31 July, 2020

  • Electoral Reforms: Bringing Political Parties under RTI ( Polity & Governance)
  • Should Government go easy on Telecom (Indian Economy)
  • Getting ahead of constitutional Practices (Polity & Governance)
  • A Long Road + An Education policy that is sweeping in its vision (Social Issues)
  • World Gold Council (Economy)
  • Gandhi-King Initiative passes US House Committee (International Relations)
  • Question for the day

Prelims Quiz

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    ELECTORAL REFORMS: BRINGING POLITICAL PARTIES UNDER RTI ACT

    The BJP accounted for more than half of the expenditure incurred by 10 political parties in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, according to a report released on Thursday by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The report analysed the expenditure statements submitted to the Election Commission of India (ECI) by five national parties – the BJP, the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) and five regional parties – the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the All-India Forward Bloc (AIFB), the Janata Dal (United) (JD-U), the Shiv Sena (SHS) and the Samajwadi Party (SP).

    • Public Authority under RTI
    • Why should political parties be brought within the preview of RTI Act?
    • Petition filed in SC
    • SC Judgment

     

    SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT GO EASY ON TELECOM SECTOR – ARTICLE

    On October 24 last year, the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to telecom service providers when it upheld the Department of Telecom’s move to recover adjusted gross revenue (AGR) of about Rs. 92,000 crore from them. The Bench had said the telecom sector had long reaped the fruits of the Centre’s liberalised mode of payment by revenue sharing regime. As per the Court, the sector has benefited immensely under the scheme as is apparent from the gross revenue trend from 2004 to 2015. The service providers, in turn, had failed to fulfill their obligations to the government and instead raised frivolous objections.

    • SC judgment of October, 2019
    • Understanding the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR)
    • What was the controversy over calculation of AGR?
    • What was the Supreme Court Verdict?
    • Implications of the SC Verdict

     

    GETTING AHEAD OF CONSTITUTIONAL PRACTICES – LEAD ARTICLE

    The article explains as to how politics of recent times is slowly moving away from well-established constitutional principles and practices. The society needs to seriously debate these practices by important constitutional office holders so that it does not become a precedent to be followed in future.

    • Constitutional & Judicial Norms
    • Recent Practices
    • Kihoto Hollohan Judgment
    • Anti-Defection – Tenth Schedule
    • Article 174 – Summoning of House by Governor

     

    A LONG ROAD + AN EDUCATION POLICY THAT IS SWEEPING IN ITS VISION – ARTICLES

    The National Education Policy 2020 announced by the Ministry of Human Resource Development sets for itself the goal of transforming the system to meet the needs of 21st Century India.

    • Steps taken to address specific challenges of school education
    • Steps taken to address specific challenges of Higher education
    • Issues which the Policy will give rise to

     

    PRELIMS: WORLD GOLD COUNCIL

    The World Gold Council is an association consisting of the world’s leading gold mining companies. It helps to support its members to mine in a responsible way.

    • World Gold Council
    • Mined Gold to finance armed conflict
    • Conflict-Free Gold Standard

     

    GANDHI-KING INITIATIVE PASSES US HOUSE COMMITTEE

    A Bill authored by American civil rights leader and lawmaker John Lewis. The Bill was inspired by Mr. Lewis’s visit to India in 2009 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to India.

    • Feature of the bill
    • Student Exchange Programme
    • Gandhi-King Global Academy
    • S.-India Gandhi-King Development Foundation
    Comments

    SATISH 4 months ago

    kindly correct the second statement.

    Snehil 4 months ago



    Sir, the answer should be (d) according to the present statement II of Q. 2, but as per the explanation and because of the deemed answer (b), the statement II should be edited with "not", otherwise the statement is giving an antithetical conclusion.

    Kamaldeep Yadav 4 months ago

    2nd question"s answer is incorrect because in the options it is written that the gold contributing to armed conflicts which is wrong.