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25 March 2017
Aadhar now needed for mobile connection The Department of Telecommunications issued a notification, directing all service providers to verify again the details for all existing subscribers through Aadhaar-based e-KYC process. Service providers have also been instructed to intimate their existing subscribers through advertisement in print and electronic media as well as SMS and upload the details of this activity on their website. This to make them aware about the orders of the Supreme Court related to reverification activity. The notification was issued post a Supreme Court order in which the court approved the government’s plan to record the identification details…
25 March 2017
Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY) was launched with the objective of improving villages all over the country. Around 1000 villages were selected in the beginning from around 5 states. The five states included Himachal Pradesh in the Northern Region, Bihar from the Eastern Region, Rajasthan in the Western Region, Tamil Nadu in Southern Region and Assam in the North-Eastern Region. The scheme was further extended to another 1500 villages in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Haryana later on. One of the main objectives of the…
24 March 2017
Help speed up resolution of commercial disputes The Central government has urged the Supreme Court to provide the necessary leadership for expeditious resolution of commercial disputes in lower courts of Delhi and Mumbai. This can be achieved through e-filing and e-service of summons and adherence to time lines. Certain issues could be addressed by the judiciary through its initiatives in the larger interest of efficient and effective delivery of justice. The Court can provide the necessary leadership for proper implementation of the existing provisions of the Civil Procedure Code. These provisions can be related to the grant of adjournments, adherence…
23 March 2017
Question Do you think road safety should become a priority in the country? Suggest effective ways to ensure road safety in India. Compare and contrast road safety measures with other countries in your answer. (200words) Answer In India, a life is lost every 4 min owing to road accidents (1.5lakhs/yr.) and account for the highest fatalities in the world with states like UP, TN and Maharatra leading the race. In addition, it causes ~3% loss to our GDP annually. India's lead in number of road accidents shows poor governance of roads, lack of accountability on developers & agencies so involved.…
23 March 2017
Big fertilizer subsidy reform soon Government has decided to fast-track the process of payment of fertilizer subsidy to farmers through the Direct Benefit transfer (DBT) system. The proposed subsidy-post-sale system is opposed to the earlier after receipt-at-district system. Starting with the coming kharif season, the budgeted Rs 70,000-crore fertilizer subsidy for 2017-18 will be disbursed to companies based on actual sales to farmers, captured through point-of-sale (POS) machines installed at nearly two lakh retail points across the country. The Current System: Under the current system, firms are paid subsidy on receipt of their fertilizer at the railhead point or any…
23 March 2017
Discuss the major electoral reforms that took place in last few years Recently the Election commission of India has favoured a life ban to contest elections for convicted persons. In the light of this, discuss the major electoral reforms that took place in last few years. Answer: Several electoral reforms have taken place in the country in the past years. The major electoral reforms are given under the following heads: Persons charged with heinous crimes: Sec 8(4) of RPA has been declared unconstitutional by Supreme Court, this has the effect of automatic disqualification in elections for those convicted for a…
22 March 2017
India slips in human development index India slipped down one place from 130 to 131 among the 188 countries ranked in terms of human development, says the 2016 Human Development Report (HDR) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Significant findings of the report: 1.5 million people worldwide still live in multidimensional poverty half of them concentrated in South Asia South Asia also had the highest levels of malnutrition in the world and the lowest public health expenditure as a percentage of the GDP India’s public health expenditure was even lower than the South Asian average Report emphasized on…
21 March 2017
Forests and various challenges India is one of the mega diversity countries in the world with different types of forests. In India, some of the forest related facts are : 20 % Area is under forest cover . Forest cover has increased by 5081 square kms between 2013-2015 Except Mizoram , other NE states have experienced decrease in forest cover . Forest conservation act (1980) is overarching act for protection of forests. Establishment of Protected areas like National Parks , WLSs ,Biosphere Reserves also play a leading role in conservation of forest . Threats to the Forests are by following…
21 March 2017
Ganga, Yamuna accorded the status of living human entities In a landmark judgment, the sacred rivers Ganga and Yamuna were accorded the status of living human entities by the Uttarakhand High Court. Following the footsteps of New Zealand, which declared river Whanganui as a living being recently. The Chief Secretary and the Advocate General of Uttarakhand will act as the legal parents of the holy river. They will act as the human face of the river and its tributaries and ensure its protection, conservation and preservation. These officers will be bound to uphold the status of the rivers as living…
20 March 2017
Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity You are a government officer who works in some department that grants clearances to various projects. Recently, you come across a project in your hometown which is a massive project. The project involves creation of a very big shopping complex in the area. It is going to generate thousands of jobs in your home district. The project is actually going to change the face of your district. You have always had a weakness regarding your home district and had honestly wanted some development like this to take place there. But while granting the…