‘Challenge for the panel is we don’t know what the resources are’

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-10 OPINION Relevant for: Indian Polity & Constitution Topic: Finance Commission The Chairman of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, N.K. Singh, says that though the Commission will have to take the 2011 census as the base year for population, it could use a combination of variables to ensure that performance and efficiency…

Ministry Amends Rules For Minorities

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-10 OPINION Relevant for: Indian Polity & Constitution Topic: Indian Constitution – Features, significant provisions and Basic Structure The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is pending in Parliament, but the Union Home Ministry has notified amendments to the Citizenship Rules, 2009, to include a separate column in the citizenship form for applicants…

Hot Ocean Water Led To Mass Extinction: Study

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-09 OPINION Relevant for: Environment & Disaster Management Topic: Environmental Degradation – GHGs, Ozone Depletion & Climate Change Scientists think they’ve figured out the falling dominoes that led to the earth’s largest mass extinction and worry that human-caused climate change puts the planet on a vaguely similar path. Some 250 million…

Descent Into Hell

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-09 OPINION Relevant for: Health, Education & Human Resources Topic: Health & Sanitation and related issues The working conditions of manual scavengers — those who manually clean drains, sewers and septic tanks and remove human excreta — has not changed for decades. Many of them make their way down a…