The Advocates Act 1961 regulates legal services in India. The act empowers, and constitutes, the Bar Council of India, which frames rules for advocates practicing litigation. The 21st Law Commission was constituted by the Law Ministry in 2015 and former Chief Justice of Odisha was appointed the chairman. He is also serving on the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal.
Back to the 20th Century! 2016 might have been a defining year in contemporary history. Politics and Economics have not been so disruptive since the Cold War. Further, leaders seem to be interested in promoting nationalism and are interested in using hatred as a weapon to fuel popularity. While political strategy has returned to a century old ridicule, so has economics. The bottom-up approach, allowing free markets to determine their fate, with minimum state intervention (only in the case of market failure) is no longer the prevalent idea. The State is bent on turning around economics to pre-war conditions.
A 3-day international conference on “Multiculturalism and Globalism: India and the World” organized by The English Literature Society of O.P. Jindal Global University and the Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies concluded on the university campus. Aimed at creating greater awareness of the way India and most of the countries in the West are emerging as vibrant multicultural societies, the conference drew more than one hundred participants from all over India and abroad.
The pink city is once again playing host to the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). JLF is considered to be amongst the top literary festivals in the world and is one of the biggest in Asia. Some of the finest writers from across the globe and an audience that loves to read have gathered at the Diggi Palace for the ninth edition of JLF.
Sustainable waste management has emerged as one of the stealthiest challenges that international authorities are facing these days. Recent findings on the waste-climate nexus further perplex experts.
In India, potable water quality impairment is astoundingly diverse and appalling. Fluoride levels, above permissible limits, are reported from 19 states, salinity from 15, iron from 21 while nitrate from 12 states. Among these, arsenic and fluoride have severe health concerns.
One of the oldest British buildings in India is St. Mary’s Church in the southern city of Chennai. Constructed between 1678 and 1680, it is perhaps the oldest Anglican Church east of Suez.
For Cuba, 1980 was an eventful year. Between May and September, as many as 1,25,000 Cubans had left the port of Mariel in Cuba for Miami in Florida. The situation ended when then US president Jimmy Carter realised Fidel Castro had been piling up prisoners and mentally ill in the boats. But by then, Miami’s labour force had inflated by 7 per cent and number of Cuban workers in the city increased by 20 per cent.
The first of the seven-phase elections to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly will begin from February 11. Political dynamics have been changing dramatically over last few weeks and months. The rift between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father - Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh - and the subsequent compromise surprised many. The pre-poll alliance of SP and the Congress is seen as being formed in haste.
Societal-cultural uniqueness, globalization, political change, technology and economic variegation introduce ‘difference’ as a cornerstone of our ‘civic’ and multi-cultural lives. How does ‘citizenship’ then, and along with it ‘community engagement’, power the Liberal Arts as a quintessential form of education to combat today’s multilayered challenges? Indeed, how does today’s University establish a rewarding, ongoing, and mutually beneficial commitment with wide branches of society and the world?
As the adversities of climatic aberrations start making inroads into global water resource development strategies, the need to protect and conserve freshwater resources and impetus to search for alternate water sources has soared. To meet growing demands, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation had launched the Jal Kranti Abhiyan (JKA) on 5 June 2015 with the major aim of involving grassroots involvement of all stakeholders including Panchayati Raj institutions and local communities (e.g. Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM).
Uttar Pradesh stands for a floating signifier of whatever urban, educated India doesn’t. Covering 7.3% of the area of India and 16.16% of India’s population, it is crammed with 200 million people suffering from huge poverty and inequality. No wonder the elections here become hugely important.
The vertical forest, a pair of residential towers designed by the Boeri Studio run by Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra in the centre of Milan, has taken the world by storm ever since China showed interest in it.
Nothing has influenced the course of environmental research and policymaking in recent times more than climate change. Climatic perturbations have even begun dictating the global job market. And some believe it is for the better for now. This school of thought fancies that climate change has given rise to a parallel employment sector by way of devising varied mitigation and adaptation strategies. Even a superficial glimpse reveals that the number of job advertisements listed in the electronic media in the past decade or so under water/air/agriculture/forestry/food/biodiversity/conservation-related R&D positions have been overwhelming. Climate change has also led to the creation of specialized titles: sustainability-officer/consultant/analyst/manager/modeler and what not.
With no law to protect groundwater levels, efforts to enable the natural replenishment of the the city’s water table are being hampered.
The Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities (JSLH) of the O P Jindal Global University (JGU) at Sonepat in Haryana, successfully hosted its inaugural Undergraduate Research Conference on campus on April 7 and 8. Nearly 140 undergraduate students from 20 universities and colleges from around the country participated in the two-day event.
What, really, is the point of doing an MA? Well, it depends on who you ask. For some people, it’s so they can say they have the degree. For others it’s about better prospects. And then there are those who want to deepen and widen the knowledge they gained as undergraduates.
Recent projections indicate for global energy demand to grow by over a third by 2035, with China, India and the Middle Eastern nations championing 60 per cent of the bargain.
Target 6.3 of the WHO-UNICEF's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) lays out clear directives for disposal, collection, treatment, and management of water resources and mandates on halving the proportion of untreated wastewater by increased recycling and safe reuse by 2030. Importance of wastewater handling and management ripples over other SDGs including that about health and well-being (SDG 3), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), life below water (SDG 14), and life on land (SDG 15), among others. In essence, issues of wastewater generation and management take into stride the foundations of human sustainability and natural ecosystem services.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, acclaimed Bollywood actor Salman Khan was acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court in an 18-year case regarding the actor’s poaching of wild chinkaras, a species of Indian antelope. The acquittal reversed a Lower Court decision that had given him a five-year prison sentence.
On the eve of receiving the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 2004, the recently-deceased writer and activist Mahasweta Devi was interviewed by television anchor Rajiv Mehrotra.
In 2009, member states of the United Nations announced the Millennium Declaration which later matured into the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) ; a set of eight targets to be achieved globally between 1990 and 2015.
FOOD, CLIMATE, MIGRATION : About 96.4 million hectares land area (29.3% of total landmass) of India is currently under land degradation/desertification.
In the summer of 1816, George Gordon Byron, while escaping a scandal in London, and Mary Shelly, while eloping with Mary Godwin, met in Geneva by chance. They were staying in the same hotel. The summer was unusually dark with incessant rain due to a freak climatic event—the eruption of a volcano near Bali that vomited huge dust storms that engulfed much of our planet. Forced to stay indoors, Byron suggested they write ghost stories. Shelly began writing. Her story was titled, Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus.
On November 17, 2015, the Jindal School of Liberal Arts in collaboration with the Winter School on Art/Law at O.P. Jindal Global University organized an engaging forum that brought together contemporary artists, curators, scholars and students to discuss and deliberate on the different concepts of “value” in art, and their practical manifestations in the art world.
A solid well-grounded Liberal Arts education system in India is the need of the hour and is central to a twenty first century global imagination. From the last century, the United States education system has pioneered and sustained institutions with a focus on Liberal Arts education to create global leaders capable of solving intricate problems through rational and critical thinking. This has quite obviously resulted in American institutions on the top spots of World University listing while Indian institutions fail to grab a spot even in the top one hundred. The Indian higher education system has often been described as a "sea of mediocrity with a few islands of excellence".
Stunting, overweight and wasting (too thin for height) are the three major concerns ensuing from under-nutrition amongst children. About 156 million children around the world are currently suffering from stunting and about 42 and 50 million from overweight and wasting.
Donald Trump’s election win has been illusion shattering. In a swoop, Trump’s win has bayonetted the credibility of America’s powerful East Coast media, pollsters, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and the idea of globalisation. Moreover, it has scarred the psyche of liberal Democratic voters known for deriding Republicans: Democrats who underrated Trump’s appeal with the recession-battered white underclass. Trump’s triumph comes in the wake of Brexit, the continuing crises within the European Union and an anti-migrant ripple in the first world. The win has sparked soul-searching on the crisis of ‘liberalism’ in America. If liberal America has seen such an anti-liberal poll result it begs the question: How liberal have the liberals been to have come to such a pass? And does the liberal quagmire in America, hold any value for Indian liberals?
Demonetization has happened. The Government will not roll it back now. It has, in one stroke taken away a significant wealth of its people. It is causing a lot of pain, indeed. But like any other, this pain too will fade in time. And once the cash-rush is over, it will be people’s turn to see what has happened. What could people’s response to this look like?
In the seventeenth century, when the British were establishing their port towns in Surat, Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta forging a nexus of contracts with Mughal rulers and building huge wealth and influence, England was bleeding. The Crown and the Parliament were up in arms against each other, leading to the Civil War (1642-1651) and later the Glorious Revolution of 1688. These became the defining moments of European political history, giving rise to parliamentary democracies around the world.