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21 July 2018
THE NEWS The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led government defeated the “no-confidence motion” brought against it by the Congress-led Opposition after a marathon debate that lasted for nearly 12 hours. HOW IT HAPPENED Sumitra Mahajan, honorable Speaker (Lok Sabha) had accepted, on July 18th, 2018, the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi-led government, moved by the Opposition parties Submitted by several opposition members, Sumitra Mahajan only accepted the notice from Telugu Desam Party’s MP Kesineni Srinivas, on grounds that he was the first. When the division was held at 11.10 pm, the ayes for the non-confidence motion were 126…
21 July 2018
SOIL HEALTH CARD SCHEME Today, India is on the verge to improve the agricultural productivity while improving the soil quality and crop quality in a sustainable way. In the wake of this, the government launched soil health cards (SHC) programme. Objectives of the SHC programme: Aimed at improving soil health while reducing input costs for farmers. Disbursement of the cards against the target of 84 lakh. To create a single National Database on soil health for the future use of research and planning. Significance SHC is the printed report, on crucial information about macro and micronutrients and physical parameters, given…
20 July 2018
THE NEWS The Lok Sabha has passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018, which will replace the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind in April this year. About the Bill The Fugitive Economic Offender is the Bill to provide for measures to deter the economic offender from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts, thereby preserving the sanctity of the rule of law in India. The Act applies to any individual who is, or becomes, a fugitive economic offender on or after the date of coming into force of…
19 July 2018
THE NEWS The Supreme Court (SC), while hearing a bunch of petitions that challenge the traditional ban on the entry of women in the famous Sabarimala temple, said denying women entry into Kerala’s Sabarimala shrine is against the Constitutional mandate. SUPREME COURT’S OBSERVATION The Constitution Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra was hearing the questions whether the fundamental right of women to pray at the place of their choice can be discriminated against solely based “on a biological factor (menstruation) exclusive to the female…
18 July 2018
THE NEWS Cracking its whip against increasing incidents of mob violence, the Supreme Court (SC) has asked the Government to create a separate law to deal with lynching offenders. OBSERVATION BY THE COURT Coming down heavily on mob lynching, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said in a sharply worded 45-page judgment: horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to become a new norm in the country. “Citizens cannot take the law into their hands or become a law unto themselves”. No citizen can take law into their own hands. Self-appointed vigilantes cannot be allowed…
17 July 2018
THE NEWS ISRO has successfully conducted a ground test of its high thrust version of the “Vikas Engine” that would improve the payload capability of the space agency’s launch vehicles. ABOUT THE TEST The test was conducted for duration of 195 seconds at the ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) in Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu During the test, the propulsion parameters were found to be “satisfactory” and “closely” matched the predictions The ground test has validated the performance adequacy of the Vikas Engine for its use in the upcoming second development flight of GSLV Mk-III. KEY-FACTS OF VIKAS ENGINE…
17 July 2018
TAX REFORMS IN INDIA Recently, India has surpassed France and has become 6th largest economy in the world. Tax reforms form the crux of the economic development in India. A number of tax reforms have simplified the filing of taxes. Those reforms are as follows Tax Information Network (TIN) is an initiative by Income Tax Department of India (ITD) for the modernization of the current system for collection, processing, monitoring and accounting of direct taxes using information technology. Online Tax Accounting System (OLTAS) to ensure better governance E-TDS/E-TCS Payments for organizations or individuals to third parties attract TDS or tax…
16 July 2018
THE NEWS To provide a big boost to irrigation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Bansagar canal project in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. MORE ON NEWS Prime Minister Modi has also laid the foundation of a medical college, inaugurated 100 Jan Aushadi Kendras and a bridge over river Ganga in Balughat, Chunar connecting Mirzapur and Varanasi on the 2nd day of his two-day visit to UP. KEY-FACTS OF THE PROJECT Joint venture: Bansagar Dam project is a joint venture between Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh. Districts: The canals, under this project will bring water from Shahdol district in Madhya…
14 July 2018
THE NEWS The Central Government has given its approval for the proposal from Iranian private lender Bank Pasargadae to open a branch in Mumbai. MORE ON NEWS The Finance Ministry has conveyed to the Reserve Bank of India that it has no objection to allowing the Tehran-based Bank to open its branch in the country. At least 14 foreign banks had applied to the Central Bank of India last year to open branches across the country. Apart from the Iranian private bank, license proposals of two South Korean banks, KEB Hana Bank and Kookmin Bank, have also been approved by…
14 July 2018
Ethics, in public administration, is the practice of doing good while performing Civil Duties. It refers to taking a course of action in compliance with rules or code of conduct established for such an administrative work along with making moral judgments, which are based on discretion. Their actions must be manifested based on human values like honesty, impartiality, integrity, diligence, economy, respect for both – law and people along with effectiveness, responsiveness, and accountability. An administrator should follow the law and rules that are framed to govern and guide various categories of policies and decisions. They could be summarized as…