Harit Mehta

21st January – Prelims Booster

Centre for tougher laws against harassment at work The Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Home Minister Amit Shah, which was constituted to strengthen the legal framework to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace, has finalised its recommendations. About Sexual Harassment at workplace – The Women and Child Development Ministry had steered the Sexual Harassment …

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28th December – Explained – NRC and NPR

NRC What is National Register for Citizens? The register is meant to be a list of Indian citizens living in Assam. For decades, the presence of migrants, often called “bahiragat” or outsiders, has been a loaded issue there. Assam saw waves of migration, first as a colonial province and then as a border state in …

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20th December – Prelims Booster

MoEF keeps in abeyance letter to Karnataka on Kalasa-Banduri In a reprieve for Goa, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has kept in abeyance its letter written to Karnataka, stating that its proposed Kalasa-Banduri project on Mahadayi river did not need an environment clearance. About Kalasa-Banduri project – The Kalasa-Banduri project is …

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17th December – New Industrial Code 2019

The new Industrial Relations Code, 2019 provides a clear definition of how fixed-term employment should be looked at hereon. Need for a new Code – For companies, the task of re-skilling and the costs incurred include primarily the cost of re-skilling, wages and lost productivity while the employee retrains. The proposed re-skilling fund will help …

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11th December – Climate treaty at a tipping point

The annual Climate Summit, with increasing levels of concentration of greenhouse gases, raises questions on global climate policy. Issue – The policy problem is that the Climate Treaty considers symptoms (emissions of greenhouse gases), rather than the causes (use of natural resources). What drove climate change? Three shifts in natural resource use have taken place …

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7th December – A potential seedbed for private profits

After passing through at least two versions, Seeds Bill 2019 is now under Parliament’s consideration. The earlier versions of the Bill, in 2004 and 2010, had generated heated debates. The present version promises to be no different. International Conventions – In 1994, India signed the agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). In …

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5th December – Setting the clock on intersex human rights

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, has continued to trigger protests across the country. Without addressing the concerns of the LGBTQ community and considering any amendment to the draft Bill, the Rajya Sabha has passed the same version of the draft law that was passed by the Lok Sabha. Case – In April …

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18th November – Crossed wires – On telecom industry crisis

Two leading and important players in the telecom industry — Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea — have reported historic losses in the second quarter of this fiscal. Vodafone Idea has declared a loss of ₹50,922 crore while Bharti Airtel has reported a loss of ₹22,830 crore. Details of the woes – The losses were due …

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16th November – Explained – What bringing the Chief Justice of India’s office under RTI means

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Background – The judgment pertained to three cases based on requests for information filed by Delhi-based RTI activist Subhash Agarwal, all of which eventually reached the Supreme Court. …

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