Context: The Saudi-led coalition began a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen’s long war in April,2020 saying it hoped the initiative would prevent coronavirus and lead to a wider political solution. About the war The Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2015 between two factions: the Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi-led Yemeni government and the Houthi armed movement, along with their supporters and allies. Both claim to constitute the offic... .
Updated on 10 April, 2020
Context: A Full Bench of the Madras High Court will be deciding upon whether “recommendations” made by the Human Rights Commissions are binding upon their respective State (or Central) governments, or whether the government is entitled to reject or take no action upon them. NHRC completed 25 years on October 12, 2018. Its headquarter is located in New Delhi. Background: Section 18 of the Protection of Human Rights Act empowers the Hum... .
Updated on 20 March, 2020
Context: The Supreme Court has said that the Govt can regulate the appointment of teachers in minority institutes, it is not a violation of Article 30. The Chief Justice of India has now referred this judgment to a larger bench and one hopes that the apex court will restore the confidence of the minorities. Constitutional provisions: - Right to Cultural and Educational Rights (Article 29 and 30) Article 29 of the... .
Updated on 19 March, 2020
Context: Nearly five months after winning its legal battle in the Supreme Court against telecom majors including Vodafone and Bharti Airtel for payment of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues worth several lakhs of crores of rupees, the Centre did a virtual U-turn on Monday by urging the court to give the companies a 20-year window to pay the money back. The dues stood at ₹1.69 trillion as of October, 2019. What is AGR and the issue? T... .
Updated on 17 March, 2020
Context: The crack in the India-Iran relationship got exposed in the past week when the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned “the wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims”. Significance of criticism: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts over five-and-half years to build relationships from Saudi Arabia to Iran, UAE to Indonesia, the remarks by Iran in particular and some other Muslim-majority countries will be seen as ... .
Updated on 17 March, 2020
Recently India has been approved as an observer state for Indian Ocean Commission. The decision to join the IOC marks a part of the government’s push for greater salience in the whole Indian Ocean Region (IOR). India Ocean Region: The region comprises the ocean itself and the countries that border it. These include Australia, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Somalia, Tanzania, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Strategicall... .
Updated on 7 March, 2020