Given how India’s electoral system and political conventions shadow the office, a major revamp is necessary Recently, the Supreme Court of India while adjudicating upon the matter relating to the disqualification of MLAs in the Manipur Legislative Assembly under the Tenth Schedule in Keisham Meghachandra Singh vs. the Hon’ble Speaker […]

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Supreme Court panel recommends several prison reforms Phone call a day, cleaner kitchens mooted Every new prisoner should be allowed a free phone call a day to his family members to see him through his first week in jail. This is among the several recommendations — besides modern cooking facilities, […]

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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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