Positive Discrimination Based on Caste

Caste Census:   Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the 27% quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the All-India Quota seats for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test and reiterated that reservations for backward classes were not an exception but an extension of the principle of equality under Article 15(1) of the Constitution. This is seen […]

Green Hydrogen in India

Green Hydrogen:   India, being a tropical country, has a significant edge in green hydrogen production due to its favourable geographic conditions and abundant natural resources. Producing hydrogen from renewables in India is likely to be cheaper than producing it from natural gas. The vast majority of industrial hydrogen, about 70 metric tonnes (MT), is […]

AUKUS (Australia, U.K., U.S.) Defence Pact

AUKUS (Australia, U.K., U.S.):   China has equated the India, U.S., Australia, Japan Quad grouping with the AUKUS (Australia, U.K., U.S.) defence pact, calling both “exclusive cliques” part of the Biden administration’s “ill-intentioned” Indo-Pacific strategy. It said, this ‘strategy’ resurrects the Cold War mentality and will only bring division and turbulence to the Asia-Pacific. The […]

New Biotechnology Policy 2022-27: Gujarat

New Biotechnology Policy: Gujarat   Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has announced New Biotechnology Policy for the year 2022-27. Under this policy, the strategic projects and mega and large projects are eligible for special packages. This will attract new investment through anchor units and existing industries and create new employment opportunities in the state. to […]

Model Laws on Asylum and Refugees

Refugee:   Model laws on asylum and refugees that were drafted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) decades ago but not implemented by the government could be revised by an expert committee, according to Commission member Justice M.M. Kumar’s suggestion at a recent meeting. Though India has not signed the United Nations Refugee Convention, […]

Declining Conviction Rate of Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking:   The conviction rate in cases of human trafficking has been on the decline, government data show. Details of cases shared in Parliament earlier this month showed that the conviction rate has been declining over the past four years although the number of anti-human-trafficking units (AHTU) in the country has increased to 696. […]