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UN Human Rights Council : Sri Lanka’s Rights Record

UN Human Rights Council: India has abstained from a crucial vote on Sri Lanka’s rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The resolution on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ was, however, adopted after 22 states of the 47-member Council voted in its favor. About the Resolution: It […]

Oxfam Commitment To Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index 2020

Oxfam Commitment To Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index 2020: The Labour and Employment Minister has informed the Lok Sabha that Oxfam Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index 2020 lacked clarity and did not take into account provisions of the four new labour codes. The Index ranked countries measuring their policies and actions in three areas that […]

National Health Mission (NHM) : FY 2019-20

National Health Mission (NHM): The Union Cabinet was apprised of the progress under National Health Mission (NHM) during FY 2019-20. The Cabinet noted that NHM has envisaged new Initiatives in 2019-20 as: Social Awareness and Actions to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) initiative was launched to accelerate action to reduce deaths due to childhood pneumonia. Surakshit Matritva […]

What is Parosmia? Covid-19

Parosmia: Some people may experience parosmia as a symptom of COVID-19. Parosmia is a medical term used to describe a condition in which affected individuals experience “distortions of the sense of smell”. A person with parosmia can detect certain odours, but they might experience the smell of certain things as different and often unpleasant. For […]

What is GST Compensation Cess

GST Compensation: The Centre will release ₹30,000 crore as GST compensation to States this month, from the compensation cess collections during the year. The pending compensation dues to States for 2020-21 are expected to be more than ₹77,000 crore. The GST Compensation Act, 2017 guaranteed States that they would be compensated for any loss of […]

CAA : Time Limit to Frame Rules Under The Citizenship Law

Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA): The government has been granted time till April 9 by Lok Sabha and July 9 by Rajya Sabha to frame rules under the citizenship law. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) was notified on December 12, 2019 and came into force from January 10, 2020. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 […]

Sixth Schedule Areas of Assam : Important Points

Sixth Schedule: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed the Lok Sabha that “presently, there is no proposal to implement panchayat system in Sixth Schedule areas of Assam”. The Sixth Schedule of the Constitution protects tribal populations and provides autonomy to the communities through the creation of autonomous development councils that can frame laws […]

Permanent Indus Commission : Points to Remember

Permanent Indus Commission:   After a gap of more than two and half years Indian and Pakistani delegations began the 116th Meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission. The Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) is a bilateral commission consisting of officials from India and Pakistan. It was created to implement and manage the goals and objectives and […]