Shiv Bhojan Thali scheme

Context: One of the most popular initiatives of the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra was the Shiv Bhojan Thali, a form of subsidised meal scheme. With the new Eknath Shinde-led dispensation coming to power in the state, the scheme is under the scanner. Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: […]

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana

Context: Recently, the government announced an extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) for another three months until December 2022. Relevance: GS II- Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana Eligibility  What are NFSA beneficiaries entitled to? How many persons are covered under the […]

Aliva to Eradicate Child Marriage

Context: Recently, Nayagarh, a district in Odisha, has adopted a unique initiative- Aliva to eradicate child marriage. As per Odisha’s child marriage prevention strategy, the State aims to eradicate child marriage by 2030. Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Aricle: About Aliva to eradicate child marriage Significance About Aliva to eradicate child marriage: The […]

Operation Megh Chakra

Context: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches at 59 locations across 20 States and one Union Territory, as part of a pan-India drive against the circulation and sharing of child sexual abuse material. The operation code-named “Megh Chakra” was carried out following the inputs received from the Interpol’s Singapore special unit based on the information […]

Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022

Context: In a bid to do away with British-era laws governing the telecom sector, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued the draft Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022. Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: About draft Telecommunication Bill What are some of the key amendments to existing telecom laws? Address issues being […]

The Draft Telecom Bill

Context The Union government has released a draft of ‘The Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022,’ in which several significant changes are proposed. These modifications include provisions for waiving dues for financially stressed operators and bringing over-the-top platforms (such as WhatsApp, Zoom, and Netflix) under the purview of telecom services. Relevance GS Paper – 2: Government Policies […]

Approach To The Death Penalty

Context The Supreme Court recently referred issues concerning procedural norms for imposing the death penalty to a larger Bench. The intervention is viewed as a significant step toward closing gaps in the way trial courts award the death penalty. This current trajectory of judicial thought will reaffirm the fundamentals of the rarest of rare principles […]

Live Streaming of SC Proceedings

Context: The Supreme Court in a full court decided to live stream its proceedings in crucial Constitution Bench cases. The decision comes nearly four years after a plea was made in the interest of transparency. Relevance: GS II: Government policies and Intervention Dimensions of the Article: Recommended by A-G Live streaming in HCs What happens […]

Semiconductor PLI: 50% of Project Cost Cleared

Context Changes to the Rs 76,000-crore semiconductor Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme were recently approved by the Union Cabinet. The PLI scheme incentivizes businesses to improve their domestic manufacturing. The PLI schemes are carried out by the relevant Ministries/Departments. PLI Schemes for 13 industries were announced in the Union Budget 2021-22. Later, the textile industry […]

About SPARSH Initiative

Focus: GS II: Government policies and Intervention Why in News? The Defence Accounts Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with Bank of Baroda and HDFC Bank, to onboard them as Service Centres under the System for Pension Administration (Raksha) (SPARSH) initiative, across more than 14,000 branches throughout India.  About SPARSH SPARSH is an initiative […]