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Recent observations by the Supreme Court have put the spotlight back on the debate over a Uniform Civil Code. What would such a Code seek to achieve, and what have been the arguments for and against it? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Last week, while hearing a matter relating to properties of a Goan, the Supreme Court described Goa as a “shining example” with a Uniform Civil Code, observed that the founders of the Constitution had “hoped and expected” a Uniform Civil Code for India but there has been no attempt at framing one. What is a … Continued

SC finds death, terror, violence from 1990 ‘formidable reasons’ for J&K lockdown (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

The Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told a Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi that since 1990, 41,866 persons have lost their lives in 71,038 terror incidents. This included 14,038 civilians; 5,292 security personnel and 22,536 terrorists. Response of Supreme Court 1. The Supreme Court found the government’s statistics of thousands of … Continued

Rajasthan’s Jan Soochna portal (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Fourteen years since the implementation of Right to Information (RTI) Act, Rajasthan has launched “Jan Soochna Portal” (public information portal) to increase transparency and accountability in governance. What does the portal cover? The portal details various schemes run by 13 government departments — the employment guarantee programme, sanitation, the public distribution system among others, by … Continued

Four years after a WHO study declared Delhi the world’s most polluted city, CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced that pollution has dropped 25% since. What do data show? How did the city achieve this? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said last week that pollution levels in Delhi, primarily the concentration of particulate matter, has reduced by 25% over a period of four years. Five years ago, in 2014, a global study on air quality trends by the World Health Organisation had declared Delhi the most polluted city in the world. … Continued

The recent nomination of Governors calls for a review of the appointments process (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

 The recent appointment of five Governors by the President must be viewed with grave scepticism. By nominating persons who are deeply embedded within the Bharatiya Janata Party ecosystem, the Union Government has sent the clear and ominous signal that constitutional principles and judicial diktats are secondary to the propagation of the party’s ideology. Who are … Continued

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