RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) AMENDMENT BILL, 2019

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) AMENDMENT BILL, 2019 Introduction: The Parliament on Friday approved an amendment to the anti-terror law to give powers to the central government to designate an individual as terrorist and seize his properties. While Lok Sabha had passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 that seeks to amend …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- NATIONAL MEDICAL COMMISSION BILL

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- NATIONAL MEDICAL COMMISSION BILL Introduction:             Resident doctors at government hospitals, including AIIMS and Ram Manohar  Lohia Hospital in Delhi, went on an “indefinite” strike to protest the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019. Among the problems raised by the medical fraternity is Section 45 of the bill, which allows the government …

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- CONSUMER PROTECTION BILL, 2019

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- CONSUMER PROTECTION BILL, 2019 Introduction: A new consumer protection bill provides for strict monitoring and punishment for misleading advertisements. It aims to empower consumer courts at the state and district level to disperse greater financial compensation to the consumers. The bill also has a provision for setting up an executive agency called …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- BANNING UNREGULATED DEPOSIT SCHEMES

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- BANNING UNREGULATED DEPOSIT SCHEMES Introduction: The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill 2019 was passed unanimously by both the houses of the parliament. This bill aims to protect the investors from Ponzi schemes and tackle the menace of illicit deposit taking activities which so far exploited regulatory gaps and lack of …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY CODE BILL

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY CODE BILL Introduction: The government introduced the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was passed by both the houses, seeking to restrict the duration of the resolution process and ensure the primacy of financial creditors in case of recoveries. The resolution process is proposed to be …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- JOBS-LOCALS FIRST POLICY

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- JOBS-LOCALS FIRST POLICY Introduction:             Fulfilling one of its biggest election promises, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government passed a bill in the Assembly which reserves 75 per cent jobs factories for Andhra Pradesh youths, making it the first state in the country to introduce such a provision in the private sector. …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- KASHMIR- NO THIRD PARTY

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- KASHMIR- NO THIRD PARTY Introduction:             An influential Democratic Congressman on Tuesday apologised to India’s US envoy for President Donald Trump’s “embarrassing” remarks on Kashmir, while several others came out in support of New Delhi’s stand against any third-party role on the issue. “I just apologised to Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE-DATA AND PRIVACY: HOW SAFE ARE APPS?

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE-DATA AND PRIVACY: HOW SAFE ARE APPS? Introduction:             Faceapp, an image-editing app has caught the imagination of everyone from New York to Sydney; from Brussels to Chennai and beyond. There are millions of people, including several in India, who are transforming their current photo, using the apps age filter to see …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- CONSPIRACY AGAINST JUDICIARY

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- CONSPIRACY AGAINST JUDICIARY Introduction: The Supreme Court called the Directors of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Delhi Police Commissioner to look into the material furnished by lawyer Utsav Bains in support of his allegations in the framing of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in a …

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- PUBLIC, PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN RAILWAYS

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- PUBLIC, PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN RAILWAYS Introduction: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech said that the Indian railways will use Public Private Partnership model for faster development, rolling stock manufacturing and the delivery of freight. Railways will need 50 lakh rupees between 2018 to 2030 to complete the sanctioned projects. Finance …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- DEMOGRAPHY: ADVANTAGE INDIA

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- DEMOGRAPHY: ADVANTAGE INDIA Introduction:             In many ways, India’s demographics are the envy of the world. As populations in countries such as China, US, and Japan is getting older, India’s population is getting younger. Since 2018, India’s working-age population has grown larger than the dependent population — children aged 14 or …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- AERA (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- AERA (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019 Introduction:             The Rajya Sabha passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to raise threshold for an airport to qualify as ‘major airport’ and hence reducing the tariff-fixing power of airport regulator to a fewer airports. The Bill was passed after …

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- ONE NATION ONE RATION CARD

RSTV: POLICY WATCH- ONE NATION ONE RATION CARD Introduction: ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme, which will allow portability of food security benefits, will be available across the country. This means poor migrant workers will be able to buy subsidised rice and wheat from any ration shop in the country. Currently Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- AFGHANISTAN TALKS HIT ROADBLOCK

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- AFGHANISTAN TALKS HIT ROADBLOCK Introduction:             U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to express disappointment over the postponement of talks with the Taliban and to condemn the insurgent group’s recent announcement of a “spring offensive.” Some 250 Afghan politicians and civil society figures had been due …