Current Affairs - Polity & Governance

Good Governance Week

The central government is celebrating Good Governance week from December 20 to December 26, 2021.

  • Every year 25th December is celebrated as ‘Good Governance Day’ to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The National Anti-Doping Bill 2021

Recently, the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021 was introduced in Lok Sabha.

It seeks to prohibit doping in sports and establish a National Anti-Doping Agency, which will replace the existing National Anti-Doping Agency.


Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill 2021

Recently, the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced by the government.

  • The amendments seeks to facilitate access to biological resources and traditional knowledge by the Indian traditional medicine sector.

Cabinet Clears Draft Bill for Linking Aadhaar & Voter ID

On 15th December, 2021, the Union Cabinet cleared a bill on electoral reforms, news agency PTI reported.

  • The Election Commission has been pushing for key electoral reforms, including linking Aadhaar numbers to the electoral roll, making paid news an electoral offence, increasing the punishment for filing a false affidavit.

Default Bail

The National Investigation Agency(NIA) has approached the Supreme Court against a Bombay High Court order granting statutory bail to advocate and activist Sudha Bharadwaj.

About Default Bail

  • Also known as statutory bail, this is a right to bail that accrues when the police fail to complete investigation within a specified period in respect of a person in judicial custody.

Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Recently, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed by Lok Sabha.

About the Amendment

  • It seeks to replace the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021.

New Protocol for Post-mortem Procedure

The Union Health Ministry has notified new protocol for post-mortem procedure.

After Sunset Clause

  • As per the new protocol, post-mortem can now be performed after sunset in hospitals having adequate infrastructure.

Union Govt. brings Ordinances to Extend Tenure of CBI, ED Chiefs

The Government of India has promulgated two Ordinances to extend the tenure of Directors of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) up to 5 years. The chiefs of the central agencies currently have a two-year tenure.


Draft Mediation Bill

On 5th November 2021, Government of India has released the Draft Mediation Bill for public consultation.

  • It is one of various policy initiatives of government for promotion and strengthening of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms.

Pardoning Power of Governor

On 3rd August, 2021, the Supreme Court held that the Governor of a State can pardon prisoners; including death row ones, even before they have served a minimum 14 years of prison sentence.


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