Monthly Archives: March 2019

Article 370

What is Article 370? Included in the Constitution on October 17, 1949, Article 370 exempts J&K from the Indian Constitution (except Article 1 and Article 370 itself) and permits the state to draft its own Constitution. It restricts Parliament’s legislative powers in respect of J&K. For extending a central law on subjects included in the Instrument of Accession (IoA), mere

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Powers and Duties of Lokpal

On March 19, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh was appointed as India’s first Lokpal. The announcement came after a delay of five years as the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, which envisaged appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the States to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013. Appointment of

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Issues with Electoral Bonds

The electoral bonds scheme came into effect in January 2018. The electoral bond is a bearer bond in the nature of the promissory note. Selected branches of the State Bank of India are authorized to issue the electoral bonds purchased through a bank account. The bond is available in multiples of Rs. 1,000, Rs. 10,000, Rs. 1,00,000, Rs. 10,00,000 and

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Electoral Bonds

Introduction Funding of political parties has always been on suspicion or controversy. The government has come out with Electoral Bonds for funding of political parties. The government unveiled the fine print of the electoral bonds scheme. As per the notification, the electoral bonds will be a bearer instrument in the manner of a promissory note whereby a citizen, or a

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Most Favoured Nation status

What is Most Favoured Nation status? Most Favoured Nation is a treatment accorded to a trade partner to ensure non-discriminatory trade between two countries vis-a-vis other trade partners. The importance of MFN is shown in the fact that it is the first clause in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Under WTO rules, a member country cannot discriminate

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Revision Notes on Panchayati Raj Institutions

Evolution: 1. Balwant Rai Mehta committee: – Appointed and reported in 1957 – Gave scheme of ‘Democratic decentralization’-Panchayati Raj – 3 tier Suggested– Gram Panchayat at village, Panchayat Samiti at block, Zilla Parishad at Dist. – Gram Panchayat to be directly elected, the other 2 indirect – Panchayat Samiti: Executive Body and Zila Parishad : Advisory, Supervisory Accepted by NDC;

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Revolt of 1857

The Revolt of 1857: Causes, Nature, Importance and Outcomes The Revolt of 1857 was a prolonged period of armed uprising as well as rebellions in Northern and Central India against British occupation of that part of the subcontinent. Small precursors of brewing discontent involving incidences of arson in cantonment areas began to manifest themselves in January. Later, a large-scale rebellion

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