UDAN Day: UDAN 4.0 Scheme

UDAN scheme: The Government of India has identified 21st October as UDAN Day, the day on which the scheme document was first released. The scheme is aimed at enhancing connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country and making air travel affordable. It is a key component of Centre’s National Civil Aviation Policy led […]

BharatNet Project

BharatNet Project: Tamil Nadu FibreNet Corp signs agreement for BharatNet project implementation. The project aims at providing 1 Gbps bandwidth connectivity to all Gram Panchayats. BharatNet Project was originally launched in 2011 as the National Optical Fibre Network(NOFN) and renamed as Bharat-Net in 2015. It seeks to provide connectivity to 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) […]

New Gene Editing Technique

New Gene Editing Technique: Even as the Centre investigates allegations that unauthorised genetically modified (GM) rice was exported to Europe, it is yet to decide on a research proposal from its own scientists which would allow plants to be genetically modified without the need for conventional transgenic technology. Scientists at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute […]

Child Sexual Exploitation And Abuse Online: WeProtect Global Alliance

Child Sexual Exploitation And Abuse Online: The Global Threat Assessment report 2021, launched by WeProtect Global Alliance, said COVID-19 had contributed to a significant spike in child sexual exploitation and abuse online. WeProtect Global Alliance is a global movement of more than 200 governments, private sector companies and civil society organisations working together to transform […]

FATF Retains Pakistan On Grey List

FATF Retains Pakistan On Grey List: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) retained Pakistan in the ‘greylist’ or ‘increased monitoring list’. The FATF also announced the ‘greylisting’ of Jordan, Mali and Turkey. Botswana and Mauritius had been taken out of the grey list. Pakistan is retained for failing to effectively implement the global FATF standards […]

Black Sea: Important Points

Black Sea: U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin urged more defence cooperation among Black Sea allies ahead of a NATO Ministers summit. Action was needed by littoral states of the Black Sea amid Russia “militarisation” of the region. The region is vulnerable to Russian aggression and we’ve seen evidence of that by ongoing actions in eastern […]

Digi-Book – Innovations For You: NITI Aayog

Digi-Book – “Innovations For You”: NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has launched a Digi-Book – “Innovations for You” an attempt to showcase the success stories of Atal Innovation Mission’s Startups in different domains. These startups have worked to create new, disruptive and innovative products, services, and solutions that can pave a path for a […]

Prohibition Of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019

E-Cigarette: An analysis by the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at University of California San Diego and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, has found that e-cigarette use — even on a daily basis — did not help smokers successfully stay off cigarettes. […]