Heavy Metals Contaminating India’s rivers 1. Introduction River water has been cradles of many civilizations and is responsible for supporting and maintaining various forms of life. However, rapid urbanization with associated economical and industrial development has exerted tremendous pressure on this vital resource leading to the impairment of water quality and various ecosystem services. All […]

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Strength in numbers: On judge vacancies A flawed collegiums system is no reason to hold back appointments to the judiciary The list of alarming numbers and figures relating to the depleting numbers in India’s higher judiciary has a new addition. On December 10, the Supreme Court of India said that […]

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 The laws on rape and sexual crimes How have they changed over the years? When was the death penalty clause included? Recent Story So far: After the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad on November 28 and the burning of a rape survivor in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, on […]

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Climate warnings: On unmet emission goals Planned emission cuts fall short of what needs to be done to contain global warming Two important reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on the impact of higher global temperatures on land, oceans and the Cryosphere, lend further urgency to the […]

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The many gaps in NCRB data Without methodological clarity, policymaking is a challenge While the 2017 reports released last week by the National Crime Records Bureau present numbers on different aspects of the criminal justice system, there are crucial gaps in the data collected. Further, the opacity surrounding the methodology […]

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The power of ordinary people   Gandhi’s weekend retreat at Oxford in 1931 generated insights that are still relevant today When Gandhi went to England in 1931 to attend the Second Round Table Conference, one of his close aides suggested that he retreat for the weekend to Oxford in order […]

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Vaping is injurious to health   Measures being taken against e-cigarette companies in the U.S. could result in a dip in sales The absence of vaping-related illness during the last ten years of increasing electronic cigarettes use has often been cited to silence the critics of the latter. But all […]

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Details of 2015 Naga Agreement A report on the security situation in the Northeastern states was tabled by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in the Rajya Sabha. The report contained the details of the framework agreement signed between the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) and the Union […]

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Legal pluralism in personal law   Uniformity in civil law can only be achieved in a piecemeal manner In Jose Paulo Coutinho v. Maria Luiza Valentina Pereira (2019), the Supreme Court has yet again revived the debate on a uniform civil code (UCC) and referred to Goa as “a shining […]

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