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25th January – The origin of the Constitution

The world marvels at how well the Indian Constitution has kept a diverse country together for more than 70 years. It’s robustness and durability rest on its many built-in safeguards securing citizens’ rights to freedom and justice and fair play which no government, however powerful, can hope to effectively recast within the space of a …

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24th January – Prelims Booster

Centre seeks guidelines on execution of convicts The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has moved the Supreme Court to frame guidelines to execute death penalty of condemned prisoners within seven days of rejection of their mercy petitions. Details – The MHA filed an application in the court to seek “appropriate clarification/modification and directions” in the …

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24th January – Untapped soft power

A PWC report states that the media and entertainment industry in India outperformed expectations in FY19 and was amongst the fastest-growing sectors with a growth rate of 13%. India produces the maximum number of films in a year worldwide. Concerns – 1. Revenue shortfalls – Despite this, it is still far from being recognised as …

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23rd January – Role of Gram Sabhas in sustainable growth

More than 300 million people including tribals live in and around forest areas in India, depending on forests for their sustenance and livelihood. Ecological security is the prime objective of National Forest Policy, 1988, but forest-dwelling communities cannot be separated from forests. Background – The involvement of communities in forest management was initiated in 1990 …

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22nd January – Reciprocating Territory

Recently, the Ministry of Law and Justice issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification, declaring the United Arab Emirates to be a “reciprocating territory” under Section 44A of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908. The notification also declared a list of courts in the UAE to be “superior Courts” under the same section. What is a ‘reciprocating territory’ …

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21st January – Equity’s weak pulse and commodified medicine

In 1924, the Madras presidency of British-India rolled out the Subsidised Rural Medical Relief Scheme (SRMRS), which was about providing temporary annual subsidies to doctors choosing to settle down and practise privately in villages specified by local boards. The scheme was then reckoned to be an economical way of expanding health-care access in rural areas. …

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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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