Current Issues

Pesticide Management Bill, 2017

The Pesticide Management Bill, 2017 is yet another Bill that is to be tabled by the Agriculture Ministry in the next three months. The Bill is being finalized in order to protect farmers and promote the safe use of pesticides. This will play a key role in increasing productivity and reducing crop loss for the […]

Issues Around HRM in Public Sector Banks

 “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance”. These are the words said by the noted Irish orator, politician, lawyer and judge and it holds very true for the current scenario in India. The recent bank frauds have brought out failures on part of human resource (HR) in implementing measures […]

Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018

In March, 2018, the Union Cabinet has approved the introduction of the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018. The purpose of the Bill is to tackle the menace of illicit deposit schemes operating in the country. The Bill will prohibit unregulated deposit taking activity and also sanction a stringent punishment for the companies and institutions […]

Need for a policy framework around Pharma

A recent media report of several patients losing their eyesight as a result of use of an off-label drug to treat certain retinal disorders like age related macular degeneration (AMD) reflects the abysmal condition of the regulation of the pharmaceutical sector of India. Many similar drugs are making circulations in the country without their proper […]

Recent Constitutional Changes in China

In an uncalled for move, China’s National Congress party voted unanimously to end the limits on Presidential and Vice-Presidential terms provided for by the Chinese Constitution. One of the main purposes of this amendment as is evident is to allow the Communist Party to lead for indefinite time and have a control over Chinese life […]

Q+A: Special Category States – Recent Issues

The question of special category status for states has resurfaced recently with the political tussle between the ruling BJP in the Centre and Telugu Desam Party, prime party in the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh after the bifurcation. The main demand of the state party has been Centre’s non-fulfillment of the promise to grant […]

Recent SC judgment On Euthanasia and Living Will

In a recent landmark judgement, the Supreme Court held that right to die with dignity is also a fundamental right within the ambit of right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The judgement also allowed living will by a terminally ill patient and passive euthanasia. What is euthanasia? Euthanasia is a […]

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership may be referred to as a free trade agreement between the countries Australia, Canada, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and Japan. It is one of the largest free trade agreements negotiated till date. It was signed on March 8, 2018 at Santiago in […]

Q+A: 80:20 Scheme

After the recent fraud of around Rs 12,000 crore from the Punjab National Bank, questions are being raised on the 80:20 gold import scheme. It was launched by the UPA government and allegations are that an RBI circular issued then, assisted in selecting a few private parties who took advantage of this scheme to carry […]