Harit Mehta

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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15th November – There is nothing ‘fast’ about fast track courts

The Eleventh Finance Commission’s report was submitted in 2000 and its recommendations were for the period between 2000 and 2005. Findings of the report – The report said, “We have observed that there is a pendency of about two crore cases in the district and subordinate courts of the states. We are providing a grant …

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14th November – India walks its green talk

Among the world’s major economies, India seems the most serious about doing its bit to contain climate change. So suggests a report released by Climate Transparency, a global non-government organisation. Details – Its Brown To Green Report 2019 has reportedly noted that ours is the only country among G20 nations that is close to its …

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13th November – India is making dramatic strides in addressing extreme poverty

In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030, of which the first two are “ending extreme poverty and hunger”. What is extreme poverty? Extreme poverty is defined as living on less than $1.90 a day, measured in 2011 purchasing power parity prices. What is WPC? The World …

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12th November – Kalapani, a small area in India map that bothers Nepal

The new political map of India, recently released by the government to account for the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, has triggered fresh protests over an old issue in Kathmandu. Details – Mapped within Uttarakhand is a 372-sq km area called Kalapani, bordering far-west Nepal and Tibet. While the Nepal government and political parties have …

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11th November – A-Z of Ayodhya Conflict

Ayodhya – In Faizabad district, Awadh, famous for its sunsets by the banks of the River Saryu. Its rich history and symbolism finds space in the writings of Tulsidas and Amir Khusrau. Buddha is said to have preached here. Jainism and Sikhism too have their imprint here. The Hindu-Muslim binary of the last century has, …

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9th November – MoU on Feni river between India and Bangladesh

On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Bangladesh on the withdrawal of 1.82 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water from the Feni river by India for a drinking water supply scheme for Sabroom town in Tripura. Feni river and dispute – The Feni river, which forms part …

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8th November – An unwanted booster dose for vaccine hesitancy

In January this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed “vaccine hesitancy” as among the top 10 threats to global health this year. What is ‘vaccine hesitancy’? It is defined as [a] “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines”. According to WHO, vaccination prevents between two-three million deaths each year, a figure …

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7th November – Providing sexuality education

In a recent judgment, the Madras High Court ruled that courts should not be influenced by misconceptions that children are likely to lie in cases of sexual abuse or that they are tutored by parents to make false statements in court. Concerns – The attitude of defence lawyers reflects a structural problem in the legal …

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6th November – Predatory Pricing

News reports that e-commerce majors such as Amazon and Flipkart have sold goods worth ₹19,000 crore in their festival discount sales seem to be causing some heart-burn in India’s traditional retail industry. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), a trade body representing brick-and-mortar retailers, has been urging the Commerce and Finance Ministers to launch …

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