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10th December – Agri reform : From production to profitability

The idea of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022, when the country completes 75 years of its independence, was shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February 2016. Despite zealous efforts made by government agencies toward fulfilment of this goal, the state of farmers and agriculture has shown little or no improvement. We must look for …

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9th December – Explained – International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019

The International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 is likely to be taken up by Parliament soon. The Bill provides for the establishment of an Authority to develop and regulate the financial services market in the International Financial Services Centres in India. Ambit of the bill – The Bill will be applicable to all International …

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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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6th December – The Smart Cities Mission needs to be efficient, socially inclusive

Five years after the Centre announced the Smart Cities Mission, the country is yet to see any impact of this project on the ground. Details – In 2014, the NDA government had announced that it will set up 100 smart cities across the country. The objective of the Mission was to promote cities that provide …

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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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4th December – Taking stock of the anti-AIDS fight

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted by member countries of the United Nations in 2015, set a target of ending the epidemics of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 2030 (SDG 3.3). Indicators – The key indicator chosen to track progress in achieving the target for HIV-AIDS is “the number of new HIV infections per 1,000 …

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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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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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