Hyperconsumption is a curse of our modern times. Humans generate monumental amounts of waste, a sizeable portion of which is disposed in landfills and through waste-to-energy incinerators. However, billions of tonnes of garbage, including microplastics, never make it to landfills or incinerators and end up in the oceans. This garbage chokes marine life and disturbs […]

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A Bill is said to be a Money Bill if it only contains provisions related to taxation, borrowing of money by the government, expenditure from or receipt to the Consolidated Fund of India. Bills that only contain provisions that are incidental to these matters would also be regarded as Money Bills. Article 110 of the Indian […]

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A first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system is one in which voters indicate on a ballot the candidate of their choice, and the candidate who receives the most votes wins. This is sometimes described as winner takes all. First-past-the-post voting is a plurality voting method. FPTP is a common, but not universal, feature of electoral systems with single-member electoral divisions, and is practised in close […]

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Unique Civil Times Snippets for April 2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has named State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs), which in other words mean banks that are too big to fail. Implications As per the norms, these banks will have to set aside more capital for their continued operation. RBI comes with the list every year since 2015. Inclusion in D-SIB indicates that failure of […]

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Latest News & Updates

Latest News,Updates, Current Affairs And Breaking Stories

Concept of Eco-Sensitive Zones The Environment Protection Act, 1986 neither mentions nor defines the word “Eco-sensitive Zones”. It has been derived from the following sections of the given Act. The section 3(2)(v) of the Act, says that Central Government can restrict areas in which any industries, operations or processes shall not be carried out or […]

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Indian Women in Parliament


While the global average for Women in Parliament stands at 22.4%, India is at the 103rd place out of 140 countries with women occupying just 66 seats in the 543 member Lok Sabha that is a mere 12% representation and Rajya Sabha female MPs constitutes just 11.5 per cent of the total members. Within Asia, […]

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Ecology and Environment

Rise in Man-Animal Conflict

According to the Ministry of Environment, 1,144 people were killed by tigers or elephants between April 2014 and February 2017 – that’s more than one human every day. While most of these incidents are accidents, unchecked escalation of such conflicts does not benefit the cause of conservation. If people who live around forest areas see […]

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Social Protection to Vulnerable

Poverty to Vulnerability: Rethinking Social Protection

It is being said that India is no longer a poor country but it is now more unequal and vulnerable with pockets of deep poverty and its prosperity will depend to a large extent on how its social protection system evolves and catches up with its diversity and demography. India’s social protection system needs to […]

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Economic Data

Trend of Hiding the National Data

Over the past two weeks, headlines have focussed on declining employment between 2011-12 and 2016-17; loss of jobs under the National Democratic Alliance government, particularly post-demonetisation; and the government’s refusal to release a report using the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) documenting this decline, leading to resignations of two members of the National Statistical Commission. In a […]

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Education in Employment

Relevance of Education in Employment

Greater access to quality tertiary education helps create greater and more decent job opportunities for young men and women in developing countries. However, in spite of rising education and rising aspirations, labour markets and social norms constrain women, almost as if they are all dressed up for a party with nowhere to go. Relevance of […]

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