdict: Supreme Court strikes down Sections 33(2), 47 and 57 of the Act; what this means (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

The Supreme Court Wednesday struck down Sections 33(2), 47 and 57 of the Aadhaar Act. What are these sections, and what does this mean? What is Section 33(2) of Aadhaar Act? Section 33 of the Aadhaar Act refers to disclosure of information in certain cases. The Supreme Court has read down Section 33(1) while striking … Continued

Aadhat Act: Provisions the Supreme Court retained, read down, or struck down (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Retained  Section 7, Aadhaar Act Provides for the government seeking Aadhaar number, or proof of application for enrolment, in order to receive various benefits. Noting that it is aimed at offering benefits to the marginalised section, court said this becomes an aspect of social justice. Section 139AA, Income Tax Act Made Aadhaar mandatory for filing … Continued

National Tourism Awards, 2016-17 and Incredible India mobile App (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

The Minister also announced that, India will be the host country for official World Tourism Day celebrations for the UNWTO, in 2019. The theme for the World Tourism Day 2018 being “Tourism & Digital Transformation”, the Minister recounted the various digital initiatives taken by the Ministry in harnessing technology for tourism promotion, which include, launch … Continued

Central Government enhances its Contribution in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

Government of India has taken an important decision to enhance its contribution in the State Disaster Response fund (SDRF) from 75% to 90%. w.e.f. 1st April 2018. Central Government will contribute 90 per cent and all States will contribute 10 per cent to the SDRF. The additional contribution by Central Government in SDRF on this … Continued




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