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    Explainer: The How & What COVID-19 testing in India

    Close to 50 private labs are now authorized to conduct COVID-19 tests. But how are samples collected and tests conducted for COVID-19? Here is a detailed explainer. As India enters the second week of lockdown, more than 1200 cases of COVID-19 have been reported across the country including 32 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health's dashboard as of 9.30 PM on 30 March 2020. The rapid...

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    COVID-19 testing: Which Country is testing how many?

    In terms of the COVID-19 testing, there are wide variations among countries. While some countries have been aggressive with their testing strategy, some others have been conservative. Here is a look at the status of testing in various countries including India. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the world are increasing at a rapid rate. As per WHO's dashboard on 29 March...

    • 2 days ago
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    Data: The analysis of Electoral Bonds sold in January 2020

    The 13th phase of electoral bonds were sold in January 2020. More than ₹ 80 crore worth bonds were sold during this phase. Here is a detailed analysis of the electoral bonds sold in January 2020. The 13th phase of the sale of Electoral Bonds under Electoral Bond Scheme-2018, took place during 13-22 January 2020. The Government of India made an announcement to this effect on 09...

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    Explainer: What is the Epidemic Diseases act of 1897?

    Before a national lockdown was announced from 25 March 2020, several states announced state level lockdowns using powers in the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. But what is this 123-year-old legislation? Here is a detailed explainer. The spread of COVID-19 is putting to test the healthcare systems of countries across the world as the number of cases being reported is increasing exponentially....

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    Payment Aggregators & Payment Gateways under RBI's Regulatory Supervision

    With increasing number of digital transactions, the reliance on payment aggregators & payment gateways is more than ever. The RBI has recently issued guidelines for regulating both Payment Gateways & Payment Aggregators. On 17 March 2020, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued Guidelines on Regulation of Payment Aggregators (PA) and Payment Gateways (PG). In...

    • 6 days ago
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    Explainer: What are the reasons for delay in the execution of a Death sentence?

    The four convicts in the Nirbhaya case were finally executed a few days ago. The execution took place 6 years after the fast track court awarded the death sentence. But what are the reasons for such a delay in the execution of death sentence? Here is a detailed explainer. After more than seven years since the barbaric gang rape of a 23-year-old paramedic...

    • 7 days ago
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    Data: What is the status of State's Own Tax Revenue (SOTR) of various states?

    A major part of state government's budgetary resources come from State's Own Tax Revenue (SOTR). Here is a detailed analysis of SOTR & its share in overall tax revenue of states. Like in the case of central government, each state incurs expenditure in the form of administrative costs, funding of various schemes, building of infrastructure etc. This is met by...

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    Voter's Right to Know - Trajectory of law on the disclosure of candidate's criminal antecedents

    The Supreme Court recently directed political parties to disclose reasons for selection of candidates with pending criminal cases. However, like the previous directions of the Supreme court, these are not really making any difference. Here is why. In a recent judgement passed by the Supreme Court (SC) on 13 February 2020 in Public Interest...

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    Explainer: What is the insurance cover on your bank deposits?

    The last few years have seen many banks going bust. Is there any insurance cover for one's deposits in banks? If yes, what is the amount? Here is a detailed explainer. The Reserve Bank of India released a notice on 04 February 2020 stating that the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation, abbreviated as DICGC, has raised the limit of insurance cover for depositors in...

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    The ECI is seeking citizens opinion on its recommendations to improve the electoral process

    The Election Commission of India constituted nine working groups after the 2019 Lok Sabha general elections to identify areas of improvement in the electoral process. The groups have made 25 major recommendations. The ECI has now sought public opinion on these recommendations. Here is a snapshot of these recommendations. Since the conduct of the first...

    • 2 weeks ago