India’s Data Protection Bill: Latest Developments

India’s Data Protection Bill: Nearly two years after it was constituted on 11 December 2019, the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, headed by BJP MP P.P. Chaudhary, has presented its final report on the upcoming bill in both Houses of Parliament on 16 December. Key recommendations: Remove the word ‘personal’ from […]

Tamil Thai Vaazhthu: State Song Of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Thai Vaazhthu: The State Song Of Tamil Nadu The Tamil Nadu government has declared Tamil Thai Vaazhthu, a prayer song sung in praise of Mother Tamil, as the State Song. A Government Order (GO) had been issued directing that everyone who is present during the rendition of the song, barring differently abled persons, should […]

Bullock Cart Race: Maharashtra

Bullock Cart Race: Maharashtra The Supreme Court has allowed Maharashtra to hold bullock cart races in the state till the pendency of the matter before the constitutional Bench of the apex court. It is a 400-year-old tradition. Bullock cart races were banned in Maharashtra after the Supreme Court declared that the race as violative of […]

Pegasus Spyware: Latest Developments

Pegasus Snooping: The Supreme Court has stayed further proceedings of a Commission of Inquiry appointed by the West Bengal Government to look into allegations of snooping using the Pegasus software. The continued use of spyware Pegasus, which an Israeli company sells to governments worldwide, has been confirmed with fresh reports. Like the phones it targets, […]

Third India-Central Asia Dialogue

The Third India-Central Asia Dialogue: The third India-Central Asia Dialogue will begin on Dec 18, 2021 in New Delhi. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will host the 3-day Dialogue The Ministers are expected to discuss further strengthening of relations between India and Central Asian countries with particular focus on trade, connectivity and development cooperation. The […]

Russia Unveiled Unfinished Security Documents

Russia Unveiled Proposals To Contain The U.S. And NATO In The Former Soviet Union: Russia unveiled proposals to contain the U.S. and NATO in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, calling for urgent negotiations with Washington as it amasses forces near Ukraine. Russia released unfinished security documents — an unusual move in diplomacy — […]

Biological Diversity Act, 2002

Biological Diversity Act, 2002: Environmentalists have expressed concern over amendments to the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 on the grounds that it prioritises intellectual property and commercial trade at the expense of the Act’s key aim of conserving biological resources. Amendments to the Act were introduced as a Bill in the Lok Sabha by Environment Minister […]