The marital rape exception in the law must be challenged

“Sexual intercourse by a man with his own adult wife is not rape.” This proposition reflected in Exception 2 to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code is also referred to as the marital rape exception (MRE) as it removes marital rape from punishable rape law. This was challenged in a petition before the Delhi … Read more

Lessons for today from India’s 2006 wheat crisis

I was “cooling off” (a bureaucratic term for spending a minimum period in the state after a central posting) in Ranchi in June 2006, hoping to be back in Delhi by October. One morning, I get a call from the establishment officer asking me to report as Secretary of Food and Public Distribution the next … Read more

Get inspired: Lessons from the life of Dr MS Swaminathan

Aspirants must study the journey of great leaders, administrators and reformers not only for the UPSC examination but also in order to remain motivated in their own journey of preparation for the civil services and beyond. Here is one such personality whose life teaches us many values: Dr MS Swaminathan is undoubtedly one of the … Read more

North India swelters; mercury leaps to 49 degree Celsius in parts of Delhi

A withering heatwave swept across the national capital and its neighboring areas on Sunday, with Mungeshpur and Najafgarh observatories in Delhi reporting temperatures of 49.2 degree Celsius and 49.1 degree Celsius respectively. The temperature at Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, was at 45.6 degree Celsius, five notches above the normal and the highest this year … Read more

UPSC Essentials: Quotes of the week

Many statements made headlines this week around the themes of sedition, Rakhigarhi, monkeypox, and many more. Consolidate your current affairs by using them smartly. Essential quotes, statements, remarks, etc. From the week help you to retain the current issues in your memory and can be used wisely in your UPSC- CSE preparation. 1. “All pending … Read more

A melody for the mind: The story of ‘Sitar for Mental Health’

For sitarist, composer and music producer Rishab Rikhiram Sharma, music has been a part of his inherited family legacy, a career growing up and a medium for his creations. After battling his own demons alone, Sharma found music as his aid in the healing process. ‘Sitar for Mental Health’ is the 23-year-old’s quest in pointing … Read more

CBI court sentences 3 IAF officers to life sentence for custodial death of cook in 1995

An CBI court in Ahmedabad Thursday guilty three Indian Air Force officers, two of whom are retired, to life sentence after holding them of murder for the custodial death of an Air Force canteen civilian cook aged around 45 years at the time of the death in 1995. IAF officials Anoop Sood, retired group captain … Read more

Explained: As SC reserves verdict on his plea for remission, the story of Rajiv Gandhi assassination accused AG Perarivalan

AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, 50, was 19 when he was arrested on June 11, 1991. He was accused of having bought two 9-volt ‘Powerstar’ battery cells for Sivarasan, the LTTE man who masterminded the conspiracy. The batteries were used in the bomb that killed Rajiv Gandhi on May 21 that year. The ongoing case in … Read more

Bommai interview: ‘Halal or azaan, orders issued in Cong rule. It is not ready to obey own orders… I am following rule of law’

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who met top BJP leaders in the national capital Wednesday, said he has left the decision over the timing of the much-awaited expansion of his Cabinet on the party leadership. In the course of a wide-ranging interview with The Indian Express, Bommai denied that there was an atmosphere of fear … Read more

Vice Prez Naidu exhorts students to use education for national development

The gymnasium hall of Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, wore an absolute yellow-orange look on Friday as it welcomed the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, the chief guest for PU’s 69th convocation ceremony on Friday morning. Vice president of India M Venkaiah Naidu handing over the degree to one of the students of Panjab … Read more