Indian Polity

Benami Transactions Act of 2016

24/5/2017 | Indian Polity | Parliament |Read more

Via the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act 1988, parliament has totally prohibited the Benami transactions and made it an offence, prohibiting all ...

Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2014

22/5/2017 | Indian Polity | Parliament |Read more

The Bill seeks to amend the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971. The Act provides for the speedy eviction of unauthorised o ...

Public affairs index 2017

17/5/2017 | Indian Polity | Governance |Read more

Public affairs index (PAI) for the year 2017 has been released. Highlights of the index: Kerala and Tamil Nadu - secured first and second rankings in ...

Integrated Case Management Information System (ICMIS)

15/5/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

Supreme Court’s Integrated Case Management Information System (ICMIS) was recently launched Indian Prime minister. About Integrated-Case-Management-In ...

Supreme Court pulls up States on food panels

29/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Supreme Court |Read more

The Supreme Court pulled up the governments of drought-hit states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Karnataka for not appointi ...

Supreme Court on Anti Torture Law

26/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Supreme Court |Read more

Supreme Court endorsed the view of having a law against torture in terms of UN Convention. India is facing the problems in extradition of criminals fr ...

Constitution (One Hundred Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017

22/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Constitutional Amendments |Read more

The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 seeks to grant the National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC) constitutional status, at par with the ...

General ban on online content should not curtail the right to know

18/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

Supreme Court observed that a general ban on all online content will curtail the fundamental right to know of a genuine information seeker. The clarif ...

Lok Adalat

17/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

The Second National Lok Adalat for 2017, conducted on April 8, throughout the country from taluk level courts to High Courts, has settled nearly 6.6 l ...

National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation

16/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Statutory Bodies |Read more

National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Development Commissioner (H ...

Inter-State Council

12/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Interstate Relations |Read more

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council. The council was attended by Chief ...

Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill

11/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Parliament |Read more

The Lok Sabha has passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The Bill amends the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 to address issues such as third party ...

Supreme court: Find alternatives to pellet guns

28/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Supreme Court |Read more

Supreme Court asked the central government to consider using alternative means other than pellet guns for crowd-control and to deal with protesters in ...

Law Commission Suggests New Penal Sections to Curb Hate Speech

27/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Fundamental Rights |Read more

Law Commission of India has submitted its 267th report on ‘hate speech’ for the consideration of the Government. The Commission has suggested the inco ...

Corporate funding norms for political parties eased

26/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

The Lok Sabha approved a proposal by the government as part of amendments to the Finance Bill, 2017 that relaxes conditions for corporate funding to p ...

National Commission for Socially and Educationally backward classes

24/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Disadvantaged Groups |Read more

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC) as a Constitutional body. ...

Inter-state River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017

16/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Parliament |Read more

The government has introduced Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Lok Sabha. Highlights of the bill: The Bill proposes a Single ...

Governor role in Goa

15/3/2017 | Indian Polity | State Executive |Read more

The decision of Goa Governor to invite — and swear in — a government led by party which has won four fewer seats than the other party in the Assembly ...

Admiralty Bill, 2016

13/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Parliament |Read more

The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was recently passed by the Lok Sabha. Admiralty laws deal with cases of acci ...

Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges

10/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

There is a stalemate between judiciary and the executive over the proposed Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges for the higher judi ...

Mekadatu project

21/2/2017 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

Karnataka has decided to implement the Rs. 5,912 crore Mekedatu multi-purpose (drinking and power) project that involves building a balancing reservoi ...

The poll Police

16/2/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

The Election Commission (EC) asked its poll officers in Uttar Pradesh to book editorial heads of one media group for violating the code of conduct by ...

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017

14/2/2017 | Indian Polity | Animal Rights |Read more

The Karnataka Assembly passed an amendment bill to legalise Kambala in the state. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 201 ...

Arunachal Becomes First NE State to Implement e-Cabinet

12/2/2017 | Indian Polity | State Executive |Read more

Arunachal Pradesh has become the first state in the northeast to implement e-Cabinet solution for the state cabinet members. Using this system, the ca ...

Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan

11/2/2017 | Indian Polity | Information Technology |Read more

The Union Cabinet has approved ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (PMGDISHA) to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate. Main ...

Motion of Thanks

9/2/2017 | Indian Polity | Parliament |Read more

The Lok Sabha passed a Motion of Thanks on President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the joint sitting of Parliament. The motion was passed by the House ...

Nagaland Protest

5/2/2017 | Indian Polity | States |Read more

Nagaland has been under strife since the announcement of civic bodies’ poll, the matter reaching its peak in the last week. The Nagaland civic bodies’ ...

Electoral Bonds

4/2/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

In order to structure the political funding better and to bring transparency, government has introduced ‘electoral bonds,' for which the government is ...

Budget proposals will help clean up political funding

3/2/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

Government accepted the recommendations of Election commission to cap the anonymous donation to donation to Rs2, 000, down from Rs20,000. This proposa ...

68th Republic Day

26/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Evolution of constitution |Read more

India has celebrated its 68th Republic Day in 2017. Republic day in India is celebrated every year on 26th of January to honour the Constitution of In ...

Tamil Nadu Governor promulgates Ordinance to conduct Jallikattu

24/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Governor |Read more

Tamil Nadu Governor has promulgated an Ordinance (as per Article 213 of Constitution) paving way for resuming Jallikattu game in the state. With the o ...

Centre sets up a negotiation panel on river Mahanadi and its tributaries

23/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a negotiations committee to assess availability and utilisation ...

Whistle-blower Protection Act, 2014

14/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Governance |Read more

The Supreme Court has refused to examine a petition alleging dilution in the Whistleblower Protection Act and seeking interim measures to protect whis ...

SC wants paper trail in EVMs for fair poll

12/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

The Supreme Court has reiterated the necessity to implement the Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in electronic voting machines (EVMs) to ensure ...

Model Code of Conduct

10/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

Model Code of Conduct has come into force following the poll dates announcement in UP. With the Model Code of Conduct in place, the state government h ...

Right to Information Act, 2005

7/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Fundamental Rights |Read more

According to statistics collated by the Central Information Commission (CIC), the final appellate authority under RTI Act, 94 per cent of the public a ...

Seeking votes on religious basis a corrupt act: Supreme Court

4/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

The bench was interpreting section 123(3) of the Representation of Peoples Act. Court’s ruling: The Supreme Court has ruled that an election could be ...

Southern Zonal Council meeting

1/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Centre-State Relations |Read more

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the 27th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council at Thiruvananthapuram . What is news: 27th meeting o ...

Centre recasts panel helping Krishna Board

25/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

The Centre has reconstituted a committee that was tasked with assisting the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB). The new committee will be headed by ...

The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Fifth Ordinance, 2016

25/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Union Executive |Read more

The President of India has promulgated the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Fifth Ordinance, 2016. Background: After the Indo-China aggressio ...

SC criticises poor implementation of SC/ST Act

23/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

Supreme Court has criticised the government for its “indifferent attitude” towards the implementation of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Preven ...

Single tribunal to decide all inter-state water disputes

20/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

The Centre has decided to set up a single, permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-State river water disputes, a step which is aimed at resolving g ...

Air Force officers can't grow beard on religious grounds: Supreme Court

19/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Supreme Court |Read more

The Supreme Court upheld the sacking of Muslim Air Force personnel for sporting a long beard and remarked that armed forces' regulations are meant to ...

Jammu and Kashmir has no vestige of sovereignty outside Constitution

18/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

The Supreme Court rejected the Jammu and Kashmir High Court's assertion that the state's sovereignty cannot be challenged or altered. The apex court s ...

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2016

17/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Animal Rights |Read more

The Government has issued the notification for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2016. This is meant to regulate pet shops. The o ...

Supreme Court says playing national anthem mandatory in cinema halls

1/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

The Supreme Court asked all cinemas to play the national anthem before a film is screened, reigniting a debate over whether an increasingly assertive ...

National Court Management Systems Committee (NCMSC) report on judicial vacancies

29/11/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

According to a study conducted by the National Court Management Systems Committee (NCMSC), more judges in the High Courts, or even filling all the vac ...

Inter-Linking of Rivers

17/11/2016 | Indian Polity | Interstate Relations |Read more

The Union Cabinet has approved constitution of ‘special committee for inter-linking of rivers’ in compliance with a Supreme Court order. This move wil ...

Ken-Betwa river-interlinking project

15/11/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

The Forest Advisory Committee has withheld its nod to the Ken-Betwa river-interlinking project. The committee tasked with giving the project forest cl ...

The Supreme Court has scrapped Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act, 2004

11/11/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

In a setback to the Punjab government, the Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped the 2004 Punjab Act that was passed to end all water agreements the stat ...

Cauvery dispute

28/10/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

The Centre had opposed the Supreme Court hearing appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against the tribunal decision. According to the Cen ...

E-postal ballots

27/10/2016 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

The government has issued a notification amending rule 23 of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, enabling service voters, including armed forces per ...

Western Zonal Council

23/10/2016 | Indian Polity | Interstate Relations |Read more

The 22nd meeting of the Western Zonal Council consisting of the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & N ...

Tribunal rejects Telangana, Andhra Pradesh demand on sharing Krishna water

22/10/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

A tribunal to decide the fair allocation of waters of the river Krishna turned down the demands for redistribution among the four states served by the ...

Overcrowded Jails of India

16/10/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

The Supreme Court asked the Centre to ensure compliance of its order regarding reducing the prison population and improving the living conditions of p ...

Citizenship amendment bill

2/10/2016 | Indian Polity | citizenship |Read more

Civil society groups are opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, terming it “communally motivated humanitarianism.” The proposed amendment to ...

Centre moves on vote Totaliser machines

31/8/2016 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

In a big electoral reform move, government has decided to discontinue the practice of revealing booth-wise results within constituencies. According to ...

EC to review national, State status of political parties every 10 years

24/8/2016 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

Election Commission of India amended rules whereby it will now review the national and state party status of political parties every 10 years instead ...

The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016

11/8/2016 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha on February 24, 2016. It seeks to amend the Representation of the People Act, 195 ...

Strategic Forces Command exempted from ambit of RTI Act, 2005

3/8/2016 | Indian Polity | Right to Information |Read more

The Strategic Forces Command, which forms part of the National Command Authority (NCA), has been added to the Second Schedule of the Right to Informat ...

Mahadayi Dispute

1/8/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

In a major setback for Karnataka, the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal (MWDT) rejected Karnataka’s claim on Mahadayi river water to divert 7.56 tmcft w ...

Lok Sabha approves changes in Lokpal Act

31/7/2016 | Indian Polity | Corruption |Read more

The Lok Sabha passed an amendment to the Lokpal and Lakayuktas Act, 2013 to extend the deadline for filing asset declarations beyond 31 July for 50 la ...

National Electoral Roll Purification 2016

23/7/2016 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

National Electoral Roll Purification (NERP) programme has been launched across the country by election commissioner to enhance the purity and fidelity ...

Supreme Court on Lodha committee

20/7/2016 | Indian Polity | Governance |Read more

The Supreme Courty accepted the major recommendations of the Lodha Committee on reforms to the BCCI. The Lodha committee was set up by the Supreme Cou ...

22nd meeting of Eastern Zonal Council

29/6/2016 | Indian Polity | Interstate Relations |Read more

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently chaired the 22nd meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council held at Ranchi, Jharkhand. The Council discussed ...

Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997

16/6/2016 | Indian Polity | State Legislature |Read more

The President rejected an amendment by the Delhi government to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, whic ...

Ordinance on enemy property promulgated for third time

6/6/2016 | Indian Polity | bill |Read more

The Centre has for the third time promulgated an ordinance related to enemy properties. The ordinance amends a nearly 50-year-old law to guard against ...

Draft ‘Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016

1/6/2016 | Indian Polity | Human Rights |Read more

The Minister of Women & Child Development Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi released the draft “Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitati ...

SC upholds law on criminal defamation

20/5/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

The Supreme Court upheld the Constitutional validity of criminal defamation laws as provided under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code. Supr ...

Government bid to allow foreign funding of parties

7/4/2016 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

The government has proposed an amendment with retrospective effect that will allow political parties to accept donations from overseas companies whose ...

NITI Aayog finalises Model Act for farm land lease

5/4/2016 | Indian Polity | Agriculture |Read more

An expert panel appointed by NITI Aayog has submitted its recommendations to create a model law to formalize leasing of agricultural land. In Septembe ...

Supreme Court stops Punjab from levelling SYL canal land

21/3/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

The Supreme Court cracked the whip on attempts to politicize the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal project and directed the Punjab government to maintain ...

State Of The World’s Human Rights Report 2015-16

26/2/2016 | Indian Polity | Human Rights |Read more

Highlights: Short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns had led to an “unprecedented assault on human rights” in 2015. Human r ...

Amendment To The Delimitation Act, 2002 And The Representation Of The People Act, 1950

20/2/2016 | Indian Polity | ACTS |Read more

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to amend section 11 of the Delimitation Act, 2002 and section 9 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 ...

The Arbitration And Conciliation (Amendment)Act, 2015

14/2/2016 | Indian Polity | Legal issues |Read more

The leads to the amendment of Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. Highlights: Relevant court for domestic and international arbitration matters: U ...

Ordinance To Amend Enemy Property Act

11/1/2016 | Indian Polity | bill |Read more

President signed an ordinance amending the Enemy Property Act, 1968 to allow custodians to continue to hold control over properties of enemy. The abov ...

Payment Of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2015

11/1/2016 | Indian Polity | ACTS |Read more

The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was passed by the Parliament . Employees eligible for bonus: The Act mandates payment of bonus to employee ...

Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015

13/12/2015 | Indian Polity | Panchayati Raj |Read more

The Supreme Court has upheld the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015 which mandates that only those having minimum educational qualifications ...

Gujarat’s controversial Labour Laws Bill gets Presidential assent

2/12/2015 | Indian Polity | States |Read more

President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to the contentious Labour Laws Bill of Gujarat, which has provisions to ban strikes in public utility serv ...

Supreme Court strikes down NJAC

19/10/2015 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

The Supreme Court has struck down the constitution's 99th amendment and the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) Act as unconstitutiona ...

21st Law Commission of India approved by the cabinet

15/9/2015 | Indian Polity | Legal issues |Read more

Tenure: For period of 3 years with effect from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2018. Law Commission will consist of:- A full-time Chairperson. Four full ...

One Rank One Pension

8/9/2015 | Indian Polity | Defence |Read more

The Centre’s decision to fulfill ex-servicemen’s long-pending demand for One Rank, One Pension (OROP) received a less than enthusiastic ac ...

Parties Under Right to Information

28/8/2015 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

It had taken just a few months in office last year for the BJP to reverse its stand on bringing political parties under the purview of the Right to In ...

Law Panel on Death Penalty

26/8/2015 | Indian Polity | Legal issues |Read more

The Law Commission has recommended abolition of death penalty for all crimes, barring those involving terrorism and sedition. The law panel said death ...

Supreme court on Jains Right to Fast till Death

25/8/2015 | Indian Polity | Legal issues |Read more

The Supreme Court has restored Jains’ right to fast till death under their religious practice known as “Santhara” by temporarily lif ...

All India Council of Sports

31/7/2015 | Indian Polity | Sports |Read more

Constituted by Union Government. An advisory body for the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Advice rendered will not be binding and obligato ...

Death-Row Convicts Too Have Right To Life, Says SC

2/6/2015 | Indian Polity | Fundamental Rights |Read more

The Supreme Court has ruled that the convicts sentenced to death would continue to enjoy their fundamental right to life even after affirmation of the ...

Paid News: EC Moots 2-Yr Jail Term

1/4/2015 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

In a bid to end poll-time corruption, the Election Commission has mooted making paid news an electoral offence punishable with two years in prison and ...

Supreme Courst Upholds Online Free Speech

25/3/2015 | Indian Polity | Fundamental Rights |Read more

The Supreme Court has struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act 2000 that had empowered the police to arrest persons for posting offen ...

Law Commission Report On Poll Reforms

12/3/2015 | Indian Polity | Elections |Read more

The Law Commission has submitted its report on electoral reforms to the Centre, recommending that Independents should be banished from the poll arena ...

Land Bill Clears Lok Sabha

5/3/2015 | Indian Polity | bill |Read more

The Lok Sabha has passed the contentious land acquisition Bill after the government yielded to Opposition demand and brought in nine amendments. The & ...

Land Bill Clears Lok Sabha

5/3/2015 | Indian Polity | bill |Read more

The Lok Sabha has passed the contentious land acquisition Bill after the government yielded to Opposition demand and brought in nine amendments. The & ...

Insurance Amendment Bill

3/3/2015 | Indian Polity | bill |Read more

The Lok Sabha has passed the Insurance Laws Amendment Bill 2015 replacing the related ordinance promulgated in January to raise the limit of foreign d ...

Land Bill Introduced In Lok Sabha

18/2/2015 | Indian Polity | bill |Read more

On a day when social activist Anna Hazare upped the ante on the land ordinance and the Opposition toughened its stand on the issue, the government sai ...

National Judicial Appointments Commission

3/1/2015 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act, nearly ending the two-decade-old collegiu ...

NITI AAYOG

2/1/2015 | Indian Polity | Planning in India |Read more

The Narendra Modi government has decided to replace the 65-year-old Planning Commission with a body called NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transf ...

PIO & OCI SCHEMES MERGED

2/1/2015 | Indian Polity | citizenship |Read more

Ahead of the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gujarat, the government has promulgated an ordinance that seeks to merge Person of Indian Origin (PI ...

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