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21 July 2017
Half of HIV-infected get treatment now: UNAIDS The latest report of UNAIDS reveals that more than half of all People Living with HIV now have access to HIV treatment. Further, AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005. Since the global onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, it is for the first time that the scales have tipped in favor of the patients. Executive Director of UNAIDS stated that they will continue to scale up, with an aim to reach everyone in need and honour our commitment of leaving no one behind. The report, Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90–90–90 target, is…
20 July 2017
Relevance of lateral entry in civil services in India ? Since the colonial times, the entry into civil services has been through tough and competitive examination and rigorous training schedule. In independent India, civil servants are the ones who ensure proper implementation of the policies formulated with due deliberations in the Parliament. Vallabhbhai Patel called the institution as a tool to achieve objectives of the government. There has been an emerging demand for lateral entry in civil services in light of the changing orientation of the role played by servants. Reasons for having a lateral entry: It will create space…
20 July 2017
What is Maharashtra’s new social boycott law? Why it was brought, what will it do? The Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) act 2016, received assent from the president, this paved the way for its implementation. The law disallows social boycott in the name of caste, community, religion, rituals or customs. What constitutes social boycott under the new law: If any individual or group tries to prevent another member or group from taking part in a social, religious or community function or ceremony If the freedom of individuals is challenged in the name of jati panchayats, religion,…
19 July 2017
Aadhaar: 9-judge Bench to consider whether privacy is a basic right A nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear the question whether privacy is a fundamental human right and is part of the basic structure of the Constitution. The decision was taken by a five-judge Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice Khehar, based on a bunch of petitions contending that the Aadhaar scheme is a violation of the citizens right to privacy. The petitioners have argued that right to privacy is part of Article 21, the right to life and is implicit in Article 19, though not…
18 July 2017
India’s formal non-farm job scenario India is on the cusp of a demographic dividend but to utilise this potential the need is to create enough jobs in the non-farm sector. The current scenario of the formal non-farm the sector in India is: Low share- Provides employment to less than 10% of the population. In formalisation- Even within the formal sector, in formalisation is growing in form of contract work. Concentrated in few sectors- The formal sector is not diversified and certain sectors like manufacturing and construction is characterised by mostly informal employment. The situation demands multidimensional intervention from the government:…
18 July 2017
Gujarat HC denies relief to Essar Steel in insolvency case The Gujarat High Court dismissed a plea by Essar steel that has challenged the bankruptcy proceedings initiated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), under the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The court also stated that the actions initiated by the RBI are not arbitrary as argued by the company. What the company claimed in its petition: RBI’s directive was in the nature of classification Such classification was irrational, unjust and arbitrary and an impediment to its recovery process, which it claimed was under way with its…
17 July 2017
Government clears three exports infra plans The Centre has given its approval for three proposals, an Integrated Cargo Terminal (ICT) at the Imphal International Airport, modernisation of infrastructure facility in Karnataka for marine exports and construction of a new ‘Standard Design Factory’ building at Cochin Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The applications were approved by an Empowered Committee (EC) chaired by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia under the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES). With deficient infrastructure severely hurting the competitiveness of India’s exports there is an urgent need to create export infrastructure. Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES): The TIES have…
15 July 2017
Ethical dilemma: Religious freedom and Right to Life As a DM, you are doing your best to demolish all illegal encroachments in the district headquarters. This has brought you a good name. At the heart of the city, there is an immediate need of widening a road where lately lots of accidents have taken place because of huge vehicle traffic. In the middle of this road there is a temple which is causing lots of traffic problems thanks to large number of devotees who visit it daily. Investigation reveals that the temple is constructed illegally on government property. If congestion…
15 July 2017
JIGYASA” – a student- scientist connect programme Jigyasa, a student- scientist connect programme has been launched by the government in NewDelhi. The programme would be implemented by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in collaboration with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS). Salient Facts The main focus of the programme is to connect school students and scientists as well as to extend student’s classroom learning to a very well-planned research laboratory based learning. The programme has been inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a new India and “Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR)” of scientific community and institutions. The JIGYASA…
15 July 2017
DoPT asked to prepare proposal on lateral entry into civil services After green signal from Committee of Secretaries, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has been asked to look into the issue of lateral entry into civil services in the ministries that deal with economy and infrastructure. Specifics of the proposal: Lateral entry will be considered for appointment in the ranks of deputy secretary, director and joint secretary Department of Personnel & Training(DoPT) in a recent policy paper had indicated a huge shortage of officers in the middle management level Private sector executives or social workers would be screened through…