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Gyanvapi

Explained | Gyanvapi and the Places of Worship Act

What has the Supreme Court directed? When is the next hearing on the lawsuit related to the Gyanvapi mosque? The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the District Magistrate of Varanasi to ensure the protection of the area at the Gyanvapi mosque complex where a ‘shivling’ is said to have been found during the survey there. (The caretakers …

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repo rate

The repo rate in India

How does the repo rate work? How does it affect the country’s inflation and what are the factors that influence its efficacy? On May 4, the Reserve Bank of India, in a surprise move, announced that the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) had held an ‘off-cycle’ meeting at which it had decided unanimously to raise …

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Marital rape

Explained | Marital rape in India: The history of the legal exception

The court took seven years to hear petitions seeking to criminalise marital rape before coming up with a split verdict. The story so far: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday delivered a split verdict on decriminalising marital rape in the country. While Justice Rajiv Shakdher struck down Exception 2 of the Indian Penal Code’s Section 375 that decriminalised …

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in Crisis: What’s behind the economic meltdown?

Sri Lanka’s economic situation is quickly worsening, causing immense suffering for the country’s citizens. At least two senior citizens died while waiting in long queues to buy fuel; the price of cooking gas increased to LKR 4,199 (approximately 1,150); the price of widely used milk powder increased by LKR 600 per kg; authorities were forced …

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Russia Ukraine

Russia-Ukraine conflict: what was the history

In an address to the nation on February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his intention to recognise the two separatist republics of Ukraine — Donetsk, and Luhansk—as independent nations, which turned out to be a prelude to Russia’s eventual military operation in the region. Mr. Putin blamed the disintegration of what he called “historical …

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Draft Data Accessibility

What is the Draft Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022?

On February 21, 2022, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) issued a policy proposal titled “Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022.” According to the policy, “India’s capacity to use public sector data will be fundamentally transformed.” The Draft Data Accessibility Policy’s ideas have received a lot of attention since they allow …

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caste

The Need for Credible Data on Caste

Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the 27 percent quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the All-India Quota Seats for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, stating that reservations for backward classes were not an exception, but rather an extension of the equality principle under Article 15(1) of the Constitution. The decision showed how open competitive …

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cyber

Cybercrime: The Unexpected Dark Side of the Digital Age

Cyber attacks are relatively new problems, yet they have quickly gained the status of being as hazardous as terrorism. The Stuxnet Worm, which caused widespread damage to Iran’s centrifuge capabilities in 2010, may have made the world aware of the risk and threat presented by cyber weapons. Two years later, in 2012, a bank of …

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