Topic 1: Pennaiyar tribunal

Context: The time limit fixed by the Supreme Court for the constitution of an inter-State river water disputes tribunal for Pennaiyar river expired and Tamil Nadu is waiting for the Centre’s next course of action.

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Related Constitutional Provisions

Provisions under the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956:

List of Inter-State River Tribunals:

TribunalYearConcerned States
Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal1969 Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa
Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal-I1969 Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka
Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal1969Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat
Ravi and Beas Water Tribunal1986Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan
Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal1990Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry
Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal-II2004Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka
Vansadhara Water Disputes Tribunal2010Andhra Pradesh and Odisha
Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal2010Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra
Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal2018Chhattisgarh and Odisha

Topic 2: Unnathi programme

Context: The President of India recently launched Unnathi programme.

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Topic 3: PM MITRA mega textile parks

Context: The Prime Minister of India has informed that PM MITRA mega textile parks would be set up in some states which will boost the textiles sector in line with 5F (Farm to Fibre to Factory to Fashion to Foreign) vision.

About the scheme:

Topic 4: Rajasthan Advocates Protection Bill, 2023

Context: The Rajasthan government tabled the Rajasthan Advocates Protection Bill, 2023 in the state legislative Assembly.

Key provisions:

Topic 5: herSTART platform

Context: herSTART platform to encourage women entrepreneurs inaugurated recently

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Topic 6: International Criminal Court

Context: The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for war crimes for Russian  President.

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What is the International Criminal Court?

The Rome StatuteThe Rome Statute is the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC).It was adopted in 1998 and it entered into force in 2002.The Rome Statute established four core international crimes:genocide,crimes against humanity,war crimes,the crime of aggression.According to the Rome Statute, it is the duty of every State to exercise its criminal jurisdiction over those responsible for international crimes.The International Criminal Court can only intervene where a State is unable or unwilling to genuinely carry out the investigation and prosecute the perpetrators.

Topic 7: Privilege Motion

Context: Congress moves privilege motion against Prime Minister

What is parliamentary privilege?

What is breach of privilege?

What is privilege motion?

What percentage of privilege notices are rejected?

The privileges committee

Topic 8: Simultaneous elections

Context: The issue of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies has been referred to the Law Commission for further examination.

What are simultaneous elections?


Arguments for simultaneous elections:

Arguments against simultaneous polls

Topic 9: Horseshoe crabs

Context: Horseshoe crabs are disappearing off Odisha’s coast.

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