Lokpal And Lokayuktas Bill, 2013: Free eBook

Parliament

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013 is published as Act No.1 of 2014 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section-1, dated the 1st January 2014. The Bill got the assent from President Pranab Mukherjee, providing for setting up of an anti-corruption watchdog. The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 17 and by the Lok Sabha the next … [Read more...]

Higgs Boson! God Particle: Free eBook

HIGGS-BOSON

Francois Englert and Peter Higgs have been awarded the Nobel Prize for physics 2013  for work that led to last year's discovery of the Higgs boson. The Nobel Prize committee named the winners "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributed to the understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles". The official citation read: … [Read more...]

10 Important Bills: Free eBook

Parliament

The monsoon session of Parliament, from August 5 to September 7 turned out to be productive, as landmark legislation relating to food security, land acquisition and eradicating manual scavenging were passed. According to PRS Legislative http://www.prsindia.org/a think tank that tracks parliament's work, the agenda for the monsoon session included 32 pending … [Read more...]

Biodiversity Profile Of India: Free eBook

Biodiversity

Biological diversity or ‘biodiversity’ encompasses the variety of all life on earth. Biodiversity manifests itself at three levels: ‘species’ diversity which refers to the numbers and kinds of living organisms; ‘genetic’ diversity which refers to genetic variation within species; and ‘ecosystem’ diversity which denotes the variety of … [Read more...]

Juvenile Justice In India: Free eBook

Juvenile Justice

The Supreme Court on July 17 dismissed a PIL seeking lowering of the age of juveniles from 18 to 16, saying the existing law was based on sound principles and the December 16 incident was "an aberration rather than the rule". The apex court said the protection accorded to minor up to the age of 18 years under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of … [Read more...]

Disaster Management In India (Volume II): Free eBook

Uttarakhand Floods

Widespread flash floods and landsides that Uttarakhand witnessed recently exposed India's ineptness to handle disaster of this magnitude. In this background, Ekalavvya has brought out two volumes, free e-books which touch upon all aspects of disaster Management in India. Disaster Management In India: Volume I covered the specific aspects of different types … [Read more...]

Disaster Management In India (Volume-I): Free eBook

Disaster

India’s geo-climatic conditions as well as its high degree of socio-economic vulnerability, makes it one of the most disaster prone country in the world. A disaster is an extreme disruption of the functioning of a society that causes widespread human, material, or environmental losses that exceed the ability of the affected society to cope with its own … [Read more...]

Poverty In India: Free eBook

India Poverty

The issue of poverty estimates has been the subject matter of public debate in and outside Parliament. The methodology for arriving at poverty estimates has been in place for the last several years and various committees in the past have arrived at estimates based upon certain indices of poverty from time to time. These Committees include the Alagh Committee … [Read more...]

Food Security And Government Policies: Free eBook

Food Security

Proposed National Food Security Bill marks a paradigm shift in addressing the problem of food security – from it being viewed as a welfare approach to a right-based approach”. The Act seeks to address the issue of food security in the country in a holistic manner by adopting a life cycle approach. Ensuring adequate quantities of food at affordable … [Read more...]

Education And Health important Schemes: Free eBook

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is Government of India’s flagship programme for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE) in a time bound manner, as mandated by 86th amendment to the Constitution of India making free and compulsory Education to the Children of 6-14 years age group, a Fundamental Right. SSA is being implemented in … [Read more...]