Vishwanathan Committee

  • The Ministry of Law & Justice has constituted a sixteen-member expert committee headed by Dr. T.K. Vishwanathan, Former Secretary of the Department of Legal Affairs, for examining the working of Arbitration law in India and recommending reforms in the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.
  • The step is being taken to limit the requirement for parties to seek judicial intervention by approaching court.

Committee Members:

    • Additional Solicitor General N Venkataraman 
  • Law ministry additional secretary Rajiv Mani
  • Some senior advocates, representatives of private law firms, and officials of the Legislative Department, Niti Aayog, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Railways and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) are its other members.


  • Under arbitration, the parties concerned, instead of approaching courts, opt for private dispute resolution through arbitrators. The decision of arbitrators is binding.

World Organizations

Focus on food security: PM to G-20 Agriculture Ministers

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the G-20 Agriculture Ministers, who are meeting in Hyderabad, to deliberate on how to undertake collective action for achieving global food security.
  • Find ways to build sustainable and inclusive food systems, focused on marginal farmers.
  • Ways to strengthen global fertilizer supply chain and at the same time adopt agricultural practices for better soil health, crop health and yield, invest in creating wealth from waste.
  • “Our policy is a fusion of “back to basics” and “march to future”. Promoting natural farming as well as technology-enabled farming.
  • India’s G-20 priorities in agriculture focus on healing our “One Earth”, creating harmony within our “One Family” and giving hope for a bright “One Future”.

Latest Historical Events

Centre renames Nehru Library

  • The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society, an autonomous body under the Government of India, announced that the institution would be renamed the Prime Ministers Museum and Library Society.
  • The decision to rename the instituition, removing the late PM’s name, was taken at a special meeting of the NMML Society presided over by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Vice-President of the Society.

PM tunes into musical effort to promote use of millets

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has collaborated with Grammy Award-winning Indian-American singer Falguni Shah for a special song to promote the benefits of millets and their potential to alleviate world hunger.
  • The “Abundance in Millets” song, performed by singer-songwriter Falguni Shah and her husband and singer Gaurav Shah, is set for release on June 16, across streaming platforms.
  • The song will be released in Hindi and English and translated into other regional languages.


  • The year 2023 has been designated as the “International Year of Millets” after a proposal was brought by India and endorsed by Members of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization governing bodies.
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