Ethics & Integrity

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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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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26th October – What lessons from the past could imply for our future?

For much of modernity, the study of history has been a largely political narrative of great men, their decisions, victories, and follies. History is in fact much broader than political history. It can involve, for example, the history of science and technology, or more specifically, the history of how water has shaped the course of …

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24th October – Fighting Fake News

The Maharashtra cyber police recently tied up with a fact-checking app, Logically, to detect fake news and bias ahead of the assembly elections; Logically was monitoring social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Instagram for violations of the Model Code of Conduct, and reporting these to the Election Commission. Threat – During the general …

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16th October – Let’s legalise casinos

The Delhi Police have reportedly arrested 58 people who were allegedly gambling in an illegal casino that was operating at a hotel in the city. Concern – Its operations were being coordinated via a WhatsApp group, and the operators had been shifting locations to evade the law. Under the Public Gambling Act of 1867, most …

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Operation Clean Money | PIB Summary

Operation Clean Money Will enable citizen engagement for creating a tax compliant society and transparent tax administration. Operation Clean Money Phase I: 18 lakh persons identified; More than 9.72 lakh taxpayers submitted online responses for 13.33 lakh accounts involving cash deposits of around Rs 2.89 lakh crore. 68 lakh new cases identified for the e-verification process. …

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Draft CAR on handling of unruly and disruptive passengers | PIB Summary

The Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and MoS Shri Jayant Singh briefed media with regard to the handling of unruly passengers.  They informed that the Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) on “Handling of unruly/disruptive passengers” is being revised to enhance the safety and security of passengers, crew as well as airlines. Main features of …

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Ban on Beacon – Lal Batti | LSTV

Recently, the NDA Government has done away with the beacon lights – Lal Batti for VIPs (from May 1st,2017). The Cabinet decision is in sync with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s view of abolishing the VIP culture of red beacon lights and sirens. Supreme Court in many occasions in the last 7 years has actively directed several …

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Security Features – ECI-EVMs | PIB Summary

VERY IMPORTANT for Prelims + GS 2 Governance, Polity + GS 4 Ethics In the recent past, there have been some queries in the minds of common people about the security features of Electronic Voting Machines – EVMs  of Election Commission of India (ECI). The Election Commission has, time and again, stated that ECI – EVMs and …

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E-Cinepramaan | PIB Summary

E-Cinepramaan | VERY IMPORTANT Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that E-Cinepramaan – the Online Film Certification System of CBFC would facilitate the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Ease of Doing Business and Digital India. The complete automation of the Film Certification Process would enable Good Governance making the entire …

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