The Case Against Surveillance

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-25 OPINION Relevant for: Indian Polity & Constitution Topic: Indian Constitution – Features & Significant Provisions related to Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles and Fundamental Duties Last week, a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification authorising 10 Central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt online communications and data caused a furore…

Against The Mandate For Inclusion: The Transgender Persons Bill

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-21 OPINION Relevant for: Indian Polity & Constitution Topic: Indian Constitution – Amendments, Schedules, and Important Articles The transgender community has once again been let down, as the Lok Sabha passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 in a hurry amid ongoing protests over the Rafale deal. The Bill,…

Anchored In Human Rights

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-11 OPINION Relevant for: Indian Polity & Constitution Topic: Rights Issues – Human Rights and NHRC Decades of global neglect have resulted in tuberculosis (TB) becoming the leading cause of adult deaths in most of the global south — it kills nearly two million people a year. This is shocking given…

‘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…

Shielding Witnesses: On Protection Scheme

Source : www.thehindu.com Date : 2018-12-07 OPINION Relevant for: Indian Polity & Constitution Topic: Judiciary: Structure, Organisation& Functioning The witness protection programme is at last in place. Pending legislation by Parliament, the Supreme Court has asked States to implement a scheme framed by the Centre to protect witnesses in criminal trials from threat, intimidation and…