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India’s performance in Global Hunger Index

The latest Global Hunger Index (GHI) has ranked India a lowly 102 among the 117 countries it has mapped. In 2018, India was pegged at 103 but last year 119 countries were mapped. So while the rank is one better this year, in reality, India is not better off in comparison to the other countries. … Continued

Legislative Council abolished in J&K

Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Council, which has been in existence for 70 years, was abolished recently as per Section 57 of the J&K Reorganisation Bill, 2019, which reduced the State to the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh. The Council, which had a strength of 36 members, also used to be a part of the … Continued

How a waqf is created, and the laws that govern such properties

As the arguments in the Ayodhya-Ram Janmabhoomi case concluded on Wednesday, the Supreme Court-appointed mediation panel submitted a fresh report offering a “consensual settlement” between parties. In any settlement, the role of the Sunni Waqf Board, a key party to the case, would be significant as the administration of a waqf property is legally determined. … Continued

Why Justice Arun Mishra should recuse from SC bench formed to give an authoritative interpretation of a provision in the 2013 land acquisition law?

In the normal course, recusal could be a judge’s individual decision. In the course of the hearing, before orders were reserved on this question, he suggested that the demand for his withdrawal amounted to “bench-hunting” and an attempt to tame the judiciary. However, the case history shows that there could be grounds for apprehension that … Continued

U.S. House of Representatives passes Hong Kong ‘Democracy Act’

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on October 15 sought by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong that aims to defend civil rights in the semi-autonomous territory, prompting an angry response from China. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act will now move to the Senate before it can become law. What will … Continued

Who are the Kurds, and why is Turkey attacking them in Syria

On Sunday, Kurdish forces who had until recently been America’s allies against both the Islamic State and President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, announced an agreement with the Damascus regime, which is backed by Moscow and Tehran, the United States’ two great rivals in the region. This happened after President Donald Trump abruptly pulled US forces … Continued

RCEP e-commerce chapter discussions and Stand of India

India’s hopes for retaining the right to implement data localisation laws remain alive as Indian negotiators declined to agree to the e-commerce chapter of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. What is e-commerce chapter of RCEP? The e-commerce chapter contains clauses that, if India had agreed to them, would have prevented it from implementing … Continued

Need for laws to regulate outer space

Recently it was reported that the “world’s first space crime” may have been committed by a NASA astronaut, Anne McClain. She is suspected of signing into the personal bank account of her estranged spouse from a computer aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The law which is applicable to the case is the International Space … Continued

What clearances do CMs need to go abroad?

Recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed a conference in Denmark through videoconferencing, with the Centre having denied clearance to a trip abroad. Why clearance For a foreign trip, public servants need political clearance from the External Affairs Ministry. Amid the controversy around Kejriwal’s visit, Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said, “We get hundreds of … Continued

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