Expanding Income suppo...

Income Support Scheme Despite challenges, agricultural investment support scheme could be implemented as an alternate for the farm loan waiver at an all-India level. What is the income support model of Telangana? Telangana’s Rythu Bandhu Scheme (RBS) has a grant component of Rs 4,000 per acre per farmer for one season (kharif/rabi). In a year, […]

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Parental Consent for V...

Delhi High Court recently put on hold the Delhi government’s plan for a measles rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in schools. The court said the decision did not have the consent of parents, introducing the question of consent in vaccination. What is the MR vaccine? Recently, the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine was introduced in the universal immunisation […]

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Misusing Sedition Law

Recently, sedition charges were slapped against an Assamese scholar and two others for remarks made against the proposed citizenship law. What is the background? The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was recently cleared by the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to hasten the process of legalising the stay of non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who […]

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Restoring Patent Right...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday recently restored Monsanto Co.’s patent claim on genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton. How does the case evolve? Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) (MMB) is a joint venture between Monsanto and India’s Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co (Mahyco). It has sub-licensed Bt cotton technology to various domestic seed companies since 2002. Italso sells […]

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National Clean Air Pro...

The Centre recently launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). What are the features of the programme? Objective – The overall objective of the programme includes comprehensive mitigation actions for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution. It also aims to augment the air quality monitoring network across the country and strengthen the awareness and […]

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