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16th January – Directly Elected Mayors

Metros have been deprived of empowered Mayors who can raise efficiency, productivity and liveability. Mayors in many global cities go on to lead their country, which possibly explains why they have been reduced to obscure, ceremonial figures by national parties in India. Need – The Economic Survey of 2017-18 notes that a third of the …

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15th January – NEONs

Among the most-discussed new concepts at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year was NEON. What is a NEON? The first project of Samsung’s Star Labs, NEONs are being called the world’s first artificial humans. They look and behave like real humans, and could one day develop memories and emotions — …

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14th January – Net freedom

In a major pronouncement, the Supreme Court has declared that any action by an official of the state that shuts down the internet in any part of India must be temporary, and adhere to the doctrine of proportionality. The context – The context for the court’s action is the months-long shutdown by the state of …

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13th January – Right to Information : Its use and misuse

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde cautioned last month against the abuse of the Right to Information Act, setting off a chain of indignant reactions from a variety of activists. What did he say? “There is paralysis and fear about this Act”, he stated, adding that “people are not taking decisions” because they apprehend the …

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11th January – CDS and the path of jointmanship

The announcement on a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) last year and the appointment of Gen. Bipin Rawat as the first CDS has been one of the key policy decisions made by the Narendra Modi government in its second term. Background – It was recommended by the Kargil Review Committee in 2001. The CDS will …

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10th January – The Indian Constitution’s unitary tilt

The recent political developments around the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) have revealed some of the most significant crevices of Indian federalism. Many state governments (ruled by opposition parties) declared that they would not implement the legislation in their respective states. Constitutional provisions – Article 256 of the Constitution …

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