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Daily Current Affairs – 2nd May, 2016

The curious case of the missing Indian taxpayers A central but neglected problem in Indian political economy— Too many people, too few taxpayers– Around 48 million people filed income tax returns in fiscal year 2015 Effective Number: Lesser than the above-stated as many of them [...]

Daily Current Affairs – 3rd May, 2016

Uttarakhand forest fires Often unquantified, the social and economic impacts of forest fires are considerable: lives are lost, health problems occur, animals are killed and the environment suffers The disaster: Lives lost: 5 Land gutted by forest fire: Almost 1,600 acres of land (hundreds of villages/clusters) Forest Fire in [...]

Daily Current Affairs – 5th May, 2016

Jan Dhan Yojana—The misses and the catches Financial inclusion is an important policy pillar of the present government to ensure inclusive development (sabka saath, sabka vikas). What it means, in brief, is to mainstream financial services for the masses, especially credit at affordable costs [...]

Daily Current Affairs – 6th May, 2016

How not to fight corruption? The Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA): It is the key legislation which defines what constitutes corruption and prescribes penalties for corruption-related offences It is presently set to be amended by Parliament and the proposed Bill, now before a select committee [...]

Daily Current Affairs – 9th May, 2016

Inequalities in educational access in India-(National Sample Survey Organisation’s (NSSO)) Net attendance ratio (NAR) It is the number of students attending a particular section, divided by the total number of kids of that age group (expressed as a percentage). For Classes I to V— NAR is [...]

Daily Current Affairs – 10th May, 2016

Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 Proposed bill— Aimed at regulating the acquisition and use of geospatial information pertaining to India Makes it illegal to acquire and even maintain previously acquired Indian geospatial data without applying for and receiving a licence from an authority that is [...]

Daily Current Affairs – 12th May, 2016

Managing India’s Freshwater “There will be constant competition over water, between farming families and urban dwellers, environmental conservationists and industrialists, minorities living off natural resources and entrepreneurs seeking to commodify the resources base for commercial gain” -UNICEF report on Indian water India’s water crisis is predominantly a [...]

Daily Current Affairs – 14th May, 2016

Upholding Criminal Defamation The origins of criminal defamation lie in the Court of the Star Chamber of King Henry VIII, where it was used as a means of “punishing disrespect towards authority”. Defamation originates from the concept of scandalum magnatum – the slander of [...]