TA Explained: Model Code of Conduct

Elections for electing Members of Legislative Assembly are being held in four states (Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam) and one Union Territory (Puducherry) between March 27 and April 29. These states are under the Model Code of Conduct since the poll dates were announced on 26th February and will remain under it till the completion of the election process. We take you quickly through … Continue reading TA Explained: Model Code of Conduct

Part I : Understanding the Domestic Violence Laws in India

By Bhawna Gandhi “Bas ek thappad, par nahi mar sakta”, this dialogue from the movie Thappad captured the essence of prolonging debate around domestic violence and also vocalized how it is becoming the new normal, across all  sections of society;  rich or poor, privileged or marginalized. Although there has been a significant evolution  in the family structures, women are now becoming the breadwinners of the families but … Continue reading Part I : Understanding the Domestic Violence Laws in India

TA Explained: The Quad – New Arrangement to Counter China

Four global powers – India, US, Australia and Japan – recently concluded the much-awaited and inaugural Quad Summit. The first summit was hosted virtually by US.  Political heads of all the four nations participated in the summit and exchanged their views. All the parties unequivocally supported the call for creating a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. The Quad summit is being seen as a major … Continue reading TA Explained: The Quad – New Arrangement to Counter China

TA Explained: OTT and Digital Media Guidelines

We bring to you the major highlights of OTT and digital media guidelines released today by IB Ministry. As per the new guidelines, both digital media and OTT platforms will have to adhere to further disclosures & have a robust redressal mechanism. Rules are framed under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) … Continue reading TA Explained: OTT and Digital Media Guidelines

Explained: Regulating OTTs and digital media in India

By Rishabh Shrivasatava What is OTT? OTT (Over-the-top) is a type of streaming service provided with the direct help of the internet. It bypasses the cable, satellite and broadcast-based traditional television platforms. It is the modern-day form of entertainment service. Examples of OTT are Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, ALTBalaji, JioTV, MX player, Voot and more. What’s the issue with OTTs and digital media platforms? So … Continue reading Explained: Regulating OTTs and digital media in India

Explained: Indian COVID-19 Vaccination Program

By Vidush Pandey Who grants approval and regulates the vaccine process in India? The Central Drug Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) is the apex body that regulates the approval of new drugs, vaccines, clinical trials, diagnostic tests, medical devices and issue licenses for commercial sale in India. New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules 2019 govern the approval process of new drugs or vaccines. During the pandemic, … Continue reading Explained: Indian COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Explained: Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020

By Gautam Kumar As farmers’ protest continues, the government on 30th December 2020 agreed to withdraw the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 – one out of the four demands made by the farm unions. So far, the government and farm unions have met six times and very little progress has been made on the deadlock concerning the recently passed agri laws by the center. While the … Continue reading Explained: Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020

Explained: Bhagirathi eco-sensitive zone notification and ecological concerns of the mountains

By Gautam Kumar The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 18 July 2020 approved the Zonal Master Plan (ZMP) for the Bhagirathi eco-sensitive zone which stretches from Gaumukh to Uttarakashi, an area covering 4179.59 sq. km. The ZMP, which the Uttarakhand government was required to frame under the Bhagirathi eco-sensitive zone notification, aims for the conservation and ecology of the area and at the same … Continue reading Explained: Bhagirathi eco-sensitive zone notification and ecological concerns of the mountains

Reconciling Polluter Pays Principle with Environmental Conservation

By Gautam Kumar Polluter Pays Principle: Background Out of 180 countries, India was ranked at 177th spot, in the recently released Environmental Performance Index (EPI). EPI is prepared jointly by Yale University and Columbia University in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF). These metrics provide a gauge at a national scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals. The EPI thus offers … Continue reading Reconciling Polluter Pays Principle with Environmental Conservation