September 1 to 15, 2017

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Fact Sheet: Chennai-Vladivostok Sea Link

September 15, 2017

India is contemplating to unveil a direct shipping link between Chennai and Vladivostok. This key maritime route aims to connect India with Northeast Asia and Western Pacific region. This route will help India to expand its presence in Far East Russia and will also help in harnessing natural resources...

Fact Sheet: Dravidian Movement

September 12, 2017

The caste-based hierarchical system is one of the most peculiar features of Indian society. In the past, those who were on the top of this hierarchical system (Brahmins) enjoyed all privileges, while people from lower hierarchies did not get access to resources and they were exploited by the people...


Need For A Refugee Law In India

September 10, 2017

According to the estimates by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), presently there are more than 60 million refugees worldwide. India currently hosts more than 32,000 refugees who were facing violence and severe prosecution in several countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar, China, Somalia, etc. In addition,...


Tibetan Refugees in India and Rehabilitation Policy, 2014

September 10, 2017

During history, Tibet has been an avid invader as well as victim of frequent invasions. The invasion of China in 1951 resulted in Chinese occupation of Tibet. Large numbers of Tibetan refugees first arrived in India in March 1959 after the Chinese suppression of an uprising and the fight...

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Chakma-Hajong Issue: Background, Current Status

September 9, 2017

For many years, Arunachal Pradesh is crippled with two separate refugee related issues viz. Chakma-Hajong and Tibetan Refugees. The crux of the issue is that central government / judiciary have mandated to settle them in the state while the locals are protesting. Chakma-Hajong Refugees Chakmas are Buddhist and Hazongs...


Sovereign Gold Bond / Gold Monetization Schemes: Review of Performance

September 8, 2017

The government of India had launched two gold schemes in November, 2015 to reduce the demand for physical gold and shift the part of gold to financial savings; thus helping address country’s Current Account Deficit and fiscal deficit to some extent. After two years, it is found that the...

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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...


SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (SRCIP)

September 6, 2017

The SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (SRCIP) is an effort by the Asian Development Bank for improving road connectivity and efficiency in the international trade corridor shared with the SASEC (South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation) member countries. The program aims at expanding roads upto 500 kilometres in the North...


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...


9th BRICS Summit: Background; Highlights and Xiamen declaration

September 5, 2017

BRICS is an annual summit of five nations viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. First such formal summit was held at Yekaterinburg on June 16, 2009. The BRIC nations formally invited South Africa to join the group and on December 24, 2010, the group was renamed as...