Nagoya Protocol: landmark treaty on genetic resources to enter into force in October

With the required quorum of 51 nations ratifying the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization  will come into force from October 12 this year. The move will give legal backing and transparency to both providers

Explained: What is the UPSC controversy

Following protests by civil services aspirants who have been demanding the scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) calling it discriminatory against Humanities students and those with Hindi background, the Centre Tuesday asked the UPSC to postpone the preliminary examination slated for August 24. What is the controversy? * At the

Union Budget 2014 In Detail

13:09 pm: Arun Jaitley ends the Budget speech. 13:08 pm: Radio Taxis have been brought under service tax. 13:08 pm: Bio-medical waste disposal exempted from service tax. 13:04 pm: Indian Tour Operators serving foreigners to tour outside India exempted from service tax. 13:04 pm: Service Tax for broadcast and online

Economic Survey 2013-14: Highlights

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tabled the Economic Survey for FY 2013-14 in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, ahead of the Union Budget. Wholesale Price Index (WPI) Inflation shows sign of receding; fell to 5.98% during 2013-14 Consumer price inflation (CPI) declined to about 9.49 per cent in 2013-14. Food inflation, however,

Monthly Policy Review

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The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013

Highlights of the Bills The Constitution (120th Amendment) Bill, 2013 amends provisions related to appointment and transfer of judges to the higher judiciary.  Image Credit: It establishes a Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) to make recommendations to the President on appointment and transfer of judges to the higher judiciary.  It

Removal of Governors: What does the law say?

In the last few weeks, after the 16th Lok Sabha election, there has been some debate around powers of the central government to remove Governors.  News reports have suggested that the central government is seeking resignations of Governors, who were appointed by the previous central government.  In this blog, we briefly look