Nathasha Edirisooriya, a Sri Lankan standup comic, was arrested under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act from the Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo. ABOUT THE ACT The ICCPR is a multilateral treaty that deals with human rights. The Act was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 1966 and came into force in 1976. The Covenant respects civil and political rights of individuals, including right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights, and rights to due process and a fair trial. The ICCPR is part of the International Bill....Read More

West Tripura's District Legal Services Authority has organized a Door-to-Door Legal Aid Campaign. DISTRICT LEGAL SERVICE AUTHORITY (DLSA) DLSA is formed under Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free and legal aid and services to the weaker sections of this society to make sure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities. Legal Services Authorities are statutory bodies that are formed or constituted in the various states of India by the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. Justice P.N. Bhagwati formed DLSA under the Legal Aid Committee formed in 1971.....Read More

Ministry of Home Affairs has notified a 3-member Commission of Inquiry under Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952, to inquire into incidents of violence in Manipur. The Commission of Inquiry aims to thoroughly examine the incidents of violence in Manipur and shed light on their underlying causes. It consists of Justice Ajai Lamba, former Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court, Himanshu Shekhar Das (IAS Retd.), and Aloka Prabhakar (IPS Retd.) ABOUT COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY ACT, 1952 It authorises central and state governments to appoint inquiry commissions to make inquiries in definite matters of public importance. The commissions of inquiry act gives....Read More


Press Information Bureau (PIB) marked its centennial anniversary. It is the nodal agency for government of India to disseminate information to the print and electronic media on government policies, programmes etc. It was originally set up as temporary cell (under then British government) in 1919. The first head of the cell was Dr LF Rushbrook Williams of Allahabad University who was designated as officer on special duty. In 1923, the bureau was made permanent as the Bureau of Public Information. In 1941, J Natrajan became the first Indian to head the bureau as principal information officer. It acquired its present....Read More

  Sedition law

With a view to preventing any “alleged misuse” of the provision, the Law Commission of India, in its 279th report, has proposed retaining the law of sedition (Section 124A) with key amendments. The Commission is currently headed by former Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi. ABOUT SEDITION The law defines sedition as any act or attempt to bring into hatred or contempt, or excite or attempt to excite disaffection towards the government established by law in India by: words, either spoken or written. visible representation, or otherwise. It was introduced by the British colonial government in 1870 to....Read More

Goa got its statehood on May 30th, 1987. On this day Goa was declared a state separate from Daman and Diu. 2023 marks the 36th anniversary of statehood of Goa. After it received its statehood, Panaji was given the status of the capital of Goa and Konkani language became the official language.Read More

  Forum Shopping

RECENTLY, Chief Justice of India condemned the practice of forum shopping. When litigants or lawyers attempt to deliberately move their case to a particular judge or Court where they think the judgment could be more favourable, they are said to be “forum shopping.” The Supreme Court in 1988 in Chetak Construction Ltd. vs. Om Prakash held that a litigant cannot be permitted choice of the forum.Read More

Kerala has become the first full ‘e-governed state’ in India. It has digitized a range of government services, ensuring prompt and transparent delivery to its citizens. Kerala’s total e-governance initiative emphasizes the inclusion of all sections of society, including the less privileged and marginalized. Initiatives of Kerala: Kerala Fibre Optic Network (KFON) project, which has made internet access a citizen's right. e-Sevanam, a single portal for 900 public services to taluk-level offices. e-Office File Flow system has been introduced, enabling seamless digital workflows even at the village office level.Read More

The central government recently promulgated an Ordinance that undid the unanimous verdict of a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, which gave the elected government of Delhi control over the transfer and posting of officials in the National Capital Territory (NCT), except with regard to public order, police, and land. The ordinance gave the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi (appointed by the Centre) power over services. It established a “National Capital Civil Service Authority” comprising the Chief Minister and two senior IAS officials. The authority would decide matters “by majority of votes of the members present and voting”. ABOUT ORDINANCE....Read More

A constitution bench ruled that the elected government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCTD) has legislative and executive power over "Services" under Entry 41, List II of the 7th schedule except for public order, police and land. The Delhi government had challenged the constitutional validity of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act 2021, which provided that the term “government” referred to in any law made by the LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF DELHI WILL IMPLY THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (L-G). SUPREME COURT VERDICT The Lieutenant Governor is bound by the aid and advice of the Council of....Read More

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