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Ayodhya verdict

Judgement A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court permitted the construction of a temple at the site where the Babri Masjid once stood, and asked the government to allot a “prominent and suitable” five-acre plot for Muslims to construct a mosque in Ayodhya. In a unanimous judgment, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India … Continued

Recent cricket betting scandals

In less than a fortnight, cricket has suffered twin blows, both at the international and domestic level. First was Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s belated admission of corrupt approaches by bookies. The International Cricket Council immediately suspended him. Within India C.M. Gautam and Abrar Kazi, two players who represented Ballari Tuskers in the Karnataka Premier … Continued

Merger of Assam Rifles and ITBP

The Ministry of Home Affairs has proposed that the Assam Rifles should be merged with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and serve under the operational control of the MHA. At present, the Assam Rifles, a Central paramilitary force, is under the administrative control of the MHA and operational control of the Army, i.e. the Ministry … Continued

Ayodhya title suit: Issues involved

The Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute is expected soon. It will be on appeals against a verdict by a three-judge Bench of the Allahabad High Court in 2010. This bench has held that the three parties — Bhagwan Ramlalla Virajman, Nirmohi Akhara and Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board — were … Continued

Anti-Imran protests in Pakistan

Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s ‘Azadi March’ to Islamabad, demanding the resignation of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, is perhaps the biggest political crisis the cricketer-turned politician is facing since he came to power in August 2018. Who is Mr. Rehman? Mr. Rehman, leader of the Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F), has said that his supporters, tens … Continued

Lawyers clash with Police

What has happened? The police personnel were attacked by lawyers in police station adjoining district courts of Delhi. Moreover, Delhi High Court allegedly shielded the lawyers while being harsh on the police. What was the immediate response of Police? The police personnel sieged the Delhi police headquarters. The police headquarters were being guarded by the … Continued

Gujarat anti-terror law gets President’s nod

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, a controversial anti-terror legislation passed by the BJP-ruled State in March 2015. What is the most controversial provision? One of the key features of the new Act includes the consideration of intercepted telephonic conversations as legitimate … Continued

What is the project to redevelop Lutyens’ Delhi all about?

The Central government has kick-started its ambitious plan of redeveloping the three-km-long Central Vista and Parliament, and constructing a common Central secretariat for all ministries that are currently spread over many buildings across Delhi. This follows calls from Members of Parliament to have their own offices at Parliament House, which only Ministers get as of … Continued

Prison Overcrowding in India

According to National Crime Records Bureau’s “Prison Statistics India – 2017” report, Indian prisons have an average occupancy rate of 115% of their capacity. In 16 of the 28 States covered in the report, occupancy rate was higher than 100% with States and Union Territories such as Uttar Pradesh (165%), Chhattisgarh (157.2%), Delhi (151.2%) and … Continued

What National Health Profile says about targeted, actual health spend

The National Health Profile (NHP) is an annual stocktaking exercise on the health of the health sector. At a time when Universal Health Coverage has become the new buzzword of healthcare in India since Ayushman Bharat, the National Health Profile 2019 throws up sobering figures. Between 2009-10 and 2018-19, India’s public health spend as a … Continued

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