GS-II: Indian Polity & Constitution

Bench System in Indian Courts

September 7, 2017

While some judgements become popular due to the decisions given by the judges, a hidden player in adjudication of disputes is the strength of Bench. For this reason, the Bench strength has been specified in the Supreme Court Rules. History of Bench Strength When Supreme Court of India began...

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Proposed Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017

September 6, 2017

With water increasingly becoming a scarce resource and the disputes related to river water sharing becoming so frequent and prolonging, the Central government has proposed to bring about an amendment in the current Inter-state River Water Disputes Act, 1956. The experience gained from the long drawn Cauvery water dispute...

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Short Note: Courts of Appeal

August 7, 2017

Note: This short note is based on ET news {4 August, 2017} which said that a radical judicial reform called “Courts of Appeal” is on the anvil and both central government and SC are mulling over it. It is different from the National Court of Appeal, which we had...

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Short Note: Merging NCRB with BPR&D

August 6, 2017

What is the government rationale behind merging the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D)? Do their functions overlap or are different? The Union Government has recently merged the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) which used to act as a principal source of...

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Article 35-A: Provisions, Issues and Current Status

August 6, 2017

How section 35-A was incorporated in the constitution? Why it is often alleged that incorporation of Article 35-A in the Constitution not only bypassed Indian parliament, but also created more discrimination? What are its key provisions and their implications? There are several petitions in the Supreme Court that challenge...

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Election of Vice President: Review of Constitutional Provisions

August 6, 2017

What is the process of Election of Vice President? What are key differences between elections of President and Vice President in India? Article 63 of the Constitution of India, 1950 mandates the election of a Vice President of India. The procedure for the election of the Vice President has...

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Recent SC Suggestion: NEET Like Exam for Lower Judiciary

August 5, 2017

How the judges of lower judiciary are selected currently across India? What is recent stance of Supreme Court on All-India common test for lower judiciary? Is it good or a bad idea? Current Procedure Appointments to the state judicial services below the rank of district judge are made by...

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Short Note: Parliament House Annex Inaugurated

August 2, 2017

The construction work of the Parliament House annexe began in May 2011 and was completed in December 2016. It was inauguared on August 2, 2017. The recently built structure has an area of around 39,495 square meters and will house the Parliamentary committees. The foundation was laid by the...

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Privilege of Legislators

June 22, 2017

On June 21, acting upon the recommendations of its privilege committees, the Speaker of the Karnataka assembly had ordered the imprisonment of two journalists for a year. The order has drawn widespread criticism and has been labelled as an effort to throttle the media. Earlier in 2003, the Speaker...

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Issue of Bringing BCCI under RTI

June 1, 2017

The Central Information Commission (CIC) in its latest order issued on June 16th has urged the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to bring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the ambit of the RTI Act. In its previous order issued on June 9th,...

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