24 Oct, 2019

  • Recusal of the Judges- The Debate - Polity and Governance/ Ethics
  • Declaration of Minimum Support Price (MSP) - Indian Economy
  • India plans the new ever snow leopard Survey - Environment
  • Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary - Environment
  • New PSLV Missions - Science and Technology
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    A case against judicial recusal 

    This article appears in the backdrop of the recent case relating to Section 24 of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Act 2013 where Justice Arun Mishra has refused to recuse from the 5-judge constitutional bench that has been constituted to resolve the conflicting decisions of the two 3-judges benches.

    • In focus: Recusal of Judges
    • What is Recusal of Judge?
    • Need for Recusal
    • SC guideline
    • Benefits of Recusal
    • Problems
    • Way Forward


    Rabi crop MSP to be hiked for next season  

    The government has decided to hike the minimum support price for rabi crops for the marketing season 2020-21 based on the principle that MSP should be at least 1.5 times the all-India weighted average cost of production.

    • What is MSP?
    • New Formula to compute MSP
    • Commodities under MSP
    • Recent Initiatives


    Next three PSLV missions will carry 14 small foreign satellites

    In yet another step towards making a mark in the global space industry, ISRO’s workhorse of space launches, PSLV has bagged orders to launch small satellites for 4 international customers including Analytical Space, Spire, iQPS and Kleos Space. ISRO will be sending small satellites for these customers on board PSLV-C47, 48 and 49 missions due in November and December this year.

    • PSLV vs GSLV


    Call of the wild: India Plans First-Ever snow leopard survey 

    India will commission its first-ever survey to estimate the population and geographical range of the snow leopard, an elusive and endangered predator.

    • About Snow Leopard
    • Conservation Effort


    Doubt over proposal to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary

    The setting up of proposed East Antarctic Marine park has received a setback due to China and Russia.

    • Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
    • Antarctica Treaty system