What is Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill 2022? Discuss!

Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill 2022:  The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill 2022, which would allow the police and prison authorities to collect, store and analyze physical and biological samples, including retina and iris scans, was introduced in the Lok Sabha. The bill aims to authorize the police to take measurements of convicts and other persons for …

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Retrospective Changes To Income-Tax Law

The Union Budget 2022-23 brought in some amendments to the Income Tax Act that would be effective retrospectively. Making a retrospective amendment to the Income-tax Act from 2005-06, the Budget has clarified that cess and surcharge will not be allowed to be claimed as deductions in the form of expenditure, a practice that some companies …

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Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA)

The Supreme Court asked 6,000-odd NGOs to go back to the government for redressal of their grievances on non-renewal of their Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration. The FCRA was enacted during the Emergency in 1976 in an atmosphere of apprehension that foreign powers were interfering in India’s affairs by pumping in funds through independent …

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Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019

With reference to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, consider the following statements: 1. The CAA provides citizenship on the basis of religion to six undocumented non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh who entered India on or before December 31, 2014. 2. It exempts the members of the six communities from any criminal …

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Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 2021

With reference to the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 2021, consider the following statements: 1. The Act bars sale and purchase of beef or beef products in areas “predominantly inhabited by Hindu, Jain, Sikh and other non-beef-eating communities”. 2. It prohibits inter-state transport of cattle to and from Assam without valid documents. Which of the statements …

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Centre’s Move To Amend Multi State Cooperative Societies (MSCS) Act, 2002

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah announced that the Centre has decided to amend the Multi State Cooperative Societies (MSCS) Act, 2002 to “plug the loopholes in the Act”. There are many Cooperatives societies such as those for sugar and milk, banks, milk unions etc whose members and areas of operation are spread across …

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The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Introduced In Lok Sabha

The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to link electoral rolls to Aadhaar number has been listed for introduction in the Lok Sabha. The Bill allows electoral registration officers to ask for Aadhaar numbers of applicants wanting to register as voters to establish the identity of the applicant. It also seeks to allow the …

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The Centre Tabled The Mediation Bill in The Rajya Sabha

The Centre will table the much awaited Mediation Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill provides for establishment of the Mediation Council of India and for community mediation. The Bill intends to institutionalise the process of mediation by strengthening the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms. The Bill safeguards the interest of the litigants to approach …

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What is the Biological Diversity Act, 2002?

Environmentalists have expressed concern over amendments to the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 on the grounds that it prioritises intellectual property and commercial trade at the expense of the Act’s key aim of conserving biological resources. Amendments to the Act were introduced as a Bill in the Lok Sabha by Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav. The amended …

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What’s in the Personal Data Protection Bill?

The Joint Committee of Parliament (JCP) on the Personal Data Protection Bill tabled its report in both Houses. Major recommendations: Non-Personal Too: The key recommendations that changes the nature of the Bill itself is for inclusion of non-personal data within the larger umbrella. This means that all issues under the new legislation will be dealt …

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